A memorial for the slain members of the Yellow Dogs has been set up for Monday, November 18th. Brooklyn Vegan reports that the "Special Memorial Evening/Fundraiser" will be held at Brooklyn Bowl and will feature performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, the Clean's Hamish Kilgour and more. There will also be DJ sets from Interpol's Paul Banks, Jonathan Toubin, and Vito & Druzzi from the Rapture.
The Brooklyn indie music community was shocked on Monday to learn of the brutal early-morning shooting that took the lives of two members of the dance-punk group, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 2011. Another Iranian musician, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Raffi, reportedly used a semi-automatic rifle to gun down guitarist Soroush Farazmand and his brother Arash, the band's drummer, along with their friend Ali Eskandarian. Raffi then fatally shot himself in the head on the roof of the East Williamsburg building where the band lived.
"We were closer than brothers," the Yellow Dogs' lead singer, Siavash Karampour, recently told Rolling Stone of his departed bandmates. "I wish all this attention was just for a new release of an album. It took us three bodies to become famous."
Tickets for the memorial will go on sale at noon on Saturday, November 16th. All proceeds from the door, with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $30, will go to the families of those killed in the shooting, the hospital bills for Sasan Sadeghpourosko, who was wounded in the incident, and the two surviving members of the Yellow Dogs.