Monday, October 26, 2009

Straight out of Brooklyn

The Guggenheim's "It Came From Brooklyn" series returns this month, with more stellar local music acts and other creative types to entertain you.

The offerings have proven diverse, with the event kicking off in August with The Walkmen, High Places and the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, and last month featuring Julian Plenti and I'm In You.

Here's a look at what the series, returning October 30 to the museum, has to offer:

Genre-benders Yeasayer have toured with MGMT, Man Man, Beck, and Bat for Lashes, blending four-part harmony and tribal rhythms with big hooks and melodramatic vocal workouts. Known for their psychedelic shows, for the Guggenheim, they are planning a 3-D light show with cycles of color and animation projected onto the wall of the rotunda, for a “synesthetic experience of music and light,” much in the spirit of the current Kandinsky retrospect. The audience will receive black paper ChromaDepth 3-D glasses to experience the performance. Sounds like a trip.

Opener Tanlines make experimental pop that should seque nicely to the Yeasayer show. Comprised of Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen, the two are equally influenced by the overproduced, studio pop music of the 1980s and 90s and underground music cultures from around the world, blending these styles against a backdrop of pulsating psychedelic rhythms, hypnotic guitar lines, and bold melodies. Check them out on YouTube, where you can find original tracks and remixes accompanied by self-made videos, creating a bizarre and playful visual experience of its music.

In a cabaret spirit, the night will also feature a reading from Ditmas Park-based author Rachel Sherman, whose novel "Living Room" will be published this month by Open City Books. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia University, where she received an MFA in fiction.

Kicking off the festivities will be comedian Max Silvestri, hosting the evening as the MC. New York magazine recently named him one of the Ten Comedians People Find Funny, as he's been making people laugh as a podcaster for VH1's Best Night Ever, his "Say When" column with the Onion's AV Club, and various bits for Gawker and the Huffington Post. Each week, he cohosts Big Terrific at Cameo alongside Gabe Liedman and SNL's Jenny Slate.

Tickets are $40 for museum members, $45 otherwise. The event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. The museum is located at 1071 5th Ave. and E. 89th St. in Manhattan.


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