The producers from Free Press Houston have teamed up with the creative agency Work-Order to create a two-day winter festival dedicated to creatively combining music and digital art. Day for Night will begin on Dec. 19 and end on Dec. 20. Here is a line-up of artists to look for before purchasing your tickets.
This experimental hip-hop trio consisting of vocalist Stefan Burnett, drummer Zach Hill and producer Andy Morin is taking cues from industrial rap, EDM and hardcore rock. Death Grips’ live performances have the barebones aesthetic of a basement show true to their southern California roots.
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Tyler the Creator
Code Orange Kids
A major contributor on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 release, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus was responsible for much of the album’s experimental instrumentation. Carrying over this same mentality for his work, Ellison often produces homages to the golden age of hip-hop through experimental beats and compositions drawing from jazz, funk and modern electronica. Ellison also pushes boundaries with high-concept music video pieces such as Tiny Tortures and Coronus, The Terminator.
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A prime example of southern hip-hop, Mystikal — or Michael Lawrence Tyler — is a Louisiana rapper whose harsh vocals have been causing beef since the early ‘90s. Since his release from jail in 2010, he has released several crunk tracks often incorporating outside elements. He has also released as a certifiably funk artist in his collaboration with Mark Ronson in Feel Right.
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Regarded by many critics as the greatest rapper of this generation, Kendrick Lamar has notably raised the bar in hip-hop over the course of his career. Hailing from California, Lamar’s first chart success was his 2011 release “Section-80.” The success followed him in 2012 with the critically-acclaimed “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.” In 2015, Lamar released his third album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which featured contributions from a myriad of artists including Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Robert Glasper. Possibly the biggest act of the festival, Kendrick Lamar is a must-see.
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Day for Night doesn’t just feature big time and veteran artists. Several Houston acts have stepped up to play at the festival including Flcon Fcker, Millenial Grave and Indian Jewelry. They will be playing on the Psychic TV stage at the festival. Though you may have to come earlier in the afternoon to see these artists, the trip is worth it. Houston has become a great place for new music, and Houstonians should continue to support our local performers.