Brooklyn Academy Of Music To New York City: “No Sufjan, No Credibility”
Adorable, baseball-capped yupster and indie-rock money printing machine Sufjan Stevens has been awarded a commission at the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s 25th annual “Next Wave Festival,” which starts in October. The composition is titled “The BQE,” and it will focus on the whimsical secret history of the expressway, an almost-forgotten story about how penny candy saved the life of President Taft, the great diphtheria scare of 1919, the origin of the phrase “street urchins,” Mae West’s genital deformities, and how the English bulldog came to be imported to America.* Another rocker stepping on the high art stage at BAM is Erik Sanko of the band Skeleton Key. If you don’t remember them, they sounded like Primus but they had a guy who played trashcans and empty bottles. Come to think of it, that might be why you don’t remember them.
Dance, and More, in Brooklyn Festival [NYT]
* Note: We’re just guessing here.