Members of Interpol and the Strokes are playing a benefit concert

Paul Banks and Albert Hammond Jr. are headlining an August 22 fund-raiser to help School of Seven Bells guitarist Benjamin Curtis.

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On August 22, the Bowery Hotel is hosting an indie-star-studded benefit concert to raise funds for Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist for NYC shoegaze-pop band School of Seven Bells, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Headlining will be Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Strokes member Albert Hammond Jr. In between their solo sets, Alexa Chung, Fabrizio Moretti (also of the Strokes), Devendra Banhart and Danny Masterson (who plays Steven Hyde on That '70s Show…tee-hee) will DJ.

Concertgoers can bid on a silent auction boasting items donated by downtown notables such as Vampire Weekend, David Letterman, Aziz Ansari and plenty more. Lustworthy prizes include a Levi's denim jacket autographed by the Black Keys, plus Regina Spektor's signed vinyl catalog. If you can't make the show, you can bid the following week on Charity Buzz.

The benefit, named "Put the Sad Down" for a School of Seven Bells EP, is happening August 22 at 8pm. Every cent raised at this top-flight concert will go toward Curtis's medical bills. Tickets, priced from $40–$100, are already on sale; get yours via Ticketfly.


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