Greenpoint Gazette

The Soundtrack to the Tribeca Film Festival

BY Alexa Lim

The Tribeca Film Festival completed its run on Sunday, May 4. Over the course of two weeks, festival goers were able to choose from the over 122 films, which include a mix of feature films, documentaries and shorts. For the fourth year, the festival also included the Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge. The Music Lounge showcased live performances from both upcoming and established artists. The four-day series was held at the Canal Room and included artists whose work has been in film and TV.

The showcase included artists such as Regina Spektor, Nick Lowe, Sondre Lerche and Sia. The last afternoon of the Music Lounge opened with two contributors to the Grey’s Anatomy TV show soundtrack. San Diego singer and radio DJ Anya Marina began the set with her whimsical voice and matching lyrics. Next in line was singer songwriter Meaghan Smith accompanied by an accordion and her husband on guitar. She broke out the omnichord on a few of the songs, which sounds and looks not unlike an electrified dulcimer made by Casio. She mixed endearing, strange stories between the set ups for her songs. Smith joked that her song “5 More Minutes,” which was featured on a recent Grey’s Anatomy episode, saved a tiny baby’s heart.

Rachel Yamagata made a stop at the Music Lounge after wrapping up her most recent tour with Sara Bareilles and her previous tour with Mandy Moore, Chris Stills and Ben Lee. The heavy tour schedule seemed to have taken a toll on Yamagata who giggling opening speech about still being in tour mode. As soon as she sat down to the piano, though, she wiped away any former smile and ripped through a version of “Worn Me Down.” She performed the song “Elephant” in a cappella, as it was written, which appears in the electrified form on her new album. Her 30-minute set was a mix of old and new songs.

Following Yamagata was singer-song writer Joseph Arthur, who was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 1990s and signed to his label. As is standard with Arthur, he performed songs off of his past records and tracks that he only performs live. The song “Faith” highlighted his unique phrasing and drawing out of his own lyrics. Arthur was accompanied by his band The Lonely Astronauts with Kraig Johnson on guitar and Greg Wieczorek on drums. Arthur and the band also previewed song s off of his upcoming album “Temporary People.” His breezy set was only interrupted when he changed his harmonica, which popped off the holder and into the audience. He let the audience keep it since he said he had another one anyway.
The showcase ended with the band Sixpence None the Richer who was promoting their new EP “My Dear Machine.” Later that night, the Tribeca/ASCAP Music series wrapped up with a “Breaking the Band Concert” with headliners the Hold Steady and was curated by the veteran music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who has worked on shows such as the O.C. and Gossip Girl.

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