NYU’s Program Board deserves a hat tip, or maybe a hug. Year after year, it has consistently booked some of the most interesting artists to perform at their Mystery Concert during the first week of school. This fall’s show on September 8th at Le Poisson Rouge is no exception. The Program Board Concert Chair has given Local a heads up, and the artists performing will be Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance and Light Asylum!
Okay, so the promotional poster for the show isn’t exactly subtle, but now you can officially quake in excitement. Sure, FlyLo is not as well known as last year’s headliner Big Boi, but students will not be disappointed. With an acclaimed album and EP released in 2010 (titled Cosmogramma and Pattern + Grid World, respectively), a slew of remixes, plus an awesome set at Coachella, the producer/artist will make your nervous system vibrate with pleasure.
Flying Lotus, ne Steven Ellison, started his career making beats for Cartoon Network but soon began to release his own instrumental music that sounds like a parallel-universe’s J. Dilla. His albums have even garnered their own genre of music, dubbed “trip-hop” due to the avant-garde beats that seem to induce hallucinations in listeners. Ellison is a producer’s producer, and has performed everywhere from Electric Zoo to All Points West Festival, as well as worked with artists like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
The second-billed act, Gang Gang Dance, fits with Flying Lotus like marijuana and N64 (where FlyLo actually samples some sounds from). The group is just as experimental, but on a different plane. The five-piece ensemble released their fifth studio album this past May titled Eye Contact and have been touring all summer. The LP opens with the epic lyrics “I can hear everything/It’s everything time” and will expand freshman minds in less than two weeks. The group hails from NYC and has a cult-like following. Not-so-fun fact: GGD’s original drummer was struck by lightening and killed on a roof in Chinatown.
Last, but not least, is Light Asylum, an alumni of Local’s Tuesday Track. The duo sounds like an existentialist’s Joy Division, if they can even be compared to another sound. All three acts will be very synth-electro-friendly, but will appeal to those who like to drink and take drugs. (Just being real.)
The doors open at 6pm on the 8th, and entry is free for students who wait outside Le Poisson Rouge, starting at 5pm. It’s first come first serve unless you attend Program Board’s info session on September 1st from 1-2pm on the 7th floor of Kimmel. The Mystery is dissolved but the anticipation is still pulsing. Start counting the days!
And for more Mystery Concert Info, the following includes the lineups of the past:
2010: Big Boi, Dr. Dog, The Knocks
2009: Raekwon, No Age
2008: Broken Social Scene, Pattern is Movement, French Kicks
2007: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Beirut, Aloha
2006: Ghostface Killah, Animal Collective
2005: Iron and Wine
2004: The Shins, Fiery Furnaces