The American Museum of Natural History in New York City puts on a monthly party called “One Step Beyond” where the museum transforms itself into a music venue/club for the night featuring popular bands, DJ, and of course, alcoholic beverages. Past artists who performed at “One Step Beyond” include Questlove, Soulection, and Brenmar. This month’s event happening Friday, January 8th, will transform the museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space into one big dance party orchestrated by Neon Indian, who’s doing a DJ set.
Neon Indian is the brainchild of Alan Palomo, who’s 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms earned him much praise including having the album named as one of the best albums of 2009 by Pitchfork. To describe Neon Indian’s sound would be attempting to box it into a category, which is difficult. Some might say chill wave or synth pop. Music geeks might get really technical and classify it as hypnagogic pop or glo-fi. Ultimately, is a product of Palomo’s creativity. Neon Indian released its third album Vega Intl. Night School this past October.
Opening up for Neon Indian will be DJs Airbird and XXXChange. This should provide for a fun Friday night where you can let loose, drink, and dance underneath a giant planetarium. I attended the Soulection edition earlier this past June and it was one of my favorite events of the summer. Tickets to “One Step Beyond” are $25 and can be purchased on the AMNH’s website. If you’re interested, you should purchase tickets in advance, as they can sell out the day of. In addition to “One Step Beyond”, guests could also enjoy certain parts of the museum like the Hayden Big Bang Theater until the event shuts down at 1AM.