When: Fri., Aug. 14, 9 p.m. 2015
Mykki Blanco’s last mixtape, 2014's Gay Dog Food, boasts spots from far-flung guests like shadowy Internet rapper Cities Aviv and riot grrrl godmother Kathleen Hanna. He's always identified himself as a punk, and an adrenaline-charged track like “Moshin in the Front” cements that label. Though Blanco has yet to put out new music in 2015—he did cryptically tease a project called White Pelle Pelle last October, but that seems to have fallen dormant—his presence as an artist this year has only grown. In March, he announced that he’d be focusing on investigative journalism, and that he hoped to interview trans people across the globe. He also recently came out as HIV positive, accompanied by a concise and powerful statement: “Fuck stigma.” Blanco’s output might remain scant, but he can still bring his music to live audiences—though what his show might look like now is anyone’s guess. The guarantee is that it’ll be life affirming, especially for queer kids who might not often get the opportunity to see someone with Blanco's command dominate a stage.