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Highlights From Marc Ribot’s Experimental, Wide-Ranging Career

Marc Ribot

Photos by Ebru Yildiz

“I find a lot of unity in some odd places,” Marc Ribot said in a 2013 interview with Premier Guitar. It’s a good summation of an unsummarizable career.

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Arto Lindsay Fuses American No Wave With Samba and Soul

Arto Lindsay

Photo by Anitta Boavida.

Many of the iconoclastic noisemakers who helped etch no wave—the noise-splattered music and arts scene that arose from the decay of late-‘70s NYC—into the music history books remain crucial forces nearly four decades on. Lydia Lunch, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, and countless others have continued to make vital, challenging music that seek out daring new avenues of expression.

Then there’s DNA’s self-taught corrosive guitar scratcher, Arto Lindsay. After DNA’s brief yet hugely influential run, he ultimately reinvented himself as an art-pop virtuoso in Ambitious Lovers, a band he shared with keyboardist Peter Scherer that sublimely married dance rhythms, funk, DNA-style noise bursts, and the samba of Lindsay’s Brazilian roots. For a vital eight-year, seven-album stretch that began in 1996, the music of Brazil (Tropicália, bossa nova), combined with the experimental and no wave sound of downtown New York City, would hover brightly over Lindsay’s solo output.

Then, after 2004’s Salt, Lindsay dropped out. He was inactive on the recording front (save production work) and it wasn’t until Northern Spy Records plucked him from relative obscurity with Encyclopedia of Arto (a compilation that pulled material from his records released from 1996 through 2004 and live concert recordings) that Lindsay made his grand return.

That return has culminated with his first set of new songs in 13 years. Cuidado Madame is Lindsay at his sexiest, noisiest, and most dangerous—a sultry groove-heavy and glitchy set of scorched-earth skronk-peppered electro-pop tunesmithery that is arguably his best batch of songs to fuse his love for both American and Brazilian music.

We spoke with Lindsay before his concert at Brooklyn’s The Bell House about where he’s been, how he made his comeback, Cuidado Madame, and if it’ll be another 13 years before we hear from him again.

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Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark Wants To Be Arto Lindsay When He Grows Up


The 2015 release of Beauty Pill’s Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are was an event in many ways. For one, it was the D.C. band’s first album in 12 years. But it was also part of a bigger artistic happening that included three very public stages of creation.

Conceived by Beauty Pill singer and songwriter Chad Clark, Immersive Ideal began with the band recording Describes in Arlington, Virginia’s Artisphere theater, where anyone could come and watch them work. Once the album was complete, a multimedia installation was created featuring band photos flashing on screens as Describes played in surround sound. Finally, Beauty Pill performed the album, but in an unorthodox way: with the band members set up in corners of the room, and the audience in the middle.

“I don’t pretend that these were radical ideas,” says Clark over lunch at Kramerbooks in Northwest D.C. “If there’s any flag of D.C. art that I would like to fly, it’s that these things were organically generated out of curiosity.” Clark’s argument is convincing because his curiosity is obvious. He’s always searching for new ways to think about music and art, and you can hear that inquisitiveness in the dense, busy mix of Describes. Its songs bubble with ideas without becoming overloaded. It’s a glimpse into a brain that wants to communicate many thoughts but with exacting clarity.

Two years after its release, Clark recently put Describes on Bandcamp. “It feels almost like a reissue,” he says. “People love Bandcamp, they love the idea of it, and I’m into that.” Beauty Pill is about to embark on a short tour with post-punk legend Arto Lindsay (whose song “The Prize” was covered on Describes). We asked Clark about his reflections on the album, what draws him to Lindsay’s work, and what Beauty Pill plans to do next.

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