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Chevelle’s NYC Show

Chevelle came through Manhattan last week so there was No way I was missing this show. This band started it all for me over a decade ago (trying hard not to feel old right now, lol)

Anyways, back in high school, I didn’t know anything about hard rock or metal aside from the Pop stuff Linkin Park was up to. Chevelle’s song “The Closure” changed it all for me, I’d never heard anything like it and wanted more immediately. Ever since, I’ve caught them at least once on any annual tour they’ve done and am thrilled to see they’re still making music after 15 years. *Can we take a moment to appreciate all the artists out there who actually sound as good live as they do on the album?* Yes!

The show at Terminal 5 in Manhattan was a great set, featuring some old and new songs. The band ended a little abruptly though and it definitely surprised the crowd. Not sure if that was just a time constraint or what but it left the majority of crowd begging for an encore that never came. I was also surprised to see so much crowd surfing- now that my people are getting older and considering this was still hard rock, I hadn’t expected anyone to attempt such expression. Must have been all that good music :)

I really look forward to these guys staying in the scene for years to come and hope they head back this way soon. xoxo #blkglrswurld

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle at Terminal 5

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle at Terminal 5

Dean Bernidini of Chevelle at Terminal 5

Dean Bernidini of Chevelle at Terminal 5

Christina Long Art #blkgrlswurld 2014 christinalongart.com

Afro Punk Fest ’14

:) One of the benefits I was looking forward to when arriving in NYC earlier this year was attending Afro Punk fest in Brooklyn. In summers past my sister and I would stare at instagram and twitter accounts at our kitchen table in rural Michigan as people that looked just like us posted awesome photos of a place that for us looked like a Rockin’ Emerald City.

I checked out the 2 day fest this August and immediately felt at home, walking amongst my alternative music folk with wonder and excitement at all the beautiful people. I didn’t have prior familiarity with bands playing over the course of 2 days, but I came away completely sold on a few for sure-buying up albums, t-shirts and the lot.

Valerie June, Afro Punk Fest 2014, Brooklyn NYC

Valerie June, Afro Punk Fest 2014, Brooklyn NYC

One artist that stood out to me was Valerie June.  As I stood at the front of her stage peering at the guitar and banjo, I had no idea what I was about to hear. Then came the deep Tennessee accent and the pluck of a bass guitar. Folk music? YES! I had been hankering for some down-home tunes lately and songs like “The Hour” and “Workin’ Woman Blues” were exactly what I needed.

Upon the recommendation of a friend I stopped by The Internet’s show and again was pleasantly surprised. Lead vocalist Syd was smoother than Robin Thicke, making the ladies in the crowd lose it a few times. With as much head-banging as I do, I don’t mind alil R&B every now and then- Which leads us to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings!

I’d heard of Sharon Jones at past events but never took the opportunity to see her live, it was definitely the best performance I saw at the fest. Her energy was so bright and wild it immediately reminded me of other Soul greats like James Brown or Aretha Franklin, singing out until someone has to come out and carry them off stage from exhaustion. Jones called her gospel style wailing Shouting which was great since where I come from we call it Kick Ass Metal. Lol. But hey, good music is good music.

As a seasoned veteran of Chicago’s Lollapalooza, I’m happy to see so many different kinds of music at this fest because it allows people of color to express the Many alternative sounds we enjoy making, each of them as underground and DIY as 1980s Punk. Like Lollapalooza these festivals become an opportunity for music sub-cultures to mix and mingle, discovering new sounds and making new friends.

Sharon Jones and Dap King, Afropunk 2014 Brooklyn, NyC

Sharon Jones and Dap King, Afropunk 2014 Brooklyn, NYC

Afro Punk Fest 2014, Brooklyn, NYC

Afro Punk Fest 2014, Brooklyn, NYC

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#blkgrlswurldZINE Open Call 2.0

The theme for Issue 2.0 is “Sci-fi Girl”

Do you know a Sci-fi Girl? Tell us about her in this month’s Zine!

Submit Art or Questions to blkgrlswurld@gmail.com

Deadline is September 30, 2014 | 7p.m. Eastern Time

This project is FREE because we hate paying to participate in things.

The Zine will be a free digital download shared on Twitter, Facebook and our sites on tumblr & wordpress. Art should be 8.5in x 5.5in. The 8 page book can be printed and folded with standard 8.5in x 11in paper. That way you can print/trade/share as many as you like.

*Artists are welcome to submit multiple times*

Please note, some entries may be posted on the #BLKGRLSWURLD website, but may not be featured in the Zine. Artists will be credited throughout.

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#BLKGRLSWURLD is a team of ladies who love to write, photograph and draw all things Hardcore Metal and AfroPunk in New York City, Detroit, Chicago and anywhere else in-between. This includes footage from live shows, festivals, interviews with bands, fashion, comic books and DIY Culture.

The project is international and open to anyone who supports women in Rock and Hardcore Metal- Be it on the stage or in the crowd!

Have questions or an idea? Email us at blkgrlswurld@gmail.com

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Words on Walls Event, Featuring the Mighty Third Rail. #UrbanWordNYC

Events from Around the City

Been running around so much there’s no time to really verbalize (or literize) it all. For now take a Look!

Christina Long Art #blkgrlswurld 2014 christinalongart.com

Charles Gaines “Grid” Show at the Studio Museum of Harlem, 2014

Christina Long Art #blkgrlswurld 2014 christinalongart.com

Charles Gaines “Grid” Show at the Studio Museum of Harlem, 2014

Christina Long Art #blkgrlswurld 2014 christinalongart.com

Words on Walls Event, Featuring the Mighty Third Rail. #UrbanWordNYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC | The Roof Garden Commission Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, April 29–November 2, 2014 -All photos by #blkgrlswurld

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC | The Roof Garden Commission
Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, April 29–November 2, 2014 -All photos by #blkgrlswurld

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC | The Roof Garden Commission Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, April 29–November 2, 2014 -All photos by #blkgrlswurld

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC | The Roof Garden Commission
Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, April 29–November 2, 2014 -All photos by #blkgrlswurld

 

Christina Long Art #blkgrlswurld 2014 christinalongart.com

Lead Sails Paper Anchor? Yes!

Have you heard the wonderful news?! Atreyu is coming back! If you don’t know these guys then you’ve missed a significant piece of the post-hardcore metal story. It’s been years since they’ve been on tour, but I still listen to them everyday. This September they’ll be rocking heads at the Aftershock Fest in California :D Sweet!

In recent news girls were representing at the Acheron this weekend and I soon realized why. Female lead band “Show of Bedlam” was the cause for sure, their set was on lock with great vocals, swooping synth sounds and progressive atmospheric effects. Check them out on Instagram below.

I’m also thrilled to see my boys Chevelle later this month, not to mention Brooklyn’s Afro Punk Fest…more to come on these events soon. #metalcoresummer xoxo

Show of Bedlam @ Acheron, 8/2014

Show of Bedlam @ Acheron, 8/2014

Noothgrush at Acheron, 8/2014

Noothgrush at Acheron, 8/2014

 

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The Long Shrift @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

The Long Shrift is a play written by Robert Boswell and Directed by James Franco. Opening night is Sunday July 13, 2014 Tickets here

I wanted to take a break from live music this weekend so upon suggestion by Mr. Franco’s instagram account (how did that even get added to my feed?) I took a chance on an intimate theater production at Rattlestick in Greenwich Village.

I always try to go in blind for performances and don’t want to spoil it for others. Suffice it to say the advertisements are correct in stating, “Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life.

The narrative is relatively simple, with the center of the story exploring how individuals connected to Richard are reeling through his demise, and later on when Richard becomes a vindicated man, the story shifts closer to how he and his accuser can move forward through their guilt, confusion and frustration of still believing different things about the night that put them on this path.

With a feminist bias I couldn’t agree with all of the so-called gray area regarding whether the sex between the teenagers had been consensual or not, but it was a rich debate. It seems rare that any 2 people can process such accusations or their consequences the same way, and it certainly came across in this performance how the stakes always appear higher for families invested in the future success of sons vs. their daughters.

Scott Haze (The accused young man Richard) gave a stunning performance emitting that special “something” that certain actors can have. It was as if his character, physical presence and awareness couldn’t be sustained on such a small stage. His movements made the room swell and stretch with the character’s emotions and I feel he was the key to making this narrative a reality for the audience- Haze most certainly outshines a couple of his colleagues.

Ally Sheedy (Richard’s Mother) also gave a striking performance throughout, pushing a character so purely manic depressive you could feel paint peeling off the walls as her rantings started in on the hourly displeasure of living in a world where her son (or legacy) is in prison. The Mother’s attitude about the dark side of her son got me thinking of Lionel Shriver’s, We Need to Talk About Kevin and it’s left to the audience just how true her original concerns might have been.

I recommend checking out this play, it will give you some things to think about within a context that refreshes old debates about the American family, rape culture, and the prison industrial complex. xoxo #blkgrlswurld

The Long Shrift w/ Allie Gallerani (Macy), Scott Haze (Richard), Brian Lally (Henry), Ahna O’Reilly (Beth) and Ally Sheedy (Sarah).

 

MoMA Summergarden by Christina Long Photo #blkgrlswurld

MoMA Summergarden Music Series

A friend and I made our way to the MoMA this past Sunday to check out the “FREE” Summergarden Music Series, Juilliard Concert I: New Music for Mixed Ensembles. <Did you hear me? I said FREE! As in no tix required :) Lovely event as you can imagine, a quiet evening in the city, not much traffic noise, and an intimate ensemble of wind, strings and percussion set up on the garden steps just under the large rose sculpture. Somebody pinch me, I think I’m geeking into Frasier Crane! lol

Seriously, my best advice for events like this is to get there early, we actually showed up 2 hours early hoping to walk around the museum for a bit only to discover that the museum was closed to the public and the line to get into the Summergarden had already begun. After assigning ourselves to go forth and join the line, it paid off in the end because it allowed us to sit in my favorite spot for classical music performances, in the front row behind first violin :) mwhahahaha!

The selections for the performance were modern and fresh, featuring New York premieres like Henrik Strindberg’s 4 movement piece Once Child (2013) and a fabulous Solo Viola (Meredith Treaster) piece by Donald Crockett titled, to airy thiness beat (2009)MoMA Summergarden by Christina Long Photo #blkgrlswurld

Many of you know my thoughts about classical music’s rhythmic overlap with hardcore heavy metal, and I found the symphonic sounds of this evening no different. To sum up the performances in one word, I claim Angst was the overall theme. Riveting sounds of strings on alarm and then brushing away into sudden quiet, musicians pushing themselves beyond staccato to pull sounds from their instruments in avant garde places such as the finger boards, knocking on wood with hand knuckles, or tapping flutes against other objects.

It’s also great to begin recognizing faces in this scene. Many of the young musicians performing also played key roles in the Chamber performances last month during the Chelsea Music Festival. I look forward to checking out the next Summergarden performance, July 13th featuring a Jazz concert of the Jonathan Ragonese Ensemble. I heard  that a tap dancer is scheduled to perform as well!  xoxo

Composer David Crockett thanks conductor Joel Sachs and Violist Meredith Treaster, MoMA July 2014

Composer David Crockett thanks conductor Joel Sachs and Violist Meredith Treaster, MoMA July 2014