The big news regarding Carlos Giffonis No Fun Fest, now in its astonishing fifth year, is the noise festivals move from Red Hook to the Knitting Factory, a long-deserved promotion. Past Giffoni coups have included Japanoise legends Incapacitants, Merzbow, C.C.C.C.s Hiroshi Hasegawa, and Solmania; this year, the Brooklyn-based raconteur has lured first-wave performance artists and venue-destroyers the Haters to the city. The fest will take place on all three floors of the Knitting Factory for three days straight, making room for hometown heroes (Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Giffoni himself), old-time veterans (Tony Conrad, Hasegawa), and the best of todays experimental crop: John Wiese, Burning Star Core, Nautical Almanac, and scores of others. In a year that seems to be headed toward full-blown 80s New York nostalgia, take a couple days off: Why mourn downtown during a week when a couple hundred noise musicians are so thoroughly taking it over?
Fri., May 16, 7 p.m., 2008