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The New York Times on Hardcore Activity in Progress

By May 18, 2014 February 18th, 2019 No Comments

“Hardcore Activity in Progress,” a one-night, 15-act concert Friday at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, represented an idea. The idea was the sound of extremes — going for it, boundary-testing, hardness — across musical languages. So, for instance, there was the noise band Wolf Eyes, the cello improviser Okkyung Lee, the grindcore group Napalm Death, the rapper Gunplay, the post-minimal piano rhapsodist Lubomyr Melnyk, the free-jazz trio the Thing, and the electronic musician Tim Hecker, presented in overlapping sets, in three different parts of a 50,000-square-foot former door-frame factory.

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