Summer Slaughter’s annual metallurgic sun spot now careens as much heat commiseration as Schlitterbahn. San Diego grindcore butchers Cattle Decapitation are becoming the American answer to Napalm Death, politically conscious tree huggers with a Texas Chain Saw Massacre-like catharsis of pure screaming damnation. The Faceless, Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblin, Lorna Shore, Brand of Sacrifice, and Athanatos all pile aboard.
Repping Pride week, QRF hosts San Antonio’s Plastik Collective, a multi-generational spectrum of queer folk participating in vogueing and burlesque. Jane Claire’s candid lyricism grapples trauma betwixt young love, while Kady Rain’s kaleidoscopic synth-pop shines on singles “R.A.D Moves” and “Bad Kids.” Brooklyn’s Nomi Ruiz traverses soul and doo-wop with white-gloss vocals on “Still Your Girl.”