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Parquet Courts, Lee Ranaldo & more played Knockdown Center (pics)

Parquet Courts‘ threw quite a holiday party, complete with a crowdsurfing Douglas Fir. Bassist Sean Yeatons wanted the crowd at the Knockdown Center to keep it afloat the show, but it only lasted a few songs, at which point actual people took to surfing. Saturday’s event (12/10), called ‘Knock! Knock! Down! Down!‘, was at massive Queens space Knockdown Center and the band brought together art — including singer and Grammy nominee Andrew Savage‘s paintings — and a mix of performers they dug, including DC’s Flasher (which features Taylor Mulitz of Priests), first-gen Cleveland punks X___x, glammy punk-n-roll act Vanity, Lee Ranaldo (who played a lot from his new album due in 2017), party-starters Guerilla Toss, and the awesomely awkward comedy stylings of host Joe Pera. (It was he who brought the pine tree.)

With people all over Knockdown Center’s sprawling space, it didn’t seem all that packed…until Parquet Courts went on, filling the main performance space as they played a favorites-filled set. Pictures from the whole night are in the gallery above.

Eaters, who collaborated on one of the art installations (“Eyes Have Brightened‘), will have additional performances of the installation this week.

photos by Stephanie Augello

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