BONK! 128 @ RAM

This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at The Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main Street, on Saturday, July 13th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be: St. Louis poet, Alison C. Rollins; indie-pop duo, Seesaw; and anthemic pop group, newvices. 

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a Librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana Review, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) is available now.  

The dynamic duo that is Seesaw, Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski, started as co-workers, slowly courted each other into best friendship, and then magically into music-making conspirators – all along, guiding the ship that is their indie-pop duo Seasaw. Without every piece of this musical history together, it would have been impossible for them to create their latest release, Big Dogs.Harnessing their team dynamic, the creation of this album demanded Seasaw be brutally honest and experimental with each other. This process allowed them to create Big Dogs, a wildly imaginative departure from their previous work that features lush soundscapes and powerful lyrical choices. The album’s title Big Dogs is taken from the ridiculous and self-assigned name that some people in power give themselves, and the duo’s message is a sonically beautiful rejection of this outdated term, as well as a response the the world around them in 2018.
Seasaw has performed alongside Lucius, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Har Mar Superstar, Shakey Graves and many others. Big Dogs is available now on CD, LP and digitally. 

In today’s increasingly polarizing climate, one principle stands above all else. It’s time for a new vice. •newvices• from Milwaukee, WI, plans to be just that, offering an escape from the monotony of daily life and shedding insight on the emotional struggles we all share but don’t always show. Truth is, we’re all addicted to something. Understanding what causes these addictions and complacencies is one of the many goals •newvices• has set out to conquer. By combining upbeat and energetic pop overtones with a raw and emotional core, •newvices•’ lyrical and instrumental intricacies find the balance between the joy in life and the crippling feelings that coincide. The band shares the universal human desire to build beautiful memories with their audience, built on lasting foundations, without for a second denying the ever-present reality of suffering in our lives. •newvices• strives to show people that together, through honest discussion and truth, we can overcome the hardships of life. Formed by Rodrick Wortham, •newvices• has undergone direction and member changes, but one thing has always remained constant. The band is here to stay and endlessly willing to adapt in order to continue spreading their message. Ultimately, they wish to offer every struggling person a new vice – one of love, music, dance and common unity. Over the years, •newvices• has done just that. With two EPs released – “The Truth of Self” and their self-titled EP, they show no signs of slowing down. So far, 2019 has seen them offer direct support for artists like LANY and Lovely the Band, and the release of two new singles: “Blame Me” and “Dressed.”  

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