New York

Johanna Went

Pyramid Cocktail Lounge

Johanna Went hit New York City touted as a “rock ’n’ roll performance artist” from the Los Angeles club and performance scene, a New Wave witch/goddess whose gross, weird, and cathartic rituals have mesmerized Californian crossover audiences for the last four years. But her appearance at this, the current hot spot of bizarre spectacle, was completely undone by a raucous, good-naturedly perverse, knowledgeable crowd which quickly unmasked Went’s “frenzies” as the superficial displays they are. Every “provocation,” every gesture toward “transcendent disgust,” every “outrage” was countered and finally outflanked by an audience ready and able to deflate her crude efforts at transgression into amusing silliness.

Things were off to a rowdy give-and-take from the start. Went, dressed in layers of old clothing and shouting gibberish into a microphone over a banging, dissonant, “noise rock” soundtrack

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