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High heels

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" is a new exhibition opening at the Brooklyn Museum on 9/10...

As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the Bata Shoe Museum. Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.
This provocative display, like "Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" and "Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt", will be all ages, but those 19 years old and younger will get to go for free! They recently announced:
Beginning on September 3, 2014, admission to the Brooklyn Museum will be free for visitors ages nineteen and under, offering greatly increased accessibility and encouragement to visit the Museum, especially for teenagers.

At the same time, the Museum will increase its suggested general admission fees to $16, except for ticketed exhibitions and events, and to $10 for adults sixty-two and over and for students with valid I.D. Current school group pricing will remain the same.

Admission to Target First Saturdays, the Museum's highly popular monthly evening of art and entertainment that takes place the first Saturday of every month (except in September), will continue to be free from 5 to 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, head to the museum on Thursday, August 14th for a wet, musical display, titled "Score the Fountain":
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Jane and David Walentas Fountain, Outside Museum

We asked musicians and producers of all genres to create an original score to accompany our Jane and David Walentas Fountain in front of the Museum. We received a number of great entries, and submissions are now closed.

Check back next week for the list of selected compositions, then come enjoy the music in front of the fountain on August 14. This event is free.

More info about the Brooklyn Museum at their website.


While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was setting up their new Beyonce exhibit, a new music museum was celebrating its opening weekend down in Bristol...

Bristol straddles the Tennessee-Virginia state line. It is quaint and leisurely, a small town, according to geography and population. Yet to those who know the story, Bristol is enormous.

"Nashville is like a child to Bristol," says Jim Lauderdale, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who performed Saturday night at an outdoor stage on Bristol's Virginia side.

Nashville is the state capital, it is a tourist mecca, and it scrapes the sky. But it would not be or do these things were it not for producer Ralph Peer's recording sessions in Bristol, which took place between July 25 and Aug. 5, 1927. [WBIR]

Read more about the town, the museum and openiung weekend at WBIR. NPR also has a feature.

Now you can add the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to the places you need to stop on your next road trip to TN (along with Third Man Records, Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Dollywood and Graceland).

by Fred Pessaro

Om at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

The Temple of Dendur at the Met (via Ulla)

Hold on to your seats Om fans, the band have announced a return to NYC to play an absolute jaw-dropper of a show. The trio have announced that they will play  a version of the track "At Giza" from their excellent Conference of the Birds LP in the most perfect of locations: in front of the remains of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitain Museum of Art on July 19!

The track, which is in reference to the great pyramids at Giza, will be modified for the setting and be accompanied by additional material when the band performs in front of the Egyptian ruins. Don't miss it, tickets are on sale.

The Temple of Dendur is also where Liars are performing on Saturday (sold out).

All  tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "At Giza" and the rest of Conference of the Birds, below.

Continue reading "OM playing "At Giza" in front of Egyptian ruins at the Met's Temple of Dendur (dates)"

Kraftwerk @ MoMA in April (more by Ryan Muir)

Remeber all the controvery with tickets when Kraftwerk came to NYC earlier this year? It's happening again, but this time in London...

To say Kraftwerk fans were unhappy might be an understatement. "We are livid," said Angela Kennedy, standing at the end of a queue of about 200 people in Tate Modern's chilly Turbine Hall hoping there were still enough tickets. "We got here at the crack of dawn [around 10am] and were turned away - that was after trying on the phone since 7.30am."

Kennedy, style director of Woman & Home magazine, was one of thousands caught up in Tate's ticketing fiasco after the online booking service for Kraftwerk's London gigs, in February, crashed almost immediately at 7.30am. The next option was the phone, which for most people, was constantly engaged... [Guardian]

Same shit, different city.

The shows are happening at London's Tate museum, who issued this statement:

Many people had a difficult time trying to buy tickets for Kraftwerk yesterday, and we apologise unreservedly for that. We had anticipated a significant volume of interest but our website was overwhelmed by the phenomenal number of people attempting to access it simultaneously. This meant the majority of tickets had to be sold over the phone and we apologise for the long wait and frustration this has caused. We believed that our system could cope with the volume so did not appoint a third party ticketing site.

We expected to sell most of the tickets online before the galleries opened and did not anticipate selling tickets in the gallery. Some customers came to Tate Modern and we made the late decision to sell tickets to them to avoid their disappointment. We are sorry that this was not communicated as an official route to buy tickets and subsequently led to more frustration from other customers trying to buy tickets online and by telephone.

All tickets for Kraftwerk have now sold out. Please do not purchase tickets through a secondary sale as we cannot guarantee their authenticity. Access to the events will only be permitted with the credit/debit card used to make the purchase.

Like at MoMA in NYC, Kraftwerk will be performing eight albums at the London museum. Dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kraftwerk tickets weren't easy to get in London either"

First Saturdays

Yoko Ono, who was recently busy celebrating John Lennon's birthday with Lady Gaga, is being honored in Brooklyn:

Multi-media Conceptual artist Yoko Ono will be honored at the tenth annual Women in the Arts luncheon on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the many educational and artistic programs offered by the Brooklyn Museum and its Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. with an introduction by Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman followed by a conversation between Ono and Catherine Morris, Curator of the Sackler Center. The program will conclude with the presentation of the 2012 Women in the Arts Award to Ono. A reception and luncheon in the Museum's Beaux-Arts Court will follow from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Based on availability, tickets for Women in the Arts 2012 are offered at $250, $500, and $1,000. Tables are available for purchase at the following levels: $2500 (Host), includes ten tickets for the program and preferred luncheon seating for ten guests; $5,000 (Patron), includes ten tickets, priority seating for the program, and prime luncheon seating for ten guests; $10,000 (Benefactor), includes 12 tickets, special reserved seating for the program, and VIP luncheon seating for 12 guests. To purchase tickets and for further information, contact Mira Abramsohn at mira.abramsohn@brooklynmuseum.org or (718) 501-6589.

In related news, the museum recently announced that "Our Target First Saturday Dance Party is on hiatus as we explore new and exciting ways to interact, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences. We appreciate everyone who has made this part of First Saturday such a success over the years and invite you to read more about these programming changes and discuss with us online." So, there still will be free Target First Saturdays, but due to "challenges with capacity crowds and traffic flow throughout the building". "the dance party on hiatus for the time being."


In honor of the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection of more than thirty thousand baseball cards--dating from 1887 to 1959--Spectrum has organized an exciting Friday night event. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, early-comers can meet William C. Rhoden and be treated to a pre-show signing of his book Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.

At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a lively panel discussion about our card collection and its relationship to baseball. Panelists include:

Sean Kirst, columnist at the Syracuse Post-Standard and author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig and Other Baseball Essays
Dale Murphy, retired Major League Baseball player
William C. Rhoden, sports columnist at the New York Times
Sharon Robinson, educational consultant, author, and daughter of the great Jackie Robinson

After the panel discussion, the supergroup The Baseball Project (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon, with a special guest appearance by Mike Mills) will perform a very special set, with songs inspired by the Museum's baseball card collection.

Tickets are still available for tonight;s event (4/13).

The Red Krayola also play a NYC museum tonight (and tomorrow) (the Whitney).

Julianna Barwick and Grouper play one tonight too! Their show is at the Guggenheim where Cold Cave and Zola Jesus (with help from JG Thirwell) also have shows coming up. Tix are still available for tonight's show and for Cold Cave's too. Zola Jesus goes on sale on 4/18.

The Baseball Project also played Maxwell's the other night, but have no other upcoming dates at the moment. Check out the new video for 2010 song "All Future and No Past" below...

Continue reading "The Baseball Project playing a baseball (card) event @ the Met tonight; Cold Cave tix on sale; Grouper tonight too"

by Bill Pearis

Joshua Light Show

The Joshua Light Show is back in town this weekend, doing their old-school psychedelic visuals -- which provided hallucinatory effects for The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and others -- for the first time in a 360-degree environment: the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The three-night performance, titled Fulldome, happens Friday - Sunday (June 3 -5) and tickets are still available.

Fulldome explores the concept of synesthesia, the blending of sensory experiences. (Or as a hippie might say "I can see the music, man!"). For a more scientific explanation of this, you can attend Brain: The Inside Story which precedes the Joshua Light Show performances.

"The light show will be performed live by Joshua White. Video projections will feature his current team of artists, including Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters, Alyson Denny, Seth Kirby, Brock Monroe, Doug Pope, Bec Stupak, and noted illustrator Gary Panter."

"An original soundtrack [not live] features contributions from percussion artists Laraaji and Z'EV mixed with cosmic electronics by music director Nick Hallett and sound designer Jeff Cook, with additional music from Brooklyn's Oneida."

While lacking the live bands the Joshua Light Show usually performs with (like Oneida, Woods, and Dean Wareham last year) the planetarium envoirnment will no doubt be a much more immersive experience. You can watch a short feature/EPK on Fulldome below.


Speaking of the AMNH, the next edition of "One Step Beyond", their monthly dance party in the museum, takes place on June 24th though no lineup has been announced yet. Dan Deacon played the last one.


For a cheaper museum experience (and speaking of Oneida), members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Oneida play with silent films at the Met this Friday. Free with museum admission. Glen Hansard recently played there.

Blitz the Ambassador and DJ Spinna appear at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday. Free.

New York's "Biggest Block Party", the annual Museum Mile Festival happens June 14th from 6pm - 9pm. "One day a year, for the past 32 years, nine of the country's finest museums, all ones that call Fifth Avenue home, collectively open their doors from 6pm - 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually."

Continue reading "Joshua Light Show presents 'Fulldome' the Museum of Natural History (and other museum stuff)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Jay-Z & Kanye West on display @ the Museum of Modern Art
Kanye West
Kanye West

At the tail end of his set at MoMA's Party In The Garden benefit afterparty last night (5/10), Kanye West was joined by none-other than Jay-Z to work out "H.A.M." before West stepped away from center stage (shocking, I know) to make way for HOV and his rendition of "Empire State of Mind". It was a riotous closing to a set that allowed plenty of time for Mr. West to shine too. Kanye played 45 minutes of hits from across his output. The setlist included "Power," "Run This Town", "Hell of a Life", "Can't Tell Me Nothin'", "Runaway", "Flashing Lights" and "The Good Life". Pictures and video from the museum show are in this post.

BONUS: someone posted Kanye's entire Coachella set as a download. You can also listen to that in its entirety, with the rest of the MoMA pics and video, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West & Jay-Z played MoMA's Garden Party (pics, video)"

Metric at Prospect Park (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Prospect Park

"Don't ask Emily Haines about "indie."

"I don't know what it means anymore," says the Metric frontwoman. "I think it might be a font at this point. Which is fine, actually. Everything changes."

Haines is still a young woman, but at 36 she's old enough to remember what the much-abused word used to signify.

When the Toronto-raised singer-songwriter-keyboardist started her band in Brooklyn in the late '90s, "indie" didn't refer to a style of music. It was short for "independent." An indie record didn't conform to any particular style: It was an album that the musicians released themselves, without the assistance of a record company.

An album like Metric's "Fantasies."

"It's something I'll always be proud of: that we were able to reach the Billboard Top 20 (Rock Albums) without a label," says Haines, who [took] the stage with Metric at the Prudential Center in Newark, opening for Muse. "I believe we're the first band to do that."" [NJ.COM]

Director Katheryn Bigelow is responsible for films like Point Break, Near Dark and the 2009 Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker. She'll be the subject of a MoMA tribute on November 10th at 6:30 which will include an after-party with a live acoustic set by Metric and a DJ set from Nick Zinner (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Tickets for the benefit dinner will set you back a bit, but cheaper tickets for the after-party are also on sale. Pick up tickets now OR you can try your hand at winning a pair to the after-party. Details how are on the bottom of this post.

Muse and Metric concluded their trek together over the weekend in New Orleans at the Voodoo Festival (10/30). Pictures from that show (and the entire festival) are on the way but for now, head below for details on how to win those tickets...

Continue reading "MoMA honoring Kathryn Bigelow, Metric playing (win tix) "


The Guggenheim will be hosting a three-part music series at the museum this summer. Running in conjunction with their "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance" exhibition (currently on view at the museum through September 6), "DARK SOUNDS" has the following schedule:

* July 15, 2010: BEIRUT
* September 3, 2010: CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA
Tickets will go on sale to museum members ($25) at noon, and to non-members ($30) on Friday at www.guggenheim.org/darksounds...
"Produced by Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, and Bronwyn Keenan, Associate Director of Special Events, the series takes its thematic cue from the conceptual threads that weave through Haunted, aiming to evoke the exhibition's elements of melancholy, ghostliness, the uncanny, and our collective and individual obsession with accessing the past. The series title is borrowed from the writings of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), who is often described as the father of the modern ghost story."
This makes three upcoming NYC shows for Beirut who also play MHOW on July 5 & 6.

The Andrew & Ian show sounds especially special It is: "Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum, a site-specific performance involving violin, looped passages, and a landscape of horn speakers." That's Ian with some horn speakers pictured above.

Andrew Bird only has a handful of other shows scheduled. They are all listed, along with info on a "Dark Sounds membership package, below...

Continue reading "Beirut, Andrew Bird & Cinematic Orchestra playing DARK SOUNDS @ the Guggenheim "

by Andrew Frisicano

IX. 17 - Study for Terretektorh (distribution of musicians), 1965
Iannis Xenakis

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary will explore the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Greek avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001). A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier. Comprised of nearly 100 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this will be the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis's original works on paper. Included will be rarely-seen hand-rendered scores, architectural drawings, conceptual renderings, pre-compositional sketches, and graphic scores. Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary is co-curated by Xenakis scholar Sharon Kanach and critic Carey Lovelace and will travel to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (June 17 - October 17, 2010) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (November 7, 2010 - February 13, 2011).
The show is currently at the NYC Drawing Center through April 8th. That picture above is a diagram for an 88-member orchestra scattered among its audience (aka the squiggly lines). More works on display are below.

There are also concerts and events to go along with exhibit. JACK Quartet, who put out a CD and DVD of Xenakis's string quartets last May, already played in conjunction with showing earlier this month (videos from their DVD are below). JACK do have shows coming up, but those are mainly comprised of new material; they play March 3rd at Merkin Concert Hall. Their upcoming schedule also includes the Look & Listen Festival 2010 (coming up May 7th-9th); So Percussion are on the bill for that too, playing music by Morton Feldman, John Cage, and their own Jason Treuting (So Percussion are also at Carnegie Hall this March). Advance tickets for Look & Listen are available by phone.

If you'd like to learn more about the Xenakis show, co-curators Sharon Kanach and Carey Lovelace, who both worked with the composer, discussed the show with Art International Radio - that's streaming.

More drawings, videos, and Drawing Center info and events are below...

Continue reading "(avant-garde composer) Iannis Xenakis exhibit at Drawing Center + related shows (JACK Quartet, So Percussion, more)"

John Lennon

"The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC will conclude its stay in New York on January 3 at 8PM. The Rock Annex is exploring opportunities for a tour that would bring exclusive artifacts to music fans and rock enthusiasts around the world. Fans have just one more month to experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, showcasing rare artifacts from legendary artists including Springsteen, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and its featured exhibit, JOHN LENNON: THE NEW YORK CITY YEARS"

Not too surprising. Adult tickets are $25.60 each. Videos from inside the museum, below...

Continue reading "NYC's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex closing in January"

words & photos by Ryan Muir


"In conjunction with the New York performance biennial Performa 09, MoMA's Performance Exhibition Series presents Between Worlds (2009), an evening-length work by New York artists Fischerspooner. Between Worlds, a pop spectacle developed in support of Fischerspooner's 2009 album Entertainment, runs continuously over the course of three hours, with no clear beginning or end, on a large central stage that allows the audience to view the piece from all sides. With source material provided by The Wooster Group and with inspirations ranging from Japanese theater to the early years of the U.S. space program, this new performance continues Fischerspooner's interest in exploring the spaces between art and entertainment, reality and fiction, intentions and mistakes." [MoMA]
Toward the beginning of the evening (11/1), Casey Spooner announced that the name of the performance was "Between Worlds", a place creatively that is "hard to reach, and harder still to stay in" - a state of being that Fischerspooer performance art, one of stylistic contrasts and aesthetic extremes, strattles. It was between flamboyant and frivolous, and sophisticated and metatextual.

Amidst the sea of dancers and endless costume changes, the purpose of the show (clearer on repeated consecutive viewings) reveals itself as a performative expression that forces you to confront stylistic clashes and the artifice of the entire production (and what a production it was) while at the same time bouncing your head to the infectious electro groove.

On arriving to the show, the audience actually approaches the stage from behind where all the makeup mirrors, costume racks and stylists are visible. During the show the dancers execute ballerina precise movements and then seemingly intentional haphazard ones (rehearsal videos playing on LCD indicate they are anything but haphazard). Even the most graceful dancers occassionally collapsed to the ground in clumsy, deliberate spasms. In other cases the dancers break character (mid song) and initiate eye contact and start conversations with people standing in the front row. The process, and deconstruction of that process, is very much on display.

Several times Casey referred to the "taping" of the performance as being the ultimate. He literally said "if there is no photograph it didn't happen". Several camera men were auspiciously recording throughout the evening, and there was one number that directly involved the tour photographer on stage, all futher completing the illusion.

Numbers would be stopped mid chorus, to "get it right for the camera" - impromtu audience asides seemed to be a part of the choreography itself. In one case there appeared to be a live backstage mic as Casey asks for a "non hydrating" drink and chastises crew members. It quickly becomes clear that this is a pre-recorded put-on. We can see him again on stage talking to the audience loud enough to be heard OVER the "live mic" effectively breaking the 4th wall (5th wall) again.

Casey referred to a concert in Spain with 50,000 audience members freaking out, though as the night went on, and his detachment from truth advanced-- I realized the Spanish gig was probably fabricated as well.

The night was full of little mental puzzles like that. It was the intellectual pay off that elevated the modestly budgeted Fisherspooner show to an extravagantly budgeted Madge or Britney spectacle, thouch as the pictures attest, there was plenty to look at and listen to on stage if you wanted to turn your brain off too.

The Moma installation left me scandalized, and stimulated, in more ways than one. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Fischerspooner went Between Worlds @ MoMA - pics "

photos by Chris La Putt


"[Friday] night the Guggenheim hosted another event for their It Came From Brooklyn series, which brings talented Brooklynites all the way to the Upper East Side. The evening was hosted by Max Silvestri, and featured a (bit too maudlin) reading from Rachel Sherman, and live sets from Tanlines and Yeasayer. A 3-D light show was also advertised, but as the evening went on we were told the glasses were merely for "enhancement" purposes.

The $45 ticket price is a bit high, but those in attendance were also able to check out the Kandinsky retrospective while there... just so long as they didn't have their 3-D enhancement glasses on. The guards were unusually strict about this.

There was a bar set up, with a ticket system in place (one wine was 3 tickets, aka $6); and the museum served as a gorgeous venue, with plenty of great sightlines. Frank Lloyd Wright, however, didn't design it to be acoustically perfect for future indie bands -- leaving Yeasayer sounding more like Mehsayer (sorry). That said, we sort of prefer these museum rock shows over the status quo -- so we hope there are many more to come!" [Gothamist]

Yeasayer's new and free single is out now. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...

Continue reading "Yeasayer, Tanlines & Max Silvestri came from Brooklyn @ the Guggenheim - pics "

Yeasayer @ Hudson River Park in August (more by Bao Nguyen)

Yeasayer recently revealed in an interview with Pitchfork that they had finished their sophomore album and it would be released on January 19, 2010. There are four new songs they've been playing live; the four new songs are "Madder Red," "O.N.E.," "I Remember," and "Amblin' Alp." Yeasayer has also hinted that they would do something big in October.... [Wikipedia]
One "big thing" Yeasayer will definitely be doing in October is playing the next date of Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn Series on Friday, Oct. 30th. Rounding out the lineup are Tanlines (their only scheduled show as of now), author Rachel Sherman and comedian Max Silvestri as MC. Tickets are on sale.

Guggenheim's last "It Came From Brooklyn" show featured Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks from Interpol. Julian has more shows on the way in November.

Yeasayer is currently in the UK, on tour with Bat for Lashes (who played NYC in August).

Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton worked on Bat for Lashes' new record, Two Suns, which came out in April. As for their own still-untitled CD, Yeasayer's new disc is expected early next year (see above). Pitchfork called their last album, All Hour Cymbals, the 197th best album of the decade.

At least one member of Tanlines (also playing the Guggenheim show) is in a new group with members of Professor Murder called Restless People.

A Jools Holland video, and all tour dates for Yeasayer, which include Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and Brown University on Nov. 13th (with Javelin), are below...

Continue reading "Yeasayer - playing the Guggenheim, new CD on the way"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Julian Plenti

"On Friday night we stopped in at the Guggenheim for the second in the museum's "It Came From Brooklyn" concert series [(the first featured The Walkmen)]. This time around, the main event was Paul Banks' solo project Julian Plenti, with a solid dose of comedic input from MC Eugene Mirman...

...Banks took to the stage around 10:30, with a band significantly larger than his usual four piece. In addition to Banks on guitar, there was an additional guitarist, bass, drums, and a three piece string section. The mix of instrumentation served to flesh out the sound, and moreover it served as a solid foundation for the atmospheric sound of Julian Plenti....

...One of the more interesting points of the evening was Banks' choice of covers. They included America's "Horse With No Name" and the Pixies B-Side "Into The White". [Hippies Are Dead]

Banks/Plenti's core band consisted of the unmistakable Damian Paris of The Giraffes (who played their own show one night later at The Studio) on guitar, Nick Stumpf of The French Kicks on drums, and Dmitry Ishenko of I'm In You on bass. I'm In You was also the opening band and is currently still on tour with Julian. Banks was also joined by Yuiko Kamakara on viola, Erica Dicker on violin, and The Great Yoed Nir on cello.

There were also readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen before Julian played.

Due to Julian's 10:30 set time, there was actually time on Friday to see Passion Pit and Phoenix at Summerstage before Julian, and then Rorschach and Hellbastard at The Charleston afterwards. At least a few people did just that.

Julian Plenti plays two more NYC shows in November. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from the Guggenheim (where Kandinsky works are now on display), and Julian Plenti's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Julian Plenti & band played The Guggenheim w/ I'm In You, Eugene Mirman & friends - pics, setlist "

Tickets to No Age's October 16th performance @ The New Museum are now on sale to members. General sale starts September 16th. The show is one of four events No Age will be a part of in NYC that week. And those don't count ATP NY or tonight's NYU show at Le Poisson Rouge which bring their total of upcoming NY state shows to six.

Spike Jonze

No Age and Spike Jonze are both involved in an upcoming PopRally event at MoMA happening October 15th. For the night, "An Evening of Skate Videos," the museum "invited Patrick O'Dell (Epicly Later'd) to assemble an evening of influential skateboarding videos from the 1980s to today -- including Jonze's own legendary contributions to the genre -- and to bring together a panel of significant skateboarders and filmmakers, including Jonze himself, to discuss their work. An after party with a live performance by No Age follows the film program."

The event is in conjunction with the museum's mid-career retrospective of Jonze's work (titled "Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years") taking place from October 8th-18th. A schedule of the screenings at MoMA (which include his music videos, feature films like Being John Malkovich, etc., and his work as a producer) is below. The opening event on October 8th pairs Jonze with Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are. Jonze's film adaptation of the book is coming out October 16th and features a soundtrack by Karen O "and the Kids".

""Where the Wild Things Are" seems sure to appeal to the sensibilities of a certain cohort of urban young adults -- the type who read comic-book novels and wear skateboard sneakers; who might concur with a note I saw one day scrawled on a legal pad in Jonze's office: "There is no difference between childhood and adulthood." Finding an audience beyond that demographic, though, may well pose a challenge to Warner's marketing department, which is trying to position the movie as a family-friendly film for kids of all ages. They have adopted a broad-based strategy to lure children into the theater, buying advertising on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. They'll also be making a special effort to reach what one executive described to me as "hip, tastemaker" kids: Ugg will be selling a special "Where the Wild Things Are" kids' boot, and Urban Outfitters has a collection of "Where the Wild Things Are" T-shirts and shadow puppets." [NY Times Magazine]
Where the Wild Things Are

The No Age performance at MoMA is in addition to the band's four other upcoming shows in the NYC area. One of those will be the band performing a live score to the Jean-Jacques Annaud film The Bear at the New Museum on October 16th (no tickets yet). They played with the movie at L.A.'s Cinefamily on August 30th and you can find a video of that show (with the full Jonze/MoMA schedule) below...

Continue reading "MoMA Spike Jonze exhibition w/ another NYC No Age show "

photos by Kurt Christensen


"[Friday] night, The Walkmen headlined It Came from Brooklyn, [The Guggenheim's first] concert series [which highlights artists from Brooklyn and happens to coincide with the museum's] 50th Anniversary. The band were sleek in dress and voracious in music. As they rattled off numerous tracks off their 2008 release, "You & Me", they also were accompanied by a section of trumpets and trombones. The Walkmen's songs, some straightforward and mellow and some more palpitating and post-punk, filled the rotunda beautifully without so much as a word or a chord being lost. In fact the venue of the night seemed to enhance the whole performance; the grandiosity of the Guggenheim could pose an air of overwhelmingness, but instead the performance felt wholly intimate..." [Gothamist]
High Places, the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, novelist Colson Whitehead, and comedian Leo Allen were also on the museum bill. For the Walkmen it was the first of two NYC shows this weekend; the second was on Sunday in Central Park (pics coming soon). For the Guggenheim it was the first of this new series. The next will feature a performance by Interpol front-man Paul Banks aka Julian Plenti. More pictures from Friday below...

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It Came From Brooklyn

Tickets for the first show of the Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn series on Friday, August 14th are on sale now. They cost a whopping $45 for non-members, and museum members don't do much better with a reduced cost of $40. The night will feature sets from The Walkmen and High Places, and an opening performance by Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band. Hosting will be comedian Leo Allen; novelist Colson Whitehead "reads selections from Walt Whitman between performances." The next edition of the series is scheduled for September 25th. None of the acts have been confirmed.

Two days after on Sunday, August 16th, the Walkmen will playing a free Central Park Summerstage show with Dinosaur Jr.

More info on the It Came From Brooklyn series, below...

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The Feelies @ The Whitney (photo by Scott Rudd)
The Feelies

Reunited NJ band The Feelies played an acoustic set to help open the Whitney Museum's Dan Graham Retrospective last week (on Friday, June 26th). Last night (7/2), the same band kicked off three-night run at Maxwell's in Hoboken which goes until July 4th which is also the day the Whitney is having a special -- $4 admission ("$4 on the 4th"). It'll be open that day from 11am to 6pm... which actually means you have plenty of time to spend the day at the Whitney before heading to see the fireworks in Jersey before heading to Maxwell's to catch The Feelies (if you have a ticket, because all three shows are now sold out).

While at the Whitney, you can check out the museum's regular wares along with the Dan Graham exhibit. That show includes rock artifacts like Graham's '80s doc Rock My Religion, which incorporates footage of Patti Smith, Sonic Youth and Black Flag. The music series in conjunction with the Graham show continues on July 10th, with a concert in the museum by Titus Andronicus and Real Estate. Bands over the next three Fridays after that include Vivian Girls, Woods, Abe Vigoda and These Are Powers. Full schedule below.

The Brooklyn Museum is also free this 4th of July from 5pm-11pm, running its First Saturdays special on the holiday. The Met (always by donation) is open too, as is the MoMA, whose free night is on Fridays. The MoMA is currently showing "Looking at Music: Side 2," whose focus overlaps some with the Whitney's Graham exhibit (both are connected to Sonic Youth, New York in the late '70s, etc.)

Two more pictures from the Feelies museum show, and one of Jasper Johns' Three Flags (which is in the Whitney's permanent collection), and the Whit's full music schedule, below...

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Forro in the Dark...
Forro in the Dark

Brazilian group Forró In The Dark kicks off MoMA Music: BRAZIL, a month of musical performances in MoMA's Sculpture Garden, on July 2.

MoMA Music: Brazil is part of the MoMA Thursday Nights program, in which the Museum stays open until 8:45 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. Visitors can view MoMA's collection and special exhibitions, and enjoy live music and tapas in the Sculpture Garden. July's musical program features Brazilian rhythms ranging from samba to bossa nova and forró. The series is presented in conjunction with the film exhibition Premiere Brazil 2009 (July 16-August 3), which introduces New York audiences to original and accomplished films by Brazilian filmmakers. Music sets will be performed at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Forro in the Dark just played a few tour dates opening for Apostle of Hustle. Those included a June 10th show at the Bowery Ballroom and a June 13th show at Maxwell's. In addition to the MoMa show, the band is scheduled to play a free show at the Stuy Town Oval on July 8th and a day show at the Brooklyn (BKLYN) Yard on July 11th with Nation Beat. Tickets to the July 11th show are on sale. Check out a poster for it below.

As usual, the band is at East Village spot Nublu every Wednesday (though you might want to call ahead to make sure).

Full lineup for the MoMa Thursday nights and all Forro tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

The Walkmen @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
The Walkmen

It Came From Brooklyn inaugurates a new series of live music concerts in the [Guggenheim] rotunda. The program will showcase ten bands over the course of five Friday evenings commencing mid-August, with each night featuring a music set by two bands, interspersed with a short reading by a Brooklyn-based writer or actor. The series, taking place within the rotunda, will cast a spotlight on Brooklyn's musical renaissance by providing a platform for a new crop of musicians. The line-up includes bands such as The Walkmen and High Places.
In fact, High Places and The Walkmen will play the same It Came From Brooklyn show, its inaugural night on Friday, August 14th. The Gugg website also NO LONGER reports that Grizzly Bear will be one of the series' acts. Stay tuned for more announcements.

UPDATE: We are told Grizzly Bear is not confirmed for this. They have been removed from the museum's website....

Those shows will be the second scheduled NYC gigs for both Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen (and only upcoming U.S. show currently for High Places). The Walkmen play a free show at the Central Park Summerstage with Dinosaur Jr. on Sunday, August 16th. Grizzly Bear will also play a free show, at the Williamsburg Waterfront with Beach House on Sunday, August 30th.

The museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda should add some interesting reverb effects to Grizzly Bear's harmony-heavy tunes. Especially good news if you missed the last three Grizzly Bear NYC shows, when they played May 28th and 29th at Town Hall and May 31st at MHOW.

Grizzly Bear collaborator Nico Muhly, who premiered a "scent opera" at the Gugg on May 31st and Jun 1st, recently defended the band's Town Hall show (at which he played keys) against the not-so-nice Times review...

Times: But wow, these songs are precious, and they occasionally came spangled with extras that made them even more so. The chorus was one of those elements, sorry to say.

Nico: Oh snap! Apology accepted. Now, I have major objections to the word "precious." It tends to be borderline homophobic in its coded usage, first of all, but second of all, it's a derogatory adjective with no alternative. It's reviewspeak. What I mean is: if you say, "that's ugly" somebody else can say, "no, it's beautiful." If you say, "it's over-stuffed" somebody can say, "really, I thought it was pretty thin." So the problem with a word like precious is that the scale of adjectives with "precious" on it belongs solely to the reviewer and is just a way of being mean. Case in point: this whole nonsense about Sufjan Stevens's's BQE Thing. Words like fey, twee, and precious have become these little nuggets of coded disdain, but they are really just useless self-congratulatory gestures on the part of the reviewer. What is the opposite of twee? Muscular? It all reminds me of the insane misogynist critiques of Jane Austen's novels. I guess the place for a word like that would be in a larger piece about the music world -- there was an enormous brouhaha in Iceland about the so-called Krútt scene. Krútt is probably the closest approximation in Icelandic of "precious" -- it refers to Múm, kind of Sigur Rós, and a lot of imitators: it denotes little bells, reversed glockenspiels, fairytale vocals, cutely-outfitted brass bands. Now, all of that is just a description and not derogatory; my iPod overflows with this shit. Anyway, to go to a concert of that kind of music and be like, "it's precious," all you're doing is going to a Chinese restaurant and being like, "wow, they were serving mad chinese food up in there!"

The full nearly-point-by-point analysis is up at his blog. David Byrne also recently took on a NY Times review on his blog.

All Walkmen, High Places and Grizzly Bear tour dates below...

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Sonic Youth - 1983 (Stephanie Chernikowski via MoMA)
Sonic Youth

As previously mentioned, MoMA's Looking at Music: Side 2 opens June 10th and will run to November 30th. The exhibit, which catalogs NYC's early '70s and '80s music scene, will include an installation of photos, videos, audio and more, as well as live events, and punk-film screenings from September-November".

The audio guide for the exhibition will include three conversations specifically recorded for MoMA: Richard Hell in conversation with Vito Acconci; James Nares in conversation with Coleen Fitzgibbon; and Diego Cortez in conversation with Fab 5 Freddy. Richard Hell will also do a poetry reading at the museum in July.

Other highlights of the exhibition include rock film screenings (The Blank Generation, New York Dolls - All Dolled Up, and others), Bob Gruen's 1976 video "New York Death Cult (Live at Max's Kansas City)" which features footage of the famed New York music venue from that era, early issues of Search & Destroy, Punk Magazine and Interview magazine, and lots of audio stations playing "iconic music from the era".

Not connected with Looking at Music, but also happening at MoMA: the next MoMA Monday Nights show (a PopRally event) will be Stars Like Fleas on June 8th (5:30pm-8:45pm). More info, and a coupon for half-off entry to the show can be found HERE.

More details on Looking at Music, with film schedule, below...

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Vivian Girls @ Bowery Ballroom in December (more by Zach Stern)
Vivian Girls

As we pointed out back in April, and further confirmed in a list of Abe Vigoda tour dates, The Whitney is hosting some indie rock shows this July, in conjunction with their Dan Graham Retrospective. And the full schedule looks something like this:

Fri, June 26 - Acoustic Evening with The Feelies
Fri, July 10 - Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Fri, July 17 - Abe Vigoda / Grooms (Muggabears)
Fri, July 24 - (band TBA) / YellowFever
Fri, July 31 - Vivian Girls / These Are Powers

The Feelies show is "Free with Museum admission (free for Whitney members)." and "Tickets for this [Feelies] concert are available day of show only, beginning at 1 pm at the Museum. Space is limited; tickets are first-come, first-served." The other four shows basically say the same thing, but just, "Free with museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations." More details below.

Other programs include "Dan Graham in Conversation with Glenn Branca" and a family performance of Rock and Roll Ice Cream by Japanther. Full schedule below...

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