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Subcontinental Drift

U Street Music Hall, 1115A U Street NW, Washington, DC

Nowadays, where there is a South Asian appearance in American media, there almost always follows an over-garlanded Bollywood reference (et tu, Matthew Patel of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World?). For thousands of South Asian Americans that live here, this may tell only a fraction of their story. The culture’s rich respect for music runs in their American blood as they charm guitars not with sparkling jewelry in fields of flowers, bu...t with fuzz pedals in dark grimy indie rock clubs.Subcontinental Drift has curated a show to reveal and celebrate these “desi” experimental noise, punk, chillwave, and indie pop music makers. On Saturday, October 2nd from 6:30-10pm sharp at U Street Music Hall ($10 cover), Subcontinental Drift presents DRIFT ROCK, featuring:PO POSigned to Diplo’s MAD DECENT label, PO PO will come to us fresh off a slew of massive MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY dates and a sold out tour with the Spike Jonze/M.I.A./Pitchfork championed Sleigh Bells. Sometimes described as “chillwave,” Pakistani American brothers Zeb and Shoaib’s wailing vocals surf over drum machine crested waves of reverb.Listen: ALI & THE KIDSunny Ali & the Kid are a Pakistani cowboy punk duo complete with cowboy hats, boots, and more than a hint of drawl.Listen: AND KINDFair and Kind is the indie pop / shoe-gaze collaboration of Indian American siblings Arthi Meera and Anand Subramanian, featuring exquisite vocals, sparkling guitars, and lavish melodies.Listen: rare chance to see such a show in DC-MD-VA, let alone the U.S. in general.Support for this event by All Our Noise (, an online journal dedicated to highlighting talent and unique venues supporting indie, electronic, and experimental music.Subcontinental Drift fosters and provides a supportive and collaborative South Asian community for creative expression through curated events and monthly open mics that fill even DC’s largest venues to capacity.



Unification 2010

Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Commencing at 11 pm on Saturday, August 14 (Pakistan's Independence Day) and continuing into the early morning hours of August 15 (India's Independence Day), UNIFICATION 2010 celebrates 63 years of independence and the voices of talented, socially conscious South Asian/American artists.  With performances by DJ Rekha, The Kominas, Hari Kondabolu, Fair and Kind, and curated by spoken-word duo BROWNSTAR, UNIFICATION 2010 will explore the politics of our motherlands, reveal the experiences of being brown outside of it, and question the tensions between us, while fostering a movement towards a more peaceful, unified South Asia.

$20 in Advance; $25 at Door (pro