Queen of No Wave Lydia Lunch Performs New ‘Underground Salon’ at the Roxy Hotel

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 at 5:18 am by
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Lydia Lunch, Photo: Jasmine HirstIt is almost impossible to determine what the coolest part about Lydia Lunch is – that she is a multi-talented musician/writer/poet, that she has been coined one of the ten most influential performers to come out of New York to date, or that she is famously Queen of the avant-garde No Wave music and art scene of downtown in the 1970s. Simply put, Lydia’s performances cannot be compared to any other spoken word you have ever seen. To say that they are raunchy would be an understatement, and anyone who has seen her can attest to the fact that you are immediately drawn in, unable to look away from her presence.

And you will have that chance to see her tonight at The Roxy Hotel in Tribeca.

Lydia Lunch has performed around the world, collaborating with influential artists like Sonic Youth, Mars Volta, Nicolas Jaar, Nick Cave, and writers Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), and Hubert Selby Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream). A musician in her own right (who can forget Teenage Jesus and the Jerks?), her new band RETROVIRUS is described as intense raw power, accompanied by “scathing guitar shrapnel strafing ominously massive bass slabs, hurled forward by pulverizing drum thunder and topped by Lydia’s signature perma-scowl vocals.” Um, yes please. Tour dates overseas were just announced for this December, but you don’t have to travel far or wait 6 months to see her.

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Lydia Lunch with musical collaborator Weasel Walter, Photo: Jasmine HirstMany would claim that the art scene in New York City has disappeared, or at least died down. That it’s now whose preference is luxury high rises, banks, and chain restaurants, and not the one-of-a-kind spots that made it so unique. Artists are being pushed from neighborhoods they occupied for decades, and we watch the downtown culture washed away with each added Starbucks. However, we can’t be too cynical about the whole thing because famed artists like Lydia Lunch continue to bring counter-culture back to us, providing an opportunity to see that local arts isn’t completely dead; you just have to know the right places to look.

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Warhol with Superstar Bibbe Hansen, sharing stories at The Django with Lunch, Photo: Bob AdelmanIn this case, it’s the basement of the Roxy Hotel, an underground lounge/performance space called The Django.

Lydia Lunch is hosting a series of intimate events there entitled “Sexy Stories From New York City’s Torrid Underground,” including spoken word from her book Paradoxia, A Predator’s Diary (Akashic Books, 2007). Tales from her hardcore past will be accompanied by stories from some close friends, including Warhol Superstar Bibbe Hansen, and Lower East Side raconteur, Zoe Hansen. Musical interludes from Jazz Brutarians Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl, and Chris Pitsiokos will entertain between readings. A real can’t-miss.

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Zoe Hansen, Lower East Side & East Village mavenIf you don’t catch her at The Roxy (2 Avenue of the Americas) tonight, or on July 26, you are missing out on witnessing a true New York City icon. Can’t say I didn’t warn ya.

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