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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.
The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]
This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?
More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...
Arthur Russell died in 1992 but left a lot of music unreleased. That includes Corn, an album featuring nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983 that was intended for a 1985 release that never happened. A few of the songs surfaced on the 2004 compilation Calling Out of Context but all versions of Corn are previously unreleased. You can stream "Ocean Movie" and check out the album's tracklist below. Corn will be released June 9 via Audika Records.
As mentioned, there are some Arthur Russell events coming up in May as part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, including the two-night Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute concerts at BAM on May 29 & 30 featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more. Tickets are still available.
There's also the tribute to Russell's Sleeping Bag Records at Good Room on May 31, featuring Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area). Tickets for that night are available at the door.
More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.
The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.
Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...
Those in need of something a little different for Valentine's Day this year might want to consider attending the fourth annual "Valentine's Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute" which happens at Joe's Pub on February 13. (You don't even have to go out on V-day). The event is put on by singer/performer Xavier (who's collaborated with Scissor Sisters, New Power Generation and others), and also features appearances by Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), vocal performance artist Adam Matta, Del Marquis (Scissor Sisters), Escort's Adeline Michele and more.
Tickets are on sale now.
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN have an upcoming west coast tour, but before that they'll play a benefit in Brooklyn at Littlefield this Friday (1/24) with Bright Light Bright Light. The show is billed as an evening of dancing live music benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey." The show is being hosted by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and Jonjon Battles is DJing. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
"I think of myself as an artist before I'm a musician," she says. "I studied art and theory and learned about self-expression that way; music is just the genre where success came. But when we talk about people using software to learn how to create songs, I think of this: Punk music used to be about self-taught people playing in garages. Now, the self-taught crowd is working from a studio in the bedroom. The aesthetic is very similar - it's about teaching yourself to express opinions through your creativity, to find a channel for those ideas. It seems like a natural progression to me."In related news, speaking of Scissor Sisters (whose Ana Matronic hosts the Littlefield show), their drummer Randy Real is now also the drummer of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon's new band Molly and the Zombies, which Brian debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in December. The lineup also includes Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Brian McGee. The band recently posted two tracks online, which you can stream, along with the list of MEN dates, below.
That said, one thing listeners will quickly notice is that the vocals on "Labor" have a slicker production value than on MEN's debut. Samson cops to using pitch control, but in alignment with her general M.O., for her it's a tool of expression rather than any sort of crutch or bid for popularity. Given that she was a film student just prior to the digital revolution, she's got a healthy respect for the handcraft of art (in general) and avoids shortcuts. But she also knows how to exploit a fun toy when she finds it.
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5 last night was some real good fun. My girl @brightarrow was killing it I tell" - Meleni Smith
"Wow, Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5 is awful. So packed no one can dance. Thanks @bowerypresents." - Tom Sullivan
"I didn't wear glitter to the Scissor Sisters show at Terminal 5, yet now I'm finding it in every crevice. Ultimate #KIKI." - Joshua Adam
Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5 - 7/6/12
Scissor Sisters wrapped up a tour in NYC this past weekend with shows at Terminal 5 on Friday (7/6) and Saturday (7/7) with Rye Rye and a DJ set from Sammy Jo. The setlist was the same both nights, having relied most heavily on their new album, Magic Hour, and also included a number of older favorites, including their Bee Gees-ified cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." How was the show?
More pictures from the Friday night (7/6) show, videos and setlist below...
photos by Joe McCabe
Jake Shears @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/6/2012
Scissor Sisters' new album Magic Hour is out May 29, though you can already get the first single "Only The Horses" at iTunes, where you can get four remixes of the song too. Check a new informercial for the LP starring QOTSA's Josh Homme, below.
Don't ever accuse Scissor Sisters of not keeping it real. Though the band is clearly able to fill substantially larger rooms on multiple nights, the NYC crew, as they always do before a new album, played a small show at Bowery Ballroom on May 6th with Zebra Katz.
The Sisters played 7 new songs... including the first two singles "Only The Horses" and the rap-infused track "Shady Love." The dance party/answering machine message "Let's Have A Kiki" was also played and included a great choreographed routine with Jake and the back-up singers (see photo below). "Keep Your Shoes On" is a dance track that is destined to become a Scissor Sisters classic. "Years of Living Dangerously" is a slower song that the audience was definitely vibing to and "Baby Come Home" has a groove similar to "Laura." ...Sandwiched in between the new songs (all of which made their US live debut), were classic Scissor Sisters songs such as their cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," "Take Your Mama," "Mary," "Invisible Light," "Skin This Cat," "Kiss You Off," "Any Which Way," "Music is the Victim," and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." -[Zimbio]Pictures anbd the full setlist from that show are in this post. It all continues, with the informercial video and all tour dates, below...
Scissor Sisters at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Scissor Sisters are officially back where they (fortunately or unfortunately) belong. As usual they announced a too-small show (at Bowery Ballroom) to mark their return earlier this month, but now the NYC band have followed that up with TWO nights at the much larger Terminal 5 - on July 6th and 7th. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon and then regular sale on Friday. Tickets for all shows go on presale April 26, at 10 AM ET.
The new shows are part of a growing string of dates for the band. Check those dates and their new video for "Only The Horses", alongside the tracklisting for their upcoming LP Magic Hour, below...
Santigold @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets are on sale at noon for Santigold's show at Bowery Ballroom which is part of a just-announced tour.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Scissor Sisters show at Bowery Ballroom which comes with the announcement of a new album.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Mark Kozelek's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Red House Painter also has more detes scheduled and a new Sun Kil Moon album on the way.
Scissor Sisters at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Scissor Sisters are set to release their new album, Magic Hour, on May 28 in the UK via Polydor. The album features collaborations with Azealia Banks, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Boys Noize (aka Alex Rihda), Pharrell Williams, and Calvin Harris. Check out the video for album track "Shady Love" below.
Scissor Sisters have a few shows scheduled in May - two in the UK and one in NYC on May 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/4) at noon.
All dates and video below...
Occupy Wall Street: New Year's Eve in Zuccotti Park (Scoboco)
today in NYC
* Questlove (DJ) @ SOBs
* Little Feat @ City Winery
* Gato Loco de Bajo @ The Stone
* Amy Correia @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Johnny Winter @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Lelia Broussard @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Uri Caine, Jim Black, Ralph Alessi @ The Stone
* The Jack Lords Orchestra, AM Low, Doe Paoro, Jareaux Jareaux @ Pianos
* Full Vinyl performs the Cars Greatest Hits w/ Greg Mayo, Patrick Firth, Zach Jones, Tony Maceli, Casey Shea, Martin Rivas, Emily Long, Ryan Vaughn, Chris Kuffner @ Rockwood Music Hall
Check out the new video for "Shady Love" by Scissor Sisters & Krystal Pepsy (aka Azealia Banks), below...
Below you'll find a preview of this year's New Yorker Festival schedule. Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon E.T. on Friday, September 9th.
BONNAROO 2012 PRE-SALE BEGINS FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EASTERN.Bonnaroo 2011 happened last weekend. Pictures of Karen Elson from Day One are HERE, with the rest of Day One HERE. Pictures of Decemberists from Day Two HERE, with the rest of Day Two HERE. Pictures of Gogol Bordello from Day Three HERE. Robyn from Day Four HERE. The rest of Day 4 coming soon. The rest of Day Three below...
Thanks to all who joined us for the tenth Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival! We had so much fun that we want to give you the opportunity to buy tickets to the 2012 festival!
Starting Friday, June 17 at 12:00 PM Eastern we will offer a limited number of specially priced general admission tickets for $209.50 plus service fees.
These pre-sale tickets will be available in a limited quantity through Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM Eastern or while supplies last.
There is a limit of (10) general admission tickets per order.
Ticket fees are $23.35 per ticket, which includes a $6.00 facility fee, $3.00 contribution to Coffee County, $1.00 charity donation, and service fees.
by Bill Pearis
The Joshua Light Show is back in town this weekend, doing their old-school psychedelic visuals -- which provided hallucinatory effects for The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and others -- for the first time in a 360-degree environment: the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The three-night performance, titled Fulldome, happens Friday - Sunday (June 3 -5) and tickets are still available.
Fulldome explores the concept of synesthesia, the blending of sensory experiences. (Or as a hippie might say "I can see the music, man!"). For a more scientific explanation of this, you can attend Brain: The Inside Story which precedes the Joshua Light Show performances.
"The light show will be performed live by Joshua White. Video projections will feature his current team of artists, including Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters, Alyson Denny, Seth Kirby, Brock Monroe, Doug Pope, Bec Stupak, and noted illustrator Gary Panter."
"An original soundtrack [not live] features contributions from percussion artists Laraaji and Z'EV mixed with cosmic electronics by music director Nick Hallett and sound designer Jeff Cook, with additional music from Brooklyn's Oneida."
While lacking the live bands the Joshua Light Show usually performs with (like Oneida, Woods, and Dean Wareham last year) the planetarium envoirnment will no doubt be a much more immersive experience. You can watch a short feature/EPK on Fulldome below.
For a cheaper museum experience (and speaking of Oneida), members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Oneida play with silent films at the Met this Friday. Free with museum admission. Glen Hansard recently played there.
Blitz the Ambassador and DJ Spinna appear at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday. Free.
New York's "Biggest Block Party", the annual Museum Mile Festival happens June 14th from 6pm - 9pm. "One day a year, for the past 32 years, nine of the country's finest museums, all ones that call Fifth Avenue home, collectively open their doors from 6pm - 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually."
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"The downtown music scene will get an extra dose of glam this spring at a reading of a new musical written by the actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard, the downtown drag artist Justin Bond, and the Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears.Tickets are on sale for the March 7th show - two of them actually (early and late).
The musical, called "Arts and Crafts," has a book by Ms. Bernhard and Mr. Bond, and music by Mr. Bond, Ms. Bernhard, Lance Horne and Mr. Shears, who is also one of the authors of the new musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" books, which opens in San Francisco in May.
Gordon Greenberg will direct two performances of "Arts and Crafts" on March 7 at Joe's Pub." [NY Times]
Scissor Sisters, who are playing Bonnaroo (which went on sale today), and who recently DJ'd the Museum of Natural History, and who kick off a tour with Lady Gaga in Atlantic City tonight, played Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ last night (2/18). A set of pictures from that show continues below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
photos by Winnie Cheung
"Hanging out with the Scissor Sisters in the planetarium" - Tom Sutch
"We got the lights, the music, the scissor sisters and the rose center... now all everyone needs is some acid... and some love :)" - i a m d a n i
"Being roughed up by Mubarek's thugs during the Scissor Sisters set at the Natural History Museum." - Justin Bond
"At the Museum of Natural History party.
Scissor Sisters are KILLING SHIT!!!" - DJ ESQUIRE
"scissor sisters spun deep house acid house chicago 90ies ultimate dance at amnh tonight. so fun ;)" - music fiend
Scissor Sisters, along with Lauren Flax and Activaire, were the DJs at One Step Beyond at The American Museum of Natural History on Friday night (2/4). Scissor Sisters play live at Wellmont Theater on 2/18 (tickets still available), a few days before they hit MSG at part of their tour with Lady Gaga.
The next One Step Beyond dates are Mar 11, April 22, May 20 & June 24 (lineups TBA).
More pictures from Friday night at the museum below...
After an appearance at SXSW in Austin followed by the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (full lineup belolw), the Klaxons will play shows on their way to the sold-out Coachella Festival in California.
It looks like a full tour is still TBA, but (UPDATE: full tour now announced and) the dates will include a NYC show at Webster Hall on March 29th with Brooklyn's A Million Years (who also play Mercury Lounge on 2/11) and Brooklyn's Creep. Tickets for the Manhattan gig go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/2) and regular sale 48 hours later. All dates are listed below.
Creep is a duo comprised of Lauren Dillard and house DJ and producer Lauren Flax. Flax is also Fischerspooner's touring DJ. Creep recently dropped a video for "Days" directed by Fischerspooner Warren Fischer. The song features vocals from Romy Madley Croft of The xx. Check out that video below and look for Creep's debut LP later this year. Meanwhile they also have other collaborative singles planned with Reggaeton-R&B twins Nina Sky, Nomi Ruiz and Planning to Rock.
Speaking of Nomi Ruiz (who is best known for her role in Hercules & Love Affair), Nomi's current project Jessica 6 recently announced a March 1st Mercury Lounge show. That gig takes place not long after the band gets back from a European tour. All dates below.
Flax can also be found at One Step Beyond at The American Museum of Natural History this Friday (2/4), where she'll DJ alongside Scissor Sisters (who are also DJing) and Activaire. Tickets are still available. Scissor Sisters play live at Wellmont Theater on 2/18 (tickets available), a few days before they hit MSG at part of their tour with Lady Gaga.
Check out the video for Creep's "Days" (with Romy Madley Croft), and all tour dates, and the complete Ultra Music Festival lineup, below.
Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5 (more by Diana Wong)
Scissor Sisters visited NYC's Terminal 5 twice in late August in support of their new album Night Work, and are set to kick off a tour with fellow New Yorker Lady Gaga in February which will have them performing two more times in their hometown (2/21 & 2/22), but at the much larger Madison Square Garden and as the opener. Both MSG shows are sold out, as are probably most of the dates along the six week long trek that ends with a string of California shows at the end of March.
And now the band have announced a series of headlining shows that will take place before, during and after the Gaga tour including a gig at Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theater on February 18th. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon.
Scissor Sisters are currently gearing up to play Santiago, Chile as part of a trio of South American dates that precede a UK tour. All dates (including on sale date for all new shows) and some videos below.
photos by Diana Wong
"The Scissor Sisters, a home town band born in NYC's gay dance clubs, proved Tuesday that you can't be too campy.It wasn't exactly a four-year stage hiatus, but the Scissor Sisters burned through tracks like "Filthy/Gorgeous," "Skin Tight," "Any Which Way," "She's My Man", "Whole New Way," and many more at Terminal 5 in NYC on Tuesday and Wednesday (aka last night, 8/25). Casey Spooner (of Fischerspooner) and DJ Sammy Jo (as usual) were on crowd-warm-up detail.
At the first night of two performances at Terminal 5, the Sisters -- featuring him-and-her lead vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic in leather and Lycra -- played a powerhouse 100-minute set that seemed to release all of the band's pent-up energy after a four-year stage and recording hiatus.
The colorful, burlesque-inspired show combined fashion, frantic dance moves and falsetto vocal harmonies that would have made the Bee Gees jealous. The Scissor Sisters also projected a B-52's-like knack for call-and- response party anthems." -[NY Post]
More pics from Wednesday with the setlist, some videos and lots more tour dates (which they're playing in support of a new album), and the new video for "Any Which Way", below...
cake (mooving photography)
Though there are still tickets left for their August 24th show at Terminal 5 at the moment, Scissor Sisters have added a 2nd show at the same venue. Tickets for the new August 25th show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am. General sale begins Friday at noon. Their DJ, Sammy Jo, opens both dates.
Meanwhile, Bloc Party frontman gone solo, Kele's August 3rd show at Webster Hall has been rescheduled for September 8th (All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.) Jessica 6 opens that one.
Updated SS and Kele dates below....
Scissor Sisters @ Stubb's SXSW 2010 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
After two albums that dominated the charts overseas, and barely grazed them here, the American pop scene has lately swung back in the Sisters' direction.With new record Night Work on the shelves (it came out June 28th) (I haven't listened to it yet), Scissor Sisters will be touring North American this August and September. They perform at NYC's Terminal 5 on Tuesday, August 24th with DJ Sammy Jo (who opens the tour). Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Dance music now dominates commercial U.S. radio for the first time since the late '90s, thanks to the kicked up heels of The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Ke, and Taio Cruz. For a group like the Scissor Sisters - who sound like a cross between the Bee Gees and a bunch of Lower East Side club kids in a Human League tribute band - that's great news.
Unlike their two previous CDs, which balanced foofy ballads with frilly club pieces, "Night Work" keeps the beats pumping and the subject mater, shall-we-say, nocturnal. Lead singer Jake Shears says he received inspiration for the CD during a peak moment in a Berlin night club. The resulting music sounds just as twitchy, erotic, and mad as that setting suggests. [Daily News]
Their video for single "Fire with Fire," a recent live clip, the butt-cheek filled "Night Work" cover art, and all tour dates are below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
As previously discussed, Scissor Sisters performed at Stubb's during SXSW. Pictures from their set there, including one of the setlist, below...
photos by Kevin Tachman
Pop/rock band the SCISSOR SISTERS surprised fans in New York on Wednesday night (17Mar10) when they introduced comedian SANDRA BERNHARD to the stage for a special collaboration.The band played two nights in a row at Bowery Ballroom last week before heading to Texas for a SXSW show at Stubb's. More pictures and some video from the NYC shows and from Texas, below...
The I Don't Feel Like Dancin' hitmakers played their first show of the year at the city's Bowery Ballroom, with rocker Lou Reed and actor Alan Cumming among the fans in the packed audience, reports Spinner.com.
The quintet entertained the crowd with songs new and old and even performed a cover of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb.
But the highlight of the night came when frontman Jake Shears and singer Ana Matronic brought out Bernhard to share the vocals for their song T**s on the Radio from their self-titled debut album. [Daily Star]