“Brooklyn!” Arto Lindsay shouted at the start of a rare solo set on Tuesday night. “You suck.”
The former DNA frontman was kidding. Kinda. Outside of the occasional jarring guitar jab, Lindsay’s sound is nowhere near as confrontational as his No Wave beginnings would suggest. It falls right in line with his Brazilian background instead, working in welcome bits of bossa nova, samba and Tropicalia without dialing back on Lindsay’s lifelong role as a raconteur.
“In Manhattan, people yell at the performer!” he said at one point, toothsome smile in tow.
Not in this crowd. With Lonnie Holley in the headlining slot, the room was full of polite fans and fellow musicians (Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, ARP’s Alexis Georgopoulos, the IDM-infused opening act Georgia) who were here to witness one of the outsider artist’s rambling yet revelatory sets. Rounded out by off-kilter drum rhythms and the guest vocals of Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzie Bougatos — Holley’s also worked with members of Deerhunter and the Black Lips before — Holley presented experimental music at its most expressive, soul beamed from outer space, a frequency you feel privileged to tune into, if only for one evening.