The house band at Andy Warhols Factory happenings was not Courtney Taylor-Taylors outfit, you dodgy hipster. (Its a common mistake, confusing the 60s with the 90s, especially at Café du Nord around closing time.) Back in the day, the Velvet Undergrounds droning assault, graced by Nicos atonal invocations, generously lent mysterious gravity to Andys shallow scene. A kind of baton pass has taken place, with the Warhol mantle of Lou Reeds old band adopted by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, the VU-loving couple who forged their musical and romantic bonds in the now-defunct Luna. Inspired by the four-minute silent studies Warhol shot of iconic muses like Edie Sedgwick and Dennis Hopper in the mid-60s, the duo composed a delectably complementary pop score. What fresh melancholy and long-hidden exuberance will these intimate yet inscrutable portraits reveal, framed by ethereal melodies rather than heroin rocks gray dissonance? Generations collide and collapse when Dean and Britta perform 13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhols Screen Tests.
Tue., Feb. 3, 8 p.m., 2009