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Spend Your Weekend with Method of Defiance

September 11th, 2009


When it comes to the world of music, multitalented downtown legend Bill Laswell has just about done it all as a performer, producer, record-label owner (Celluloid) and sideman. He’s worked with an astonishingly diverse cast of characters, including Afrika Bambaataa, George Clinton, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Sting and, yes, even Yoko Ono. And while he’s known most for his work in funk, jazz, ambient and dub, he’s also dabbled in hardcore punk and heavy metal, plus he’s even backed William S. Burroughs’ spoken-word performances. The bottom line is this: The man has gotten around. In a good way.

His most recent creation, the DJ- and musician-fueled hard-edged mashup of dub, electronica, fusion and drums and bass, Method of Defiance, features, among others, out-there keyboardist Bernie Worrell (P-Funk) and DJ Krush. The band—or musical concept, if you will—rarely plays any U.S. dates, so it’s a real treat for them to be playing New York City twice in one weekend. So go see them tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg or tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom. And if you really know what’s good for you, go see them twice.

(Check out Bill Laswell Presents: Method of Defiance, above, playing “The Method” at last year’s Fuji Rock Festival.)