Junk Science, Tone Tank, Cavalier, Bi-Polar Bear

Modern Shark presents Codependence Day

Junk Science

Tone Tank

Cavalier

Bi-Polar Bear

Thu, July 5, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$12

This event is 21 and over

Junk Science
Junk Science
JUNK SCIENCE is Baje One on the mic and DJ Snafu on the beats. Simple. These two young gentlemen met in high school in Brooklyn in the mid-nineties (when Baje One stole a handful of tapes from Snafu's backpack, including a cassette containing original beats that were "dope") and started making lots of "not-that-good-but-definitely-interesting" music together on half-days and weekends. Not that much happened between then and 2003-ish. At that point, they moved in together and started working on their debut album, Feeding Einstein, "an intelligent blend of DJ Snafu's dusty collages and Baje One's thoughtful commentary." -Spitkicker.com
Tone Tank
Tone Tank
Tone Tank raps. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Long Island, and lives in Brooklyn. He was once on 'Inside Edition' for hitting a man in the face with a mini-bat (actual fact). Tone & longtime friend Kray had/have a rap group called 'Iller Than Theirs'. Tone makes art. He is a fan of the '86 Mets and also the man behind Scumlife, the Modern Shark logo, the Modern Shark website and has drawn stuff for the EVR radio show 'Chances with Wolves'. Tone manufactures limited run bootleg action figures in his basement and is happiest wearing a Fila velour jacket with the Italian flag on it.
Cavalier
Cavalier
Currently the best kept secret in rap music, Cavalier navigates known hubs in Brooklyn like a mystic insurgent, though he is a native New Yorker. His following grows by the coincidence of his music and his influence as a teacher, artist, shaman or chief. We convene to hear only a few storytellers in our lives, those who hold captive the psychic will of a buzzing throng. As his lyrics cascade, to paraphrase underground banger "Straight Cheeze", Cav dodges the returned adulation, limiting his custom gear and sought-after mixtapes to controlled bursts of high art. To his credit, ancestors express themselves forcefully in stacked symbolic pendants draped down his garments, feathers and beads accord with lenses and charms.
Particular attention to this Afro-Caribbean escovitch emboldens his beats with reggae pulses and hip-hop thumps. On "The Breaking", a powerhouse debut of soulful introspective diary entries, Cav alternately explored the triumphant and the mundane, the joyful and the absurd. Since its promotional release in 2008, accompanied by the "Cav Wins" Weekly Freestyle mixtape, the Chief has appeared at East Village Radio, Southpaw, WBAI Rise Up Radio, and the Knitting Factory among his peers in an avant garde sect of defiantly unique musicians and artistic directors, like Daru Jones of Idle Warship/Slum Village repute. Tokyo's Japan Music Week and YUME Fest also invited Cavalier as a special guest headliner during his recent tour abroad. His liaisons with Budamunky and Comachi have already led to mixtape appearances on the upcoming record, Japan State of Mind Vol IV.
As part of his mixtape lore, The Lost Weeks is a tribute to the untapped genres that influence hip-hop. It features a series of videos recorded with the title tracks, and has already made an impact on blogs and web channels. Cavalier's masterful wordplay and vocal delivery is unrivaled on The Lost Weeks, and his contemporaries defer to his language pioneering. Junk Science vocalist Baje One, frequent collaborator with Cav, offers that "The Breaking" is tailor-made for repeat listens as songs like "Ink" surround a presumed reality with limber metaphors. Only by these sincere testimonials from artists and fans can Cavalier be traced, as they leave a trail of imprints too significant to be ignored. And as the concept of a "limited edition" hurries toward extinction, his choice cuts are a reminder of the value found in rarity.
Reports of a long-haired MC shaman who could spit fire from his voice box began to emerge all up and down the East Coast. With songs like "Ink" which described the powerful effects of pen on page, the forces of wackness began to recoil, and trump up haterish behaviors to repudiate his rise. Not to be outdone, Cavalier built his army stronger by uniting with K-Swift of the Zulu Nation, Baje One of Junk Science and the Nuclear Family to create "Glass House" on Junk Science's second album. The Breaking is his debut, the album that won critical acceptance from the True Heads who remember what rap can sound like: refreshing, diverse, verbally intense and humorous. It features fifteen original songs and three bonus cuts with production work from The Dugout crew as well as Daru (Daru for Rusic).
Bi-Polar Bear
Bi-Polar Bear
Bi-Polar Bear introduced themselves to the world with “Today I Found Happy”. Recorded, produced, and promoted primarily in Brooklyn- the songs on this LP have already commanded attention worldwide. They have appeared on numerous best album of the year lists amongst industry heavyweights such as Brother Ali, P.O.S., Sage Francis, Zion I, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Animal Collective, Of Montreal, Mos Def, Felt (Murs & Slug), and more.

Bi-Polar Bear is currently working on their upcoming release featuring production by Blue Sky Black Death.

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Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com