Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
Stars After Midnight
Inception: Solana Beach, 2006
Influences: Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, the Cure, Q-Tip, U2
Formed in 2006 and based in Solana Beach, Stars After Midnight fuses experimental grooves with hip-hop, drum & bass, dance, and rock music. The first album, The Rise of the Morningstar, was released in March 2009.
“The title is symbolic of my rise through the trials, challenges, and disappointments experienced in this life,” according to front man Rico Star.
Star competed at the Battle of the MCs, at Dragon Fly in L.A. on April 8, 2011.