WIUX PRESENTS: Culture Shock 2017

Headliners for annual free music festival include: Noname, SALES, Flasher, Post Animal

Bloomington, Indiana: Pure Student Radio is proud to present Noname as the 2017 Culture Shock Music Festival Headliner.

Previously under the moniker Noname Gypsy, Chicago’s Noname has established herself not only as a strong feature on Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap and Coloring Book, but as a powerhouse solo artist and performer on her debut mixtape, 2016’s Telefone. She has toured since the beginning of the year, and performed on Saturday Night Live with Chance the Rapper. Pitchfork gave her mixtape an 8.0 rating and described her work as “rich, somber, and incredibly intimate.”

While Culture Shock typically features three touring acts as headliners, this year’s lineup features four, including Florida’s SALES, D.C.’s Flasher, and Chicago’s Post Animal. Sales released their self-titled LP last year, and will play Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington in late May. Post-punk trio Flasher released highly-buzzed about single “Erase Myself” in April of last year, and followed up with their debut S/T EP. Their melodic rock and vocals have drawn comparisons to Sonic Youth, and are equal parts moody shoegaze as they are dream-pop. Fourth and final headliner Post Animal features Joe Keery, who played Steve Harrington on Netflix’s Stranger Things, on guitar and vocals. They’ve put out several releases, including 2015’s Perform the Most Curious Water Activities and 2016’s The Garden Series.

WIUX also is proud to present and feature several local musicians on the bill for Culture Shock every year. This year’s locals include High Fiber, House Olympics, Amy O (of Nice Try and Brenda’s Friend), Indianapolis hip-hop artists Drayco McCoy, F L A C O, and Mathaius Young, and Kevin Krauter (of Hoops).

Last year, Culture Shock celebrated its 30th anniversary. Dating back to 1986, Culture Shock serves as an opportunity for WIUX to reach out to a both Indiana University and the Bloomington community at large. As the station’s largest on-campus event, Culture Shock is a means for combining music with the local artist community and businesses throughout Bloomington. Previous headliners have included Neon Indian, Foxygen, and Mac Demarco.

Culture Shock will take place Saturday, April 15 in Dunn Meadow. The event is free, all-ages, and open to the public. Food and drink from local Bloomington businesses will be available for purchase, along with WIUX and limited-edition Culture Shock merchandise.

For more information on Culture Shock, please contact WIUX Special Events Director Mike Higgins at mhiggins@wiux.org.