Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler

Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler

Combining the dynamic spoken word of Lydia Lunch and the musical histrionics of Joseph Keckler, "Tales of Lust & Madness" brings two of New York’s most notorious performers together to create an intimate evening of provocative musical poetry.

Passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy, turning the sexual into political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, Lydia Lunch’s fierce energy and rapid-fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature.

Queen of No Wave, muse of The Cinema of Transgression, Lydia Lunch has released too many musical projects to tally. A rabid  collaborator with the likes of Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, Rowland S. Howard, Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten among others.


Her decades long career is the subject of a new feature length documentary “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over”

Joseph Keckler is a singular artist known for his stirring voice, vivid prose, and performances that “dance between comedy, commentary and communion” .

A singer, writer, composer and multimedia creator, he often zeroes in on moments from daily life and transforms them into absurd and affecting underworld voyages.


Hailed by The New York Times as a “major talent who shatters the conventional boundaries,” his performances have been featured by NPR’s Tiny Desk series, Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, among others.

His essays and stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Vice and elsewhere, and in 2018 his first collection, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published by Turtle Point Press. In 2019 he premiered two works, Train With No Midnight with Prototype and Let Me Die with Opera Philadelphia, and toured the U.S. as the national support act for rock band Sleater-Kinney.

Joseph Keckler is most definitely the light to Lydia Lunch’s shade.