First up, the monolith known as the Red Bull Music Academy actually started up in April, but the fest continues with a pair of must-see spectaculars this month.
On May 20 RBMA hosts the 10-year anniversary celebration of Sacred Bones, the boundary-crossing Brooklyn-based record label. The jaw-dropping lineup is as eclectic as the killer records Sacred Bones has been known to put out with current label trailblazers, alum and worshippers alike set to perform: Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, The Men, Psychic Ills, Uniform, Rose McDowall, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Edley ODowd featuring Blanck Mass and Moon Duo jamming with film director Jim Jarmusch are on tap to unleash its beautiful noise.
The following day, on May 21, RBMA righteously bows down at the altar of avant-garde jazz legend, Alice Coltrane, wife of John Coltrane. Dubbed “The Ecstatic World of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda,” there will be sunset and evening sets, the latter led by her saxophonist son Ravi Coltrane.