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Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
Kelela
DJ Ezra Koenig
DJ E*Vax

Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.

The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?

More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...

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photo::: Kelela @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

Alt-R&B singer Kelela's last visit to NYC was unfortunately canceled but she'll be back next month to headline MoMA's annual benefit / preview party The Armory Show on March 4 at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The pricey gala also features a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat). Tickets to the party are $175, but VIP and more expensive options (like the $10k Lead Benefactor tickets) get you an early peek at MoMA's Bjork retrospective which doesn't officially open till March 8.

Here's a little more on The Armory Show:

The Armory Show is New York's foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2015, the fair will again feature The Armory Show - Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2015 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.
Kelela's only other announced 2015 dates are SXSW in March and this year's Primavera Sound festival in May.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

As mentioned, Solange, who is on the cover of the next FADER, will be going on a tour this year which comes to NYC for two shows at Webster Hall, both of which are sold out. The Webster Hall shows happen on February 20 and February 25 (not 2/20 and 2/18, as initially announced).

Since we last spoke, Solange's tour has been expanded and now includes international club dates and festivals stretching into August, including The Roots Picnic in Philly, Sweetlife in Maryland, Sasquatch! in Washington State, and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. It also includes another appearance in NYC at the 2013 Armory Party at MoMA on March 6, the same part that Neon Indian played last year. The Armory Show, founded in 1994, is the "largest art fair in New York" and will return to Piers 92 and 94 this year from March 7-10. Tickets to the preview party which Solange is playing, and which benefits the Armory Show, are on sale now, starting at $150.

Solange also just teamed up with collaborator Dev Hynes to perform an acoustic version of "Bad Girls" from Solange's album, True, for a Black Cab Session. That video and an updated list of Solange dates are below...

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