Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection Opens March 19 at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art will present Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection March 19 - July 30. Drop by MoMA and check it out. More information about the exhibit can be found HERE.

March 19, 2017 - July 30, 2017
Floor 6
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY
Museum Admission Tickets: HERE

Unfinished Conversations brings together works by more than a dozen artists, made in the past decade and recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art. The artists that make up this intergenerational selection address current anxiety and unrest around the world and offer critical reflections on the present moment. 

The exhibition considers the intertwining themes of social protest, the effect of history on the formation of identity, and how art juxtaposes fact and fiction. From Cairo to St. Petersburg, from The Hague to Recife, the artists in the exhibition observe and interpret acts of state violence and the resistance and activism they provoke. They reexamine historical moments, evoking images of the past and claiming their places within it. They take on contemporary struggles for power, intervening into debates about government surveillance and labor exploitation. Together, these artists look back to traditions both within and beyond the visual arts to imagine possibilities for an uncertain future. 

Unfinished Conversations includes works by John Akomfrah, Jonathas de Andrade, Anna Boghiguian, Andrea Bowers, Paul Chan, Simon Denny, Samuel Fosso, Iman Issa, Erik van Lieshout, Cameron Rowland, Wolfgang Tillmans, Adrián Villar Rojas, Kara Walker, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Adia Victoria Releases New EP

Adia Victoria has released a new EP. How It Feels consist of three covers and once original all sung in French. Check out her cover of "Laissez Tomber Les Filles" below. How It Feels can be picked up HERE.

Adia notes, "I wanted this EP to take on a more eerie feel. Instead of the imagined dream pop girl wishing for her man to come home I reimagined the lyrics as sung by a lover scorned but still love sick and obsessed. I wanted to keep the timeless feel of these songs while breathing into them a bit of modernity; sharpen the edges a bit. What if 'Parlez Moi de Lui' were more of a hazey, trip out love letter from a woman still haunted by lost love. What if her in deranged mind her man still danced in and out of sight, just out of touch? I wanted to inject 'Laissez Tomber Les Filles' with a bit of the anger and danger I felt as a new political era descended on our country. This session would prove to be therapeutic in channeling my frustration with the current political landscape into powerful songs sung by iconic, emotional women. This EP was a way express all these feelings in a tangible way. There is so much emotionality to women that is often policed. This project gave me the chance to shake off those restrictions, free myself from my own mother tongue and speak in universal themes that flow beyond the borders of language."

Track List

  • "Laissez Tomber Les Filles" (written by Serge Gainsbourg, popularized by France Gall)
  • "Ça a Raté" (Francoise Hardy)
  • "Parlez Moi De Lui (Francoise Hardy)
  • "You Know How It Feels" (Adia Victoria)

ZZ Ward Releases New Single and Video

ZZ Ward is back with a new single, "The Deep". She's set release her second full-length album this summer. Check out the video below.

You can pick "The Deep" up HERE.

There's also a version featuring Joey Purp. Check it out below and pick it up HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2017

ResidentBand Features Forty Feet Tall - "I Won't Run"

Our friends over at ResidentBand have released a new video. The clip, filmed by the ResidentBand crew, is an acoustic performance from Forty Feet Tall lead singer Cole Gann. The video was shot in the old zoo in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.  Check out "I Won't Run" below. If you like your rock blues tinged, then chances are you'll enjoy Forty Feet Tall and this performance.

Forty Feet Tall released Red Dressed in January 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

Elbow To Play Webster Hall November 2nd and 3rd

Elbow recently announced their North American tour. New York, they will be taking the stage at Webster Hall On Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3. See below for more details and tour dates.

 Thursday, November 2
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM


Friday, November 3
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM

Elbow released their latest album, Little Fictions, February 3.  You can pick it up HERE.

Tour Dates

  • 01 NOV - Paradise Club, Boston MA
  • 02 NOV - Webster Hall, New York City, NY
  • 03 NOV - Webster Hall, New York City, NY
  • 04 NOV - 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
  • 06 NOV - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
  • 07 NOV - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
  • 08 NOV - The Vic, Chicago IL
  • 10 NOV - The Showbox, Seattle, WA
  • 11 NOV - Roseland Theater, Portland OR
  • 13 NOV - Fox Theater, Oakland CA
  • 14 NOV - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
  • 16 NOV - The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA

Friday, March 3, 2017

Donald Cried Is Awkward And Droll

Jesse Wakeman and Kris Avedisian

Donald Cried is one of those movies that you're not sure whether you're supposed to awkwardly laugh, cringe or do both. The film centers around former childhood friends Peter (Jesse Wakeman) and Donald (Kris Avedisian) from Warwick, RI. Peter left for New York and changed. Donald, still lives with his mom (and his horrid stepdad) and has lived a rather dreary unchanged life.

Peter has returned home to settle his grandmothers affairs. He looses his wallet and realizes that the only person he has left to ask for help is Donald. From there everything is times just outright painfully uncomfortable.

When we first meet Donald, my first reaction was, 'oh hell no! Don't ask this questionable guy for anything...walk wherever you need to go...panhandle, anything just don't ask Donald. But of course he does. You learn right off this isn't going to be an easy afternoon starting with the weird bedroom scene which sees Donald butt naked in front of clearly uncomfortable Peter while proudly showing off his autographed porn poster.

Little by little you start to realize that Donald's annoying and odd behavior brings out the fact that Peter, who can't wait to be rid of Donald, wasn't such a nice friend back when. Donald goes from childlike to aggressive and back again at the blink of the eye getting a little payback while humiliating Peter throughout their adventure. A part of you feels sorry for Donald while a part of you just wants to punch him. At the same time, you wonder what and how bad is Peter's defect. He hasn't been back home in about twenty years because he doesn't like how he feels when he's there. He's been so absent from his grandmothers life that the nursing home staff thinks he's an imposter due to Donald visiting her as Peter...which is creepy and yet enduring. One has to wonder just how good life really is in New York for Peter. How is it that there's nobody in all of New York that he can call in an emergency that would make that roughly three and a half hour drive to Warwick with some money and to help him out.

After an increasingly bizarre day that eventually sees the pair bonding over memories, it all comes to a head. By the end, Peter, after witnessing Donald's stepfather belittle him over breakfast, seemingly understands Donald better even offering him a bit of genuine friendship as they say goodbye. While I wouldn't want to hang out with either of them, I found that I don't find them as intolerable as I did when we first met them and you realize this odd adventure needed to happen between them. Both Avedisian and Wakeman give appropriate, awkwardly entertaining performances.

Donald Cried is in theaters now.

Director/writer/star Kris Avedisian expertly deconstructs the contemporary obsession with the "man-child" in this darkly funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left his childhood home of Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker.  When he's suddenly forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip and ends up at loose ends. Stranded and broke, Peter looks to the only person he can think of to help him out - his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald (played by Avedisian). The ever-eccentric Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long and unhinged van ride into their past. Painfully awkward moments and increasingly bizarre – and dangerous – hijinks ensue, as the friends rediscover their stifled aggression and teenaged rebelliousness.  Avedisian’s pitch-perfect first feature is a brilliant twist on the family-reunion melodrama and the classic buddy comedy.

TRT: 85 Minutes
Directed by Kris Avedisian
Produced by Kyle Martin
Written by Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta and Jesse Wakeman
Starring: Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause

Little Brother Eli - "Oceans"

Check out "Oceans" from Little Brother Eli. The track is from their album Cold Tales.

Little Brother Eli released Cold Tales in June 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

The Roots To Play Newport Jazz Festival, August 6

The Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management announced another wave of artists this week. 

The festival, which takes place this year August 4 - August 6, in Newport, RI at Fort Adams State Park, added The Roots to the schedule. Road trip anyone? See below for a list of who else was announced this week. Grab your tickets HERE.

Friday, August 4

  • Naturally 7
  • Joey DeFrancesco + The People
  • Christian Sands Quartet with Gilad Hekselman, Yasushi Nakamura & Jerome Jennings

Saturday, August 5

  • Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding
  • Uri Caine Trio with Mark Helias & Clarence Penn
  • David Torkanowsky, solo piano

Sunday, August 6

  • The Roots
  • Philadelphia Experiment: Questlove, Christian McBride, Uri Caine
  • John Medeski, solo piano

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jet Black Alley Cat - "Golden"

Jet Black Alley Cat recently released their new video for the track "Golden". The song is from their upcoming EP, due out later this year. You can pick "Golden" up HERE and check out the video below.

Tamar Eisenman To Play NY Show, March 10

Tamar Eisenman is set to play Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 on March 10. See below for details. She is gearing up for her US debut, On My Way, later this Spring.

Friday, March 10
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 9:45PM / Show: 10PM

The New Respects To Release Debut EP, March 10

The New Respects recently announced their debut EP, Here Comes Trouble via Credential Recordings. The record is set to be released on March 10. The Nashville group are set to go on the road supporting Robert Randolph & The Family Band beginning March 15.  See below for tour dates.

The New Respects enlisted the help of Jeremy Lutito (of rock group Leagues) to produce Here Comes Trouble. Two tracks have been released from the EP, "Trouble" and "Money." 

The New Respects is a family affair, made up of three siblings, twins Alexis (bass) and Zandy Fitzgerald (guitar), along with their brother Darius (drums), and cousin Jasmine Mullen (vocals/guitar). The group is heavily influenced by the gospel music they were surrounded by growing up in Nashville, which extends to artists including Aretha Franklin, Alabama Shakes, and John Mayer.

Track List

  • Money
  • Frightening Lightning
  • Come As You Are
  • Shoes
  • Trouble

Tour Dates
Supporting Robert Randolph & The Family Band

  • 3/15 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom @ Taft
  • 3/16 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
  • 3/17 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
  • 3/18 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic
  • 3/20 -- Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
  • 3/22 -- Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie
  • 3/24 -- Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
  • 3/25 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
  • 3/26 -- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up