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photo: Grace Jones @ Roseland, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
It's day one of the awesome multi-genre two-day Afropunk Festival, and there's a ton of great artists today including Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Death Grips, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Candiria, SZA, Lion Babe, Oshun and plenty more.
Earl Sweatshirt, Remy Banks, NxWorries @ Best Buy Theater
Earl Sweatshirt's new album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, is an inward-looking record that ignores most current rap trends, and it's one of the year's finest albums. This tour was supposed to hit NYC back in the spring, but it got postponed and finally comes here tonight.
Colleen Green, Single Lash, Mannequin Pussy @ Cake Shop
Colleen Green's new album is her first with a full band, and it's a great record of lyrically honest poppy punk. Her current tour is also with a full band, and her tourmates are the likeminded Mannequin Pussy, who are also worth catching. This is the first of two NYC shows.
Pianos Become The Teeth, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Turnover, Take One Car @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a pretty amazing lineup all around. Pianos Become the Teeth put out one of our favorite albums of last year with the atmospheric emo of Keep You, and going by the sounds of TWIABP's new single "January, 10th, 2014," they may have a similarly epic album of their own on the way. Turnover make jangle pop that kinda sounds like a more emo Real Estate, and Take One Car make post-hardcore of the mewithoutYou/La Dispute variety.
All Dogs, The Sidekicks, Fleabite, Florist @ Silent Barn
Frequent tourmates All Dogs and The Sidekicks are on the road together again, this time supporting All Dogs' soon-to-be-released Kicking Every Day. That album offers a high quality indie/pop punk crossover, while The Sidekicks' newest headed in a Shins/Band of Horses direction.
Social Distortion, Nikki Lane, Drag The River @ Stone Pony
Social Distortion's classic self-titled major label debut turns 25 this year, and they're celebrating by playing the whole thing on tour. There's no NYC date, but they'll be nearby tonight.
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival @ Jones Beach
This may be largely a mainstream pop festival, but there's actually some stuff worth catching. Today has big names like The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Santigold and Cold War Kids, plus (weirdly enough) indie-dance band The Faint.
Andres, Kyle Hall, Pender Street Steppers, Hashman Deejay, Laraaji @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Every Saturday afternoon in the summer, MoMA PS1 brings a full day of experimental and electronic music to their (hopefully) sunny courtyard. This is the third to last one of 2015.
Pop. 1280, Pill, Buck Gooter, The Sherman Group @ Alphaville
If it's noisy, post-punk inspired rock you like, you'll dig this bill featuring the bleak Pop. 1280, saxxy skronkers Pill, and the industrial blues of Buck Gooter.
No Parents, Honduras, Surfbort @ Baby's All Right
If you like your garage punk on the poppy and snotty side, LA troublemakers No Parents might fit the bill. Their album May The Thirst Be With You came out earlier this year on Burger Records and features such party ragers as "I'm a Dildo," "Pizza," and "Hey Illuminati" -- titles which should give you an idea for what kid of show to expect tonight. Tonight's bill is solid overall, with poppy garage rockers Honduras and also wild punks Surfbort.
Complete, Octagrape, Honey Radar @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
It's the penultimate edition of Union Pool's 2015 Summer Thunder series, featuring the first-ever NYC show by Texas cult rock band Complete, Octagrape (the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway) and short song masters Honey Radar.
Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, LSDXOXO @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Mykki Blanco is allegedly no longer a rapper, but still a writer and a spoken word artist. Who knows what will be in store for today's performance?
Frankie Cosmos, Whitney, Lionlimb @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos' intimate sound is somewhere between twee pop and anti-folk. She brings it to the appropriately intimate venue Shea Stadium tonight.
Peter Stampfel, Big Cheese, Mothers, Swaai Boys, Lame, Phonoscenes @ Aviv
It's pretty amazing that folk legend (and Holy Modal Rounders member) Peter Stampfel is not only still active, but a regular on NYC's current DIY scene. Tonight's another chance to see him in action.
Slingshot Dakota, The Afraid Brigade, Teenage Halloween, Coolshark, Bannister @ Maxwell's
Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota make indie pop not unlike Mates of State, but with a punk drive that that band lacks. They're always worth catching.
Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), Hannah Cohen, Tamaryn, Sinkane (DJ sets) @ Freehold
Topman is throwing this free party featuring a host of DJ sets from cool local acts. 6 PM - 2 AM and you do need to RSVP.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Webster Hall 8/4/2015 (photo by @biggie_schmaltz)
Hot Chip have been covering Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for their encore on this tour and, at least in NYC, they've been segueing that into LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends." Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle, who also played in LCD's live band, has been singing it, and after doing it at Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) they did it again at Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/4) in a more extended fashion. Also making it more special: they brought out Nancy Whang, making for a bit of an LCD reunion, and Sinkane helped out as well. Video from Webster Hall is below.
Tonight (8/5), Hot Chip play their second sold-out night at Webster Hall. They show is opened by Museum of Love, the current band of onetime LCD Soundsystem (and Hot Chip) drummer Pat Mahoney. Who knows who might come out for Hot Chip's encore tonight?
Hey @CourteneyCox are you around LA on the 11th? Wanna come to our show at the Greek? No particular reason!— Hot Chip (@Hot_Chip) August 2, 2015
photo: Sinkane @ Highline Ballroom in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Sinkane will warm up for his appearance at this weekend's Bonnaroo fest with a Brooklyn show on Thursday (6/11) at 501 Union in Gowanus. The show, which is presented by GAP, also features a set from Prefuse 73 keyboardist Ryan Rahseed. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Sinkane opening for Caribou at East River Park Summerstage on August 6. That show is free. You may recall Sinkane played as part of the Caribou Vibration Ensemble a few years back.
In other news, we've got the premiere of a remix of Sinkane's "New Name" by Coral D, aka Duncan Stump, one half of DFA artists Mock & Toof and who also runs Tiny Sticks label. Stump maintains the tribal vibe of the original song (from last year's Mean Love), but takes it below the topsoil into darker (more minimal) territory. Stream it below.
photos by Mimi Hong
"Billy Idol is going to be on this stage," Mikaiah [of The Bots] told the crowd during their set. Adding, "Maybe he'll say hi to me backstage." And while it never actually played out that way, the brothers did see a whole lot of Tove Lo at her set a few hours later. "Her boobs were the highlight of the day for me," Mikaiah told Billboard. "She flashed the crowd three or four songs in!" [Billboard]The Sweetlife Festival went down at Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion this past weekend (May 30-31). Day 1 was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, who recently collaborated with festival founders Sweetgreen for the "Beets Don't Kale My Vibe" salad. Kendrick brought up Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman for "m.A.A.d city" after asking a fan to come on stage and rap with him, but said the only qualification is you have to know every word to "m.A.A.d city." Jonathan... did not know the words and Kendrick very quickly kicked him off the stage. Instead he brought up another fan named Ayanna who did in fact know every word and was quite the enthusiastic performer too. Video of that is below.
Kendrick also brought out SZA during his set (video of them playing "Poetic Justice" below), and she also played her own set that day too. Her wardrobe at the fest was pretty revealing, but she kept it PG 13-rated, unlike pop singer Tove Lo, who seems to be making it a tradition of flashing her fans during concerts. Video of her doing so at Sweetlife (which you shouldn't watch at work) is below. As you can see above, The Bots were stoked.
Also on day 1 was Sinkane, and pictures of him, SZA and Kendrick are in this post. The Pixies played that day too. We missed them, but we did just catch them in NYC and NJ. Billy Idol and Lucius played that day too, and pictures of their sets are here.
More Sweetlife day 1 pictures and videos below...
TV on the Radio have released a video for their song "Trouble," from last year's very good Seeds LP. It was directed by frontman Tunde Adebimpe who filmed people on the street in Los Angeles (where he lives now). He told Time, "We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone's sifting through something, right?" You can check out the "Trouble" video below.
Tunde has also recorded a song titled "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" which is a collaboration with Sinkane and Sal P. It's one of many genre-crossing songs recorded for that GTA V "soundtrack," The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos which will be released on April 14. Other artists involved on in include Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike and Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. You can stream "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" below.
TVOTR will be in the NYC-area next month, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on May 20 with Bo Ningen (tickets), and then the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant (tickets).
The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Laura Cantrell has teamed with The Charlatans for a new 7" being released in UK for Record Store Day 2015. It's a hybrid cover / answer song to The Charlatans' "Emile" which is on thier new album, Modern Nature. Cantrell's version, retitled "Emanuel," uses the string arrangements by High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan from the original but wrote new lyrics, and it features pedal steel guitar by Son Volt's Mark Spencer. "Emile" was intended to be a "farewell" song in the spirit of Dione Warwick's "Walk on By" and, as told to Q magazine, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess thought it would be interesting to get the other side of the story:
I met Laura Cantrell a few years ago through a mutual love of new order. We sang Love Vigilantes together at her gig at The Union Chapel in London. I'd always loved the storytelling element in her songs and I wondered what she'd make of Emilie. I sent her the song and we were knocked out with what came back, it was the second half to the story.And here's what Laura says in return:
I thought Emilie should seem a bit ethereal, but the more I meditated on her, the more interesting it seemed to me that she have some resilience, some inner toughness of her own, even with an overlay of romance and melodrama. The idea came about that perhaps she'd been denied the ability to speak for herself and that perhaps the romance/relationship she was experiencing had emboldened her, helped bring out her own voice. Certain images, like characters from Jane Eyre whose mysteries are revealed dramatically, or old films like Light In The Piazza with its young American woman thought to be simple minded as she marries into an Italian family, were steeping themselves into the mix.You can listen to Cantrell's "Emanuel" and The Charlatans' original below. The flip side to that RSD15 7" is a cover of "Emile" by Sinkane.
In other news, Laura Cantrell will be doing a residency at Brooklyn's Union Hall every Tuesday in May. Guests include Mamie Minch (5/5), Franklin Bruno (5/12), "films by Russell Scholl" (5/19) and a TBA guest for the final show (5/26). Tickets for all four Union Hall residency shows are on sale now.
Song streams below...
photo::: Caribou Vibration Ensembe @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
You may remember that Caribou toured as the Caribou Vibration Ensemble back in 2009 which featured Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden, Enon/Braniac's John Schmersal, Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab and more. CVE released a live album in 2010 and have now released a second, this time coming from two shows in December 2011 in Belgium and London with a slightly different lineup of the Ensemble, most notably minus minus Allen. You can stream that in full below and they'll have vinyl copies on tour this spring.
Meanwhile, there's also a live video of Caribou Vibration Ensemble from their ATP UK performance in 2011 that does feature Marshall Allen and the other folks on the live LP (ATP UK was just a few days later). That video was shot and directed by Savages drummer Fay Milton and you can watch that below as well.
As you may know Milton and the rest of Savages are in NYC this month for a nine-show club residency. Marshall Allen, meanwhile, will be here with Sun Ra Arkestra for a free show at the Seaport's inflatable venue Sugarcube on January 31.
Video and live album stream below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Neneh Cherry @ Highline Ballroom, 1/9/2015
"New York's just like I imagined it. It's got skyscrapers and everything." Neneh Cherry teased the Highline Ballroom crowd on Friday (1/9). She'd been to NYC before, she'd just never played a show here as a solo performer. While much of the audience (which included David Byrne and Hollie Cook, who had played the same room the night before) were old enough to remember her 1989 hit "Buffalo Stance" firsthand, this was not a nostalgia night. Backed by sibling duo RocketNumberNine, Neneh's set was mostly from her recent Four Tet-produced album Blank Project. Even more than on the album, the chilled out vibe of the new songs sounded, live, a bit like the heyday of trip hop which suits Cherry's still-powerful pipes. Of course she did do "Buffalo Stance" for the encore, albiet with a new arrangement suiting her current sound. It was a fun show, Cherry was in great spirits, and let's hope she doesn't wait so long for her next show here.
Opening the night was Sinkane (pics here) and Kaki King, who was doing one of the first performances of her new multi-media show, "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body" which featured synchronized projections behind her and onto her white guitar. Pictures from her set, and more from Neneh Cherry, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Sinkane @ Highline Ballroom 1/9/2015
Sinkane has remixed the new single from Seattle dance music outfit Beat Connection. Where the original version of "Another Go Round" mixes BC's balaeric tendencies with afrobeat influences, Sinkane takes it into dubbier territory. The remix makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.
Speaking of, Sinkane just played Highline Ballroom on Friday (1/9), opening for Neneh Cherry (making her NYC live debut). Armed with a horn section and backup singers, main man Ahmed Gallab brought his A-game and definitely had a crowd of fans amongst the many just there to see Neneh. You can catch Sinkane again in NYC at Rough Trade on February 15. Tickets are still available.
Pictures from his Highline set are in this post and continue below...
by Bill Pearis
John + Jehn
NYC will be invaded by Savages starting next week, sticking around for three weeks and nine shows total at venues Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus. Those are all sold out, but singer Jehnny Beth and frequent collaborator (and Pop Noire label co-runner) Johnny Hostile will be performing as John + Jehn, doing a live electronic set at Baby's All Right on January 18. For a taste of what to expect, check out live video of John + Jehn performing "Pricks" in Brussels, below.
That's part of a show being billed as the "DFA Winter Workout" that also features a modular synth set by Gavin Russom, plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale now. And if that sounds like a lot of party for a Sunday, MLK Day is the next day (1/19) and some of you may have the day off.
Flyer for the DFA Winter Workout and the John + Jehn live video, below...
We recently posted Ed Banger label head Busy P's remix of Sinkane's "New Name," and it turns out that that's actually one of four remixes on a free DFA Records holiday remix EP. It also features Magic Touch putting their magic touch on The Juan Maclean's "A Simple Design, CFCF's take on Dan Bodan's "Romeo," and Daniel T. & Cooper Saver reworking Museum of Love's "Who's Who of Who Cares." Download the EP HERE.
Busy P is also ringing in the new year with an Ed Banger New Year's Eve party at Le Bain, also featuring DJ Falcon and Blu Jemz. More info here.
Stream the whole EP below...
Sinkane, aka multi-talented Brooklynite Ahmed Gallab, was a busy man this year. He helmed the multi-city William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb tribute concerts, released his fifth album, the underrated Mean Love, and kept an active solo touring schedule. He's not slowing down either. Recently, Ed Banger domo Busy P remixed Mean Love track "New Name," turning it from a shuffling soul number into an electrofunk workout. You can stream that, and a few tracks from Mean Love, below.
As mentioned, Sinkane will be opening for Neneh Cherry at her first-ever NYC show which happens January 9 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available. After that, Sinkane has a late winter tour planned which includes another NYC show, Rough Trade on February 15. Openers are still to be announced, but tickets go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon. All dates are listed below.
And finally, we asked Sinkane to give us a Top 10 of 2014 list and he returned with "Top 10 Grateful Dead songs for me this year." No irony in that t-shirt he's wearing at the top of this post. Check out his list, plus streams and tour dates, below...
Neneh Cherry at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
Earlier this year, Neneh Cherry put out Blank Space, which was her first solo album in 18 years and featured production entirely by Four Tet and a guest spot from Robyn. Now it's getting a deluxe edition release on December 2 via Smalltown Supersound. That includes a bonus disc of remixes, including a Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) remix of the Robyn collaboration, and DJ Spinn's remix of "Spit Three Times" which you can stream below.
Believe it or not, Cherry has never played a show in NYC. She was set to tour with Fine Young Cannibals in 1989, a tour that included shows at Beacon Theatre in NYC, but cancelled that tour after contracting lyme disease while living on a farm in Westchester. She's finally changing that when she comes here on her 2015 tour to play Highline Ballroom on January 9. That show's being opened by guitar great Kaki King and DFA's multitalented Sinkane, making for an awesome bill all around. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Highline date is her only currently announced US show, but she's got shows in Europe, New Zealand and Australia too. All dates are listed, with the new remix and deluxe edition tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.
The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).
The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).
Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...
Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.
Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...
Museum of Love
DFA Records threw one helluva party last year to celebrate their 12th Anniversary. This year they're throwing another party, a smaller scale summer soiree if you will (actually, that's what they're calling it), at The Wick on August 23. It will feature the NYC live debut of Pat Mahony's new band, The Museum of Love, plus DJ sets from Sinkane, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost, plus a "special guest TBA." Tickets for the show go on sale Monday (8/4) at noon.
In related news, you can catch Sinkane performing live at The Lot LIC Music & Film Series kickoff show which happens Saturday (8/2) afternoon (3 - 9 PM) and is free.
The Juan Maclean, who have a new album out soon and seem suspiciously absent from the DFA party lineup (along with Shit Robot and you-know-who), will be DJing at Output on August 16 as part of the afternoon "Kaviar Disco Club" party (tickets).
Flyer for the DFA Summer Soiree and Sinkane's The Lot show, plus a couple Museum of Love tracks, below...
Sinkane at William Onyeabor tribute (more by Chris La Putt)
It's finally summer which means there's no lack of free outdoor live music in NYC, and here's yet another option. The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series running from August 2 - September 20 at 43-15 Crescent Street with music every Saturday from 3-9 PM and film every Thursday from 6-10 PM. The music lineup includes shows from Sinkane, Small Black, Kevin Morby, Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg), Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and more. Full schedule below.
Sinkane, who's due for a new album, also has a fall tour with Helado Negro coming up that includes a NYC show happening October 5 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the tour, he plays another NYC show on November 2 at SOB's. No other artists billed for that show yet. Tickets are on sale. All of his dates are listed below.
Sinkane's Long Island City show is with Blue Note-signed jazz musician Takuya Kuroda, who among other things has collaborated with Jose James. Takuya also plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 26 with Gabriel Garzón Montano. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Watch a video of him below.
Speaking of all-day Saturday music series in Long Island City, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 kicked off this past weekend (6/28) and continues this coming weekend (7/5) through September 6. As we mentioned, to get to LIC from July 25 through September, you can't use the G (which will be stopping at Nassau), but there will be a bus shuttle service between Nassau and Court Sq, and you can still take the 7 or E.
The Lot in Long Island City schedule, with the list of Sinkane dates and Takuya Kuroda video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt; by Bill Pearis
David Byrne / the Lidaju Sisters & Alexis Taylor / finale with Dev Hynes, street dancers
The music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor was celebrated over the weekend with the two-night "Atomic Bomb" concerts at BAM. Part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, it featured David Byrne, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, the Rapture's Luke Jenner and Nigerian singers the Lidaju Sisters singing Onyeabor's songs, backed by a tight band (who knew how to hang loose) led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab. (The band also included Money Mark, LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and more.) Saturday night's show, at least, was a fun, joyous time with as much dancing in the aisles as would be allowed.
Perhaps a tip of the hat to Onyeabor's current born-again Christian status, the night opened with street preacher Rufus Cannon wheeling his portable speaker down the center aisle, shouting testament to God and Jesus on his way to the stage, and at the end of the show a variety of street performers were brought on stage as well, giving the evening a distinctive NYC flair. The music was great, hitting most of the highlights of last year's Who is William Onyeabor? compilation, and the Lidaju Sisters performed a couple of their own songs mid-set. Both Taylor and Byrne were onstage most of the evening as part of the band when they weren't singing.
I do wish the keyboards -- which is what makes Onyeabor's music so distinctive -- had been a little louder in the mix. "Good Name," which on record has an almost Kraftwerk vibe to it, was overtaken by the horn section (which included sax great Joshua Redman). But the crowd and everyone onstage seemed to be having a genuine blast with Onyeabor's music.
The Atomic Bomb Band -- which played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ahead of the BAM concerts -- head to the West Coast this week for shows in LA and San Francisco. More pics from Saturday's performance below...
by Bill Pearis
The monthlong 2014 Red Bull Music Academy starts this week here in New York City, and one of the most anticipated events is "Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor" tribute that happens at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3). It features singers David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer, and features a backing band including Sinkane, Money Mark and onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Tickets are still available to both nights.
If you were on the fence, wondering what to expect or both, David Byrne and the band dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (4/29) to perform "Fantastic Man," one of the more winning tracks from last year's essential Who is William Onyeabor? compilation. By the looks of it, this is going to be -- like the Gene Clark 'No Other' tribute -- a straight-up, "let's do it like he woulda" kind of thing. Which is good news I think and bodes well for this weekend's shows. You can watch the Tonight Show performance (and compare and contrast with the Onyeabor original) below...
You can read how it all came about over at David Byrne's website. In addition to the shows happening in NYC, the Atomic Bomb Band most of the same singers/players are performing shows next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dates and lineups are listed below...
photos by Rebecca Greenfield
the band / Ahmed Gallab with the Lijadu Sisters
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...
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
photos by David Andrako
'Red Hot & Fela' @ Damrosch Park, 7/24/2013
Kronos Quartet isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when the Nigerian bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti is mentioned. Afrobeat, funk, protest, defiance and dancing are a lot closer to the top of the list. Afrobeat, the style Fela (who died in 1997) forged from James Brown's funk, 1960s jazz, African drumming and finger-pointing lyrics about exploitation and corruption, was music for dancing all night in steamy clubs; it was far from the realm of the string quartet. So "Red Hot + Fela," at Damrosch Park on Wednesday night, made an unlikely starting point for Kronos at 40, five days of free concerts at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival celebrating the determined eclecticism of the Kronos Quartet over four decades. - [NY Times]The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival kicked off Wednesday night (7/24) with the first installment of Kronos at 40, a tribute to Fela Kuti featuring Superhuman Happiness, Mickey Hart, Sinkane, Alex Toth, Fela's drummer and afrobeat legend Tony Allen and more. Pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live are in this post.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Kronos at 40 continues tonight (7/26) with "Romance of the Iron Bow" at Hearst Plaza (6 PM); Magda Giannikou performs at Josie Robertson Plaza (7 PM); and Kronos Quartet with special guests Magda Giannikou and Vân-Ánh Võ, as well as The Gloaming (which features Thomas Bartlet aka Doveman) are at Damrosch Park Bandshell (7:30 PM).
Lincoln Center Out of Doors runs through August 11. More pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live and its complete setlist, below.
Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with
Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.
UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.
Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie
Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.
Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information