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Ellen Qbertplaya πŸ‰

NYC β€’ sandwich πŸ₯™ + concert addict 🀘 β€’ photographer πŸ“· β€’ occasional DJ πŸŽ™

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Here's a decent pic of me and intern-husband at Sunday night's last hurrah for @littlewaterradio. Sadly, our station lost its space in April and despite Herculean efforts, we were unable to find another home. (We were replaced by a celebrity shoe boutique, what?! πŸ‘ ) I hadn't seen some of my fellow LWR folks in quite a bit so it was super nice to touch base with them again. It has been an honor to be part of the team for the past three years and to learn so much from these amazing people. I've been missing doing #ClubSandwichQ every Thursday for my listeners, but I guess all things must come to an end. So here's to a wonderful crew 🍻- best of luck to my LWR friends, and hope we can cross paths frequently in the future. As Warren Zevon once said, "Enjoy every sandwich." #I❀️LWR (πŸ“· by @zombieheartnyc)

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The last time I saw Gorillaz was in 2006 at the Apollo Theater. I have no idea why I waited so long to see them again. I had a brilliant time Saturday night at Barclays, watching Damon Albarn and his assembly of talented singers and musicians. Such merry mayhem! There were quite a few guests throughout the evening, including my favorites Mos Def and De La Soul! This show will be hard to top!

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Some pics of The Internet, who were a great, sexy opener at Barclays on Saturday night for Gorillaz.

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Here's a clip of Spiritualized covering the hymn "Oh Happy Day" with a backing choir as part of their encore, last night at Kings Theatre. Sounded absolutely majestic. (Shot on my point and shoot.)

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What a dream, to be able to shoot the band Spiritualized in a beautiful venue, backed by string and brass sections, and a local choir! Completely uplifting in dreary times and weather like today. πŸ‘¨β€πŸš€πŸš€ (πŸ“· for @weallwantsomeone)

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Solitude

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I know some folks who could use a sign like this.

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Matthew Houck, known better as Phosphorescent, released a great new LP called C'est La Vie on Friday, and played a private concert at Public Arts in the evening to celebrate. It was a pleasure watching him and his band mates play the album in full, along with a few older favorite tracks. "Around the Horn" in particular was a highlight for me - a wonderful slow burner. Houck made the most of the intimate space, connecting with audience members throughout the show and jumping into the crowd for a song on the floor. I should mention he even danced with yours truly. A special way to kick off the weekend.

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Hannah's in town! πŸ’œ

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On Thursday night I got to attend "The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o'clock," which has a run of only six nights. It is an immersive performance that has you walking the entire stretch of the High Line, passing a thousand(!) singers with interweaving tales. So impressive seeing a representative cross-section of New York City, with all its flavors and accents, making mundane details of every day life into an extraordinary piece. Being able to see special events like this makes me happy to be a New Yorker.

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Michael Moore during a conversation following a screening of his latest movie, Fahrenheit 11/9, at BAM on Tuesday night. The movie covers a lot of ground and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It presents a lot to be angry and depressed about happening in this country right now, but also there are things that bring me hope. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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Editor Jerry Fried, musician Lee Ranaldo, and director Fred Riedel discuss the making of the music documentary, "Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo, Electric Trim" after a screening at Metrograph on Friday night. I see so many concerts (and almost went to one tonight) but decided to come see this film instead, and I'm so glad I did. I'm used to seeing live performances done usually long after an album is finalized, so it was quite refreshing for me to get some insight into the creative and collaborative process behind the development of an album. Excellent job. Now I'm gonna go home and listen to the album with a whole new outlook. #hellohellohellomovie

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I think this was my third time seeing the ever vibrant Angelique Kidjo in the past year, and my heart grows fonder for her with every time. Her spin on the Talking Heads album Remain in Light is pure joy, and seeing her perform it, along with a string of her classics, was a brilliant way to close out the season at SummerStage. (πŸ“· for @weallwantsomeone)

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I got to see Resistance Revival Chorus for the first time in Prospect Park on Saturday, and less than a week later, they're opening for Angelique Kidjo for the last Summerstage show of 2018 in Central Park. I love how fluid the participants are. I think twice as many women were on stage today as compared to Saturday. But no matter the number present, they come together in a beautiful sea of harmony and strength. (πŸ“· for @weallwantsomeone)

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World-renowned Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard appeared at a packed Murmrr Theatre on Wednesday night. He read from the sixth and final volume of his autobiographical series, My Struggle, and had a conversation with poet Maggie Nelson. He then did a Q&A and signing. On a side note, fun to see some musicians who I admire in attendance. Full evening! (πŸ“· for @murmrr)

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Sorry not sorry...posting more Janelle Monae pics I took during Bustle's Rule Breakers festival last Saturday. I can't get over how amazing she is. β€οΈπŸ–€πŸ˜

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Mountain Man (Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig) did an in-store and signing at Rough Trade on Monday evening to celebrate the release of their LP, Magic Ship. Beautiful harmonies! (πŸ“· for @roughtradenyc)

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Sofi Tukker got the crowd bouncing on Saturday afternoon at Bustle's Rule Breakers festival in Prospect Park. At one point, the duo invited a mom and daughter up onto the stage and the mom was totally into it!

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