Night Vision: Jay Electronica + N*E*R*D at Irving Plaza

Liz Brown
Welcome to Night Vision, a new PAPERMAG blog in which photographer Liz Brown shoots the lovely faces of anyone who catches her eye when she's out and about. She takes a look at the crowd at last night's N.E.R.D. show at Irving Plaza above and gives us a recap below.

Jay Electronica took the stage just after 8 p.m. at Irving Plaza last night, paying tribute to J Dilla's final instrumental hip-hop masterpiece Donuts, and blessing the crowd with a few, rare freestyle moments. The prelude of "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed right before N*E*R*D kicked the night off with "Party People," from their new album Nothing, turning the energy level in the building up to eleven where it stayed the entire night. Frontman Pharrell Williams danced on stage through songs from Seeing Sounds, Fly or Die, and In Search Of, telling the crowd "all jokes aside, this was the raddest show ever." N*E*R*D brought it home with renditions of "She Wants to Move," "Everyone Nose," "I Wanna Rock" (Fam Lay), "Spazz" and ended with "Lapdance," the song that started it all back in the beginning of the millennium. Nothing, which introduces a new band member, Rhea, is due June 15th. Judging from the frenzied crowd last night, it seems like N*E*R*D fans already approve.

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