Neuron Culture

The Amygdaloids at the 92d Y, 4/3/08. Music starts at about 3m. LeDoux’s the guitarist who is NOT singing. (Maybe it scares him?)

A few months back I gave a heads-up that NYU neuroscientist Joe LeDoux and his band, t the Amygdaloids, were playing in NYC. Well, the virus has spread! At Rock-It Science, March 3 in NYC, LeDoux and his band, the Amygdaloids (LeDoux pretty much owns the amygdala via his work on fear mechanisms) are to be joined on March 3 in NYC by other musical scientists-would-be-rock-stars, science bands, and science writers such as Pardis Sabetti (Harvard), David Soldier (Columbia), Dan Levitin (McGill), and NY Times environmental/science writer Andrew Revkin, who apparently somehow snuck in disguised as a scientist. (I’ve heard Revkin play guitar and sing, though, and know he won’t have to fake that.)

Go figure: They’re being joined by musicians such as Rufus Wainwright, Lenny Kaye (guitarists, Patti Smith Band), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), The Kennedys, Steve Wynn, Gary Lucas, Peter Holsapple, and more.

It’s Rock-It Scinece- a festival featuring scientists who play music and guests artists.
Tuesday March 3, Highline Ballroom, NYC, doors open 6pm.

I REALLY WISH I could get down for this. If you’re in or near NYC, get there and git down.

I feel confident LeDoux will tell some fear mechanism jokes. LeDoux is a most amiable man and an incredibly accomplished scientist whom I profiled a while back.

What will they think of next?


  1. #1 Andy Revkin
    February 20, 2009

    Sad to say that, for work reasons, I’ve had to drop out of the lineup! Totally bummed! But the journalist’s life has gotten in the way of the musician’s life in this case. Somebody needs to turn down the flow of news!

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