Posted in music | tour dates on April 12, 2012

Mayo Thompson (of Red Krayola)
Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola

Red Krayola (formerly The Red Crayola) was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Houston, Texas, formed by art students at the University of St. Thomas (Texas) in 1966. The band was led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson, along with drummer Frederick Barthelme (brother of novelist Donald Barthelme) and Steve Cunningham. Their work prefigured punk and the no wave scene in 1980s New York City.
They made noise rock, psychedelia and occasionally folk/country songs and instrumentals in a DIY fashion, an approach that presaged the lo-fi aesthetic of many 1990s US indie rock groups... Thompson has continued using the name, in its legally required permutation The Red Krayola, for his musical projects since. -[Wiki]
Red Krayola will play the Whitney Museum as part of the Biennial on both Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14.

On Friday they will band with The Familiar Ugly to perform tracks new and old alongside "free-form freakouts". On Saturday "selections from Victorine--an opera written in collaboration with the British conceptual artists Art & Language--will be premiered." The shows are free with paid museum admission.

Jarvis Cocker played the Whitney last week.

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Comments (9)

Sorry Red Krayola - Friends hate and Sigur Ros love are trumping you today.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:43 PM


Watch #BasedGod get shirtless on Pinchferks

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:59 PM

Free admission Fri 6-9, but set time is 6. It doesn't seem worth fighting the herd to be late, or risk forking over $18 and you might get in if it is not at capacity. A shame to make it so awkward, this is a fantastic live band.

Posted by nygrump | April 12, 2012 4:13 PM

You gotta miss the olden days huh? Better bands, better music. I think our appreciation for music has changed greatly over the years.

Posted by bathroom lighting | April 12, 2012 8:25 PM

yes Watch #BasedGod get shirtless on Pinchferks

Posted by Dubizzle | April 13, 2012 5:41 PM

was incredible. i've seen red krayola 5 times and this was the best. full repertoire of the last 40 years in the huge open whitney gallery. they are brilliant. mayo thompson, tom watson (of slovenly, etc) & co deliver a complicated rock 'n' roll set that defined its own reality.

Posted by bennett | April 14, 2012 2:51 AM

I just got home from this show. It was so amazing. Red Krayola are unlike any other American rock band. They "do" rock music but within that they're doing social commentary, politics, farce, "entertainment" and all else in a subtle effective manner. This was a great evening of very intelligent and entertaining music. And totally endearing to see them interact.

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Posted by Work from Home Jobs | July 9, 2012 1:11 AM

red krayola rules

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 2:52 PM

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