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While Slayer have a new album and tour with King Diamond on the way, former drummer Dave Lombardo is staying busy with his band Philm. They have US tour dates coming up this month and next, followed by a trip to Europe.

The dates include two NYC shows: The Stone on August 3 (more info) and Mercury Lounge on August 10. The Merc show will be opened by Owl and Ten Ton Mojo. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Philm also have new music on the way, which Dave recently talked to Ultimate-Guitar about:

We've had approximately six or seven songs shortly after the recording of the album, "Fire From the Evening Sun" we had several other songs that we were working on that weren't quite ready to make it on the album. Even though we had 12 songs on the album, it could have been an 18 song album. But we decided to hold off on those for the record and I believe we just need to polish them up and put some time into it. Right now, everyone is pretty busy and we haven't been able to wrap those up. But before we headed out on our recent tour of the Northeast and Europe we went into the studio and recorded 19 songs with piano bass and drums. It's a jazz inspired avant-garde improv record. It's something I've always wanted to do and I felt that the band members had the capability of creating an album like this and recording it in New York City in the winter was definitely a treat. I can't wait to put that out.
You can read more of that interview here.

Dave also has a new art series, which he unveiled in California over the weekend. Here's what he told Joel Gausten about it:

"Where we photographed the pieces was very inspiring," he says. "It was in a kind of warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, so it sounded really good. It was just a big, cavernous room. I just went off, and they started snapping pictures...At certain points, as I noticed the way they were shooting the pictures and everything, I realized, 'Wow, I could really make this picture look better if I give it my flair or my style. When I'm on stage, I've noticed that I swing my arms a little more. My movements are more exaggerated. I don't restrain myself when I play; my arms are swinging all over the place. So in this environment, instead of just doing a solo for myself, I gave it that live performance feel. That's why I feel that these pictures show a little more excitement, because of the way I approached the drumming."
You can watch a video from the showcase in California (via Blabbermouth) below...

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"Confession" by Andrew Savage, 2015 26 X 30″ silkscreen on paper
Andrew Savage Confession

Parquet Courts frontman and Dull Tools label co-head Andrew Savage is also an artist and will have his first exhibition this summer. Titled "Color Studies," it features silkscreens on paper and will be open at Brooklyn's new-ish venue/bar/motorcycle garage The Shop from July 10 - September 1. Says Savage:

I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don't appear in my palette often; you'll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors -- basically stuff I've been afraid to use because I wasn't quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.
There's an opening reception on July 10 with refreshments provided by Duvel & Ommegang. Check out a few more of Savage's pieces below.

In other news, Parquet Courts recently posted pictures from the studio. New music soon? Stay tuned.

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Alison Mosshart at Scope Art Show Miami 2014 (via Facebook)
Alison Mosshart at Scope Art Show Miami 2014

Alison Mosshart, queen of smirks and jaggedly soulful yells, is doing her very first solo exhibition. The lead singer for indie/blues rock giants The Kills and The Dead Weather, Alison generally has a lot on her plate, but that hasn't stopped her from pursing a career in art. Chelsea's Joseph Gross Gallery will host Fire Power, a brand new expo of paintings, tapestries and mixed media. Some early work premiered at ArtNowNY's Push It group exhibition last year, but this exhibit will feature 127 previously unseen pieces.

The gallery will be holding a Fire Power opening reception Thursday, June 18 from 5 PM to 9 PM and the exhibition will run through July 11.

words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands

Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural

Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.

While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.

Tickets are still available to all of Glasslands remaining shows (including TR/ST on 12/29 and Cymbals Eat Guitars on 12/30) except the NYE closing night extravaganza which is sold out.

A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Deerhoof @ DbA 11/2/20014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

Sunday night (11/2) was the start of Death by Audio's final three weeks in existence. Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy who run the space have been promising lots of suprises and last night's mystery headliner was Deerhoof whose new album, La Isla Bonita, is out this week (11/4). (You can stream it at NPR.) They played a super-fun set with Satomi Matsuzaki in dancemode the whole time, guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez bouncing off each other, and Greg Saunier beating the shit out of his drums. This was a real treat. Deerhoof officially start their tour with three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right -- you can still get tickets to the first two (11/4 & 11/5), but the third night (11/6) with Trans Am and White Reaper is sold out.

In other DbA "special guest" news, Thursday's show (11/6) with Woolen Men had a TBA headliner but that's now been revealed to be Woods. Which makes sense, Woolen Men's last album was released on Woodsist and they opened for Woods for the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Baby's back in April. The DbA Woods show also features Nonhorse and Lame Drivers and is $10 at the door.

Tonight's Tyvek show with Taiwan Housing Project and Ivy also has a "Special Guests" and DbA's site says they're "(another monster!)."

Sunday (11/9) is Pujol, Shellshag and a "Special Guest" that seems kinda obvious.

Tuesday night (11/4), DbA is headlined by a reunited Coasting, plus the return of the old two-person lineup of Reading Rainbow (now a four-piece Bleeding Rainbow) as well as The Ar-Kaics and Roya.

In other news, on Thursday, DbA launches an Death by Art that will happen not only in the main showspace but all over the adjacent facility, including "The Ranch" where the late night portion of this year's Halloween show (with Aa) took place and other nooks and crannies:

Death By Audio is closing its doors on November 22nd, so for the last 16 days we'll be opening up the entire floor to the public as an art installation. There will be murals, sculptures, interactive media, projections, sound art, and indie arcade cabinets installed in the hallways and the ranch.

The art show is FREE on THURSDAY NOV 6TH plus every Saturday-Sunday from 2PM-7PM until NOVEMBER 22ND.

The art show will ALSO be open to the patrons of the venue EVERY EVENING from 8PM to MIDNIGHT included with the price of admission.

You can check out a map of all the Death by Art installations here, and a full list of contributing artists is below. In other art news, DbA is making really nice posters for many of these final shows (both Dirty on Purpose on Saturday, and Deerhoof got them) which are available for purchase ($10) at the bar, so look out for those.

Video of Deerhoof performing new song "Paradise Girls" at Death by Audio last night, plus "Death by Art" info, below...

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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe dropped out of the University of Georgia (he was an art major) when R.E.M. took off, but has been focusing once again on art since the band split in 2011. He's back at a different college, NYU, where he's an artist and teacher in residence, and is behind a new exhibition titled NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE which is running at 80 WSE Gallery (80 Washington Sq. East @ W4) now through November 8, 2014. Stipe has repurposed the space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory "that will exist in a constant state of flux for the duration of the exhibition." More on those three components:

Stipe will establish a fully functioning studio in 80WSE's front gallery, where he will work for the duration of the exhibition on a series of new projects, across a wide range of media, during the hours that the gallery is closed to the public. While the gallery is open, visitors will be able to see the state in which the studio has been left after each of Stipe's work sessions, making processes that are normally private public and offering a window into his remarkably prolific, varied, and non-hierarchical way of seeing, thinking and making.

In addition, the project will expand Stipe's perspective and approach into the format of an undergraduate studio art course, which he will teach in NYU's Department of Art and Art Professions. For each of the six weeks of the exhibition Stipe, collaboratively with a guest artist or cultural figure that he has invited, will pose a question or prompt to the class. In response, each student along with Stipe and the guest will generate 100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website.

Finally, the remaining four connected gallery spaces, which constitute 80WSE, will consist of 15 independent projections, in various configurations, the content of which will be sourced from the class's website. The selection of images and gifs - their composition and layout - as well as the way they are situated via the projectors in the exhibition, will be changed throughout each day by a rotating pre-scheduled series of curators, including Stipe, each of the special guests, and the 18 students in the class.

Guest curators include Douglas Coupland, Peaches, Jefferson Hack, Dean Sameshima, Jerry Seguin, and Taryn Simon. Read more about it at REM HQ. The 80 WSE Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30AM-6PM.

You may have noticed these MSG show posters popping up around NYC....

Dr Dre

Let's face it. Kanye West would never let anyone bill him 5th on a poster, but regardless, even with the typos, this concert bill popping up around NYC that claims Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Eminem, A$AP Rocky and Andre 3000 are playing Madison Square Garden on a "Thuesday" is sure to get more than a few people excited about a show that is not actually happening.

Who would do such a thing??? Well, the likely culprit is artist Andre Saraiva who allegedly pulled a similar stunt with Daft Punk, Phoenix, Air & more in Paris. A fake Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys (really?), The Faint & Tame Impala poster has also been seen in LA.

Thanks Nick Masi for the photo!

Black Flag

Ray Petitbon, the brother of Greg Ginn of Black Flag and designer of that band's logo and album covers (among other work), is at the center of a short documentary by MOCAtv titled Punk - Black Flag - Art + Music. Featuring interviews with Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Flea and the artist himself, the documentary examines the iconic Black Flag logo and the flyers that made such an impact on the West Coast hardcore scene of the early 80s. The film was produced by Bryan Ray Turcotte, the author of Fucked Up + Photocopied..., and look for forthcoming videos with Crass and Dead Kennedys. Meanwhile, you can watch Punk - Black Flag - Art + Music below.

Black Flag play three shows this week, all of which are sold out though limited Northside badges will be accepted at Friday (6/14) and Saturday's (6/15) shows at Warsaw.

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You may recognize Vincent Castiglia from the album art for Eparistera Daimones by the great Triptykon, the Tom G. Warrior project formed from the ashes of Celtic Frost. Or maybe you know him in other ways...

VINCENT CASTIGLIA recently announced his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled 'Resurrection' [which] will include a striking collection of Vincent's paintings... created exclusively in his own human blood.
That show, 'Resurrection', opens tonight at Sacred Gallery NYC (424 Broadway 2nd Floor btw Canal and Howard) with a reception from 8-11pm. The show lasts through October 31st.

Check out a few pieces that will appear in the exhibition below.

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Andrea Estella at Bowery Ballroom w/ Twin Sister in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Twin Sister

Andrea Estella of Twin Sister will be displaying her artwork at Superfine (126 Front St in Brooklyn) where Twin Sister played their first show, from July 31 to August 20. The opening reception will be held on August 2. You can check out some of Andrea's artwork at her tumblr. The flier for the show is below.

Speaking of musicians who have art on display in NYC, as mentioned, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will have her photography on display at the BV photography exhibit, which runs from August 16 to September 6 at 92YTribeca. Screaming Females also play opening night.

Flier for Estella's show is below.

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Stolen Dali

"Gee, that was easy.
The NYPD has cracked the case of the stolen Salvador Dali painting after it was mysteriously mailed back to New York from Europe, The Post has learned. The $150,000 watercolor-and-ink original work arrived in pristine condition inside a box at JFK Airport yesterday morning, law enforcement sources said. "It seems to be in exceptional condition," said one source. "It was addressed to the gallery and it had a return address, but it appears to be bogus and the name is illegible." [NY Post]
In other news, ArtInfo.com brings us The 25 Wackiest Art-Themed GIFs, From a Dancing Van Gogh to Dali's Marching Elephant

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The Morrison Hotel Gallery says:

We are very excited to present Jesse's amazing Kurt Cobain photographic collection at our SoHo Gallery on April 5th. While earning a degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Jesse Frohman picked up a camera and never put it down. When he returned to New York, he had no formal training or experience, but he did have a portfolio of platinum prints, which caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired Jesse to manage his studio.

It was an incomparable apprenticeship. To the techniques and aesthetics he learned from Penn, Jesse added his own sensibilities of strength, dignity and quiet energy, all of which are evident in his pictures.

Jesse has photographed countless celebrities and still lifes. In addition to his work for magazines, advertising, and recording companies, he has been commissioned to create two award-winning books. His work is also in many private collections.

The exhibit will be open to the public from April 6th through Aprol 23rd at the 124 Prince Street gallery.

Jarvis Cocker, Mike Nouveau and others will DJ, along with a live set by the Virgins, at the opening night afterparty at Tribeca Grand, a Grand Life hotel.

Grand Life has an article talks more about the pictures at the gallery (via).

In related news, Courtney Love is planning on auctioning off some paintings made by Kurt Cobain (if she's alllowed), and "Clint Eastwood's 'A Star is Born' Remake is Really About Kurt Cobain" (via).

Kurt Cobain's life ended on April 5, 1994.


Want a piece of art by the Les Savy Fav frontman? Want it for free? Keep reading...

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photos by Eric M. Townsend

Ryan Adams

"I have never had any romantic, personal or financial involvement with Courtney Love. She is confusing me with her ex, who produced my Rock n Roll record, which was financed solely by Universal Music." - Ryan Adams to Gawker
Ryan Adams, clad in a Kreator t-shirt, was on hand for the opening of an exhibit of his paintings at Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) in NYC last night (9/23). His friend Jesse Malin, who among other things, co-owns the bar Bowery Electric, which is on the same block (and where the afterparty was), was on hand to play auctioneer. The auction raised money for Housing Works. The paintings will stay on display at the gallery for a month starting today (Thursday September 24th).

You can also catch Ryan in person this Friday at the New York Public Library. Maybe he'll go see Polvo at the Bell House tonight. More pictures from the art opening, below....

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"I just pre-ordered the new Polvo -check out the stream at Merge- So Amazing" -Ryan Adams

art by Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams will be the first artist in residence at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) for three weeks leading up to an exhibit of his work, which opens September 23rd (which I guess means, despite a "for lease" sign on the window, the gallery isn't going anywhere yet). During that time, Adams will be "creating additional canvases in the front of the gallery to be auctioned off at the opening. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness."

Adams' paintings are in addition to his recent moves as an author. His first book of short stories and poetry, Infinity Blues, came out in April, and his second, Hello Sunshine, is due in December (or September if you pre-ordered).

Last week, some speculated that Adams, a self-professed metal fan, was the mystery artist behind The Awl's hair-metal-inspired theme song, posted on August 18th. The site has since posted a punk remix of the song.

Polvo performs at the Bell House in Brooklyn on September 24th. Will Ryan perform music at the September 23rd Morrison Hotel Gallery opening? I'm not sure, but there is no mention of it (best to assume no). Some more of Ryan's paintings, and all Polvo dates, below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams - enjoying Polvo, showing artwork @ Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC, wrote some books & (possibly) a song"

by Andrew Frisicano

Dan Graham (blue stripes), Thurston & Kim? @ the MOCA (ricardodiaz11)
Dan Graham

Dan Graham has been a central figure in contemporary art since the 1960s. [Dan Graham: Beyond], his first American retrospective, traces the evolution of his art from his early conceptual projects and performances, to his films and videos, architectural projects and pavilions, and sculptures as well as his collaborations with musicians and rock bands such as Sonic Youth and Japanther.

Graham (b. 1942) has been a central participant in the development of contemporary art since the 1960s --- from the rise of minimalism, conceptual art, video art, and performance art, to explorations of architecture and the public sphere, to collaborations with musicians and the culture of rock and roll. [press release]

Dan Graham: Beyond will be on display at the Whitney Museum of Art from June 25th to October 11th.

Rock My ReligionGraham has a strong connection to the rock and avant music world. As the press release below documents, Graham has written about bands like the Kinks, the Fall (who recently signed to Domino Records), and the Sex Pistols. And his hour-long "video-essay" Rock My Religion (1982-84) uses "footage of Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, and Black Flag, mingled with historical images of a rapt Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker religion to trace a continuum between the Shakers, the early-American religious sect that sought spiritual transcendence through collective dance and song, and rock music."

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore performed as Mirror/Dash at Beyond's debut opening at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in February. The pair also joined Graham for a panel discussion as part of that event (video below).

During Beyond's run in New York, the Whitney will host a series of free Friday concerts. The shows, held in the museum's Lower Gallery, are scheduled for July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31th at 7pm. No word on who specifically, but the museum writes, "These events feature young bands that have inherited the New York rock scene from bands that Dan Graham has written about and/or worked with, such as The Feelies, Television, and Sonic Youth. As always, admission to the Whitney on Friday evenings is pay-what-you-wish from 6 to 9pm."

Last year, the Whitney's free shows included Dan Deacon on February 8th, May and April Biennial-related-shows by Gang Gang Dance and Lucky Dragons, and four free Wordless Music showsin June (with Prefuse 73, Times New Viking and others).

Other plans for the Graham exhibit include:

A music event to kick off the series; the U.S. premiere of "Put Blood in the Music" (1989), an experimental documentary on the late-nineties New York downtown music scene, introduced by filmmaker Charles Atlas; a conversation between Dan Graham and Glenn Branca, followed by a screening of Graham's "Westkunst (Modern Period): Dan Graham Segment" (1980); and a roundtable discussion exploring key themes in the work, such as sound, perception, and performance.
Among Dan's music related works on view in the show will be the above-mentioned "Rock My Religion" (which features music by Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth), and "Minor Threat", a 38 minute video of the band performing at CBGB.

The FeeliesThe Feelies will play an acoustic set at the Whitney on Friday, June 26th (presumably the 'music event to kick off the series').

We recently talked about The Feelies' continued reunion - including their big show last July 4th (when they played with Sonic Youth). Other upcoming dates for the Feelies include July 3rd & 4th at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (tickets on sale) and September 11th at ATP NY, where the band will perform its debut Crazy Rhythms in full (tickets on sale).

The above-mentioned videos of Dan Graham talking with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Mirror/Dash live, and an interview with Graham, all from his L.A. MoCA exhibit earlier this year, plus full Whitney press release, below...

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BOSTON -- A street artist famous for his red, white and blue "Hope" posters of President Obama has been arrested on warrants accusing him of tagging property with graffiti, police said Saturday.

Shepard Fairey was arrested Friday night on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art for a kickoff event for his first solo exhibition, called "Supply and Demand."

Two warrants were issued for Fairey on Jan. 24 after police determined he'd tagged property in two locations with graffiti based on the Andre the Giant street art campaign from his early career, Officer James Kenneally said. One of the locations was the railroad trestle by the landmark Boston University bridge over the Charles River, police said.

Fairey, 38, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Brighton District Court, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney. Wark said Fairey would also be arraigned on a default warrant related to a separate graffiti case in the Roxbury section of Boston. [Huffington Post]

This comes less than a week after the Associated Press sent their lawyers after Shepard for Obama-image copyright infringement.

This not the first time Shepard has been arrested - not even close. That's one of many subjects he talks about in his interview with Henry Rollins that you can watch in the videos below...

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On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere during last year's presidential campaign: A pensive Barack Obama looking upward, as if to the future, splashed in a Warholesque red, white and blue and underlined with the caption HOPE.

Designed by Shepard Fairey, a Los-Angeles based street artist, the image has led to sales of hundreds of thousands of posters and stickers, has become so much in demand that copies signed by Fairey have been purchased for thousands of dollars on eBay.

The image, Fairey has acknowledged, is based on an Associated Press photograph, taken in April 2006 by Manny Garcia on assignment for the AP at the National Press Club in Washington.

The AP says it owns the copyright, and wants credit and compensation. Fairey disagrees. [Yahoo News]

In related news, Shepard is appearing at Coachella, he did some work for N.A.S.A., he made a Bad Brains poster, and he recently appeared on the Charlie Rose show. Video below...

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live shots by Zach Stern, portraits by Zach Dilgard

Judah Friedlander

Xiu Xiu

Comedian Judah Friendlander auctioned off bad art. Xiu Xiu performed a set, as a trio, last night at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC - all part of NY Mag's latest event in their series of hip events (11/19). The next one involves Ted Leo, Andrew WK and karaoke. More pictures from the auction, including many examples of the masterpieces that you may now own, below...

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Cloud Cult painting

Speaking of needing ways to fund the ever-increasing cost of touring, Cloud Cult has an ingenious method (though not necessarily an original one) for making extra cash at shows. A painter (usually Craig's wife) paints a painting on stage while the band is playing. Then they silent-auction the painting off to the crowd. Not only does the winner get a unique piece of merch to remember the show by, Cloud Cult makes decent money - probably more than they make from ticket sales at some shows. Someone told me they've sold them for as high as $2000, and they always seem to sell for at least a few hundred dollars at the shows I'm at.

They painted the above one the other day on the Carson Daly show, and now everyone has the chance to buy it.

A picture of the one they painted at their last Brooklyn show at Union Hall is below...

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photos by Ryan Muir


M.I.A. played the same benefit that Special Disco Version did on Tuesday night ("to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection") (June 10, 2008). M.I.A. also played a much bigger and more public and proper show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn a few nights earlier. At MoMA, the cheapest ticket was $250.


I talked to one person who was at MoMA (but not at the black tie dinner that preceeded the dance party). They said...

It was really fun. The venue was spectacular. The show was so incredibly different from McCarren Pool. MIA didn't start until after 11. I think she's delightful and has an infectious energy no matter the setting, but this was definitely a performance that was catered to the event and the crowd. No wacky outfits, no political videos, no questions about whether we were choosing money or people, etc. Her mic didn't seem to be turned up enough, so her vocals sounded muddled at times. She made a comment about elitism that ironically elicited cheers and she asked the crowd if they had an extra $10 to donate to [didn't catch the cause]. The sightlines kind of sucked for a show with so much movement as there were two large poles on either side of the stage that frequently covered her. I'd say that about 30% of the attendees knew who she was. Again, so different from McCarren.

The crowd was fascinating. Black tie and cocktail dresses. Not my usual scene, obviously, but great people watching.

The stage background was decorated with charts and graphs depicting things like mortality and starvation rates. Like at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Afrikan Boy (who told "anybody in the crowd with more than one dollar in they pocket to make some noise"). Unlike at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Mos Def. He helped sing "Paper Planes". More pics from the party HERE and below.....

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photos by Ryan Muir


Special Disco Version @ MoMA

M.I.A. will give gave an exclusive benefit performance--to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection--at the Party in the Garden After-Dinner Dance on Tuesday, June 10th, from 9 PM-midnight (10:30 PM performance), at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.

The evening will also feature featured a DJ performance by 'Special Disco Version' featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem.

The M.I.A. pictures are coming. In the meantime, pleaes enjoy some champagne....

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Neighborhood artists will open their studios Saturday June 7th and Sunday the 8th from 12 to 7pm. Hundreds of artists will be showing work in their own studios and in group shows at venues in the neighborhood. There will also be dozens of artist-organized events throughout the weekend.

Eric Fischl

Crossing the Line, an innovative exhibition featuring original prints and provocative recordings by prominent artists and art world figures, including Eric Fischl, Daniel Johnston and Andy Warhol, will open at the June Kelly Gallery on Saturday, June 21. The works will remain on view through August 1.

Organized by Jeff Gordon, who has been producing original sound recordings of leading visual artists since the early 1980s, the exhibition also highlights Connie Beckley, Ivan Karp, Carter Ratcliff and Path Soong. Beckley, Fischl, Johnston and Soong contribute prints to the exhibition.

Gordon says that in all but one of the recordings "the human voice becomes the instrument of insight, information, humor, poetry and memory."....

You'll notice that the previously-listed Daniel Johnston "art event" coincides with the opening date of this exhibition which is one day after Daniel plays Warsaw. Stay tuned for more details on that. Read more about the art exhibition HERE.

"An $8 million painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been located in a Manhattan warehouse after apparently being smuggled out of Brazil, federal prosecutors said." [Yahoo]