Echo Park Rising 2019 was like a small SXSW with no blatant corporate sponsoring or open bars. The line up was diverse, ranging from Thrash in a barbershop to Soundclound rappers doing acoustic sets on a patio. The majority of the party stretched along a mile of Sunset Boulevard and came out strong for four days straight.
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Hank Wood & The Hammerheads
Slutist's second Legacy of the Witch festival was held Saturday night at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. The night was filled with Tarot readings, burlesque, and a raffle for a dildo made of crystal.
The theme of this sex positive, feminist event was to reclaim the word witch as a positive and, in the words of Slutist founder Kristen Korvette, "to prove there's more to the term witch than a few Stevie Nicks costumes."
The night featured exciting, cathartic, and blood shedding performances by many lovely ladies and capped by bands Void Vision, Sabbath Assembly, and Wax Idols. The latter fronted by Hether Fortune, whose domineering stage presence brought out the likes of Nick Zinner.
On Friday, January 29th Saul Williams released MartyrLoserKing, his first studio release since 2011's Volcanic Sunlight. In support of this album, he announced a long string of dates in Europe. The first date (and one of two stateside) was a free show at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg on Tuesday the 2nd.
All songs performed in the short set were pulled from MLK and things got hype when CX Kidtronik jumped down to help perform No Different.