The historic Webster Hall in New York closed its doors in August 2017 after a sale to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Gerard McNamee, the director of operations, wrote in a statement, “[Webster Hall] will be closed for an undisclosed period of time for demo, reno, and transition to corporate ownership under Barclays/AEG/Bowery Presents.”
Webster Hall’s social media accounts shared a video captioned, “See ya in 2019!” on New Years Eve. See the tweet below.
The last concert at Webster Hall before it closed was Action Bronson on August 10, 2017.
Flight of the Conchords have released a new song called “Father and Son” from their recent HBO special Live in London. The duo played the track on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in September as well. Listen to “Father and Son” below.
M.I.A.’s documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.was released in September to theaters. The film is now available to purchase online via iTunes and other digital retailers as of Today. The documentary is directed by Stephen Loveridge and was scored by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison. It shows a look into M.I.A.’s life as an artist with personal footage spanning over the course of her childhood to present day. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year where it was the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.
Kamasi Washington is set to debut a new short film at Sundance 2019.The short, titled, As Told To G/D Thyself, is directed by a collective called the Ummah Chroma, which features Washington, Bradford Young, Terence Nance,, Jenn Nkiru, and Marc Thomas. It’s inspired by the music of Washington’s latest album, Heaven and Earth. Check out the film poster below.
Over the last year, I have had the great fortune of working with an amazing team of directors on a film inspired by my album Heaven and Earth. We are so proud to announce that AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF will premiere at Sundance in January! pic.twitter.com/9ktmHSAn7w
Chance the Rapper has released a new video poking fun at Chicago’s Aldermanic System. The 15-minute video shows Chance as an investigative reporter for Chicagoist, Champ Bennett, who interviews pedestrians, candidates for Chicago’s upcoming Aldermanic elections, and Hannibal Buress, who is a cynical 75-year-old Alderman named Al Durham. Watch it all below.
The video shows Chance discussinga the role of Chicago’s Aldermen, who governs the city’s 50 wards. Chance explains that many of the factors that are preventing younger and more diverse candidates from being elected are that candidates cannot run if they have been convicted of a felony, or if they owe a penny of debt or tax dollars to the city. Chance replies to these rules with, “wow, that shit sounds racist.”
Chicago’s Aldermanic elections are February 26, 2019.
Parquet Courts, during their show at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall tonight, performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The orchestral performance was conducted by Nicholas Hersh and was a part of the BSO Pulse concert program that showcases classical music and indie artist collaborations. Watch Parquet Courts perform their Wide Awake! tracks “Mardi Gras Beads” and “Wide Awake!” below.