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)
Saxophones, check. Piano rifts, check. Percussion, check. Hip hop sample, check. Muppet voices? You know it.Introducing Mark Farina, who infused his Chicago-roots with San Francisco soul to create "Mushroom Jazz," a funky melange of the fore mentioned ingredients over a classic house beat, blended at a groovy 100-105 bpm. He's an artist who's been in the industry for so long, dabbling in both the rave scene and the lounge scene, he truly needs no introudction. (For more info, re-direct here.)
We chatted with one of the founders, David Handler, we partied there on New Years Eve, and now we want to tell you more about the wonder that is Le Poison Rouge!
Fusing pop art, music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, Le Poisson Rouge has set out with the goal to establish a creative asylum for artists and audiences, and they've definitely done that, plus. With a state-of-the-art performance space and sound system, they're open for just about any arrangement you could dream up.
Nicky Egan, Le Poisson Rouge, 7PM
by Kelsey Paine
Having gone to high school back in Massachusetts with two of Nicky Egan's band members, I knew I had to check out their soulful set at Le Poisson Rouge. Originally from Philadelphia, Egan recently graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston where she formed her band. The group's sound blends old school funk, R&B and rock, all intertwined with Egan's strong and smokey vocals, a cross between Etta James and Janis Joplin. These kids are serious about their music--Egan bangs out notes on her piano with a power and confidence far beyond her age, and Johnny Simon's guitar solo on an Aretha Franklin cover was sexy and electrifying. Look for Nicky Egan's debut solo album Good People to come out soon.
Nottz (and special guests), Sullivan Hall, 8:30PM
Joonbug met up with David Handler, one of the founders of Le Poisson Rouge, to discuss how the West Village hot spot continues to be the shuffle button for the music lover, party goer and art aficionado. While sitting on a fish throne David spoke about how a group of classical musicians wanted a new outlet for young people to get down with class, culture and alcohol.
Josh Gordon: Has the place changed since you first opened?
David Handler: It’s definitely been an exercise in the things to hold on to and the things that are defining that you really must preserve and protect throughout the evolution of the concept and then those other things that you have to let go of or allow to change and let take on a life on their own. We knew we could count on people for their participation in a more eclectic, a more dynamic, more savant kind of experience. We’ve just been happy and proud to see the extent that people are interested and participate in, and that has been very encouraging.