Karen Meat, Har Di Har and J.E. Sunde
Karen Meat is a pop rock project based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies and lyrics of a bored generation. Karen Meat glitters with memorable beats, 60s-girl-pop inspired vocals and coordinated outfits. Realistically, pop songs should be fun AND sad. Karen Meat embraces the power of rejection and depression as themes for her music, and her upbeat tunes are gems of sarcasm and truth.
Har Di Har
Har-di-Har is Julie and Andrew Thoreen. Corn-belt raised and married young, this Minneapolis art-pop duo has made music together since 2012. Having formed in Cedar Falls, Iowa the band spent many years touring and playing shows in the DIY music scene in the midwest. Their music floats somewhere between experimental dream pop, freak folk and a strange musical you probably wouldn’t take your grandma to see. Paired with evocative, narrative, and at times, vulnerable lyrical content about human relationship to community, their music attempts to boldly examine the reality of intimacy around which our popular culture tiptoes.
Riding the line of the avant-garde music and performative art genres, their live performance invites the audience in as a familial witness to the vivid, awkward and vulnerable life of their own intimate relationship through performance on stage. Their debut full-length album will be release in Fall 2017. In late July, they will be on a midwest tour with Minneapolis songwriter/composer, J.E. Sunde, and will be playing material off of the upcoming record.
The band has supported bands such as Hundred Waters, Esme Patterson, Phox, Maps & Atlases, Mutual Benefit, Avi Buffalo, Gloom Balloon, and the River Monks and has played multiple midwest music festivals including, 80/35, Little Big Fest, Mission Creek Music Festival, Midwest Music Festival, and the Mile of Music Festival.
The Basement // Advance Tickets: $8, Day of show: $10 //doors – 6:30pm, show – 7pm