Good Magazine Block Party, Psychedelic Furs, Os Mutantes -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Sunday, July 15
Good Magazine Block Party, 12 noon at 111 Minna Gallery. $20 subscription.
Performances by A-Trak, Diplo, Kid Sister, Vin Sol, Squeak E Clean, Richie Panic, Blake Miller of the Moving Units, Bedtime For Toys and more
Psychedelic Furs, 7 at the Mezzanine. $35.
“What a long, strange trip it's been for the Psychedelic Furs. Over the course of four striking LPs, they've gone from crude, complaining punks to savvy pop romantics. Under lead singer Richard Butler's guidance they've managed to make that 180-degree shift seem as gradual and natural as the aging process itself.” --Rolling Stone
Os Mutantes, 2 pm at Stern Grove Festival. $Free.
“Because Os Mutantes’ songs are so full of quick changes, the music doesn’t just sound nostalgic. It also anticipated the current era of sampling and juxtaposition. The band began Friday’s set with a song from 1969 that imagined Don Quixote getting a chance to sing on television, with music that switched styles every 20 seconds or so, from light-opera vocal harmonies to fuzz-toned garage stomp to slow, mock-bluesy rock to a brief bit of improvised chaos. And that hardly exhausted Os Mutantes’ inventiveness; they had lilting pop melodies, Latin rock, mock-Baroque counterpoint and even something like an anthem: “Balada do Louco” (“Ballad of a Crazy Man”), written by Arnaldo and sung by Sérgio. “They say I’m crazy to think this way, but I’m happy,” he sang in Portuguese. “It’s better than being normal.”” --New York Times