Chain & the Gang / Calvin Johnson brought the house down

Ian Svenonius and gang played to a packed and sweltering house last Friday. I literally have never seen Dead Herring that crowded. The video below doesn’t do the situation justice. From the front to the back it was the human equivalent of a can of sardines. Also on the bill were the fabulous Girls in Trouble and Calvin Johnson. The latter at one point performed a duet with an audience member. Clips of all that and more are below.

Watch clips of Calvin Johnson and Girls in Trouble after the jump.
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Williamsburg Fashion Weekend – This Fri/Sat

This year’s Williamsburg Fashion Weekend will feature over 14 new and emerging fashion designers
and 7 of the most exciting bands from Brooklyn.

Shows will run the gamut from fashion as conceptual art to ready-to-wear, incorporating live music, theatre and dance, always raw, experimental and forward thinking.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
February 18th and 19th

At Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Doors open at 8PM
First show goes on at 9PM sharp
$8 cover each night
21+ with I.D.

A couple of clips from last years event are after the jump.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Nicky Digital’s Fashion Week Fiesta with YELLE!

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Richard Kern Directed the New Dentata Video, “Earwig”

[Kinda NSFW]

Dentata “Earwig” (2011) from Richard Kern on Vimeo.

Tim Soo’s Invisible Instruments

Over the weekend Music Hack Day came to New York. Participants had the weekend to come up with and execute their unique projects. “Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.” The winner of the $5,000 first prize was Tim Soo, who used a Wii remote and an iPod touch to create invisible instruments. Watch him demo violin, guitar and drums in the video below and check out his website for more info.

The Forms released a new EP, played Rock Shop

2011 is going to be big for The Forms. Over the course of the past 8 years, the band has been the opposite of prolific. They have released two great records (Icarus and The Forms), gone through a bunch of member changes (from a three-piece to a four-piece and now down to the core duo of Alex Tween and Matt Walsh), and played shows sparsely. Saturday night at The Rock Shop, the band celebrated the release of their newest EP Derealization, a re-working of songs from their past with star-studded liner notes and an updated flare. This year, people need to take notice of this band.

Along with The Forms, Monogold preformed and BRAHMS provided a DJ set of amazing ’90s hits. (It had been a minute since I heard Salt ‘n’ Pepa’s “None of Your Business.”) This lineup – along with the appearances on Derealization by members of Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, etc. – solidified the fact that these dudes have some seriously rad friends.

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Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

Randall’s Animals presents new narration for a real clip on the honey badger, “the most fearless animal on earth” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Randall seems to agree with Guiness, even though he calls the honey badger a sleepy fuck.

I just wrote an article about the Gregory Brothers and remix video, but now I’m a tiny bit remorseful I didn’t find this first.

RIP Baba

Spotted this morning: a “For Sale” sign on the front door of Baba. What happened? Another one bites the dust…..