The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced the inaugural running of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music, film, and art extravaganza put together by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and set to take over BAM from May 3 to 5. Named after a poem by Walt Whitman, the festival has a lineup stacked with the borough's biggest musical names on the rock side of thingsThe Walkmen, St. Vincent, and Beirut will headline, while the lineups are rounded out by quite a few YIMBY alums, including Zs, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Skeletons. Full lineup and ticketing info below.
St. Vincent headlines BAM on May 4.
Better Than: Hearing anyone else on earth talk about their dreams.
Laurie Anderson should be legally required to provide the voice for every audiobook, ever. As an instrument, it's just perfect: wise and bewildered, cutting and soothing, deadly serious and profoundly amusing. Every syllable of every word cuts like a machete. The downtown avant-garde (and Mermaid Parade!) queen will spend the next couple weeks holding court at BAM for Delusion, a new multimedia work of sublime bewilderment, a "series of short mystery plays" presenting in a music/video/spoken-word conflagration that's a little slow and sleepy, but appropriately so, as often Anderson is simply listing the daffy shit she dreams about.More »
Another year, another Next Wave Festival: the 2010 edition, BAM announced today, will feature--among many other works--the American premiere of Delusion, "a far-reaching work exploring memory and identity" from new music doyenne Laurie Anderson, Red Hot + New Orleans, a Big Easy tribute from Treme's Trombone Shorty, and Brooklyn Omnibus, a song-cycle about life in Kings County from Passing Strange's Stew and his band, the Negro Problem. The latter was commissioned specifically by BAM for the occasion, which got us wondering: what will a splashy Next Wave premiere run you these days?
Last September's Between My Head and the Sky was Yoko Ono's first record as Plastic Ono Band since 1973's Feeling the Space. John Lennon produced the first; his son Sean handled the second, and now comes word that the Plastic Ono Band will once again perform as well. So far, it's just two dates (the other's out at SF's Noise Pop), but New York's lucky enough to land one of 'em--February 16, at BAM's Gilman Opera House (tickets seem to still be available). Personnel this time out include Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Haruomi Hosono, and a bunch of big name, New York royalty-type guests: Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton, who last performed with the POB back in 1969. Moore has performed with Ono before as well--last we saw these two together, they were onstage at Pitchfork Fest in Chicago, chanting "War is over! If you want it" as thousands of baffled teenagers ran for the Union Park exits. May this show be equally insane. [h/t Daily Swarm]