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by Wyatt Marshall

Bastard Noise + Anthony Saunders at Babycastles (via @cularspectra)
Babycastles

The videogame design collective Babycastles, whose DIY arcade games you may have played at the old Silent Barn or Death by Audio, have opened a gallery at 137 West 14th St in Manhattan. In addition to functioning as an interactive art gallery -- the current installation, "Assalamualaikum Babycastles," explores a "'Muslim lived expeience,' through the embedded narratives of independent, contemporary video games" -- the space is hosting shows.

The Chondritic Sound tour with Hive Mind, Redrot, Scant and more rolled through on Wednesday. Thursday night, the space hosted a number of electronic acts including Dadras, Alarke ("electronic wondercore") and Justin Hood and OG Van B Boys. A couple of weeks back, Bastard Noise and Anthony Saunders played the space.

In May, Ratking performed as part of a weeklong exhibition exploring underground NYC through video games and hip hop that doubled as a celebration of the release of Ratking's new album and the opening of the space. No further concerts are on the Babycastles schedule as of now, but good to see a space hosting experimental shows in Manhattan. Watch video from that fairly rowdy Ratking performance below.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Talib Kweli @ Mohawk Friday night
Talib Kweli

As previously mentioned, Black Star will return for a pair of dates at Best Buy Theater, and on the same night. Saturday December 3rd will see Yasiin and Talib Kweli perform their only LP in its entirety at an 8:00 show and an 11:30 show. Tickets are on sale for both. Talib Kweli joined Res and band to form Idle Warship, at the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday (10/22) before heading to the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg next door. Pictures from the BV party are on the way, but we have a set of pictures in this post from the show Talib Kweli played at the Mohawk one night earlier (yes he was in Texas playing a show after midnight the night before he headlined our show at 5pm in Brooklyn!).

In related news, Wu-Tang Clan (billed as with Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa) will also head to Best Buy Theater in the coming months, hitting the venue on December 18th as part of a string of live dates that will also include Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on 12/15 and Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on 12/17. Tickets are on sale for all dates.

Inspektah Deck will also HEADLINE his own show at 285 Kent on 11/4, joining Ava Luna, DJ Dog Dick, and a DJ set from WFMU'S Marty McSorley. Tickets are on sale. The show is meant to wave goodbye to Babycastles, a collective of independent gaming designers that built an arcade inside Silent Barn.

In other "hip hop at Best Buy Theater" news, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana, Fabolous, Meek Mills, French Montana, and Red Cafe will team for a Funkmaster Flex Presents event at the venue on 11/24. Tickets are on sale.

J Cole plays there tonight (10/25).

Talib Kweli's show Friday night at the Mohawk in Austin, TX was with G-Eazy and Franchize. More pictures from that 10/21 performance, and Wu Tang dates, below...

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Defeated Sanity @ Silent Barn (more by Samantha Marble)
Silent Barn

"The Silent Barn is an immersion into the art of New York City as it lives. It's a double-floor music venue inside of a kitchen, an independent video games arcade, an art theater & performance space, a party surveillance system, a zine library, a museum of gigantic murals, and a home for Castle Oscar. Founded in 2004, The Silent Barn is now grandfather to a beautiful re-emergence of similar spaces across Brooklyn, and a quintessential model for all-ages DIY art and music culture in America. It resides proudly alongside Flux Factory and the Museum of the Moving Image as a rare contemporary art institution in Queens, New York. It has long been the headquarters of both Showpaper and Babycastles, young and booming art institutions in NYC. It has birthed the careers of The Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Deerhunter, Teengirl Fantasy, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, The Black Lips, Pictureplane, and many, many others.

A recent and massive theft has put the Silent Barn in a position to temporarily close operations, and we are viewing this as an opportunity to begin our transition into a viably permanent, resilient, and safe part of New York City. After several years of a rotating cast of operators, including Skeletons, Todd P, John Chavez, and Andy Borsz, The Silent Barn has settled into permanent marriage to G. Lucas Crane (Woods, Nonhorse), Joe Ahearn (ART on AIR, Showpaper), Kunal (Loud Objects, Babycastles), and Nat Roe (WFMU). We are working to co-sign a new 5-year lease for Silent Barn, officially making this a long standing piece of New York City.

We are now raising up to $80,000 in order to ensure the viability of The Silent Barn as a permanent all-ages venue for independent and experimental music, games, and art...."

That blurb comes from the DIY venue's new Kickstarter page which they're using to raise the money. As of this posting, they're at $3,912 already. Those who pledge $1000 or more will get free admission to the venue for life. Those who pledge $10 get some stickers. There are lots of other prices and prizes too. Check it out.

Check out a video of Dirty Projects playing the Queens venue below...

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