GRRRL PRTY Perform in The Current Studios

GRRRL PRTY - perform "Nightwatch" live in The Current Studios for the all-women edition of the Local Show. (MPR Video / Nate Ryan)
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GRRRL PRTY in studio
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People tend to think of GRRRL PRTY as a party band--which is understandable, they acknowledge, given that they do have "PRTY" in their name--but there are dark dimensions beneath the group's bouncy beats. They don't have much music available to hear on your headphones, but this week they helped to bridge that gap with a fiery performance in the Current's studio.

Led by the power trio of Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Manchita, GRRRL PRTY staked out Studio M with DJ Shannon Blowtorch on the tables; fifth member Quinn Wilson, hype girl and flag carrier, was unable to make it, but Lizzo assured host Andrea Swensson that the group had erected the GRRRL PRTY flag outside the studio in her absence.

Given that GRRRL PRTY's members have been nearly ubiquitous on local stages over the past several months, they've remained tantalizingly elusive under that moniker. Their single "Wegula"--with which they closed their Current session--has become a YouTube favorite​, but their long-awaited debut EP still hasn't officially surfaced. With a new mixtape and single ("Night Watch") now available, the hip-hop supergroup are positioning themselves for a huge year as their audience continues to snowball.

Listen in as they play some tunes, talk about their origins as a group, and get real about the history of women in hip-hop.

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    Sophia Eris (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Lizzo (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Lizzo, Sophia Eris and Manchita (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita sings (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    DJ Shannon Blowtorch (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita laughs at a sample from DJ Shannon Blowtorch (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Portrait of DJ Shannon Blowtorch (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    DJ Shannon Blowtorch portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Sophia Eris portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Sophia Eris portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Sophia Eris portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Lizzo portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Lizzo portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Lizzo portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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    Manchita portrait (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)