Spring is almost upon us, but much of the best music in New York this week is as dark and deep as a winter night. Mount Eerie returns to New York to support his brilliant and crushing new EP, while noise acolytes like GENG play a benefit for Puerto Rico (a topic we’re also covering this week). If you’re in search of something uplifting, check out Long Island punks Iron Chic at Brooklyn Bazaar — after a few cheap beers and a jump into the pit, the warmth will seem just a little closer.
A Gear Drive for Puerto Rico
GENG, D0uze, Yatta, Copout, Violence, Soft Circle, DJ Lady Lane, Dis Fig, L’Rain, the Dance Pit, Animah, Amad, Kidpsychic, Khalila
Secret Project Robot
8 p.m., $12–$25
The music technology educators Sonic Arts for All host this motley group of experimental artists to collect donations of gear like drum machines, synthesizers, and laptops for their branch in Puerto Rico. There’s a huge amount of diversity among these artists, but some of our favorites include GENG, who infuse left-field dance music with the attitude of black metal, and Berlin-based Chinese-American artist Dis Fig, who DJs genres like Jersey Club, techno, grime, and ballroom. Head out with your extra gear and prepare to hear something weird.
Kieran Hebden, the U.K. producer known as Four Tet, has spent his career exploring the contemplative side of dance music, experimenting with genres as diverse as post-rock and jungle. On his last few releases, the artist has flitted among New Age, Indian inspirations, and classic dance-music structure. Hebden will debut his new live set during a four-night residency at National Sawdust; anticipation is high, but there are still individual tickets available for some nights.
Zombelle, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, Meviu§, knifesex
8 p.m., $8
It’s been six years now since the internet joke–cum–dance genre #seapunk emerged from the depths of cyberspace to claim its brief moment in the spotlight. Zombelle, a music producer originally from Chicago, was one of the leading voices of the movement that few took seriously, yet went on to influence mainstream artists like Rihanna and Azealia Banks. But Zombelle was making music long before that brush with fame, and survived the trend to continue crafting synth-laden dance music in her new home of Detroit. This is a rare live performance for her in New York — go see what all the fuss is about.
Son Lux, Sinkane, Hanna Benn
7 p.m., $18–$20
Son Lux, a synth-based indie rock project, combines implausibly tight playing and unconventional song structures to create a suspenseful, simmering energy that keeps audiences hanging on every lilt of lead singer Ryan Lott’s voice. Even more impressive is drummer Ian Chang, whose incredible precision is a joy to watch. Son Lux’s latest album, Brighter Wounds, focuses on serious themes like fatherhood and the dark turn of our global politics, but the group’s brilliant energy makes these well-worn topics feel revelatory.
8 p.m., $22–$25
Phil Elverum, the creative force behind Mount Eerie, just released a new EP, following up on his devastating 2017 album A Crow Looked at Me, which focused on the death of his wife from cancer. His new release, Now Only, continues in a similar vein, speaking to and about his late wife and his struggle to move through life after the tragedy. Elverum’s music here is simple, mostly making use of finger-picked guitar, and his lyrics are starkly intimate and poetic. Watching him in Knockdown Center’s cavernous space will be a spiritual experience.
Iron Chic, Bigwig, Teenage Halloween, Ellen and the Degenerates
8 p.m., $12–$15
Iron Chic, a bombastic punk band from Long Island, are longtime local heroes, and their new material finds the group with a chance to reach a wider audience. Their triumphant riffs and sing-along choruses are reminiscent of groups like Fang Island, Japandroids, and the So So Glos — this is a band to get drunk on and mosh to. “This band is my religion,” reads one comment on Bandcamp. Go get converted.
Angels in America, Halflings, DJ Dog Dick, Kizu
Secret Project Robot
9 p.m., $9
This intense night at Secret Project Robot includes a performance by the experimental art project Angels in America (don’t try searching them on Google unless you want Broadway tickets); a set by the hardcore noise artist Halflings; and another from the avant-rapper DJ Dog Dick. If you’re looking to experience the extreme edges of music, we recommend checking this out.
Shame, B Boys, Suburban Living
9 p.m., $12
The U.K. band Shame sounds genuinely angry. Their debut album Songs of Praise pulses and seethes with the pointlessness and indignity of the modern world, railing against consumerism, greed, and fame with self-awareness and deep conviction. The band plays loud, inventive rock music in the tradition of groups like the Fall and Gang of Four. Shame’s sexual politics may leave a bit to be desired — it’s easy to imagine this music appealing to young men who feel entitled to a level of success they can’t attain. But it sure is fun to lose yourself in their righteous rage.
Tyvek, Straw Pipes, Writhing Squares
6 p.m., $10
Tyvek, a Detroit outfit who’ve made off-kilter punk for ten years now, will play Elsewhere’s smaller space this week, in a show rescheduled from January. Over the course of their career, more than twenty musicians have cycled through the group, each bringing a unique sound and perspective. Tyvek’s most recent album, Origin of What, showcases loud, intense punk music, whether through the dirge-like “Gridlock” or the hyperactive opener “Tip to Tail.” They’ll play with Straw Pipes, a local four-piece who play grungy pop.
Paul de Jong, Jessica Pavone Ensemble
Issue Project Room
8 p.m., $20
Cellist Paul de Jong was one half of the thoughtful, unique project the Books, a band that used snippets of audio found in thrift-store toys and the depths of the internet to weave together string-based contemporary music that often felt profound. On his own, Jong operates in a comparable register, with acoustic and electronic instruments blended with odd vocal samples in nontraditional song structures. He’ll play new work at Issue Project Room with the violist and composer Jessica Pavone.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 19, 2018