Ever wanted to see Andy Warhol get a blow job? Thanks to the Unsound Festival, you can! The Polish electronic-music festival kicks off its 10-day New York edition with a series of concerts, panels, and screenings at Lincoln Center. Friday night’s schedule includes two of Warhol’s movies, Kiss and Blow Job, backed by a live soundtrack provided by Berlin’s nsi and Detroit’s Carl Craig, respectively. The latter includes a live modular synth and shots of Warhol’s face as he, well, gets a blow job. It’ll be deliciously awkward! There are two screenings of each movie — tickets are $25. (Jump on the A train, it’s really not that far.)
In other festival happenings. BAM continues their “Sounds Like Brooklyn” festival with a series of noteworthy shows Friday night. Their hip-hop showcase involves a headlining performance by Metrosonics, and though the “organic hip-hop, activism, and street poetry” tagline triggers my gag reflex, the rest of the lineup is enough to reel me in: Rich Medina, Jean Grae, DJ Scribe, and DJ Chela are also scheduled to perform. Which means this will be a lot less about “street poetry” and a lot more about dancing to “rap music.” The event starts at 9 at Littlefield — more info on that here. Also on BAM’s festival lineup are the Prigs at Southpaw, wherein you can get your jam band on, complete with silly outfits and a cast of musicians that don’t take themselves too seriously. (That’s a good thing, in this case.) Tickets and more info on that here.
Finally, one for the Haiti-relief calendar: Haitian Rosemond Jolissaint headlines the “Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou” (translated as Many Hands Lighten The Load) event downstairs at Santos. This is more than a little sentimental — the musician won the country’s version of American Idol and was in Port au Prince when the earthquakes devastated his hometown. Tonight he performs alongside 77 Klash, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, and about a million DJs, including Federation Sound’s DJ Gravy and Micro Don. 100 percent of your $10 cover goes to the Haitian-based S.O.I.L. (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) non-profit group.
On to Saturday, which is also Bob Marley’s birthday (a national holiday in Jamaica, and among reggae fiends everywhere), so head to the Knitting Factory for the Version City Party. The night includes a performance by ska and reggae veteran King Django Septet (he of the Boilers and Skinnerbox) and promises an “all Bob Marley tribute jam session.”
Lastly — and in case you haven’t noticed yet — we love Hot Chip. If you made it through the free-show line (and scheduled snowstorm) for Highline Ballroom’s Friday night show, we commend you. If not, French Horn Rebellion opens an early show for the electro-pop darlings at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday night. If you can’t make it, head to Brooklyn Bowl for their official afterparty, featuring the fellas on the turntables (they’re actually quite good) and a set by Canadian indie-rockers We Are Wolves.