The influence of singer and Warhol superstar Nico, who would have turned 75 this year, persists in goth culture as well as in older adherents of the slow-music movement she pioneered with fierce, uncompromising intensity. As one critic wrote, “When Nico stared into the abyss, you felt sorry for the abyss.” When John Cale first presented his Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico in 2008, the singers mostly eschewed nostalgia and familiarity for the darker, more Germanic corners of Christa Päffgen’s harmonium-accompanied dirges. Kicking off a three-night BAM run tonight, Cale reprises “Borderline” with guests Joan As Police Woman, Mark Lanegan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches, Yeasayer, the Magnetic Fields, Kim Gordon, and Sharon Van Etten. He returns Thursday and Friday with complete performances of Paris 1919, his 1973 concept album. (Coincidentally, you can also take a nostalgia trip tonight with Lou Reed, who will be at Housing Works Bookstore Café [126 Crosby Street, 212-334-3324] for a program of poetry and songs in honor of the vinyl and digital reissue of Allen Ginsberg’s First Blues, a collection of his studio sessions featuring Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell.)
Wed., Jan. 16, 8 p.m., 2013
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