The Knife

The Knife’s sold-out tour for Shaking the Habitual culminated in a generously-long set, complete with 11 people on stage at virtually all times. Wearing space-age jumpsuits—some playing instruments, some simply dancing—it was a spectacle to behold, even between songs.

Breaking up the dizzying commotion of aerobics-inspired dance set to heart-poundingly electronic music was a spoken-word piece, mid-set. As The Knife is wont to do, very little of the set looked behind; it was mostly cut from this new album. Fans didn’t seem to mind in the slightest.

Andrew WK

Andrew WK, with the Calder Quartet, played a fascinating “alt-classical” show at Le Poisson Rouge this past Sunday (1/8). WK revamped and reworked some of his own catalogue for the evening. For an almost equal part, the set consisted of classical compositions by Cage, Bach, and Philip Glass.

It was a “Mom & Dad are in town” no-brainer, leading to a very mixed-age audience.