Here's to John Carpenter's Most Horrifying Musical Moments

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The only things more feverishly worshipped than John Carpenter's horror movies and cult classics are the soundtracks that go along with them. Carpenter, who scores the majority of his flicks and has penned some of the most recognizable tunes ever to waft through a crowded theater, is big on partnering screaming heroines with stark, minimalist musical scrims, building tension to the point where you can cut his scenes with a knife. (Or stab them, more appropriately.) The iconic piano plinks of the Halloween theme, the dark synths and strident strings from Assault on Precinct 13, the metal edge of Ghosts of Mars — Carpenter spent as much time perfecting the background noise for his creepy, oozy, spattered moments as he did his plot points, and now he's stepped away from the director's chair and into the studio.

Carpenter's first solo album, Lost Themes, drops February 3, and the record capitalizes on all of the sonic hallmarks we've come to expect from the champion of terror. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be celebrating the work of Carpenter all month, showing several titles spanning the length of his career, for its John Carpenter: Master of Fear series, starting with Halloween February 6. (Carpenter was scheduled to sit down with NPR's Brooke Gladstone at BAM to chat about all things Lost Themes, Michael Myers, and more, but the event has been canceled.)

We've compiled a list of our favorite Carpenter music moments, so just avoid saying "I'll be right back!" when you run off to grab your headphones.

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The Source 360 at BAM: A Guide

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The Source turns 25 this year. How many back issues are in your closet?
This year, rap publication The Source celebrates its 25th birthday. Considered by many to be "the hip-hop Bible," the publication has been a cornerstone of the hip-hop culture, impacting everything from breaking new artists to making "5 Mics," the coveted highest honor the magazine awards an album, part of the hip-hop lexicon. Starting Friday, BAM is paying tribute to the magazine with The Source 360 Film Festival. Boasting three days of hip-hop cinema chronicling the Source era, we've assembled this guide to everything you need to know about what's playing.

See also: The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time

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One Night Only: The Velvet Underground Pay Tribute to Nico and Allen Ginsberg

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Tonight, fans of the Velvet Underground will get to see their idols pay tribute to two of their most revered friends and collaborators--just not on the same stage. At Housing Works, Lou Reed will be celebrating the vinyl and digital re-issue of Allen Ginsberg's FIRST BLUES. Across the East River, John Cale will be kicking off his three-night run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a sold-out tribute to Nico, which will also feature Sharon Van Etten, the Magnetic Fields, and Kim Gordon, among others. Torn on which show you'll hit later? Here's a brief preview of each, along with a few educated guesses as to which songs you'll get to hear Reed and Cale wax poetic on this evening.
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The Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, Starring The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, And A Bunch Of Other Bands, Is Happening In May

St. Vincent headlines BAM on May 4.
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 things—The 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.

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Live: Laurie Anderson Brings Her Delusion To BAM

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Theories on the afterlife, and how many times you die. Photos by Rahav Segev courtesy of BAM, more below.
Laurie Anderson
BAM/Harvey Theater
Tuesday, September 21

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.

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BAM Announces 2010 Next Wave Festival, Plus Fun Fact: Sufjan Stevens Got Paid $147,338 For His 2007 BQE Commission

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?

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Yoko Ono Reforms Plastic Ono Band For One Ridiculous New York Show

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]