8pm & 11pm
The legendary No Wave pioneers led by a howling Lydia Lunch will perform together for the first time in thirty years. Be sure to be on time though as they will be performing twice on the same night, and they are known for their high energy 30 minute sets loaded with one minute tracks. They will be performing at the launch of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore’s new book about the New Wave scene. It coincides with the recent release of Mark Master’s eponymously titled book on the same scene. No Wave existed for the briefest of time but its ripples are still being felt on the music and performance scenes. It represented a new kind of unlearning, and its disaffected attitude still resonates with new recording artists like Crystal Castles and Hearts Revolution. After exploding onto the scene in the late seventies and disappearing just as quickly by the beginning of the eighties, it seems to have never really gone away. If you can’t make it to the gig(s) in the Knitting Factory then take a little time out to listen to a few of these bands:
James Chance and the Contortions, Mars, DNA, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Arto Lindsay and the Modern Lovers… and, explore the scene around them yourself, you’ll almost certainly be surprised.