Bart Mendoza 9 p.m., Dec. 17
Sound description: Barely retrained musical mayhem of the progressive/experimental persuasion.
RIYL: Nam Chi Vu, Anna Troy, Paperback Statue, Joey Pearson, Alfonso Espriella, Kamikaze Pilot, Veruca Salt
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Influences: Victor Wooten, Paperback Statue, Allotic, Joey Pearson, Alfonso Espriella, Kamikaze Pilot, Veruca Salt, Femme Fusion, Erin Ashe, Tripwrecked
“[Our music] makes you want to laugh and cry, or perhaps make you laugh so hard that you want to cry,” says Riboflavin bassist Nam Chi Vu.
Vu is classically trained, though she also plays rock and jazz. “Jerry Heller of Ruthless Records once told me that if I’m the first at doing something, it will always be remembered. This explains why there are some people who make history, even though there are others who later took what they did and maybe did it better. The originator gets all the glory.”
Riboflavin usually records using only solar power.