Check out my weekly Spotify playlist featuring selected tracks from the artists playing in New York this week.
Wednesday, March 6
Solange is playing at The Armory Party, a benefit for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. Tickets include entry to a preview of the contemporary art fair The Armory Show - the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar. (Previews start at noon today at Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side) and a party afterwards at MoMa from 8pm.
Since signing with Grizzly Bear Chris Taylor's record label Terrible Records Solange has been working on new material, the recently released "True" EP (watch the video for the "Losing You" single here), her first new release since "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams" hit the top 10 in 2008.
Also tonight: In 2001 Andrew W.K. exploded onto the charts with "Party Hard" a full-throttle metal pop explosion. Since then, he's expanded his activities to include record label owner, night club proprietor and actor. Tonight he's playing alongside the band that recently declared that they "want to be the Lady Gaga of garage rock" - Dom - the distorted Memphis hip hop of Cities Aviv, and echo-drenched pop of Cool Serbia at 285 Kent Avenue.
And: The quartet of David Maclean (drummer and producer), Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bassist) and Tommy Grace (synth) met at Edinburgh College of Art, and formed Django Django in London in 2009. Their debut self-titled album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize, while their catchy single "Default" made some waves internationally. At Music Hall of Williamsburg (also Thurs).
Thursday, March 7
Sophisticated soul and pop legend Dionne Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955–2012), second behind only Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time. Among the hits are solid gold classics like "Walk On By", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again". Warwick, and her songwriting team of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, racked up more than 30 hit singles, and close to 20 best-selling albums, during their first decade together. Known as the artist who "bridged the gap," Warwick's soulful blend of pop, gospel and R&B music transcended race, culture, and musical boundaries. At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
Friday, March 8
Canadian indie pop institution Stars make eloquent indie pop influenced by classic UK bands like The Smiths and New Order. Their latest album "The North" has been their best-received album for years, with absolutepunk.net music blog adding that "The North", "manages to channel every aspect of the indie rock spectrum, whilst creating a body of art that is perfectly coherent". At Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also Saturday night.
Saturday, March 9
Sunday, March 10
Deftones formed in California in 1988 and have been pioneers in the alt-rock universe known for their quiet/loud dynamics since the early '90s. Their first studio album "Adrenaline" was released in 1995, and although it didn't chart at the time, has been a slow-burner, eventually earning Platinum status 13 years after its release. Their latest (seventh) album "Koi No Yokan", marks the second album not to feature long-time bass player Chi Cheng, who continues to slowly recover from a near-fatal car accident in 2008. Check out the video for first single, "Leathers" here. At the Wellmont Theatre.
Monday, March 11
Shortly, Ludlow Street's The Living Room will be moving to a new premises (check out their crowd-sourced fundraising page here). All the more reason to take in one of their Monday night sessions featuring at 9pm The Tony Scherr Trio and at 10pm The Campilongo Trio. Both Scherr and Campilongo are oustanding, soulful guitarists, well at home in the cozy The Living Room. Jim Campilongo has been busy doing lead guitar duties with Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and The Little Willies, his band with Norah Jones. He’s also had repeat appearances on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and appeared on Jools Holland (BBC) and the Abbey Road Sessions (BBC).
Tuesday, March 12
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & '30s - they nail the ambience of those decades so accurately that the band was engaged to record the music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, winning a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack. Tonight catch them at Sofia's Restaurant's Club Cache (adjacent to the Edison Hotel) 221 W. 46th Street.