A SHRINE TO SSION @ PS1

SSION A cyberdelic audiovisual spectacle overtook MoMA’s PS1 museum in Long Island City this weekend, as Kansas City’s art pop sensation SSION brought his band of musicians and collaborators to the Pop Rally stage in order to drag new Yorkers to Hell—the phrase “C-U-N HELL” with an acid-rave smiley face taunted the packed crowd of rapt spectators each night from Friday to Sunday. Flanked by two backup dancers and several projections mapped onto moving panels, SSION mastermind Cody Critcheloe led his audience through his new album, Bent , free on SSION.com during the month of June. Highlights included a stunning cameo from outré Los Angeles performance artist Actually Huizenga during album opener “Listen to the Grrrls”; an arresting girl group moment in “Growing” from neo-drag superstars Alexis Blair Penney, Colin Self, and Mykki Blanco; and a flirtatious duet with Sky Ferreira on the bubbly and up-tempo “Psy-chic.” Never one to let his punk ethos fly the browser window, Critcheloe donned a Peggy Noland ensemble covered in mall punk patches to hybridize Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” with The Misfits, culminating the medley with SSION’s fan favorite “Day Job”

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