Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
New Haven, CT band Estrogen Highs are back with a new album, Hear Me at the Number Station, which just came out via Trouble in Mind. The band are in the proud post-VU noisepop tradition as The Moles, The Pastels, GBV, and Pavement. (Etc, etc.) The new record is 18 songs in 34 minutes, with plenty of hooks and and an appealingly shambolic sound that seems on the edge of falling apart but never does. You can stream the whole album (via Noisey) below.
Estrogen Highs will be in NYC for CMJ, playing both Trouble in Mind shows: an evening show at Cake Shop on October 23 and a free day party at Rough Trade on October 25 . Both shows are will The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting and Negative Scanner. They've got a few other shows coming up as well, all dates are listed, along with show flyers and the album stream, below...
Beach Fossils @ Baby's All Right 9/26/2014 (photo by @the_hideous)
EMILY MCDERMOTT: So what are you working on at the moment?Beach Fossils just wrapped up their tour with Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas, which kicked off with two sold-out nights at Baby's All Right. The band will play NYC again during CMJ at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, October 23 with Small Black, as well as Wardell and Fiance. The show, which is also the launch party for FLOOD magazine, is free if you RSVP now. At the door, tickets will be $12. CMJ badges will be accepted too.
DUSTIN PAYSEUR: I've been writing a new Beach Fossils album with the whole band, which is the first time we've all written together. A lot of the time we're not actually writing--we're just making horrible nu-metal jams--but we've also made a lot of progress. I get really bad writer's block when I'm stuck in my own head for too long, so working with everybody has been nice. I also have a project called Glass Bricks with my friend Rene, and it's inspired by industrial music, but more future-based instead of throwback. Then there's this sludgy noise band, Divorce Money, and another band, Laced, that's like punk music, but more slowed down and melodic. And I'm starting a record label with my wife! There's been a lot of shit going on, [but] working on everything helps me focus. If I only have one thing, it drives me completely insane. - [Interview]
The only other upcoming show on Beach Fossils' schedule is Washington, DC's Rock N Roll Hotel on November 7.
by Bill Pearis
There have been a lot of Australian acts on tour in North America lately and if you wished there were more -- like, a whole lot more -- and you'll be in NYC during CMJ, you're in luck, with over 30 bands and artists from Down Under playing the fest. Most of them you can see all in one place on one day at the annual Aussie BBQ which happens this year at The Delancey on October 25. It's a free show and bands include Luluc, Dune Rats, Bad//Dreems and about 27 other acts. You can check out a sampler featuring a song from each artist playing the Aussie BBQ, and well as the full schedule, below.
Brisbane's Dune Rats, who have gone from a duo to a trio in the last year, released their debut album over the summer. It's punky, party-friendly pop and you can stream it in full below. They've got a total of five CMJ shows, as of this post, while here:
Oct 21 @ Glasslands (NIGHT)The 10/21 Glasslands show is with Wampire, Cymbals, Spires and Casual Sex and tickets are on sale now. All Dune Rats dates are listed below.
Oct 24 @ Pianos (5:30 PM) | Planetary Party FREE
Oct 24 @ Baby's All Right (NIGHT) |Panache CMJ Showcase at Baby's All Right New York, NY
Oct 25 @ Cake Shop (3:50 PM) | PANACHE/FLAVORPILL party
Oct 25 @ The Delancey (7:20 PM) | AUSSIE BBQ
Melbourne/Brooklyn duo Luluc put out Passerby over the summer on Sub Pop and you can stream that in full via Rdio. And if you like their album, there are a lot of bands playing the Aussie BBQ who fit in a similar indie-folkpop style. In addition to the BBQ, Luluc are playing the Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 23 (tickets) and before that will open for J Mascis at Bowery Ballroom on October 17 (sold out). All Luluc dates are listed below.
Adelaide's Bad//Dreems make guitar pop that skews a little more towards Aussie rock legends Hoodoo Gurus, with big choruses and and ringing guitars. The band have released a string of singles and EPs (no album yet) and you can stream some of those below. Bad//Dreems play four CMJ shows:
Oct 23 @ Drom (early evening, FREE)All Bad Dreems dates are listed, with the other bands' lists of dates and streams, below.
Oct 23 @ Pianos New York, NY (12:30 AM, FREE) | Southern Exposure showcase
Oct 24 @ Pianos (2:10 PM, FREE) | Planetary CMJ Party
Oct 25 @ The Delancey (8 PM, FREE) Aussie BBQ
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
The Menzingers already had two NYC-area dates on their tour schedule -- Long Island's Revolution Bar on 10/24 with Iron Chic, Spraynard, Casavettes and Lee Corey Oswald, and Taking Back Sunday's holiday show on 12/27 in NJ -- but nothing in NYC proper. That's now changed, as they've added a free show happening on November 7 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with more TBA. Updated list of their dates, below.
That show's part of an all-punk weekend at BKNB, with their Revolution billmates Iron Chic headlining the venue the next night (11/8) with Beach Slang, Blessed State and Collect Yourself (also free).
Beach Slang also play Saint Vitus on October 14 with Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald, Signals Midwest and Chumped (buy tickets or win some), and they play the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Other upcoming punk shows at the Night Bazaar include the Lemuria show that we mentioned earlier today and one this Friday (10/10) with Crime In Stereo, Sorority Noise, Mannequin Pussy, Nine of Swords and Push Ups.
List of Menzingers dates below...
The Fader Fort will be back at CMJ year, once again at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with free performances by bands and DJs (not to mention complimentary drinks). Lineups haven't been release yet but will include performances from Kindness, Ryn Weaver, Foxes in Fiction and Radiohead-sampling, King Krule-covering SZA collaborator Willow Smith (yes, daughter of Will). The shows are free and RSVP opens October 16.
The new Kindness album, Otherness, comes out next week (10/14) via Female Energy / Mom + Pop and features guest appearances by Robyn, Kelela, Dev Hynes and more. You can stream it at NPR and watch the video for "This Is Not About Us" below...
Hailing from Halifax, NS and having all four members write and sing, I couldn't help but compare them a bit to Sloan. But Monomyth sound nothing like them though. Like Sloan, the styles of the songs vary wildly depending on who's singing (one of them clearly went through a jam band phase). But the songs are uniformly terrific, ranging from powerpop to warbly indiepop.You can stream the album in full below. Monomyth will be heading to NYC for CMJ and as of this post have three shows on their schedule, all of which are free:
October 21 @ Pete's Candy Store (7:50 PM) | Riot Act Happy Hour PartyThose are Monomyth's only dates upcoming at the moment. Full line-ups and flyers for those parties are below. Also worth checking out Monomyth's video for LP track "Patsy" which, directed by Seth Smith, depicts a very weird wedding. It's creepy and funny and be sure to watch till the end (twist!). Note: the guy playing the father is Halifax scene legend Matthew Grimson. Watch it below.
October 24 @ Cake Shop (1 PM) | Break Thru Radio Party
October 24 @ Pianos (4:50 PM) | Planetary Party
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.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.
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.
by Bill Pearis
Lydia Ainsworth is based in Toronto these days but has spent time in both Montreal and New York City as a music student. It was while at NYU that she began delving into pop music. She spent two years working on her debut album, Right from Real, which was just released on Arbutus, home of Grimes. Being on the same label and also making electronic-y music, Ainsworth has gotten compared to Claire Boucher, but beyond superficial similarities, their music is pretty different. (Purity Ring is closer, as is, at times, Enya.) Right to Real shows off her composer / arranger skills (it's cinematic stuff), as well as her versatile voice. But you wouldn't put it on at a club -- though a couple songs are ripe for remixing. You can stream some of it below.
Ainsworth will be here for CMJ and she's currently got six shows lined up:
Thursday October 23rd @ Baby's All Right | Gorilla Vs. Bear showcaseLineups for the shows are listed below.
Friday October 24th @ Pianos | Planetary Radio day party FREE
Friday October 24th @ Arlene's Grocery | M For Montreal showcase
Friday October 24th @ Glasslands | Popgun showcase
Saturday October 25th @ Death by Audio | Arbutus Records showcase
Sunday October 26th @ Babycastles | Cardinal PR day show
The M for Montreal show, their annual CMJ poutine party, also features Homeshake, The Posterz, Solids, Heat, Lisa Leblac, Vesuvio Solo, The Muscadettes and a l l i e. That's not the only show the M folks are doing this year. On Tuesday, October 21 at Baby's All Right at midnight (so technically 10/22 morning) M4M will throw a late-night party with Honey, Homeshake, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, and OJ Pimpson. It goes till the wee hours and is FREE.
Speaking of Arbutus, the Montreal label is also throwing a free day party with Cascine Records on October 25 at Wythe Hotel's rooftop Ides bar with DJ sets from TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Erika Spring, No Excuses, and Wildarms. Cascine and Arbutus will also have a special show on Newtown Radio on October 20 from 9 - 11 PM.
CMJ lineups for shows mentioned above, as well as flyers and Lydia Ainsworth's partial album stream, below.
Devo at Best Buy Theater in June (more by PSquared)
The CBGB Festival returns to various NYC venues this week, beginning Wednesday (10/8) and continuing through Sunday (10/12). It includes the Billy Idol keynote interview/acoustic set at Center548, The Muffs show, the Daniel Lanois film show, and plenty more. There's also the big free Times Square show on Sunday (10/12). When we last spoke, we mentioned it was speculated that Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists would be playing, and that is in fact the lineup (along with Cheeky Parade). Cheeky Parade go on at noon and Jane's headline at 6:15 PM.
Full schedule here. Some highlights including the Times Square schedule, below...
by Bill Pearis
Protomartyr @ West Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Unless something truly amazing comes along this year in the next three months, Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right seems like a likely contender for my favorite album of 2014. (It is certainly the most quotable.) The band have been through town a few times already this year and will be back in NYC later this month for CMJ, including the free BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right on Friday, October 24. Rest of the lineup and more details about the rest of what we've got planned for CMJ still to come.
Protomartyr will also play that night at Death by Audio for the Inland Empire showcase with Eaters and more TBA. They're also playing free early evening show at Cake Shop on Saturday (10/25, 6:15 PM). And before all those Protomartyr play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/23 with Obits, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S (tickets).
The band's only other non-CMJ at the moment is one in their hometown of Detroit on 10/14 with Lace Curtains and Eaters. All dates are listed below.
Protomartyr recently recorded a La Blogothèque take-away session, performing stripped down versions of "What the Walls Said" and "Scum, Rise!" at France's Route du Rock fest. Watch that, and stream Under Color of Official Right, below...
by Bill Pearis
Manchester band Spring King make spunky, punky pop with an anthemic swagger. (Think somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets.) This year saw their first two releases -- the very very catchy "Mumma" single at the start of the year and the Demons EP which came out last month. A few streams from those are below.
Spring King will be making their U.S. live debut here in NYC during CMJ and so far there are three chances to see them, all of which are free: an all-UK night show at Rough Trade on October 21 presented by Ben Sherman with The Crookes, fellow Mancunians MONEY, and Longfellow. Then they play the Kanine day party on October 22 at Pianos with PAWS, Girlpool, LIterature, Ultimate Painting, SEOUL, and lots more. Then they play Rough Trade's day party on October 23 with Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches and Nai Harvest.
More CMJ shows may be added as we get closer to the fest. Stay tuned. Song streams below...
Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Danny Brown has a few dates coming up, including three appearances in NYC this week. One is the previously announced show at Sonos Studio on Thursday (10/2) which RSVP is now closed for. Later that night, Danny will appear at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall at 10 PM. Tickets for that party are available. Then on Friday (10/3) he plays a free show at House of Vans. To get into that, you have to RSVP to RSVP@pacsun.com which closes today (10/1). It was still open as of two hours ago.
All DB dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Ultimate Painting (aka James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes) will release their debut album next month via Trouble in Mind. They've shared two more tracks from the album, "Winter in Your Heart" and "Ten Street," which you can stream along with the song "Ultimate Painting" and a mix they made with some of their influences, below.
Also as mentioned, UP will be in NYC for CMJ and they've got quite a few shows lined up already with maybe more still to be announced. Here's the lowdown:
Flyers for all of those shows, plus the full lineups, are below. Before the CMJ shows, Ultimate Paiting will also play nearby Bard College on October 21. That follows a few other North American dates, all of which are listed below.
Wed. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Wed. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Thu. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Trouble In Mind CMJ day party FREE)
Fri. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Panache CMJ day party FREE)
Electronic psych pop duo Peaking Lights will be in town this week, opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) with Regal Degal, and Tom Scharpling (buy tickets or win some) and then being part of the "Atomic Bomb" William Onyeabor tribute at day 1 (10/4) of Modern Sky Festival in Central Park.
In addition Peaking Lights have added a couple other events happening Friday (10/3). First they'll play a free in-store at Other Music (9 PM) and they'll have an exclusive version of the band's new album, Cosmic Logic, to buy. Then Peaking Lights will play a midnight show at Baby's All Right with Blazer Soundsystem. Tickets are on sale now.
Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Titus Andronicus just played Webster Hall earlier this month with Buzzcocks and just mentioned on Twitter that they're playing somewhere much, much smaller on Monday (9/29): Cake Shop. The show, which is billed as a "private, 21+ event" and part of the "Newcastle Brown Ale Bartender Gigs" series, is free with RSVP. Also: "Newcastle Brown Ale and snacks provided." It's the band's only date on their schedule at the moment.
Hamilton Leithauser @ AV Club Hideout Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Hamilton Leithauser, who put out his first solo album earlier this year, is currently finishing up his opening stint on the Broken Bells tour, which hits Central Park Summerstage on Friday (9/26, tickets).
UPDATE: Despite what Brooklyn Night's Bazaar's website says, the onetime Walkmen frontman is not playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday, October 4 as part of a Communion-presented night that also features Wilsen, Salt Cathedral, Nepotist, Skyes and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett as DJ for the evening. The show is happening, but Hamilton is not playing. Like most BKNB shows, it's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
Communion are also presenting the October 3 BKNB show with The Dough Rollers, Pine Barons, Stone Cold Fox, Dreamshow and a "Special Guest TBA" headliner. You can RSVP to skip the line for that one too.
This Friday (9/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, it's Mxther (the band fronted by Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely), Rathborne, The Midnight Hollow, Prelow, and Bryce Hackford on DJ duty (RSVP).
After his Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, Leithauser will head to the UK to open for Spoon (who he toured North America with this summer) in London. All dates are listed below...
Charles Bradley at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soul singer Charles Bradley has some tour dates coming up, including a few in NYC that we already mentioned like the Beacon Theatre show (10/4) with Afghan Whigs as part of their tour (tickets) and the 3-night Daptone holiday party at The Apollo in December (12/4-6) (tickets). He's now got yet another NYC gig on the horizon, happening this Friday (9/26) at The Garage (611 W 50th St) with rap trio Ratking. That one's FREE with RSVP and there will be free drinks too.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is next Saturday (9/27) at Smorgasburg (90 Kent in Williamsburg) and while you're digging through the crates and the tables of special items from some of the label vendors, a host of DJs will be providing the soundtrack:
1-1:30pm Paul Collins (of Beirut)The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair runs from 11AM - 6 PM and is free to attend.
1:30-2pm Matt W (RVNG Intl.)
2-2:30pm Kroba ( Archie Pelago)
2:30-3pm Rob Henry (Disco De Facto)
3-3:30pm Silent Servant
3:30-4pm Yale (Luaka Bop)
4-4:30pm DFA Special Guest
4:30-5pm Jonathan Toubin
Speaking of Smorgasburg, their special Summerstage event is tonight (9/19), featuring the Mr. Saturday Night DJs and 30 food vendors -- including a special Shabbos dinner from the folks at Mile End -- from 5 - 9PM at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. It's free to attend, flyer is below.
And finally, don't forget that the Brooklyn Flea's "Northside Concert Series" kicks off this Sunday (9/21) at 50 Kent. We already knew it'd have a solo performance by Marnie Stern, and now the rest of the lineup was announced including Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn electro-funk band Motion Studies and Crazy Pills. Music Starts at 3 PM.
Smorgasburg Summerstage flyer is below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.
The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.
Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.
Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.
Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.
Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...
Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.
While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.
All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
Brooklyn band Coastgaard are currently working on their new album, Derecho, which should be out in early 2015. In the interim have given us a taste of what's to come via new single, "Black White Fuzz." Though the title might have you expecting something noisy, the new song is actually sparkling guitar pop, an update of the baroque sounds of The Zombies or The Left Banke. It makes its debut in this post.
You can catch Coastgaard live here in NYC this Friday (9/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar where they play with White Bike and headliners Here We Go Magic. Like most BKNB shows, it's free. You can RSVP to skip the line.
"Black White Fuzz" stream, below...
Atlas Sound at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
We recently mentioned that Deerhunter singer Bradford Cox is bringing his Atlas Sound project to NYC for this year's Downtown Music Festival in October (with Kiesza, Avey Tare, Autre Ne Veut and others), but he'll be in NYC sooner than that. He's playing the next installment of Noisey and Jansport's Bonfire Sessions at Brooklyn's Greenwood Park on Saturday (9/13) from 5-11 PM (555 7th ave in South Slope). It also includes Real Estate side project Ducktails (who also play tonight [9/11] at Baby's with The Stevens) and Mas Ysa. Totally free and RSVP is open now.
This show and Downtown Fest are Atlas Sound's only announced dates at the moment. Check out a video and the show flyer below...
Image from BREYER P-ORRIDGE & PIERRE MOLINIER exhibit
Post-punk legends Psychic TV will release a new album, Snakes, in November. You can hear some of the music from it via an album trailer, watchable below. Are you staying in NYC (or visiting) between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years Eve? So are Psychic TV who will, like last year, play two nights at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 26 & 27. No word on openers yet, but mark your calendars accordingly. The shows are free. The band also have some dates in Europe this month and all are listed below.
Meanwhile, PTV frontperson Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the late French artist Pierre Molinier have a joint art exhibit on display now through October 12 at Invisible Exports on the Lower East Side. They both share an interest in blurring the gender line in extreme ways. Here's a bit about Molinier:
Molinier (1900-1976) was a postwar artistic renegade born into belle époque France, a shape-shifting and iconoclastic self-fetishist, too bold and strange and self-directed an artistic visionary to fit perfectly at home among even the Surrealists, who were his closest radical ilk and his most sympathetic admirers. As a young artist, Molinier established himself as a painter of landscapes, but moved quickly to daring erotic collage and ultimately embarked on a now-legendary project of photomontage self-portraits of himself as a transvestite. They are a mesmerizing series of theatrical images exploring a labyrinthine, refracted identity, many involving dolls, dildos, and prosthetic limbs as "props," that used Molinier's own body as central malleable medium for a whole new range of expressive gestures that remain riveting and brave today, and inspired much later figures from Cindy Sherman to Ron Athey. In a retrospective assessment, the Independent called him "a transvestite Baudelaire who rather than words, chooses as his medium the corset, the mask and the chain."Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment. It opened this past Friday (9/5), have you been?
PTV tour dates are listed, along with the album trailer, below...
Future Punx @ Rockaway Surf Club this summer (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Whether or not you're excited for Weezer's new album you might have affection for the band's early '90s output. With that in mind there's a Weezer tribute happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday, September 9 featuring members of Beverly, Moon Dudes, Truthers, Future Punx, Nicholas Nicholas, and "more TBA." They'll be playing songs from the Blue Album, Pinkerton and a few b-sides. It's a midnight show and is free.
Both Future Punx and Truthers will be performing as themselves on Sunday (9/7) afternoon, playing at a free Fashion Week block party called "LES Opening Night." It takes place around 45 Orchard St, featuring "art opening, DJs, live music, block partying" and a fashion show. Cake Shop curated the live music portion (4:15 PM start) and in addition to Future Punx and Truthers, Prince Rupert's Drops (who have a new record on the way) are also playing. The full schedule is below.
Flyer for for the Bed Stuy show and block party schedule below...