What is Anithesis?
Antithesis is a self-declared "evening to celebrate forward thinking music," sponsored by WFUV, Le Poisson Rouge and Anti Records. What's that mean? Well, it's a one-night-only show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple featuring the Antlers, Tinariwen and Lonnie Holley, musicians that were all hand-picked by the headliner, one Daniel Lanois.
And who is Daniel Lanois?
Lanois isn't exactly a household name, but within music circles, he's a bit of a legend. Career highlights include his mid-80s collaborations with Brian Eno (like the landmark album Ambient 4/On Land), his own groundbreaking ambient/experimental solo work, and production credits on little albums like U2's The Joshua Tree and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. Lanois has an excellent new solo LP out, Flesh and the Machine, and tonight he'll showcase his new music as well as some of his own favorite artists.
I know the Antlers, but who are the other performers?
Tinariwen is a Malian group that blends traditional West African music with good old guitar rock. The group plays deeply political music that highlights the struggles of the Tuareg people, West African nomads who have often been caught in the crosshairs of regional ethno-political tensions. Check out the band's new album, Emmaar, the followup to their Grammy-winning 2012 LP Tassili.
Lonnie Holley is an Alabama-born painter-sculptor-musician. He first turned heads in the late ‘80s with his outsider art–paintings and found-object sculptures. Holley has shown at galleries around the world and first began recording music in the early-aughts. His powerful songs draw on blues and gospel, filtered through through the lens of his own characteristically outsider sensibility.