Friday, November 15th
The DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE: An 8-piece ensemble who reinterpret some of the world's most popular electronic dance music with a horn section, rhythm section, vocals and electronics. Since emerging from Toronto's prestigious Humber College Jazz Program in 2009 they have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada. Doors 7PM, Show 9PM. 18+. $15 Advance, $20 Door.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.
"GRiZ" is an independent American electronic music artist who began his career as a classically trained Alto Saxophone and piano player. Stylistically, he creates bass infused hip-hop, electro soul, and future funk sounding productions often accompanied by the live performance and recording of his Alto Saxophone and the use of an array of vinyl samples. Doors 8PM, Show 9PM. $20 Early Admission, $25 Advance.
The party starts tonight, October 2nd, as psychedelic dance gurus, Miami Horror, bring dance heaven to New York City. A must-attend event for fans of good music and a good time, the quartet will be performing new material, showcasing their evolution as a band. Joining them will be Astr, Wunder Wunder, and Friendly Greg doing a DJ set. The event will be held at Le Poisson Rouge from 10pm-2am, and will be an absolutely unforgettable experience! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
When: Wednesday, 2 October 2013 -- 10pm-2am
Where: Le Poisson Rouge/ 158 Bleecker Street; New York, NY 10012
Sure, you've probably heard the plaintive wails of Björk and might have lost yourself in the fairytale soundscapes of Jonsi and Sigur Rós from time to time, but how much do you really know about Iceland's current music scene? The enigmatic and seldom-visited island is certainly famed for its creativity, consistently churning out artists whose otherworldly voices seem to come from another planet.
Fortunately for those of us that can't afford a ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland holds a travelling festival called the "Taste Of Iceland" that takes place in a different city each year and is designed to promote the country's music, cuisine and culture. This year it will be held in NYC and will include, among other things, a free concert at Le Poisson Rouge on October 5th at 6pm titled "Reykjavik Calling," that will showcase unique collaborations between 3 breaking Icelandic musicians and 2 NYC based artists.
THURSDAY OCT 4
Über-hip Brooklyn art gallery SuperChief presents: CREEPERS!, a collection of overly vulgar "gross-out art" from some of America's most cutting edge artists tonight from 6 - 9 p.m. Holding the title as the first and only artist to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in the US, cartoonist Mike Diana joins Spencer Sweeney (a co-owner of the downtown cool club Santo's Party House), Danny McDonald, Aric Shunneson, and many more. As the group exhibition describes it: "Like stumbling upon a dildo in your mom's underwear drawer or dad’s Barely Legal collection, it’s an eye opener. Treat yourself to something horrible."
Tomorrow night The Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will feature live performances from local bands Field Mouse, ABADABAD, Y/Y along with headlining act Conveyor. Conveyor's art-pop sound has reverberated far and wide with the release of their self-titled debut album this past July and a 30 city national tour which included an appearance at Montreal's, Fringe Festival.
The eleven track Conveyor is about self awareness, an ode to the essence of humanity that so many of us have lost touch with. Songs like Home and Woolgather center around an enlightened speaker clinging to his/her convictions in light of modernity “oh wood, I wouldn’t give you up to be outside” (Woolgatherer), “how can I oblige when all the things beneath my being are true” (Home). Overall Conveyor's instrumentation consists of an intermingling between organic and electronic instrumentation that produces warm folk style tracks highlighted by nuanced synthetic rhythms. The quintet's inimitable vocals are what really set them apart from other likewise bands, delivering harmonies that would be just as enjoyable minus instrumental accompaniment.
Click here to listen to Conveyor and support the band.
Ah, Memorial Day Weekend! The fleeting whiff of barbecue, the sounds of playing children, and the swell of sightseers that flock to New York City to celebrate the coming summer! Packed to the brim with events, parties, and festivals, this city is going to be swarming. The temperatures will be high, and the sun will be out, so check out these party suggestions to help observe the holiday weekend.
Feel the cool city air while some “evil animation” at Open Road Rooftop in LES. The 2012 summer series kicks off this weekend with a few short films and an all night after party. The evening kicks off with live music from Softspot.
EL-P + Despot
When: Monday, May 21st.
Where:Santos Party House
Come out and see Brooklyn’s own El-P who, although hasn’t released a rap album since 2007, has been hella busy with Das Racist and his own Definitive Jux Label. His new album, Cancer 4 Cure will come out this month, so come get a little taste.
Where: 5 Ninth, 5 9th Ave
Looking to escape the pretentious, top 40's scene? This MeatPacking club plays soul genre beats from DJ Reborn, making sure your Tuesday nights are the best nights.
The doors opened at 11pm on a Thursday night. Le Poisson Rouge, in all of its 1970’s nightclub glory, was filled with one of the more eclectic crowds I’ve seen in a while. A mix of music ‘buffs', NYU students, bros looking to get their groove on, old men and just about everything in between; the place was packed as the first band took the stage.
Right off the bat, and by that I mean immediately as the first notes of the first band erupted from the stage, you already had some people make a beeline for the door. Next Life does not make dance music. They don’t really make electronic music. What they do, in fact, is play some very loud, utterly brutal death metal. Did I mention this show was part of the Unsound festival, one of the premier electronic/experimental festivals in the world? It seems like that fact was lost on many, but still only a minority, of the attendees. Those looking for a ‘dubstep’ show were probably disappointed/scarred by this Norwegian duo (with drummer) as they spat out song after song of staccato, jarring, obscenely loud riffs.
Feeling musically starved? Need a concert fix? We've got you covered. Here are some incredible shows coming up in the next few weeks.
(p.s. If you got Kraftwerk Tickets, you suck.) (p.p.s. If there are any shows/artists you want us to add, comment below!)
Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education/Crinkles (Glasslands)