We are super excited to finally be able to announce a fun summer concert series and other special events related to the upcoming Dan Graham retrospective at the Whitney. His first American retrospective, Dan Graham: Beyond traces the evolution of his work from early conceptual projects and performances to his films and videos, sculptures, architectural projects and pavilions, as well as his collaborations with musicians and bands such as Sonic Youth and Japanther.
For our part here at Whitney Live, we’re bringing you four evenings in July celebrating Graham’s love of rebellious, underground rock music. Here’s the line-up; we think it’s going to be super fun, very loud, and very crowded!
Four Friday Evening Concerts in July presented as part of Dan Graham: Beyond
Free with museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations.
July 10 at 7 pm
Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Titus Andronicus are from Glen Rock, New Jersey, and take their name from the Shakespearean tragedy. Their sound is punk-infused Replacements-esque pop music with screaming vocals, layered guitars, and songs about suburban malaise.
Real Estate, led by singer/guitarist Martin Courtney, also has roots in the Garden State. Their songs evoke visions of tract housing, basement band practice, and wasted youth, mixing languid psychedelia, muted vocals, and a boomy undertow of drums.
July 17 at 7 pm
Abe Vigoda / Grooms
Part of the LA scene centered around The Smell, Abe Vigoda emerges from a shared background of punk, no wave, and pop. Alternating from melodic and tropical to hardnosed and heavy, Abe Vigoda’s sound is equal parts Beefheart and My Bloody Valentine with a haunting pulse and a DIY attitude all its own.
Grooms are Travis Johnson, Emily Ambruso, and Gabriel Wurzel, three friends who play a structurally mutilated brand of noise-pop featuring blissful interplay, sonic experimentation, and song destruction. Recordings have showcased sounds from broken noise-surf to campfire-seance drone. Grooms (formerly The Muggabears) continue to craft songs filled with beauty, gloom, and irony-free whimsy.
July 24 at 7 pm
Woods / YellowFever
Woods is a Brooklyn-based psych-rock band known for upbeat folk jams awash in odd studio effects, cracked fuzz, and unique vocalizations. Members Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Taveniere, and G. Lucas Crane use an idiosyncratic songwriting style to create road worn, windblown, and deeply grooved soundscapes.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, the trio YellowFever play minimal art pop that dips into waters that Young Marble Giants, Stereolab, and 80s Rough Trade bands also explored. Formed in the summer of 2006, YellowFever’s pedigree includes shared members with the band Voxtrot and tour dates alongside Thee Oh Sees, Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine, and HEALTH.
July 31 at 7 pm
Vivian Girls / These Are Powers
Although the Vivian Girls have only been a band for a short while, their charms have already worked magic on the road to “out of nowhere” status. Mixing 60’s girl-group sounds, punk, and shoegaze, Vivian Girls — Ali Koehler (drums), Kickball Katy (bass) and Cassie Ramone (guitar, lead vocals) — make gritty, lo-fi, aggressively fun pop tunes.
These Are Powers are a Brooklyn- and Chicago-based trio featuring Anna Barie (vocals, electronics), Pat Noecker (prepared bass, vocals), and Bill Salas (electroacoustic drums, vocals). Pummeling their way through live performances, These Are Powers use club beats, found sounds, pulses, and blips, to create a chaotic collage of vibrations.