Yeasayer is one of our favorite New York bands in recent years. Coming onto the scene in 2007 with popular tracks such as "Sunrise" and "2080", their self styled “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel" is experimental to say the least. Their musical mixture of unrelated sounds somehow comes together into a harmonious tye-dye of beautiful tunes. Producing true blue experimental world music is hard (it’s even hard to write) but the Brooklyn-based band has done it well.
Music and moving images, in a better world, would be like chocolate and peanut butter: an immensely satisfying no-brainer. Yet anyone who has seen what passes for music videos these days (VH1 still plays them weekday mornings) could tell you that they're more like too much sugar in burnt coffee: lots of unhealthy distraction from a main ingredient that isn't even worth consuming.
Fortunately, not everyone is trying to be the next Hype Williams.
This Saturday bring your little ones to the Early Stages Storytelling Benefit. Activities include face painting, storytelling and music, and raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to the Early Stages Organization.
Want to see a legend? Tonight Stevie Nicks will be attending a listening party for her new CD, The Soundstage Sessions. It will be an evening of music and complimentary cocktails, all to celebrate Stevie and to raise funds for Lifebeat, an organization set up to fight HIV/Aids.
Robbi K is a renowned children’s musician who has performed with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn and Aretha Franklin. With her husband, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, they will present a show of storytelling in multiple languages and singing that will move children and adults alike. For an added bonus, their performance is interactive getting the young-ins to sing, clap and giggle with joy. Your kids will beam.
They Might Be Giants is an adult band with a child’s soul. Their lyrics display thematic depth while their pop sounds make it all seem surreal. They are whimsical and wonderful, and remind me very much of The Little Prince. Thus, it is completely understandable how they are tailor-made for a children’s concert.
On Saturday, March 28th the magnificence of 1770 Paris will collide with the multifarious tastes of New York nightlife at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo at The Return of Rococo Party: A Baroque Bash.
Ever wonder what those hip Japanese kids you see walking around the East Village have playing on their ipods? Well, it really could be anything; Japanese pop culture has a wonderful way of selectively absorbing the parts of other cultures it likes best and mixing them together in new ways, which is something that New Yorkers should be able to recognize.
The Homosexuals are one of those bands that musical know-it-alls speak of with veneration and—if the know-it-all is of a certain age—a truly annoying "you just had to be there" kind of smugness. Why is that the case?