The Arbitrary Guide to Popular Culture @ WFMU
Music from March 25th, 2015 to May 21st, 2015

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An incomplete and arbitrary guide of musical events in and around the WFMU broadcast area. If there's an event you'd like considered for inclusion, send announcements here.

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Last updated March 25th, 2015

Date Artist/Event Event Time Cost Venue Address City Phone
Wed 3/25 FREE NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: CYRO BAPTISTA’S BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS
(RSVP required) (web site)
7:30 PM  Free!  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Wed 3/25 WFMU welcomes the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Garden State Social Club
THE BLUES IS # 1 in NEW YORK CITY, and to celebrate the release of their new long-playing record album Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015 the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be bringing their brand of high-octane street hassling back home with an unprecedented Five Borough Freedom Tour!
The Blues Explosion will be leveling neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island the week of March 23 to March 28, including free shows at dive bars, breweries, and beyond!
And if those Five Fingers of Death weren't enough to knock you out, the JSBX will also blast out a special set at WFMU's new state-of-the-art recording & broadcasting facility, The Monty Hall, in the sixth borough, Jersey City, NJ !
Garden State Social Club
Sweaty-n-grindy R&B-infused all-NJ rock combo fronted by Lynne Von Pang and including ex-members of
Raunch Hands, Swingin Neckbreakers, and Devil Dogs. The sound of a wild mash up of Laverne Baker,
James Brown, Etta James, Tina Turner plus a handful of dirty Jersey originals!
Tickets are $15 advance/$20 day of show
8 PM-10 PM  $15  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Fri 3/27 BILAL   $25  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Sat 3/28 Prove It All Night with your host PAT BYRNE...
Pat kicks off his fifth live variety show from Monty Hall with a visit from
David Rees- star of Nat Geo's "Going Deep with David Rees", stand up comedy from
Maeve Higgins and live music from Brooklyn's, EZTV! Not to mention- surprise guests that you do NOT want to miss! (So please don't)
9 PM-Midnight  $5  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416   
Thu 4/2 WFMU Movie Night hosted by Rich Hazelton
Privilege is Peter Watkins’ 1967 film about power, celebrity, the corruption of
church and state, and conformity. It is also a great rock ‘n’ roll film starring
Paul Jones, who sang “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” with Manfred Mann, and
Jean Shrimpton, one of the first superstar models who helped introduce the miniskirt.
Upon initial release, J. Arthur Rank, the national theatre circuit in England
would not show the film due to its “immoral nature".
This is WFMU and we really don’t give a crap about its “immoral nature.”
A great rock ‘n’ roll film is a great rock ‘n’ roll film and we’re showing it! Trailer here.
8 PM-10 PM  $10  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Fri 4/17 DJ Trouble presents a special screening of
My Secret World - The Story Of Sarah Records a film by Lucy Dawkins
My Secret World is the first feature length documentary to explore this legendary,
influential and often misunderstood label.
Now the label founders, former Sarah band members, music critics and those that have been
inspired by the label tell their story. 
Q&A to follow with Sarah Records co-founder Clare Wadd. Trailer.
8 PM-10 PM  $8  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets  
Sat 4/18 WFMU and DJ Trouble present
To Create Something Beautiful: in the spirit of Sarah Records
The New Lines
Pale Lights
Ghost Gum
DJ Keith D'Arcy

8 PM-11 PM  $10  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Wed 4/22 WFMU presents
Ex Hex
Live in Monty Hall with special guests The Above
Ex Hex is Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright. They are a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads—this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue. Their full-length debut Rips was released on October 7 in North America and October 13 worldwide on Merge Records. Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird. In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the third member of Ex Hex. The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) and in the basement of Mary’s home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi. Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of his unique take on making rock records.
9 PM-11 PM  $15  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Tue 4/28 WHEN THE MOON TURNS GREEN: THE MYTH AND MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
(RSVP required) (web site)
7:30 PM  Free!  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Tue 4/28 Cambodian Rocks Concert with Chhom Nimol from Dengue Fever
Join WFMU for an evening of music covering the wide range of musical styles coming out of Cambodia in the 60s and 70s before the Khmer Rouge came close to destroying all traces of modern Cambodia. The songs of Ros Serey Sothea. Dubbed the golden voice of the capital by the King himself, Ros Serey Sothea's voice was an instrument like no other. As Cambodia's most beloved female singer she was unable to hide her identitiy and also perished during the Khmer Rouge. Chhom Nimol, the great singer from the band Dengue Fever will be singing a collection of Ros Serey Sothea's songs. Baksey Cham Krong considered to be the first Cambodian guitar band, Baksey Cham Krong formed in 1960 and began rocking their local high school in Phnom Penh with songs influenced by the Ventures and Cliff Richards and the Shadows. Soon they perfected a clean guitar sound and soon guitar bands began to pop up all over the capital city. Three original members including singer Mol Kamach, lead guitarist Mol Kagnol and rhythm guitarist Samley Hong will be performing. The Drakkar In the late 60s, long hair and bell-bottoms became all the rage in Phnom Penh. The Drakkar band brought there own mix of current western influences too and created hard rock, Cambodian style. The Rolling Stones, Santana and Deep Purple were huge influences as the Drakkar helped take Cambodian rock and roll in yet a new direction.Three original members including singer Tana, lead guitarist Touch Chhattaha and drummer Ouk Sam Art will be performing. The songs of Sinn Sisamouth. Cambodian pop's most revered singer who tragically disappeared during the Khmer Rouge era will be sung by his grandson, Sinn Sethakol.
8 PM-11 PM  $20  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Thu 4/30 "PARALLEL LIVES" BILLIE HOLIDAY & EDITH PIAF - CURATED BY NONA HENDRYX (web site) 7:30 PM  $35  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Fri 5/1 "PARALLEL LIVES" BILLIE HOLIDAY & EDITH PIAF - CURATED BY NONA HENDRYX (web site) 7:30 PM  $35  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Mon 5/4 UPTOWN NIGHTS ROUNDTABLE: JAZZ NOW
(RSVP required) (web site)
7:30 PM  Free!  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Tue 5/5 SUPREME SONACY: HARPIST BRANDEE YOUNGER & PIANIST RAYMOND ANGRY (web site) 7:30 PM  $10  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Wed 5/6 MARCUS STRICKLAND’S “TWI-LIFE” (web site) 7:30 PM  $10  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Thu 5/7 JOSÉ JAMES - YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES: THE MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY (web site) 7:30 PM  $35  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Thu 5/7 WFMU Movie Night presented by Miniature Minotaurs
Object Collection Live dubbed Movie Night
In 1992 a piece-of-shit film called Under Si3ge came out.
In 2015, Object Collection live-dubs it (featuring Smell-O-Vision!).
Come all the way back to the early 90's. When neo-fascist trash ruled the cinema.
When the world and Steven Seg@l were young and fresh.
When MTV taught us to like a slightly different style of bands with boys and guitars.
When history had just ended. When we were all placed permanently Under Sie3ge.
by Kara Feely and Travis Just
and a special DJ set by Clay Pigeon
8 PM-10 PM  $10  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Fri 5/8 JOSÉ JAMES - YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES: THE MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY (web site) 7:30 PM  $35  Harlem Stage Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue  Manhattan     
Sat 5/9 The Minus 5 with guests Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3
The Minus 5 is... a rock/folk/pop collective captained by Scott McCaughey .. By design from its inception,
the line-up for recordings and live appearances is completely fluid, dependent on musician availability,
whim, and wind direction.
The Minus Five Facebook page
minus5.com
Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3
"One of rock's true heroes of the underground." - Philadelphia Weekly
"The ex-Dream Syndicate frontman's a veritable Ph.D. of timeless rock songcraft"
- Chicago Tribune "A force to be reckoned with and cherished." - London Sunday Times
"No contemporaries make classic rock records like Wynn" - AllMusicGuide.com
"A first-class songwriter in the simple-yet-profound tradition of Lou Reed, Neil Young and post-Beatles John Lennon,
[with] an ear for balancing his pop sensibility with artful dissonance." - PopMatters.com
stevewynn.net
$13 adv./$15 d.o.s.
9 PM-11 PM  $13  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Mon 5/11 WFMU presents Jessica Pratt
Being compared to Joan Baez doesn’t make Jessica Pratt very happy, but it sure gives us some realistic terms of comparison within the folk world. Born in 1987, Jessica Pratt learnt to play the guitar around the age of 15, and soon began to record her songs. Pratt’s self-titled debut album, released in 2012, showed us much more than just folk: it was a mixture between classic rock and freak folk, communicating in an abstract, almost wordless way. On Your Own Love Again was recorded at home over the past two years and it was mixed in collaboration with Will Canzoneri, though Pratt did try to hide that homemade feeling somehow with electric guitars and keyboards. Here we find again her folk songs being brought to us from another place and time, with raw lyrics, a hint of nasal voice and acoustic guitars: “Deep inside my lonely room/ I cry the tears of never knowing you”, she sings on “Jacquelyn in the Background”. Some other love impressions are acoustically and harmoniously printed on this record, and we can listen to it like if we were watching a perfect canvas: “People’s faces blend together/ Like a watercolor you can’t remember”, it’s how “Game That I Play” starts. Pratt’s voice is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re willing to let her lyrics do the job, soon you’ll find her songs to be only the beginning of the journey.
8:30 PM-10:30 PM  $10  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Thu 5/14 WFMU presents Mac McCaughan w/special guests The Flesh Wounds
McCaughan was a founding member of the rock band Superchunk, founder of Merge Records, and has also recorded and performed in solo capacity as Portastatic. Flesh Wounds have released a 7" of raw and blustery primitive R&B-infused R&R on Merge and kick off tonight.
8:30 PM-11 PM  $12  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 
Thu 5/21 Revenge of the Mekons
A documentary feature by Joe Angio
Political provocateurs. Social agitators. Punk’s reigning contrarians. The Mekons have been called all this and more.
Revenge of the Mekons chronicles the unlikely story of a group of radical British art students who formed in the
first blast of punk rock in 1977.
Adored with cult-like devotion by fans and critics alike, the Mekons have redefined themselves and their music
repeatedly over the years while staying true to the punk ethos. But the Mekons are more than just a band.
They’re also an art collective whose members make art individually, collectively and in collaboration with other avant-garde artists.
A rich and illuminating account of a fascinating, criminally under-recognized band, Revenge of the Mekons is a lively, inspiring and entertaining film—with killer music, to boot!
mekonsmovie.com
8 PM-10 PM  $10  Monty Hall (web site) 43 Montgomery Street  Jersey City  201-521-1416  Buy tickets 

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