Clocktower bids farewell to its secret midtown hideaway, with a performance by Nick Lowe and Ry Rocklen of the lyrical, lo-fi rap duo The Bushes as well as a set by electronic pop artist Glasser. The evening also marks the closing of Rocklen's sitespecific installation, National Work Table from his Trophy Modern series.
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Ry Rocklen and Nick Lowe are "rap partners" in The Bushes, an ongoing musical collaboration based in Los Angeles. Their songs are often structured around a simple premise that underlies a poetic density, where lengthy passages of pointed yet idiosyncratic rhymes drift in and out of narrative and meander amongst lo-fi drum tracks, processed vocals, and distorted Casio keyboard riffs. Lowe's gruff lyricism complements Rocklen's haunted sing-song flow as they explore everyday phenomena, topic by topic, with an ear towards the absurd and everyday enchantment. They recently released a video for their underground smash "Made in China" that premiered on MOCAtv. They have performed in art spaces, underground venues, and museums since 2001, including The Hammer Museum, LACMA, REDCAT, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
The Bushes Made in China video.
Glasser is the ethereal electronic project of Cameron Mesirow, a Los Angeles native surrounded by classic and more challenging music since birth. Mesirow's father is a member of the Blue Man Group, while her mother played with Human Sexual Response in the '70s and '80s. True Panther and Young Turks, released the Apply EP in 2009 and the Tremel single in 2010. Glasser toured with the xx and Sigur Rós' Jónsi with a rotating cast of supporting players, including producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who worked with her on her debut album, Ring (so named for its flowing structure), which arrived in September 2010. Re-teaming with Rivers, Mesirow continued her focus on the emotional and physical aspects of structures with her 2013 album, Interiors, which was inspired by her move to New York and Rem Koolhaas' book Delirious New York, among other influences.