An array of politically charged punk bands support the equity-building efforts of Madison's Half-Stack Sessions group. Info
Half-Stack Sessions is a local group of activists who push for gender equality in Madison's music scene by organizing events and meetings. Their spring showcase, which is also a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, features a lineup of Midwestern bands that supports the cause and celebrates the diversity of local and regional music.
Kitten Forever is a hardcore punk, drums- and bass-focused trio from Minneapolis, whose members trade off on their intense vocal duties. Blacker Face hails from Chicago, and their fast-paced, genre-hopping funk sound is supported by the politically charged lyrics and vocal delivery of Jolene w/e. No Hoax is a local hardcore punk outfit that plays thrashing, epic jams with a brooding edge, while fellow Madisonians Gender Confetti are a queer-punk duo who combine noise and pop songwriting sensibilities to inspiring effect. Besides a punk aesthetic, the bands are tied together by the passionate political messages in their lyrics—demanding equality, and simultaneously celebrating their individual means of thriving in an unfair world. While many Half-Stack events are private, this showcase is open to the public. —Reid Kurkerewicz