Tag: Laurie Anderson


    Tibet House’s annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall can be depended upon as an opportunity to catch performances by the arty New York crew that revolves around Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and Philip Glass, the last of whom curates the event. But intriguing outliers usually find a way in, too, and this year’s show is […]


    Not tired of hearing how cool the music scene was in the good ol’ crime-infested New York of the ’70s? Then head over to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe where rock journalist Will Hermes is promoting his new book on the subject, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music […]


    Manhattan’s wildly underappreciated jazz/improv hub Roulette has finally planted roots on some artier, earthier soil, scoring a cavernous Art Deco theater in downtown Brooklyn. The four-day celebration boasts appearances from the usual gang of avant-legends, including Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, and Fred Frith. But the clear highlight is tonight’s performance of “extreme improvised music” and […]

  • In The Future, Miranda July Grows Up

    Is there such thing as a sincerely calculated naïveté? Or put another way, does Miranda July have any idea of how annoying she is? On the basis of The Future, writer/filmmaker/performance artist July’s second feature, I’d guess that she must. A fabricator of her own screen image, July—the high priestess of quirk—has a lineage that […]

  • tUnE-yArDs Raises Her Voice

    The first voice you hear on w h o k i l l is an old woman’s: “Ladies and gentlemen, Merrill is . . . performing at the . . . ,” she says, stumbling over her words before being interrupted by the thump of a drum. Then comes the thump of a second drum. […]

  • Laurie Anderson Dreams On

    “Sleep,” says Laurie Anderson in her haunting new multimedia piece, Delusion (playing at BAM as part of this year’s Next Wave Festival), “is where you learn to let things go.” Surrendering to dreams each night means forgetting ourselves, loosening our grip on time, space, and identity—and Delusion, which is about dreams and dreaming, makes similar […]


    This week more than any other, P.S.1’s Warm Up series lives up to its curatorial promise, presenting locals who mine the arty sonic spaces at dance music’s borders. Peter Zummo served with the DownTown Ensemble and recorded with the late, great master of abstract disco, Arthur Russell. This afternoon, the composer and multi-instrumentalist (and Wesleyan […]

  • Laurie Anderson Doesn’t Have Any Answers

    “You know the reason I really love the stars?” asks Laurie Anderson, in the electronically treated, increasingly resigned baritone alter-ego voice she’s taken to calling Fenway Bergamot. “Because we cannot hurt them.” It’s an extraordinary moment (within the nearly-12-minute, hilariously dour “Another Day in America”) on an extraordinary album: Homeland, the iconic New Yorker’s first […]

  • Jimmy, in which a Phantom Is Forced to Become Yves Montand

    Jimmy, a “homosexual hairdresser,” is a dream of a man. Literally. An American general first conjures him during a snooze in 1950—later, after the general’s death, Jimmy spends half a century suspended in limbo, before appearing again in the nighttime fantasies of a French-Canadian actress. Against his will, he’s forced to ride in an airplane, […]

  • Mad Genius

    “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs,” the self-proclaimed genius Salvador Dalí once said. Indeed, no one should expect to go home feeling sober after tonight’s mind-altering program Writing Dalí: The Artist’s Letters, Poetry, and Manifesto. Performance artist Laurie Anderson, poet Jorie Graham, former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, and Wooster Group founding member Kate […]