SUMMER OF 1988: The Baffler is born as a punk literary magazine with the timeless proclamation, “Your Lifestyle Sucks.” A laugh in the face of academic jargon and the commercial avant-garde, The Baffler was instead a celebration of critical intelligence—taking to task everyone from creative class gurus to entertainment moguls to cyber-entrepreneurs.
THIRTY YEARS LATER: The Baffler remains a leading voice of unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, poetry, and art. To celebrate these three decades of antagonism and mockery, we warmly invite you—long-time and first-time Bafflerites alike—to join us for a celebration of music and revelry on the evening of August 25, 2018 at the music venue Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York.
For the occasion, we have summoned the musical talents of DEERHOOF and PALBERTA, two acts known for challenging, joyful, and uncompromising sounds; music impossible to compartmentalize in an increasingly stagnant and Spotified major-indie music industry.
Formed in 1994 in San Francisco, the legendary and staunchly independent four-piece DEERHOOF draws from post-punk, noise rock, improv, pop and jazz. Over fourteen studio albums, drummer Greg Saunier, bassist and singer Satomi Matsuzaki, and guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez have emerged as one of the most adventurous experimental bands of our time.
PALBERTA is the sharp, humorous collaboration between multi-instrumentalists Lily Konigsberg, Anina Ivry-Block, and Nina Ryser. Formed less than five years ago in the Hudson Valley, Palberta have amassed an underground following in recent years. Their recently issued Roach Goin’ Down is the trio’s second full-length and among the year’s most interesting albums.
Commodify your dissent for the bargain price of $20 per ticket or $40 for a special ticket-plus-magazine-subscription deal. An after party will follow on Elsewhere’s rooftop, at which free beverages will be available for our subscribers. Also for sale at the Baffler Mini Mall merch table will be facsimile editions of early issues of the magazine and other items marketing the Baffler anti-lifestyle brand. This is the first in a series of Baffler concerts to be continued in 2019.