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Goldfrapp, Metropolitan Klezmer and More!

Following the release of their critically-acclaimed fourth album, Seventh Tree, English electronic sensation Goldfrapp will perform at the Beacon Theatre April 29. Conceived as a sensual counterpoint to the pulsating glitterball glamour of the band’s previous release, Supernature, Seventh Tree features 10 new original tracks, written and produced by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory and recorded at their studio deep in the English countryside. Equally renowned for the self-created visual theatrics of their live performances and their uncompromising aesthetic, Goldfrapp puts on a show not to be missed.

After its successful debut in 2007 as New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)’s first official LGBT event, HIP-HOP: OUT, LOUD & PROUD II returns to the NJPAC’s Newark, NJ Chase Room on April 12 with a sexually-charged evening of hip-hop and spoken word by artists of every persuasion. HIP-HOP: OUT, LOUD & PROUD features performances by six different artists representing a multitude of sexual orientations and various races/ethnicities. The roster of artists appearing come from around the country, and include host and curator Pandora Scooter; baron; Purple Haze; Hanifah Walidah; Mélange Lavonne; and Scott Free.

Adventuresome neotraditional Yiddish octet Metropolitan Klezmer continue their annual Passover tradition April 24 at a new club: the East Village’s swank Drom (sister sextet Isle of Klezbos happily premiered here in March). Pesakh guest artists include Shoko Nagai on accordion and piano, plus vocalists Judith Berkson and Melissa Fogarty. This Passover performance is sure to pack even more rollicking dances and ethereal trance tunes, exuberant Yiddish swing, klezmer cumbia, soundtrack tango and genre-defying originals than the band’s usual eclectic shows.

May 3–4 at Saint Luke’s in the Fields Church, Melodia Women’s Choir celebrate their fifth season with a special concert: Force of Nature: Celebrating the Earth. In partnership with Water is Life—Kenya, a project that brings water to drought-affected regions of Southern Kenya, Melodia perform songs about the natural world, including Samuel Barber’s Sure On This Shining Night; Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály’s Mountain NightsSongs Without Words For Women’s Voices; Ronald Perera’s Earthsongs; and Zhou Long’s Four Seasons, a setting of ancient Chinese poetry, among others.

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