Meet REX MAC

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REX MAC is a Filipino-American Boston based musician, organizer, and journalist. Since 2012, Rex has built a discography of entirely self-produced projects on love, solitude, and self-empowerment. Offstage and outside studio, he is a contributing writer for Boston music blog Know Your Scene. Monthly, he hosts his own monthly hip hop showcase, Sonic Bloom, at Cambridge’s Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery. Currently, he is quietly at work on his second album, which will see an official commercial release in Spring 2017.
rexmacmusic.com

Artist Quotes

“I personally love hip hop for its ability to disregard taboos and redirect pop cultural conversations. In the past 3 years alone, look at what Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” did to encourage talk on race relations..what Solange’s “A Seat At The Table” did to highlight self care, what Frank Ocean’s “Blond” did to explore gender fluidity. Personally, it’s given me more courage to speak about mental health.”

Q: What’s an assumption people make about hip hop that you think isn’t true?
A: Hip hop is stigmatized by this idea that it’ll invite disrespectful, rowdy crowds to your doorstep. This past year alone, I’ve caught wind of 3 Boston venues who’ve decided to no longer allow hip hop in their space. Yes, it’s a youthful sport. It may get abrasive or angsty at times. But it’s unified and communal. For all of the backlash hip hop gets for its praise of drugs, violence, and misogyny, it carries a lot more spiritual and political value than people realize.

Q: What drew you to hip hop?
A: My father. He loved Parliament, the Blackbyrds, and Earth Wind and Fire..the fun, funky side of old school R&B. So naturally, when west coast rappers repurposed those grooves over rap drums, he bought their albums. I just happened to be in the car when those CDs were played, and the rest is history.

Q: What drives you to create?
A: My need to build relationships and let you know you’re not alone.

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned over time?
A: I’ve learned that you need people. Google the Austin Kleon coined term, “scenius.”

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Meet Zayde Buti

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Zayde Buti is a performance artist and musician who writes, produces and performs weird art music (http://www.zaydebuti.com/music.html). He also produces and performs in even weirder music videos (http://www.zaydebuti.com/videos.html). Zayde has performed live in venues across New England and has made street performances throughout the Boston area. http://www.zaydebuti.com/

Artist Quote

“Performance art can drive people crazy.”

Meet Poor Eliza

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Poor Eliza (Jane Park) is a Boston songwriter who loves to explore themes from her Tennessee upbringing with the sounds and rhythms of alt-country and indie-rock. She has played all over the Boston area, and is excited to try new things and meet more artists! Her latest self-released title “Ghost Town” is the tale of a townie who never leaves their hometown.

Meet First Frost

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First Frost performs for All Together Now #4 on April 29, 2017 at the Lily Pad at 9pm.

First Frost, a Boston-based indie rock four-piece, debuted in April of 2015 under the name Foliage. Drawing on elements of shoegaze and experimental rock, the band peppers noise and oddity into songs while maintaining an accessible sound. The band was conceived when compositional team Morgan Browne and Lauren Koppelman sought out like-minded musicians following an intense, week-long writing session in the both valiant and foolish hopes to complete an album before their birthdays. But First Frost became a reality after Morgan and Lauren met drummer Chris Mendoza and bass player Michael Kish. The duo brought energy, texture and melody to the rhythm section, arguably the defining element of their sound.

www.firstfrostmusic.com

Artist Quotes

First Frost: “We have recently realized the value in starting our songwriting process with something simple. The weirdness is going to come anyway. We strive to make things as simple as possible – right from the very start.”

Me: What’s your favorite thing about the Boston art scene?
First Frost: Our friends. Since we started playing together as a band, we have met incredible people – bartenders, sound engineers, promoters and bookers, fellow musicians. It’s wonderful to be part of a like-minded community where if nothing else, we can bond over a shared love of music.

Me: What drives you to create?
First Frost: There’s something inside of us and we have to get it out. And if we don’t, it makes us sad, frustrated, anxious – however you want to call it, it’s not good. Creating something leads to catharsis.

Me: What do you want audience members to take away from the show?
First Frost: Clearly, we want our audience to have fun and we want to connect with them on some level. We exclusively play shows for other people. When we’re on stage, we focus on making the performance about the people in the room, and not about us. We want to be unassuming and we want people to reflect the message of our songs on themselves – hopefully discover something about themselves that they didn’t know before. Or, at least, to have a great night out with their friends.