Art & Music — POP Emporium

(11.22) POP Emporium will be hosting an opening reception for new work by artist Tom Deininger this Friday. Given his own impressive musical background (Red Rockers, Raindogs), POP proprietor Darren Hill always tries to throw live music into the mix. These events always feel like a party, or in this case, a reunion. (Facebook event.)

Opening Reception of New Work by Tom Deininger with performances by SUSS and Museum Legs
Refreshments from Revival/Laughing Gorilla.

The newly-formed SUSS describes itself as a “post-country, ambient Americana, boot-gazing, psychedelic band” out of New York City, but members Robert Holmes and Gary Lieb have deep roots in the local music scene, both having been founding members of Rubber Rodeo another ’80s band with a RISD provenance. (Was anybody studying art?) Collectively this band has an amazing résumé:

. . . an NYC quintet whose members have worked in various capacities with Lydia Lunch, the B-52s, Rubber Rodeo, k.d. Lang, David Bowie, John Cale, Ed Sheeran, Wilco, Norah Jones, The War On Drugs, Burt Bacharach, and countless others.

Any group with both Lydia Lunch and Burt Bacharach in its DNA is worth a listen. Their debut album “Ghost Box” received a very favorable review in Pitchfork who described it as “hypnotic” and “an immersive panorama.”

Museum Legs — local faves MorganEve Swain, Laila Aukee, and Dylan Lucas Block-Harley — will open.

Internationally recognized trash artist Tom Deininger — he creates assemblages, paintings, videos, sculptures, collages, and installations — also has local connections, starting with an art degree from Salve. He currently lives in Rhode Island with his family. Seen here is an unnamed painting I rather like from Deininger’s website, not presumably one of the new works we get to see Friday evening.

$10, 7pm to 11pm, Friday, November 22, POP Emporium, 219 West Park Street, (directions)

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