Arto Lindsay (b. 1953) has stood at the intersection of music and art for more than four decades. As a member of DNA, he contributed to the foundation of No Wave. As bandleader for the Ambitious Lovers he developed an intensely subversive pop music,a hybrid of American and Brazilian styles.. Throughout his career, Lindsay has collaborated with both visual and musical artists, including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, Caetano Veloso and Rirkrit Tiravanija.Having been involved with carnaval in Brazil for many years in 2004 he began making parades.
Beauty Pill is a DC-based, semi-electronic band led by producer, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chad Clark. The band includes Basla Andolsun, Jean Cook, Drew Doucette and Devin Ocampo. After a few critically acclaimed records (The New York Times and The Washington Post, Pitchfork gave their debut 9/10), Beauty Pill amicably parted ways with Dischord Records.
The excitement surrounding the return of Beauty Pill is not simply because of the densely constructed and deeply felt music found on their new LP, Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. Some of that enthusiasm is for the plain fact that Chad Clark is alive and able to continue creating music… at all.
In 2008, Clark fell ill from a rare virus that infected his heart. It was as a harrowing experience. He underwent two open heart surgeries that saved his life.
Though the music evidences the darkness of this journey, Describes Things As They Are isn’t an album of wallowing or worrying. Only one song on the album, “Near Miss Stories” refers explicitly to the experience.
7pm doors | 8pm show | $18 adv. | $22 day of