$8 IN ADVANCE/$10 AT THE DOOR
10:30 doors/11pm showtime
Tolliver is a soul singer born and raised in the Midwest, cornfed and churchified. He’s spent years playing in Stax-inspired boozy bar bands, including Black Diet, an act that won best new bands honors from damn near every Minneapolis publication and filmed a nationally syndicated PBS special at the end of 2014.
His first solo EP, Quartertone, was written and recorded with Chilean producer Lister Rossell, an acclaimed beatsmith and sound designer who’s worked with singers from London to South Africa. The EP was a blistering indictment of American greed, Tolliver’s attempt at a modern What’s Going On? Tolliver packed up for Los Angeles just after that release in hopes of escaping the crippling cold and making his best record yet. He got his wish in the form of Rave Deep, an EP about years spent depressed and high, self-exiled from family and desperate for love. Elephant and Castle, who produced and co-wrote the EP, is signed to Plug Research, and has worked with Tune-Yards, dd_elle, Naytronix, and a host of other genre-bending, pocket-stretching r&b influenced acts.Tolliver found Elephant and Castle via Craigslist; he’s actually found most collaborators there, gems in a sea of not gems. The two of them started JTDR in hopes of creating a home for r&b, house and electro acts with strong voices. They’re currently working on a full-length that will expand their sound to include gospel harmonies, murky chords and macabre lyrics.
Twin Cities’ own rap hellion, Manchita, is gearing up to release her first sola project. Since her first collaboration with Slapping Purses in 2011, Manchita has managed to stay off the grid as a solo artist, choosing instead to focus on group projects, Tha Clerb (Mike Mictlan, Lizzo, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, and 2%Muck) and more currently GRRRL PRTY (Lizzo, Sophia Eris, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Quinn Wilson). GRRRL PRTY’s highly-anticipated forthcoming release is only one of three projects expected in the next year from Manchita. She has teamed up with producer 2%Muck again, this time revealing a moody, heavy-hearted body of work, centered on love, loss, and survival. Her third offer to the world will be a sola record presenting both the familiar funny, ferocious side of Manchita that we know from GRRRL PRTY and Tha Clerb, and also the tender, sensual, softer side of Manchita that we have yet to hear come through in her music. Her material spans the spectrum from braggy twerk-along ego anthems, to what she has dubbed “sad bangers,” catchy, shadow-ridden turns of tongue accented by jazz-smoked hooks.
“I feel like a divided person most of the time. There’s the Chita in me—the confident, sarcastic, vulgar, ready to fight, twerk-enthusiast—and then there’s the other side of me—the softy, the abandoned lover, the caretaker, the spiritually hibernating, perpetually grieving person. This sola project is about embracing all of me, the good, the bad, the silly, the foul. The tomboy and the princess. The rapper and the singer. It’s a full dose.”
“Young slosly, synth dynasty warlord, hits you with the deep throbbing rhythms.”