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Flobots

Socially conscious hip-hop duo

Flobots

Bang Data, Qbala

Thu, December 14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

Flobots
Flobots
Alternative hip-hop band Flobots’ highly anticipated fourth album, NOENEMIES, will be released May 5, 2017.
NOENEMIES is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date -  both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $80,000, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it’s also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons.
Influenced by stories shared by Flobots’ friend and longtime mentor and Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor - the late Dr. Vincent Harding, and inspired by the band’s recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment. 
Each of the tracks on NOENEMIES serves as a powerful, poignant new anthem, many packed with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album is enormous in breadth, enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES virtually begs the listener to delve and to contemplate, to share and revel. 
For the recording of NOENEMIES, Flobots’ core trio - emcee’s Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett) and Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and drummer Kenny Ortiz -  enlisted the help of trusted musical friends to bring their vision of the album into reality. Musician/Producer Gabriel Otto worked intimately with the band to craft a distinct sonic landscape, recruiting a string section, horn players, and a gospel quintet to layer recurring motifs over the band’s signature grooves. They teamed up with founding Flobot Mackenzie Gault (viola) and longtime musical collaborator Serafin Sanchez (saxophone, keys) to co-write a number of songs. The band incorporated voices, melodies, and words from throughout their collaborations - both on and off stage - into the songs on NOENEMIES. 
From the beginning, Flobots’ sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single ‘Handlebars’ from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year’s election, the band’s call to envision “another America” resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio.
Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs. Enter NOENEMIES - bringing the songs back to the people.
Bang Data
Bang Data
Based in Oakland, California -Bang Data, lead by Deuce Eclipse on vocals and producer/instrumentalist Juan Manuel Caipo, have created a mix of sounds and rhythms that unmistakably has become their own by layering bi-lingual rhymes and melodies over electro-acoustic beats. The fusion of styles go from Cumbia, Reggae, Ska to Hip Hop & Rock .
Qbala
Qbala
Fierce. Determined. Fresh. Qbala’s delivery and flow have been described many ways. The emcee out of Northern Colorado has a strong message, a relentless ambition, and an insatiable need to reach the masses. Hailing from Loveland, CO, this emcee brings a unique mix of old school/new school hip hop/boombap to the shows that have become a mainstay in the Rocky Mountain Region hip hop scene. After a successful career in college basketball, Qbala moved into full time music, leaving the court behind for the studio and the mic.
With the 2011 release “My State of Dementia,” Qbala anchored a spot in the ranks of seasoned performers, offering up lyrics on everything from sexuality to hustling for a name in the spotlight. Followed by the underground project, “Unfinished Business,” which was written and recorded through the 2004-2007 and released digitally in 2014. Qbala moved forward through more intricate beats, flowing lyrics, punching statements, and the “in your face” messages that Qbala Music has become associated with. Now, with the December, 2014 EP release of “Dark Side of the Rain,” Qbala moves into a new realm of more poignant, personal, and memorable lyrics and collaborations with other artists. The stage is set, Qbala is on it, and the world waits to see the next quick move from this prolific emcee and performer.