Arto Lindsay

New Museum of Contemporary Art , Lower East Side Friday November 30 2012 19:00
Arto Lindsay
Photograph: Anitta Boa Vida
Arto Lindsay

Born from the ashes of punk, the antirock movement known as No Wave set late-’70s/early-’80s NYC aflame with its arty, skronk-fueled experimentalism. Although the scene died down 30-odd years ago, some of its chief iconoclasts, including Lydia Lunch and Glenn Branca, remain as relevant as ever.

After an MIA period, their contemporary Arto Lindsay, who plays a rare local gig this week, has joined that fray. From forward-thinking noisemakers DNA to the “fake jazz” of John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Lindsay—with fingernails-on-chalkboard guitar scraping and guttural moans—helped establish the downtown avant-rock template made famous by Sonic Youth. But it wasn’t until he founded the post-DNA group Ambitious Lovers and issued a string of revelatory solo records throughout the ’90s and early aughts that Lindsay realized his true path. Of Brazilian descent, Lindsay reinvented himself as a sublime crooner, blending tropicalia with samba and bossa nova rhythms and electronics-driven grooves, while singing in both English and Portuguese.

Lindsay has lived in Brazil for a decade, but local label Northern Spy’s recent Encyclopedia of Arto, a sprawling set culled from his ’96–’04 solo records and recent live jaunts, boosts his profile once again. Don’t show up at this gig expecting nostalgia: Whether crooning or clanking, Lindsay rides his own wave.—Brad Cohan


Venue name: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 235 Bowery
New York
Cross street: at Prince St
Opening hours: Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–9pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
Price: $15
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