by John Tarpley
Mark this down as one of the most exciting and unexpected shows of spring. The wildly-imaginative chamber-pop bassist for Dirty Projectors (hands down, one of the best bands today), solo artist behind "Most Valuable Player" (one of the most acclaimed solo records in recent memory) and Bjork collaborator Baldwin comes to Dreamland Ballroom to deliver a multimedia-enriched night of cello-driven music.
Melodically sparse and driving, Baldwin's high tenor and waves of cello recall the avant-disco genius Arthur Russell, violin-and-loop pedal craftsman Owen Pallett and choral indie heroes Grizzly Bear. (Chris Taylor of the latter handled production duties for Baldwin's second album.) The man with his hand in so many collaborations is, predictably, outstanding with his allies, but a friend from his native Brooklyn tells me Baldwin is just as stellar solo. The night opens at 6 p.m. with an art show and, of course, a puppet-show musical.