Red Bull’s Music Academy series will return to New York City this spring. The series features a lineup of wildly diverse events happening at various New York venues throughout the month of May. Events range from the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair to a sit-down conversation with enigmatic R&B star D’Angelo. Hit the jump for a list of highlights.
Red Bull Music Academy Returns To NYC In May
5/1/2014 – Bounce Ballroom at Brooklyn Bazaar
This rump-shaking event brings four distinct, local dance music sub-genres together for one night. The Bruk Up, Vogue, Housing and Jersey Club scenes will each be represented by a team of DJs and dancers. Go bust a sweat and familiarize yourself with the New York area’s hottest underground movements.
5/2/2014 – Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor at BAM
Red Bull has a assembled a lineup of electro-indie superstars to pay tribute to Nigerian synthesizer William Onyeabor. Featured artists include David Byrne with members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and more.
5/16/2014 – Hardcore Activity In Progress at Knockdown Center
Get ready to change your definition of “hardcore.” This event will showcase artists pushing their respective genres to the extreme–we are talking everything from metal to free-form jazz. Grindcore legends Napalm Death lead a lineup that also features Tim Hecker, MMG rapper Gunplay and many more.
5/18/2014 – Panda Bear at Warsaw
Electro-indie pioneer Panda Bear will make a rare appearance at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Panda Bear has released several albums as a solo artist and with his band Animal Collective. Recently, he was featured on Daft Punk’s Grammy-winning album, Random Access Memories. The bill also features Dam-Funk and “special guests,” but don’t expect any French robots to show up.
5/21/2014 – A Conversation with D’Angelo at Brooklyn Museum
Despite his reclusive nature and sparse catalog, D’Angelo has managed to maintain his reputation as one of modern R&B’s most interesting artists. Though this is not billed as a performance, hearing the electrifying crooner open up in an “intimate public lecture session” may be worth checking out.
5/28/2014 – Hudson Mohawke & Friends (Live) at Webster Hall
Hudson Mohawke is one of the most talked-about DJ/producers in the EDM world. His grimy, bass-heavy brand of dance music has had a major impact on the genre over the past year or so. He is currently signed to Kanye West‘s GOOD Music and worked closely with West on his critically-acclaimed Yeezus. Mohawke is also known for his work as one-half of TNGHT. He certainly has an impressive group of friends, it will be interesting to see which ones show up at Webster Hall.
Article by Jason Schellhardt