Raucous Lullaby

Bring your pillow to this all-night concert

Terry Riley’s “Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle,” Michael Gordon’s “Every Stop on the F Train” (as performed by the Young People’s Chorus of New York), Harrison Birtwistle’s “Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum,” and, of course, the late and lamentably misunderstood 9/11 commentator Karlheinz Stockhausen’s transcendent show-closing “Stimmung” stand out among the 27 works on tap during the 21st annual Bang on a Can Marathon. Over the course of its 12 (free!) hours, the country’s most provocative and consistently entertaining new-music event deftly mixes high modernism and classic minimalism with electronic experimentation and slipstream visitors from the pop fringe (such as Dan Deacon’s 4 a.m. performance of “Ultimate Reality 3”). Highlights tend to include anything by BOAC founders Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, all of whom are represented by new works, and anything performed by the awesome Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., World Financial Center, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street,, free RICHARD GEHR


Once in a Lifetime

David Byrne asks you to make the music

Think you need a guitar or drums to make music? Please—that’s so 2007. These days, all the kids are Playing the Building, David Byrne’s retrofitted antique organ that controls a series of devices attached to metal beams, plumbing, heating pipes, and electrical conduits inside the cavernous second floor of the landmark Battery Maritime Building. A hit when it debuted at a former paint factory in Stockholm in 2005, the organ, which is open to be played by anyone, makes spectacularly bizarre music that sounds a lot like this: ping, clang, hissssss, weee-ooooo! Why would you ever want to strap on a guitar again? From noon to 6, Fridays to Sundays, through August 10, Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, hear it on, free ANGELA ASHMAN


De Lo Maximo

If you throw a party, they will come

Hide your kids: Nacothequers are heading to Brooklyn. That’s right, los fabulosos DJs Amylu and Marcelo, of Nacotheque (the ultra-indie party en Espanish), are leaving the cozy confines of Chinatown and signaling their devoted followers to crawl out of Fontana’s murky basement and head out into the Brooklyn sunlight. The picnic is an all-out fiesta with barbecue on the grill and even piñatas! The duo has invited the very best in multilingual electro musica, including the French rock ’n’ pop twosome Stereo Total and Brooklyn’s own avant-garde group, Something in Spanish. Amylu and Marcelo will be spinning the coolest in Latin indie, with DJ Soulkitten churning out Italian post-punk and French pop. At 4, the Yard, 388-400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, $10 ARACELI CRUZ

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 27, 2008

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