Sunday, May 2, 2010

Andrew W.K., Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) and more!

Andrew W.K. (solo piano set), Mon Khmer, Roadside Graves, Deradoorian
Monday May 3rd, 2010
7:00 PM 18+


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The recent wave of interviews, articles, and even a town hall-style meeting, was an attempt by Andrew W.K. to combat the bizarre controversies and conspiracy theories that surrounded his identity. But ultimately, nothing has proven more effective to certify his authenticity than his recent critically lauded and explosive musical performances. Shortly before returning to full-ensemble rock shows and the US release of his “lost third album” Close Calls With Brick Walls, he turned heads with 55 Cadillac, an LP of improvised solo piano performance released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label. Dynamic, diverse and technically flawless, the album is the product of a lifetime’s mastery of the instrument and an anthemic aesthetic that made Andrew W.K. an international superstar. After a string of highly publicized SXSW shows, he will be returning to the solo instrumental format at Santos Party House.

The Berklee-trained quintet Mon Khmer create ethereal, groove-based and layered indie rock without the effects overdoses and computer-generated “lo-fi” sounds that are dominating the scene. Despite bucking the trends, they have earned praise from BrooklynVegan, Stylecaster, Dummymag (UK) and The L Magazine, who calls them “heavy and dense, but in the best possible way - you can pick up something different with each listen.” Their harmonized guitar riffs tumble into space-age synths and pulsing drums that maintain danceable, head-nodding rhythms.

For Roadside Graves, art imitates death. The theme of mortality rules the lyrics of John Gleason, whose seven-piece ensemble includes a farfisa and banjo and features a heavy, country fried twang and gospel harmonies. Of their 2009 LP My Son’s Home, Pitchork says, “There are moments of haunting, fragile stillness here...Perhaps most admirably of all, the Roadside Graves excel at the brave and difficult paradox of suffusing death with life, injecting vivacity and humor into their reflections on mortality.”

As the bassist for the Dirty Projectors, Angel Deradoorian has already earned a reputation for clever, unsettling pop music. Her psychedelic side project is a foray into the dark side, buoyed by instrumentalism in the realms of folk and electronica, capped with a vocal range that easily slides from subdued to booming.

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