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Wild Combination: a Portrait of Arthur Russell
Thursday August 18, 9:30 pm at the Metrograph:$15

It seems like the perfect moment to revisit this 2008 documentary about Arthur Russell, the eccentric experimental musician whose disco dance records are seeing a serious resurgence more than 20 years after his death– what with a sampled homage to Russell’s “Answers Me” on Kanye’s new oneLife of Pablo, and Eric Copeland’s “self-described Arthur Russell-influenced album” Black Bubblegum.

Wild Combination: a Portrait of Arthur Russell reflects on the late musician’s wide ranging talent as a classically-trained cellist, steeped in traditional Indian music, who had a knack for meditative dance tracks and even a bit of rock music under his belt from his time in a power pop group called the Necessaries.

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Three Chances to Hear Arthur Russell’s Music Come to Life

NYC2015-0529-MasterMixGiven all the advertising around town, you probably already know about Red Hot + Arthur Russell!, the tribute to legendary East Village musician Arthur Russell that’s happening May 29 and 30 at BAM as part of the same Red Bull Music Academy Festival that brought La Monte Young out. If the $35+ entry free is discouraging you from buying tickets (still available) to see Devonté Hynes, Cults, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters pay tribute to Russell (Hynes, by the way, recently posted some new music to YouTube), you may want to hit Baby’s All Right tonight for what’s sure to be an equally stirring tribute to the influential composer and cellist.

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