Friday SOS Picks

Two sleepers and a headliner worthy of spotlighting at SOS Friday

Diet Cig

War on Women

3pm, the Keep stage
A hardcore punk band that sharpens brains and teeth equally. The Baltimore badasses' eponymous LP pivoted solely on the everyday violence and injustice experienced by women, whether it be abortion rights, the wage gap, rape, or misogynistic YouTube comments. Shawna Potter hollers each line with visceral rage over a sonic mixture of metal and punk, fighting to make her voice heard.
Libby Webster

Diet Cig

3:20pm, Dragon’s Lair stage
Recalling early Best Coast's unpolished lo-fi, New York duo Diet Cig exudes exuberant youthfulness, an explosion of frenzied, devil-may-care adolescence. Live, Alex Luciano, the guitarist and 21-year-old front-lady navigating infatuation and burning exes through simple, guitar-driven slop-pop, thrashes about like she's spiraling out of control. Revisit the candid, enthusiastic fervor of kids who just started their first band.
Libby Webster


11:40pm, the Keep stage
Hard to make bass the lead instrument unless you're Bootsy Collins or Thundercat. Boasting the cosmic bass swirls in Erykah Badu's New Amerykah (2008) and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), Stephen Bruner's heavy-lidded melodies and feather falsetto take you through watercolor jazz streams, rapid-fire funk vamps, and bebop improvisations. 2011 debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse and follow-up Apocalypse combine for a cosmic opus.
Alejandra Ramirez

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