Yoshi’s SF & Euphonic Conceptions presents:
TOKiMONSTA + Dibiase + Knxwledge + Flying Skulls
Friday, 3/9 @ Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco
TOKiMONSTA‘s rise to prominence follows a theme of infiltration. At odds with the wealthy act-alikes in her beachside hometown of Torrance, CA, Jennifer Lee took a shine to hip hop, which quickly set her apart from the rest of the hometown kids. As this Resident Advisor feature tells it, Lee picked up FruityLoops and took her early beats into the Project Blowed-hosted Beat Cipher, where she was oftentimes the only female showcasing her music–even on pre-designated ladies nights.
She eventually garnered the respect of the inner Beat Cipher circle–and, by association, the burgeoning Los Angeles beat scene–which is helmed by de facto mentor and spokesman, Flying Lotus. FlyLo plucked her out of the beat battles and invited her to put out a record on his label, Brainfeeder. From there, she wormed her way into the inner circle: she became a fixture at the trendsetting Low End Theory beat nights (hosted by Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev and Nobody), earning the honor of first lady accepted into Brainfeeder’s tight-knit crew.
It’s easy to see why Flying Lotus took a shine to her: they share the same fondness for clackety percussion, atmospheric flooding, and melodies that owe more to ambitious jazz than the pocket loops of hip hop or club music. (TOKiMONSTA endured semi-aimless classical piano training as a kid, and Flying Lotus is the great-nephew of Alice Coltrane. They both ended up in about the same place.) Now she carries the inimitable Brainfeeder torch, which will be burning at the Yoshi’s Jazz Club lounge this Friday, 3/9.
Win Tickets – TOKiMONSTA @ Yoshi’s
Good news: we know the Thrillcall family will be holding down the Yoshi’s lounge when TOKiMONSTA plays this Friday. That’s because we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to the show: one pair on our Facebook page, and two more pairs through our iPhone app (offer live at 11am PST). Insider tip: entering through the app will give you much better odds, though we encourage you to maximize your chances by entering on both platforms.
We’ll pick a name from each side and email the winners at noon tomorrow. Good luck, and hopefully we’ll see you at Yoshi’s Jazz Club on Friday. May the beats be with you!