+ LAINA DAWES +
Laina Dawes (raffle host) is the author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points, 2012). A music and cultural journalist, her writings can be found on Cuepoint / Medium, MTV Iggy, Refinery 29, SPIN, Wondering Sound, MySpace, Decibel and other print and online publications.
+ JD SAMSON +
JD SAMSON (dj set) IS ONE OF NYC’S MOST ENDURING CREATIVE FORCES. SINCE FIRST CAPTURING THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION IN THE EARLY 2000’S AS A MEMBER OF THE PIONEERING FEMINIST ELECTRO-POP BAND LE TIGRE, SAMSON HAS GONE ON TO WORK IN ALMOST EVERY CONCEIVABLE MEDIUM AND WITH PARTNERS RANGING FROM URSULA MAYER TO PUSSY RIOT. HER CONSTANT DEDICATION TO POSI VIBES HAS ALSO LEAD TO HER RECURRING NYC PARTIES —PAT AND SCISSOR SUNDAYS— BEING BELOVED NEW YORK INSTITUTIONS.
+ BRANDON STOSUY +
Brandon Stosuy (dj set) is the Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. He is a Music Curator at MoMA PS1 and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, and curates Pitchfork's showcases and events, along with the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson and the ongoing Tinnitus music series. He has a children's book, Music Is...., forthcoming on Simon & Schuster in October 2016. He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.
+ FRED PESSARO +
Fred pessaro (dj set) has been an editor in Chief, writer, DJ, and photographer in various incarnations for as far back as he cares to remember. You've seen his work via NPR, the New York Times, Decibel, VICE, Terrorizer, BrooklynVegan, Time Out, MetalSucks, InvisibleOranges, East Village Radio, Village Voice, and FUSE. you have DEFINITELY seen him at a lot of shows.
+ KIM KELLY +
KIM Kelly'S (Noisey) writing on heavy metal and SURROUNDING cultureS has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, NPR, the Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Reader, Pitchfork, Kerrang, the Village Voice, Fader, Spin, the Quietus, the Wire, and too many others to count. She's worked as a publicist, a promoter, a touring merchandiser, and a museum docent. She lives for black metal, black tea, and Black Sabbath.