Last month former Friends lead, Samantha Urbani debuted her new solo act at Baby’s All Right ahead of her performance at MoMA PS1’s Warmup series. Although the show started much later than billed and the air conditioning at Baby’s was non-functional, the show was really fun and worth the agony. Samantha plays again tomorrow back at Baby’s All Right, but we are told that the A/C is working now so you are in luck this time. Info on that show here.
Asif Kapadia’s (acclaimed Director of Senna) documentary about the tragic rise and fall of the legendary Amy Winehouse stunned critics at its Cannes debut earlier this year. Today it opens in select cities (New York, UK). Whether you were a fan of Amy Winehouse and/or celebrity culture or not Amy is a must-see…but be prepared. Amy is a harrowingly difficult film to watch.
The film is very successful in humanizing someone who struggled with addictions and self destruction to ridicule in the public eye and a sea of enablers. Leaving the theatre at an early screening this week I truly felt as if I knew Amy, and though it is a heartbreaking story somehow justice feels like it has been served. Rest in Peace Amy!
Spread across four dates this summer, Verboten’s StageONE Festival returns with an impressive lineup of DJs to keep you moving from day to night. The fun kicks off on July 3rd with headliners Sasha and Scuba before wrapping up on September 19th with Carl Craig and company. Tickets and additional information can be obtained at VerbotenNewYork.com. See you this summer!
July 3 Last Day On Earth: Sasha / Scuba / Guti [live] / Agoria / Kate Simko / Brad Miller / special guest Joris Voorn August 23Jamie xx / Maya Jane Coles / Andhim / Matador / Nastia / Bedouin
September 6Maceo Plex / DJ Tennis / David August [live] / special guest DJ Koze September 19 Detroit ♥’s SUBVERSIONS: Carl Craig pres Modular Pursuits / Audion [live] / Magda / Gaiser [live] / Floorplan / Moodymann
Arca‘s critically-acclaimed debut album Xen has been on heavy rotation since its release toward the end of 2014. Leading up to his first proper headlining show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom in April, he performed with Bjork for a number of shows and dj-ed alongside $hane of Hood By Air at Home Sweet Home.
For the Bowery show Arca gracefully switched between dj/producer mode behind the turntables and full-on performance mode, complete with eye-popping fetish wear. Helping to bring the full vision to life was Arca’s collaborator, multimedia artist Jesse Kanda. The night’s most remarkable moment was during the performance of Sad Bitch (a personal favorite of mine), where both Arca and Xen danced together in unison with their backs to the crowd.
On my way home from work on Tuesday of this week, I encountered a very subtle online rumbling about a Florence + the Machine show the following day (one month ahead of her Governor’s Ball performance). Obviously my plans for the next day were entirely rearranged on the pretense of securing tickets, which we did luckily!
After a leg injury during her Coachella performance (which was f###ing insane-amazing!!!), Florence has restrained to a stool but this has in no way impacted that voice and stage presence that we all love. Tickets were purposefully scarce for the intimate show, which consisted of super-fans and press only. What a night!
View the rest of the pictures here and some videos I sleuthed below.
After an eye-opening 10-year anniversary retrospective interview with Rolling Stone on Arular and stepping out with a sport-chic look on the red carpet of Elle’s Fashion Awards back in February, it seems as if M.I.A. has something in the works.
Yesterday Mathangi teased the general public on Twitter saying that she would post a new demo if she remembered her password, and thankfully she has! Check out the song below and stay tuned for what she up her sleeves(??)!
If I find my soundcloud password I’ll upload today’s demo
Better late than never…and in this case pretty damn late. I attended SXSW for a third consecutive time earlier this year. There was a lot of opinions in the air following the very corporate vibe of SXSW last year, so it seemed as if this year the goal was to shift the focus back on music.
I’ve captured nearly all of the artists I caught at the festival in the gallery above, the standouts being:
Dinner at the Central Presbyterian Church – I’d never heard of him before stopping by to catch his set. I was pleasantly surprised by his vocals and performance, which included dancing up and down the aisles and rolling around on the floor (see below).
QT at Red Eyed Fly – I love the whole concept about QT (the drink and persona). Earlier in the week I caught QT’s set at Fader Fort where she played sped up versions of Katy Perry and Charli XCX before prancing offstage. Her set at Red Eyed Fly was an amazing closer for my experience, and I got an actual IRL can of QT (and a photo with her)!
GFOTY – such a bizarre yet intriguing performance!
Kate Boy – Finally caught her live show, so great. <3<3<3
Twin Shadow – at a very vulnerable moment of exhaustion and wanting to go back home after 2 weeks at the festival, Twin Shadow gave me all of the feels during his acoustic set.
Years & Years – I had no clue that the lead singer had such a great voice, caught them twice!
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – I’m a kid from the 90’s so this was super nostalgic and amazing to see live.
Doldrums and Samantha recently collaborated on a bonus track for the Loser Edition of his album called IDONTWANNABEDELETED. It’s a great track and a new anthem for our times. Check out the stream below along with the video for Loops, and Samantha Urbani’s funky recent track 1 2 3 4.