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Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.

Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Cults, Richard Reed Parry, Kurtis Matronik, Thao Nguyen & more playing Arthur Russell tributes"

PC Music

What is PC Music? A label, a scene, a subgenre, a red herring? It may be all of these things at once. The shadowy operation and its bewildering brand of hyper-pop have been everywhere in the past few months, from UK broadcasters like Rinse FM to the XL Records roster to Boiler Room broadcasts, and its influence seems to be growing on a daily basis.

The label, and the aesthetic it promulgates, have been hiding in plain sight for nearly a year and a half, releasing a steady stream of music-- all online and mostly free-- that amounts to one of the freshest, funniest, and most confounding pop-music phenomena to appear in a long time. [Philip Sherburne for Pitchfork]

The very hyped electronic music label/collective PC Music had tracks land on best-of-2014 lists from FACT, Gorilla vs Bear, Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes and more, and it's already looking like they've got a big 2015 ahead of them too. Most of PC Music crew and their pal SOPHIE (a buzzy guy himself) are teaming up for a showcase on May 8 at BRIC House (647 Fulton St) during the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. The showcase will take over the entire BRIC House space, exhibition areas included. Here's some more info:
And now they may be morphing into a television network right in front of our eyes. Curious about what that means? This all-encompassing night will bring their sound and aesthetic to life in a way that you've never seen before. Join SOPHIE and pretty much the entire cast of the label at downtown Brooklyn media and arts space BRIC House to participate in the spectacle.
Tickets are on sale now.

PC Music also have a SXSW showcase coming up with their artists AG Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, QT, Danny L Harle, Spinee and easyFun, as well as SOPHIE and other label associates Felicita and Kane West.

You can listen to some PC Music and SOPHIE below...

Continue reading "PC Music taking over BRIC House in Brooklyn for showcase; throwing one at SXSW too"

photo: Pharmakon at Webster Hall last weekend (more by Greg Cristman)
Pharmakon

Nothing Changes is the weekly late-night party that happens at small Lower East Side bar Home Sweet Home that tends to feature relatively obscure goth/noise/punk/etc artists, and sometimes hosts bigger bands while they tour through NYC like Iceage and Merchandise. As part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency, Nothing Changes will throw its biggest party ever at May 13 at Output, the Williamsburg dance club with one of the city's best sound systems.

The lineup is very impressive too, with noise veteran Merzbow, a duo set from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge and Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway, Dominick Fernow's long-running Prurient project, fast-rising NYC newcomer Pharmakon, L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli, the genuinely freakish Destruction Unit-related project Marshstepper, ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform, and more unannounced artists. Tickets are on sale now.

Prurient will be "presenting his seminal album Pleasure Ground for the first time" at the Nothing Changes show, and he's also releasing a new album this year. It's called Frozen Niagara Falls and is due May 12 via Profound Lore. Album trailer below.

Pharmakon has other upcoming shows in NYC as well.

The Nothing Changes party also celebrates its two-year anniversary this Wednesday (3/11) at Home Sweet Home with Lust for Youth (who also play Baby's) and Soren. That goes from 10 PM to 4 AM, and is $8 at the door. The following week has Oake and Lussuria.

Continue reading "Nothing Changes taking over Output for one night w/ Prurient, Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, and more"

FKA Twigs
photo: FKA Twigs @ Webtster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)

RMBA's 2015 NYC lineup announcement today included a show that will actually be Red Bull Music Academy's biggest-ever production. Taking place in a Sunset Park warehouse called Brooklyn Hangar. They've hosted some raves in the past. the two-night event is described like this:

May 17 & May 18: FKA Twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar:

It feels like FKA Twigs' rise from experimental R&B mystery woman to a genuine star pushing the boundaries of pop music happened so quickly that we still haven't caught up. Now, over the course of two nights, the singer/dancer/producer/choreographer/director will perform two very special concerts at the Brooklyn Hangar. The exciting next step in her evolution, we've given her complete freedom to bring her radical vision to the stage. Accompanied by ten dancers, costumes by Alexander McQueen, and spectacular visuals, this original production not only will this sound like the future, it'll look like it too.

The show is called "Congregata" and tickets are on sale.

Check out all the May RMBA events listed HERE.

FKA Twigs also plays Coachella this year, and all the dates listed below...

Continue reading "FKA Twigs playing Sunset Park warehouse Brooklyn Hangar with 10 dancers, designer costumes & visuals (dates & tickets)"

photo: Holy Other at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Holy Other

The 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lineup was just announced, and as is to be expected, there's a ton of very cool events happening this year. One of those is the fifth anniversary party for Tri Angle Records which happens at 23 Wall Street on May 15 and features a large chunk of the label's roster, including The Haxan Cloak, Evian Christ, Holy Other, Vessel, Forest Swords, Boothroyd, mssingo, Lotic, Rabit, Hanz and special guests. Tickets are on sale now.

23 Wall Street is the same place Prince recently played, but he was on the ground floor. The RBMA event will be downstairs in the basement and vault of what was the J.P. Morgan building.

Tri Angle started as a small boutique label, but a few of the artists' profiles have significantly risen in recent years. The Haxan Cloak was one of the producers on the new Bjork album, and Evian Christ was one on Kanye West's Yeezus.

Listen to a few of the artists below...

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photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Merzbow

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

photo by Sam Hiscox
Mumdance

Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]
UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.

Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.

It's the second to last RBMA event after Hudson Mohawke tonight (5/28) and the closing party on Saturday (5/31).

Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.

Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.

DJ Marfox
DJ Marfox

Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:

Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.
The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...

Continue reading "Mumdance releasing stuff, touring, playing Lit City Trax RBMA, Warm Up & more; DJ Marfox too (dates, streams)"

"Nelson George & D'angelo having the REALEST convo ever. I've known dude for 20 years and never knew he was THIS funny." - Questlove

D'Angelo & Questlove at RBMA (photo by Drew Gurian/Red Bull Content Pool)
D'Angelo

The most awkward moment of the night came when George asked if the oft-used term "neo-soul" was a valid phrase or "PR bullshit," unaware that the man who coined the term, a friend of D'Angelo and Questlove, was in the audience. After originally answering, "I plead the fifth," D'Angelo said, "I respect it for what it is, but anytime you put a name on something, you just put it in a box. You want to be in a position where you can grow as an artist. You never want to be told, 'Hey, well, you're a neo-soul artist.' Right now, I'm not. We're going someplace else." [Rolling Stone]
One of the events in this year's Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency was elusive R&B great D'Angelo (joined by Questlove) in conversation with author Nelson George at the Brooklyn Museum Cantor Auditorium where they discussed a lot of things (not his loooong-delayed new album though). Video of the almost-hour-and-a-half long interview has now surfaced via Red Bull. It's pretty entertaining, and can be watched below...

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Panda Bear at Warsaw on Sunday (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear

Over the weekend, Animal Collective's Panda Bear brought his tour to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Warsaw (check out pictures), where he played music from his upcoming album, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Like we said, full audio from the show would be appearing online this week and you can now download the audio in full HERE, via Two Sails.

Setlist (with unofficial song titles) and a stream of one of the new songs, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey

"Regis = the one techno act that can get diehard Napalm Death fans dancing. Or at least nodding their heads agreeably." - Self Titled Mag

"Glenn Branca walking the floors of Hardcore Activity In Progress with a scowl and a plastic bag is the most perfect thing." - David Marek

"I'm right between Napalm Death and Gunplay performing at the same time at this @rbma Hardcore event at Knockdown. IT'S REAL WEIRD AND GREAT" - Laura Sterritt

Wolf Eyes / Gunplay / Tim Hecker @ Knockdown Center - 5/16/14
Wolf Eyes
Gunplay
Tim Hecker

"Tomorrow i will see Gunplay and Napalm Death in the same show, i don't rly even know what that means," wrote one fan on Twitter. Somewhere, the shadowy curating hand at Red Bull Music Academy smiled. Mission accomplished.

Hardcore Activity in Progress was one of the latest monster showcases put on by RBMA, working under the record store geek conceit of musical extremes. Kicking off last Friday, May 16 at the Knockdown Center, the show playfully yo-yoed the crowds' expectations, covering more miles than the previous Drone Activity in Progress held last year. The fest swung from dynamic end points; quiet to loud, soothing to loud, measured to holy crap this is loud (they luckily were giving out earplugs that they warned everyone to wear). Sure, there were times when the twine was twisted: For one, OCD category adherents might've been flummoxed by the lack of objective hardcore on the bill, beyond the prior incarnation of Bastard Noise. ("This is our hardcore," said the website, using the same argumentative logic as, "Well, it's how I feel. . .") Then, the proximity of the stages created a timbre pile-up that would've excited the spirits of Luigi Russolo and John Cage, but seemed to irritate critics. The NY Times review reads:

the sound at the Knockdown Center was basically garbage: echoey, booming, diffuse, nonsensical. It also wasn't great at last year's Red Bull Music Academy event in the same space, "Drone Activity in Progress," but that concert had a few other things going for it -- the novelty of the just-opened space, and the music itself, drone and noise and power-electronics, either carefully conceived or more energetic. Anyway, on Friday, some good sets -- by the Thing and Ms. Lee, for instance -- were impeded by poor acoustics or competing rackets coming from nearby. And some bad sets were made worse.
Add in the inclement weather and the venue's libation ban (the same venue as the recent M.I.A. & A$AP Ferg show), and one could see the bipolar goal as needlessly frustrating.

But, it's hard to damn ambition. The fact one could walk a few steps from the drone terror of the ex-Khanate pain-incarnate that's Gnaw to solo cellist deconstructionist Okkyung Lee was kind of neat in the same way an eclectic mixtape is neat. Granted, in the 21st century, with all of recorded history at our fingertips, the ping-pong effect is lessened due to everyone's general familiarity with other styles. The genre islands have been subsumed by the sea change. But, still, one appreciated the otherworldly jolt every so often: Hey, there's Lubomyr Melnyk wielding his complex continuous music theory on piano, creating a near-literal river of notes. And there's grindfathers Napalm Death destroying unprotected eardrums with unhinged aggression. In fact, the latter's classic "You Suffer" kind of summed it all up: You suffer/ But why? Those that took the show as some greater statement about contemporary art were missing the point. Modern classic and harsh noise rap! Drone and jazz! Gunplay and Tim Hecker! GUNPLAY AND TIM HECKER!

Those were the moments that made it worthwhile.

Pictures from the event (though unfortunately none of Regis or clipping. who we missed) are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "'Hardcore Activity' progressed @ Knockdown Center -- pics (Napalm Death, Gunplay, Tim Hecker, Wolf Eyes, Bastard Noise, The Thing, more)"

photos & videos by Greg Cristman

Lumière
Robert Henke's Lumiere
Robert Henke's Lumiere

The screen imagery exploded: into squares, spirals, circles, curves and, with some puffs from smoke machines, three-dimensional shapes unfurling overhead. The lasers were tightly coordinated with the music, with shapes expanding on each wallop; distorted tones got dotted lines, clearer tones got straight ones. For much of the set, the on-screen geometries were hard-edged white or near-white; when the screen suddenly turned blue, the dancing crowd roared. Later, the screen offered flickering numbers, letters and two words: "Love Code." [NY Times]
The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued this past Saturday (5/10) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with German electronic composer/Monolake member Robert Henke presenting the US premiere of his laser and sound show, Lumière, and dark Tri Angle-signed producer The Haxan Cloak. Robert went on first, doing his set from the front row of the balcony with only the light of the lasers for illumination. The sold-out room emptied out a bit for The Haxan Cloak's set, though both were great. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Red Bull Music Academy continues on Wednesday (5/14) with the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets at Town Hall (tickets). Performers include Jamie Lidell, Jherek Bischoff, Kaki King, Petra Haden, Shigeto, Nels Cline, Daedelus, and more.

More pictures from Brooklyn Masonic Temple below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Clay Rendering at Saint Vitus in January (more by Greg Cristman)

Post-industrial husband and wife duo Clay Rendering are teaming up with dark ambient master Lussuria and minimalist noise/ambient project Dual Action for an east coast tour in early May that, unfortunately, doesn't hit NYC. All three acts have released material on noise purveyors Hospital Productions, and for the Hospital collectors out there the tour will present an opportunity to steer clear of Discogs for a while--there will be a merch table consisting of new and sold out releases at each show. All dates are listed below.

Mike Connelly, one half of Clay Rendering, was once a member of experimental noise originals Wolf Eyes. Wolf Eyes will be appearing at Red Bull Music Academy's stacked Hardcore Activity in Progress show, which also features Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay and many more. Just ten bucks gets you in to that show at Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are still on sale, and we're also giving away a pair. For a chance to win, retweet this Invisible Oranges tweet.

In more Hospital Productions news, power electronics project FFH will be performing at this Wednesday's (5/7) edition of the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. Check out the full upcoming Nothing Changes schedule.

All dates for the Clay Rendering and Lussuria tour are listed below...

Continue reading "Clay Rendering touring w/ Lussuria; Hardcore Activity in Progress coming soon (win tix!)"

Daedelus in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Daedelus

Instrumental hip hop/electronic production vet Daedelus has a number of dates coming up this year, including multiple US festivals like Moogfest and Hangout Fest. Just before Hangout Fest, he'll be in NYC for two appearances.

The first is part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets which happens on May 14 at Town Hall, and also features fellow electronic producer Shigeto guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info on the event, which is curated by RBMA and Undead Music, here.

The day after the Round Robin Duets show, Daedelus and Shigeto will team up once again for another Undead Music-presented show at Littefield (5/15) in Brooklyn. That show is with jazz drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and cornetist/trumpeter Graham Haynes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, you can also see Daedelus not far from NYC TONIGHT (4/17) at Princeton University in the college's Terrace Club. Joining him is Delaware's No Sir E.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Daedelus touring, playing Round Robin Duets & Undead Music show with Shigeto (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

J&R's now-closed storefront (photo via @gr1fter)
J&R

More and more Manhattan fixtures seem to be disappearing. The future of Pearl Paint on Canal is shaky, and last week (4/9) J&R Music World shut its doors, though they say not for good:

J & R Music and Computer World, a mainstay music and electronics store in Lower Manhattan for 43 years, closed its doors on Wednesday to redesign its space on Park Row.

The move was foreshadowed in October, when the store scaled back its footprint between Ann and Beekman Streets. Once occupying eight buildings on those blocks totaling 300,000 square feet, the business was resized to five floors each at 1 Park Row and 15 Park Row. Rachelle Friedman, who with her husband, Joseph, opened J & R across from City Hall in 1971, acknowledged at the time that as part of the changes they were laying off some employees. - [NY Times]

While the brick and mortar storefront is closed, you can still order from J&R's website.

J&R's record store was always a good place to go for Record Store Day items and was always my go-to place for tech stuff, though when I went to buy a headphone adapter there last summer the staff looked at me like I was crazy.

In happier news, Wrecords By Monkey, which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records is opening a storefront, The Crate, at 304 Boerum St. in Bushwick. In addition to wares, they'll sell $1 used records and new vinyl from local musicians. The store has its Grand Opening on Saturday (4/19) which is Record Store Day:

We will be having an opening party for our new storefront The Crate on Saturday, April 19th from 12 to 9pm in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The party will have live silkscreening on reclaimed vinyl and a display of our newest collection. FREE beer, as well as DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider and an exclusive after party from 7 to 9pm featuring DJ Codes. Limited tickets for the after party are available for free and can be picked up at the store starting at noon that day.
Flyer for the opening party is below.

In other non-RSD record store news, The WFMU Record Fair returns from May 30 - June 1 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. No word on special events and DJs yet. Stay tuned.

And before that we'll have the return of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on May 10 which this time is part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Caroline Polachek, Autre Ne Veut, Tanlines and more.

Continue reading "J&R Music World closed for renovation; Wreckords by Monkey opening Bushwick store; WFMU Record Fair announce dates"

photos by Rebecca Greenfield

the band / Ahmed Gallab with the Lijadu Sisters
Atomic Bomb
Atomic Bomb

One of the most anticipated events at this year's Red Bull Music Academy is "ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor" which happens May 2 & 3 at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House. The two nights will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer. Tickets are still available for both nights.

While we're still over a month away from those shows, the backing band -- led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab and featuring Money Mark, Pat Mahoney (LCD, etc), the Lijadu Sisters and Sinkane's Jason Trammell, Ish Montgomery and Jonny Lam -- have already started rehearsals. We've got a set of pictures of them working things out in this post.

As mentioned, in addition to these concerts, there is an Onyeabor remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist. You can stream the Alexis Taylor remix (which is practically a cover), and check out the album's tracklist, below.

More pics from "ATOMIC BOMB" rehearsals and the remix stream below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16Tickets are on sale now.

"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.

Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.

The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes & more playing RBMA's "Hardcore Activity in Progress""

Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Panda Bear

As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.

RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.

Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy 2014 NYC lineup (D'Angelo, Panda Bear, David Byrne, William Onyeabor tribute, more)"

Kim Gordon and James Chance at RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
RBMA

The documentary on the Red Bull Music Academy's "takeover" of NYC, What Difference Does It Make?, just screened in multiple cities last night (2/17), and now, as promised, it's been released for free online. You can watch it in full below, via RBMA15.com.

RBMA also announced that it will return for another "takeover" of NYC this May. Lineup, show schedule, venues, and tickets are still TBA, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Video below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy documentary out now (watch it in full); NYC residency happening again this May"

photos by Ryan Muir

Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Thundercat

Bass wizard Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, just made a video for his songs "Evangelion" and "We'll Die," both of which appear on his 2013 LP, Apocalypse. The video was directed by B+, who designed the artwork for Apocalypse, and it can be watched (via Myspace) below.

As discussed, Thundercat plays the next Red Bull Sound Select NYC show which happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, curated by Giant Step. That show is with Tondrae Kemp, and since we last spoke, ASTR was added as well. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without. He also plays this month's RBSS show in San Francisco. Updated dates are listed, along with the flyer for the LPR show below.

Thundercat's no stranger to Red Bull shows. He took part in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, and is now being featured in What Difference Does It Make?, RBMA's documentary on the series. As mentioned, the film premieres worldwide on February 17, and you can catch a screening in NYC at Sunshine Cinema at 8 PM with Chairman Mao and others.

Thundercat also played the Little Giant Media-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in Philly this past November with Ebony Joi, STS and Son Little. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post. You can check out more of those, along with the new video, LPR flyer, and list of tour dates, below...

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.
The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.

Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.

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words and photos by Greg Cristman

The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
The Congos vs. Sun Araw
Lee Scratch Perry vs. Adrian Sherwood

Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.

This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.

Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...

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The Do-Over @ Beekman Beer Garden Sunday (via _chrisclassic)
Beekman

Due to limited paying-attention-to-the-internet over this holiday weekend, we didn't realize until it was too late that Red Bull Music Academy's Do-Over party was moved from The Well in Brooklyn to Beekman Beer Garden in Manhattan on Sunday. Doors were at 2pm that day and they announced the venue change via email at 9:15am (and tweeted it even later).

As you can see in the picture above, the change didn't affect attendance at the outdoor South Street Seaport bar though. DJs, most of them surprises, included DJ Dezandres from Detroit, DJ Seano, Rhettmatic, Shlohmo, DJ Rob Swift, Onra, DJ Dynamix, and RBMA Particpants Emufucka & Trancemicsoul. If you were there, how was it?

Though we haven't looked into it, our guess would be that the Well was really trying to get it together, but just wasn't ready to re-open yet. UPDATE: The Well tells us they were in fact ready to open and that it was Red Bull who changed the venue that morning.

The Bushwick venue's "2013 Season Opener" is currently scheduled for Sunday, June 9 with Lee Burridge. We're rooting for them.

Beekman Beer Garden meanwhile, though open every day, also doesn't have much on their schedule aside from a concert by jam band moe. in June.

by Bill Pearis

YACHT @ DFA 12th Anniversary (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
YACHT

YACHT were just in town, having played both tiny Shea Stadium on Friday (5/24) and then the massive DFA 12th Anniversary Party at Grand Prospect Hall on Saturday night (5/25). I was at both shows and must say the band really brought the party and can work rooms large and small. If you missed them this past weekend, Jona, Claire and the rest of them will be back at the end of summer for two NYC-area shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 30 and then the Surf Lodge in Montauk on August 31. Tickets to MHOW go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon. The Surf Lodge show, like all their summer concerts, are free.

Stay tuned for pictures from the DFA party. Meanwhile, updated YACHT dates are listed, along with a video of YACHT doing "Psychic City" at the DFA Anniversary, below.

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James Murphy aboard SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Murphy

Staying in NYC this weekend? There's actually no shortage of things to do here, even though the weather forecast is less than ideal. Head below for our top 10 list of events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Daft Punk

Red Bull Music Academy, who hosts DFA's 12th Anniversary party this weekend, hosted Giorgio Moroder's 1st-ever live DJ set at Output in Brooklyn the other night. If you missed it (the live event or the stream we posted yesterday), you can listen to the whole thing.

When you're done with that, listen to his collaboration with Daft Punk "Giorgio by Moroder", and then check out the song that didn't make the new Daft Punk album in the USA, but is out in Japan and of course on the internet.

And speaking of Daft Punk collaborators, an encore presentation of "Andrew the Pizza Guy" below...

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