This past Sunday, musicians that appeared on the Dessner-curated Dark Was The Night compilation descended upon Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall to play a show and help raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness. The performers included, among others, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National - pretty much everyone who falls under the "current strain of NPR-friendly indie rock perfect for Hamptons hammocks" (to quote one ambivalent Pitchfork write-up).
Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan were also present to cover the event. A few moments captured for posterity (photos by Amrit Singh and Natasha Ryan):
The Dirty Projectors
Doveman, accompanying My Brightest Diamond
"This Land Is Your Land"
The night's encore - a performance of "This Land Is Your Land," written by Woody Guthrie - was a collaborative effort, with Sharon Jones (of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) bringing down the house. Witness it for yourself:
G-d, what a show. Take care.