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Battle of the Artist Bands (Saddest Song Wins)



The winds were literally howling outside on a frigid windy Sunday before Thanksgiving as The Brooklyn Rail and Clocktower Radio hosted a night of Rock and Roll! at Industry City, part of the Come Together: Surviving Sandy show. Hurricane-affected artists and their musical compatriots joined forces in a jam on November 24, 2013.

The lineup:
Ham, with Steve Dibenedetto, David Humphrey, Michele Segre and Jennifer Coates
Gospel of Barb, with Steve Dibenedetto, David Humphrey, and Jon Kessler
Jeannie Get Around, with Jennifer Coates, Stephen Ellis, David Humphrey and Terry Dignan
Slip n' Slide, with Stephen Ellis, Ron Baron and Scott Williams
Red, with David Ross, Patrick Jones, Scott Williams and Ron Baron.

We cannot confirm who won for saddest song.
 

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Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.

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