Noise Pop 2018 Festival Presents:
Tune-Yards at Fox Theater
with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sudan Archives
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Show / All Ages
Join us for the 26th annual Noise Pop Festival! The final lineup is here:
Tune-Yards • Built To Spill performs Keep It Like A Secret • Ty Dolla $ign • Real Estate • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • Madlib (DJ Set) • Jay Electronica • Parquet Courts • San Fermin with The Magik*Magik Orchestra • WHY? • Superchunk • Toro Y Moi (DJ Set) • Doug Martsch (Solo Acoustic) • Waxahatchee (Solo) • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down • Bahamas • Rostam • Shabazz Palaces • Japanese Breakfast • Geographer • The Album Leaf • Langhorne Slim • Jay Som • Tei Shi • Bully • Alex Cameron • Girlpool • Sevdaliza • Dengue Fever • Jessy Lanza (DJ Set) • Amy Shark • No Age • Shamir • Bruno Major • Mount Eerie • Cuco • The Coathangers • Jeff Rosenstock • Caleborate • Ben UFO • Enter Shikari • The Hotelier • Carla Dal Forno • The Fresh & Onlys • G Perico • Tiny Moving Parts • Bedouine • William Tyler • Racquet Club • Gerd Janson • Sean Rowe • Grails • Crooked Colours • Mister Heavenly • Inara George (of The Bird and The Bee) • Shallou • Palehound • Weaves • Night Beats • Miya Folick • Sudan Archives • Florist • 24hrs • Slim Cessna's Auto Club • Ha Ha Tonka • Wildling • Lo-Fang • Dick Stusso • NILBOG • Covet • Meg Baird • MILCK • Mom Jeans. • Spiral Stairs • The Weather Station • Molly Burch • Ian Sweet (Solo) • Mary Lattimore • Summer Twins • Alex Edelman • Death Valley Girls • Single Mothers • Sam Coomes • Lemuria • Running Touch • Milk Teeth • Chulita Vinyl Club • Lia Ices • Gilligan Moss (DJ Set) • Twain • Andrew St. James • Emily Afton • Melkbelly • Oso Oso • Hand Habits • Joy Again • Chasms • Angelo De Augustine • The World • Field Medic • Pardoner • Flesh World • August Eve & Jasper Bones • Iman Europe • Special Explosion • Club Night • The Y Axes • Still Woozy • SOAR • Bat Fangs • The Peacers • George Cessna • Boy Scouts • The Total Bettys • DJ Aaron Axelsen • DJ Omar Perez • Mozhgan • Yeek • Rose Droll • Mall Walk • Sweet Chariot • High Sunn • Cocktails • Long Knives • ROAR • Winter • The Flytraps • Dagmar • Cash Campain • Josiah Johnson • Fake Your Own Death • Feels • Hazey Eyes • Patsy's Rats • GDJYB • Soundtube • Sun Valley Gun Club • Ghost & the City • The Band Ice Cream • Tino Drima • Vákoum • Indy Nyles • Grace Sings Sludge • Derek Ted • Evan Myall • Preening • Chuck Johnson • The Genie • Azuah • awakebutstillinbed • HUMID • Magic Magic Roses • Gray Tolhurst • False Priest • Blue Oaks • Screaming • Lapel • Aish • Remember Karen • Zelma Stone • Love Jerks • Half Stack • Well • Outer Embassy • BLXCK • Lisa Azzolino • Topographies • Host Bodies • Banzai Cliff • Chaki • Agouti • Touchless • Moon Daze • Bear Call • Friendless Summer • COKE • Bruh From Last Night • Same Girls • DJs Layne and Justin Anastasi
Since the Noise Pop debut in 1993, the Festival has featured many emerging performers who have gone on to wide acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Bright Eyes.
When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album “Bird-Brains” (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her “the find of the year.” At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue they played and to take the magic of Bird-Brains across the world. With a record deal also in the bag, she was able to now concentrate on being a musician full-time.
Where the second album saw her stepping in to a studio proper for the first time, her third album “Nikki Nack” sees her enlist producers to help her achieve new heights on some tracks; “To ask Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) for input, I had to let go of tUnE-yArDs being rigidly my production. I have a very specific vision for the sound of the band and I don’t think women producers get enough credit for doing their own stuff, so I was resistant – but we grew, Nate and I both, and the songs grew. And it turns out that’s what’s most important: the songs, not my ego.”
Violinist and vocalist, Sudan Archives writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music. Sudan Archives grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she messed around with instruments in the house and took up violin in the fourth grade, eventually teaching herself how to play the instrument by ear. When she discovered the violin playing style of Northeast Africa, her eyes opened to the possibilities of the instrument. The way they played it was different from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, maybe I can use this style with electronic music, she says. This fusing of folk music and electronic production was the turning point for Sudan. Started
mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “It wasn't complicated — I'd just sing straight into the iPad.
She honed her at-home style after moving to Los Angeles aged 19 to study music technology, and after a chance encounter at a Low End Theory party with Stones Throw AR and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid, she signed with Stones Throw. At the very start of her musical career, she's already won plaudits from the likes of the New York Times and Pitchfork, and played live at experimental festival Moogfest. Her EP Sudan Archives is an extraordinary debut statement from a singular artist. Over six tracks, Sudan Archives layers harmonies, violin figures and ethereal vocals, grounding them all with the hip-hop beats.