Punk Talks benefit happening with Microwave & Oso Oso (who are on tour)
Punk Talks "was founded in January 2015 in the Cincinnati area. It aims to provide free mental health assistance to bands, industry professionals, and fans while also educating and raising awareness of mental health and self-care." Bands like Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise, who are both very vocal about mental issues, have endorsed/supported its cause. And the admiration is mutual. "I was largely inspired by Modern Baseball’s meteoric rise to fame," Punk Talks founder Sheridan Allen told Safer Scene last year.
There's a Punk Talks benefit happening in New Jersey on May 5 at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center with an acoustic set by Microwave, plus Oso Oso, Macseal, Harmony Woods and Sistine. It starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets will be on sale soon at this link. Flyer below.
Oso Oso (who used to be called Osoosooso) recently put out a new album, The Yunahon Mixtape. Main member Jade Lilitri (fka Jonathan DiMitri, who was in State Lines, who are currently on hiatus) was backed by drummer Aaron Masih for this one, and it's a bit more on the "lo-fi indie" side than his earlier material. Listen below. You can order the vinyl from Seal Mountain Records.
Oso Oso are also on tour now and have a bunch of other dates happening before the Punk Talks benefit. They play a NYC show on April 25 at Brooklyn Bazaar with Daddy and The Hyena, Kississippi (solo), Just Friends and Nervous Dater. Tickets for that show are on sale. All dates are listed below.