An Evening with David Cross
When asked to describe himself, Whitmer Thomas—comic, musician, skateboarder, infamous Blink182 stan—will tell you, “I’m always gonna be the one whose mom called him ‘the Golden One,’ right before she died.” This is where his debut HBO comedy special, The Golden One, finds Whitmer: age thirty, investigating this sense (curse?) of destiny-as-identity. It’s been thirteen years since he left Alabama for LA, becoming a linchpin for LA’s young, independent comedy scene with Power Violence, the monthly show he hosted with friends. But he became haunted by the question: had he already peaked, just like his mom, singer in a local band with big ambitions that never made it out of the Flora-Bama Lounge in Gulf Shores? Rather than shy away from all that messy self-mythology, Whitmer tapped the source of it all through writing this one-man show featuring his own original music. Songs from The Golden One, a companion album of songs from the special, features Whitmer’s darkwave bangers, synthesizing relatable-content: millennial anxieties, therapy-speak jokes, and the annals of his own childhood tragedies.
Songs from The Golden One feature ten cuts of borderline-John Maus cosplay with spasms of pop-punk absurdity. Thomas uses the gothy, nasal vocal drone as a tool of comic detachment to cover thr funny-’cause-its-true territory of awkward sex, crippling insecurity, the shame of ambition, and the long tail of abandonment traumas. Each song is a capsule of initial therapy breakthroughs: those realization-zingers where suddenly it all makes sense, how each fucked variable from then makes up the weird shit of now. When you see it all for what it is, it looks like some sick, clever joke from the universe, driving you desperate to revise the comedy so that if you have to be reality’s punchline, at least you can write the jokes.
Dessa with special guest Outcalls
Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary; her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 20 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. As a speaker, Dessa has delivered keynote speeches and presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship; guest lectures at universities and colleges across the US; and a TED Talk about her science experiment on how to fall out of love. She’s also the host of Deeply Human, a podcast created by the BBC and American Public Media. Dessa has been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else.” NPR’s All Songs Considered calls her “a national treasure.” On the stage and on the page, Dessa’s style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.
Youth of Today
Lion of Judah
Youth of Today is a Straight Edge hardcore band from New York City. Formed in 1985 by singer Ray Cappo and guitarist John Porcell, they took the core values of straight edge, no drinking, no smoking and no drugs, incorporated no meat eating and set out to change the world. With anthems like Break Down The Walls, Positive Outlook and Make a Change they influenced people’s lives, and left their mark on music, lifestyle and culture for years to come. At a time when there was no template or real infrastructure, they booked their own tours, started record labels, fanzines and developed merchandise. Recent collaborations with top brands such as Vans, Thrasher, NOAH, Supreme and more, speak volumes to how 35 years later, Youth of Today and the esthetic they created is still a relevant force.
Joined by Walter Schreifels on bass in 1986 and Sammy Siegler on drums in 1987, they were the first ever Straight Edge band to tour Europe in 1989. The band released the Disengage 7” in 1991, it was their fourth release before splitting up. The four of them went on to form various influential bands such as Shelter, Quicksand, CIV, Rival Schools, Glassjaw, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge and others. This original line up reformed in 2016 to headline This is Hardcore in Philadelphia, PA, and have been playing select performances ever since.
with special guests
Bit Brigade performs "Mega Man II" + "DuckTales" LIVE
Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES game soundtracks as their gamer speedruns the game live on stage.
"When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved?
And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn't count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your
mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!"
Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band
covering the musical accompaniment to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will
have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage
themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock 'n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead,
"Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!," to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible
maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat
of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit
Brigade must play on until the deed is done - which it always is - on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s
NES buzzes on, there's no turning back." - Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011
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