Live: AIDS Wolf Lead A Raucous, Ripped-Pantyhose-Heavy Noise-Rock Spectacular At Death By Audio

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Meet Rat Bastard. All pics by Rebecca.
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Death by Audio
Saturday, January 15

Saturday night, Williamsburg's Death by Audio witnessed "Throat Razor," a noise showcase put together by Throat, a collective of five recent female RISD grads. The goal was to raise funds for a planned non-profit art co-op like one they admired back in Providence, "an unjuried space where any dreamer with vision could display their pieces, without barriers." Montreal's AIDS Wolf headlined; in addition to being experimental noise-rock stalwarts with over a dozen releases to their credit, they're visual artists themselves: Core members Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau also collaborate as Seripop, a prolific printmaking and installation duo, with international acclaim.

Miami growler Rat Bastard was another highlight; eight years ago, he founded the sprawling International Noise Conference with the motto "No droning, no laptops." (Here's a fascinating Vice interview with this character.) On the other end of the noise spectrum, Shawn Greenlee performed earlier in the evening with a novel approach: He uses a camera that interprets drawings in a notebook as sounds, which he then manipulates live through a laptop and various other effects devices wired into the mix. Photos of all of the above, plus guys in ripped pantyhose, cat-meowing, and "Mongolian sausage"-chanting, below:

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Help Make Art-School Dreams Come True at Throat-Razor's Saturday Benefit With AIDS Wolf, Holy Sheet, and More

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If this poster doesn't make you want to go, don't what will

Laura Perez-Harris is dreaming hard. A 2010 RISD grad, the Long Island native would like to create somewhere in New York where all artists could show their work--an unjuried space where any dreamer with vision could display their pieces, without barriers--and where art students and prospective art critics could pass through and give the displayed work sorts of free-form, unbiased feedback. And there'd be a movie theater and a performance venue and a studio space, and all of these would be "affordable and accessible." Lest this seem like a hash-pipe art-school figment, Perez-Harris would like to point out that there's a place just like this where she went to school in Providence, AS220, a venerable non-RISD-affiliated compound that's successfully done this very thing for nearly three decades, and there's no reason why Brooklyn shouldn't have one of its own.

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