To kick off what they plan to be a year filled with shows, Pakistani-American band The Kominas stopped at The Cedar August 8th as part of their Rock Therapy Tour. Performing following Syrian Electro-Tarab musician Hello Psychaleppo, the band made sure to pull the crowd closer to the stage before their performance in an act of community. The group’s performance is fun, and the members don’t seem to take themselves too seriously when on stage.
Behind their current tour is a goal of creating a space of healing; as the band states, their music is “by non-white folks and at the service of non-white folks.” This comes after a break in touring, with the group performing sparsely following expansive tours between 2009 and 2015.
The Kominas have received flack from critics that believe they have become more nihilistic rather than politically-minded as the years have progressed, but that sentiment wholly ignores just how revolutionary it is for these men to continue to create and tour music and while also placing an emphasis on their own self-care.
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