It’s really hard for me to write this today. I haven’t been in the best of moods since Rick Santorum decided to drop out of the race. It’s just so fresh. The initial shock has worn off, yes, but it’s a pretty deep cut, and I’m just starting to feel it. So yeah, I apologize in advance if I’m not my usual chipper self. I’m sure most of you can relate. Oh well. Time to get a head start on #Santorum2016. Maybe some shows will make me feel better until then…
This week’s MOST BUZZED SHOW is definitely Santorum-approved: Mastadon, Opeth and Ghost: TONIGHT at the Roseland Ballroom. Apologies to all you Brooklyn metal-heads; this one is sold out.
The (recently) late great John Chamberlain’s abstract expressionist sculpture exhibit Choices has been on display since February at the Guggenheim. I haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, but I’m kind of glad I haven’t because Friday night is going to be the best time to see it. This week’s EDITOR’S PICK is the first night of a three-part live music and art series at the Guggenheim, Divine Ricochet, which is inspired by Chamberlain’s 1991 sculpture. Nothing against Zola Jesus or Cold Cave, who play the other two nights of the series: this is the night to see this exhibit. Grouper AND Juliana Barwick are on hand for what promises to be a pair of captivating sets that are well-suited for this kind of event.
“Divine Ricochet takes its thematic cue from the poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color and sublime assemblage that characterized Chamberlain’s work.”
I can think of few musicians whose work better accompanies the work of John Chamberlain than Grouper. She’s no stranger to experimental performances; just last year she composed a live score for Weston Currie’s visually stunning feature film, The Perception of Moving Targets. And hey, Barwick’s ambient folk is nothing to scoff at either.