Arguably more significant than Valentine’s Day, the third-annual Dre Day will commence at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: Let us gather, celebrate the life and times of Mr. Andre Young, and pray Detox into existence. Instead of mourning your inability to sneak into the sold-out Mumford and Sons show at Bowery Ballroom, head to the Highline Ballroom for Tinariwen and Fool’s Gold, the latter serving up a night of incompressible Hebrew lyricism mashed with break-beat Tropicalia. (Our chat with them is here.) And for you limb-breaking types, pile into Maxwell’s and, after opener Kurt Vile, watch Fucked Up unleash Pink Eyes for a punk-rock peep show as he rips off his clothes and tears apart his vocal chords. (We promise this is better than it sounds.) Finally, Dan Black and spastic electro-bopping duo Free Blood are playing the Mercury Lounge, while the Growlers chime in for some fuzzy surf jams at Pianos.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 18, 2010