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The first annual Rotted Tooth Fest


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Sensory overload care of Otto Splotch.
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For the past few years Bitchpork has run the same weekend as Pitchfork, providing a gnarly alternative to the comparatively mainstream festival lineup. During its run the three-day megafest, hosted in warehouses and basements around town, has featured weirdo punk and noise acts from all over the country, at one point highlighted by an insane secret Lightning Bolt set. Bitchpork isn't returning this year, but something even better is swooping in to take its place: Rotted Tooth Fest, put on by Oozing Wound drummer Kyle Reynolds and his record label, Rotted Tooth Recordings. The festival runs on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, in a top-secret location you'll be tipped off to via e-mail only after buying tickets from either Rotted Tooth or Permanent Records. The lineup, which showcases a lot of acts that have received Reader coverage, is largely built from, but not limited to, the Rotted Tooth roster. Check it out after the jump.

Friday's show is headlined by long-running Michigan-based harsh-noise group Wolf Eyes. Support comes from damaged-electronics artist Sewn Leather, cinematic Cave side project Bitchin Bajas, local noise-punks Running, postpunk newcomers Toupee, and former Coughs member Jail Flanagan's new project, Gula Gila. On Saturday sassy Iowa City garage punks Solid Attitude headline, with opening sets from Saint Louis weirdo hardcore band Shaved Women, recent Thrill Jockey signees Oozing Wound, female-fronted noise-rock outfit Super Sonic Piss, proggy locals Mayor Daley, and Brainbombs-worshipping (and delightfully named) hardcore band Rectal Hygenics.

Tickets, which are limited, cost $8—and you will not be admitted without one. The shows are set to begin promptly at 9 PM, no "punk time." If you like things gross, loud, hot, and noisy, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Luca Cimarusti writes about local music on Thursday.