“Ladies and gentlemen, America has changed,” David Byrne said Saturday as he introduced “I Was Changed” at the American debut of Contemporary Color at Barclays Center. And yes, what a week it was. Thoughts turned to diversity and understanding as Quebec color-guard troupe Les Eclipses formed a diagonal line and hugged one another for the opening of the song, performed by Byrne, St. Vincent and Lucius.
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Run The Jewels brought Queens to Williamsburg via Nas last night, closing out Northside Festival on an Illmatic note. At 50 Kent, Nas performed “Made You Look” off his 2002 album God’s Son, joining RTJ on stage for the first time since he debuted The Season last year at the RTJ2 release party at Nitehawk. (Remember that screening of The Warriors?) They’re basically fam now, what with El-P and Killer Mike’s last two albums released on Nasty Nas’s Mass Appeal Records and a third still to come next year.
It was a good weekend to be a fan of Arthur Russell: for one thing, NPR Music started streaming Corn, a new posthumous album of unreleased recordings from the early ’80s. Meanwhile at BAM on Friday, Sam Amidon, Cults, Rubblebucket and many others paid tribute to the influential East Village singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.