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Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band @ Ecstatic Music Festival 2/4/2016
The 2016 Ecstatic Festival, which pairs rock/pop with composers and experimental musicians, just got underway with a 1/29 kickoff event at The Greene Space (featuring a Man Forever / Tigue collaboration) before settling in to its usual home of Merkin Concert Hall on Thursday (2/4) for a collaborative performance by skilled MC Pharoahe Monch and the PitchBlak Brass Band. The show featured new arrangements of songs from his deeply personal 2014 album PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which incorporated a string section as well. The setlist and more pics from the show are below.
Up next for the Ecstatic Music Festival is the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on Saturday (4/6) at Merkin Concert Hall, featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier, plus Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning / Grammy-nominated "Anthracite Fields." Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, the performance will be streamed live on Q2 Music at 7:30 PM EST.
photo: Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns in 2016 from January 29 to March 19, with all performances happening at NYC's Merkin Concret Hall except the opening night at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with Man Forever & Tigue.
The collaborative series also includes Pharaohe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band on 2/4, Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on 2/6, Rachel Grimes & Longleash on 2/10, Yo La Tengo & Alvin Lucier on 2/17, Lee Ranaldo & Dither on 3/2, Exceptet, Ensemble Échappé & Goldfeather on 3/13, William Tyler, Quindar & Nick Hallett on 3/17, and M. Lamar, Charlie Looker & Mivos Quartet on 3/19.
The 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival takes place this week, Wednesday (7/8) through Saturday (7/11), and new updates were recently announced. The annual Brooklyn Bodega-presented festival begins with a "conference on Hip-Hop, Technology and criminal justice reform" on Wednesday, followed by a screening of 1994's Fresh on Thursday. Friday has a tour of Brooklyn bars and restaurants, courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery, and the JUICE Hip-Hop Exhibition at Littlefield with a dance-off, various showcases, and galleries.
Then as always, the main event is the big concert happening Saturday at 50 Kent. As mentioned, Common is headlining this year. Since we last spoke, they added Queensbridge legends Mobb Deep, plus Lion Babe, Freeway, Charles Hamilton, Skyzoo, DJ Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Pitchblak Brass Band, John Robinson & PVD, DJ Parler, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Torae, Chelsea Reject, Slim Dollars, Tripset, Waffle NYC, Money & Violence and more. Tickets are still available, and you can also try to win a pair.
Lion Babe, who appear on the upcoming Disclosure album, are also playing Afropunk Fest and an Afropunk-presented Lincoln Center Out of Doors show. You can watch the video for their Pharrell-produced single "Wonder Woman" below.
Full schedule for the festival, also below...
Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's full lineup was just announced and includes Generationals, San Fermin, Matthew E White, Diarrhea Planet, Southern Culture On The Skids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Gap Dream and 100+ more. Shows happen at various venues in Savannah's Downtown Historic District, and festival passes are $65.
Full 2015 Savannah Stopover line-up is listed below...
Like in past years, Georgia's Savannah Stopover will go down shortly before SXSW, and will likely have a good amount of overlap. The 2015 edition is their 5th anniversary and happens March 5-7. The initial lineup was announced today and includes Generationals, Diarrhea Planet, Matthew E. White, San Fermin, Heavenly Beat, All Them Witches, Fat Tony, Gap Dream, Beach Day, Axxa/Abraxas, What Moon Things, Ryley Walker and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup and a playlist with those artists below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
Ex Hex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like last year, right before SXSW brings a ton of bands to Austin for about a week, many of the same bands will stop in Savannah, Georgia for Savannah Stopover, which goes down across various venues from March 6-8. The initial lineup includes Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Tweens, Ski Lodge, Ex Hex, Big Ups, Caitlin Rose, Pile, Bleeding Rainbow and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Initial lineup and flyer below...
The annual Crest Hardware Art Show begins today (6/8) with their Crest Fest kickoff party at Williamsburg's Crest Hardware from 1 PM - 8 PM and is free, all ages and open to the public. The annual event is a showcase for art "about, made with, for and/or inspired by hardware" and is displayed, often cleverly, throughout the store. C.H.A.S. runs through mid-August.
Additionally, there's music, food, drinks, dancing, vendor market, free kids crafts and face painting and much much more!" It's free and open to the public. The music side has live performances from Pitchblak Brass Band, Aabaraki, Cold Fronts, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, and See Through.
If you stop by this afternoon, we recommend you pop over to Union Pool for today's BV-presented edition of Summer Thunder featuring J. Mascis' Heavy Blanket and Love as Laughter. It's free and starts at 2 PM.
Crest Fest 2013 flyer is below...
The annual Crest Hardware Art Show runs from June 30 - August 31 and kicks off this Saturday (6/30) with Crest Fest 2012 which goes from 1 - 7PM and features a live music stage, two DJ booths, plus local, creative art, and food vendors. Bands performing include Aabaraki, Grey Sky Appeal, Hard Nips, PitchBlak Brass Band and Workout and DJ sets are by Petey Complex, Lucas Walters, Dom Leon, King Cut, Peter Hale and Krunk Pony. The show is free and all ages.
Crest Hardware is located at 558 Metropolitan Ave Between Lorimer and Union in Williamsburg. This year's Art Show will include "100+ works from various artists of different mediums. The art will be installed contextually throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden...All art is about/made with/or inspired by hardware." Flyers and posters are at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of things happening on June 30 sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks (which Crest Fest is), White Rabbits are playing a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday night and we're giving away a pair of VIP tickets which guarantees you admission to the otherwise first-come, first-served show, and gets you into the VIP balcony. Details on how to enter are below...
photos by David Andrako
DeMarco and his two accompanying guitarists often literally drop a knee to the floor and continue to play on during their live set, which on a couple of occasions resulted in not really being able to play at all if they lost their balance. If there's one thing these guys have mastered though, it's how to keep an audience intrigued. DeMarco's recorded music is good, but his live performance is another experience entirely...Toronto's week-long NXNE Festival wraps up tonight (6/17). Below are photos from Thursday, June 14, including sets by the knee-dropping Mac Demarco, plus Bleached, Grass Widow, Idiot Glee, The Seedy Seeds, The Black Belles, The Sphinxs and PitchBlak Brass Band.
...Irony and parody are alive and well at NXNE, particularly in the form of an ironically bad (but in a way, hilariously good) guitar solo by the above-mentioned guitarist in Mac DeMarco's set. To make an Ironic Guitar Solo work, you just have to furiously play the same out-of-tune note for a few 10-second intervals, pluck a couple of atonal chords, and then grin at the confused concertgoers gathered before you. Gets a laugh every time (from me, anyway). [National Post]