Posted in dance | music | tour dates on June 15, 2011

by Bill Pearis

The Crystal Ark

While the pull of the Northside Festival will keep a lot of us in Williamsburg, one of the cooler events of the weekend is happening in Bed-Stuy. DFA act The Crystal Ark perform at soul food restaurant/disco The Sugarhill Supperclub on Friday (6/17). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

The Crystal Ark is DFA mainstay Gavin Russom and visual artist Viva Ruiz, who will be backed by a 9-piece ensemble including DFA DJ and engineer Matt Thornley, DFA bassist Tyler Pope and percussionist Alberto Lopez. There will also be (according to the press release): a slew of DJ talent, including Venus and $hayne of GHE20 GOTH1K and Saheer Umar (House of House); custom lights and visual effects courtesy Bec Stupak (Deitch Projects, Whitney Biennial) and Johnny Woods of Honeygun Labs, as well as choreographed dances by Alberto Cortes and Irene Discos and improvisational interludes.

You can check out a stream of The Crystal Ark's new single on DFA, "Touch," at the bottom of this post. In 2010 they also released two singles you may be familiar with, "The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous" and "The City Never Sleeps". You can also check out the video for the latter below.

This will be The Crystal Ark's third live performance. The venue is what makes this so interesting. Here's a quote from a Yelp review:

As stated in previous reviews, Sugarhill is a sort of time-warp alternate history version of New York in the 1970s-early 80s, or at least some time when gold trim, drop ceilings, burgundy pile carpet, hunter green accents, and statues of eagles were the height of sophistication.
The Sugarhill Superclub, also known as Sugarhill Disco, has also been host to some Rubulad parties in the past. Could make for a fun, surreal evening. Flyer for the show and songs are below.

And speaking of DFA shows happening in weird Brooklyn venues on Friday, The Juan Maclean and Justin Miller are playing a pop-up party at at Metro Community Laundromat. Admission to "Dirty Disco Laundrette" is a hefty $75, but includes open bar from 10:30pm-4am.

YACHT play a Northside show at Music Hall of Williamsburg two nights later.

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The Crystal Ark - "Touch"

The Crystal Ark - The City Never Sleeps

Crystal Ark

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Comments (25)

gavin looked completely different during the final LCD shows

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 12:44 PM

It's because he cut his hair....

by the way, the girl in that picture reminds me of karen o.....

the only shows that matter are oneida....friday-sun marathon. ofcourse bv doesn't even mention about it...

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 12:52 PM

That styling is a fucking abortion. Horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 1:07 PM

Hipsters are dicks.

Posted by Gingrich | June 15, 2011 1:10 PM

best show of the summer hand down

Posted by don't sleep | June 15, 2011 1:14 PM

lulz, these two tards...

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 1:33 PM

best show of the summer will happen in LA when they host FYF fest....descendents, bss, guided by voices, dfa 1979, millions more for $35

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 1:43 PM

LA still lame apparently

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 1:44 PM

bed stuy is a great place to wander to if you like getting stabbed

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:25 PM

I like leaf!

Posted by Gavin Degraw | June 15, 2011 2:26 PM

I make fart noises with my mouth! biszgusiugwsgnusd

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:27 PM

"brown people are scary!" - 2:25 p.m.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:28 PM

Your kids will make fun of u for this

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:29 PM

why do people think DFA is cool? Never got it. Seems like a bunch of dorks who work in record stores well into their thirties...

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:32 PM

12:52 - Right on! Can't wait to eat breakfast on Sunday Morning to the sounds of the new O album. Should be fucking sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:45 PM

I'm musically diverse. I only like guitar bands, flannel and beards.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:51 PM

I've never been to bed-stuy. Is there any decent hummus stands out that way, or should I brown bag it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 2:51 PM

skip the brown bag, bring a gun

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 3:44 PM

bed stuy is a great place to wander to if you like hummus...

...and getting stabbed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 3:52 PM

Will be at this! What up Seva?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 4:37 PM

OOOhhh can't wait they are my favorite band

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 5:11 PM

OPEN BAR, DUDE!

Fuckin' Frohawk

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 6:12 PM

killed it at wbarbq

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2011 9:15 PM

Finally something special worth going to. Thanks Seva!

Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2011 2:45 PM

"bed stuy is a great place to wander to if you like getting stabbed"

Sounds like a plan for some trendy indie BV losers to get lost somewhere...

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2011 2:59 PM

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