Posted in To Do | music on July 18, 2009

Siren Fest 2008 @ Coney Island (more by Bao Nguyen)
Siren Fest

tonight in NYC
* Paul McCartney @ Citi Field
* Gary Lucas @ The Living Room
* Siren Festival @ Coney Island
* Ween @ Stone Pony Summerstage (NJ)
* Vans Warped Tour @ Nassau Coliseum
* Cheveu, Xeno & Oaklander & more @ PS1
* Semi Precious Weapons @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Dance Live w/ Nation Beat @ Roosevelt Island
* Narwhalz of Sound, Romo Roto, more @ Shea Stadium
* Lymbyc System, The Cush, Wires Under Tension @ Union Hall
* New York Philharmonic @ Staten Island Center for the Arts
* the Nelson Mandela concert w/ Stevie Wonder @ Radio City
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ New Swing Sextet @ Lincoln Center
* Dysrhythmia, The Phantom Family Halo, La Otracina @ Union Pool
* The Very Best, Dragons of Zynth, Que Bajo?! @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Pete And J, Greg Laswell, Elizabeth & The Catapult @ Bowery Ballroom
* Silk Flowers, Cold Cave, City Center, Further Reductions @ Cake Shop
* The Datsuns, Turbo Fruits, Blood Street, True Lovers @ Mercury Lounge
* Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon, Benji B @ Central Park Summerstage
* Uzuhi, The Press, Peelander Z, The Baby Shakes, Banzai @ Santos Party House
* Mark Eitzel performs American Music Club, Bird of Youth @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Francis and the Lights, Acrylics, Gordon Voidwell @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Oxford Collapse, CaUSE co-MOTION!, The Beets, Rape Excape @ Collective Hardware
* Celebrate Brooklyn African Festival w/ King Sunny Ade @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* So So Glos, Abe Vigoda, Future Islands, Beach Fossils, Talbot Tagora @ Market Hotel
* Nellie McKay, Jesus H Christ & The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Life in a Blender @ 92YTribeca

Free music includes New York Philharmonic at Staten Island Center for the Arts,Dance Live with Nation Beat on Roosevelt Island, Celebrate Brooklyn African Festival with King Sunny Ade at Prospect Park Bandshell, and Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon and Benji B at Central Park Summerstage.

Siren Fest is today and free as well. Built to Spill and Spank Rock headline. Full lineup and set times.

PS1's lineup includes Cheveu.

The Very Best and Dragons of Zynth play (Le) Poisson Rouge. We wouldn't be surprised of Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend showed up to sing a song or two.

Paul McCartney plays Citi Field again. (Why not take a boat.) Pictures from Night One, HERE.

Oxford Collapse play their final show ever with CaUSE co-MOTION!, The Beets and [The Great] Excape at Collective Hardware.

Silk Flowers, Cold Cave, City Center and Further Reductions perform at the Cake Shop

Weird Al Yankovic sings "Don't Download This Song" (Weird Al also says don't embed this video...).

While Monotonix play Siren, their tourmates in Turbo Fruits perform at the Mercuy Lounge with The Datsuns, Blood Street and True Lovers.

Ween play the Stone Pony Summerstage in New Jersey.

For tonight's Abe Vigoda show, the updated lineup consists of Future Islands, Beach Fossils, Talbot Tagora and The So So Glos. And it's been moved to the Market Hotel.

Nellie McKay, currently writing a musical based on Election, plays 92YTribeca.

Tonight's Mandela concert @ Radio City Music Hall was originally scheduled for MSG. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Gaynor, Will.I.Am, Dave Stewart, Angelique Kidjo, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, and Baaba Maal.

Lee Scratch Perry plays Central Park Summerstage on Sunday.

See Peelander Z at Santos Party House... where Rorschach will be playing.

Mark Eitzel performs his American Music Club material at(Le) Poisson Rouge - one of a few NYC shows he has scheduled.

The official Siren Fest afterparty is at MHOW and features Francis and the Lights, Acrylics and Gordon Voidwell.

"On Saturday, July 18, from 11am - 4pm, The Drawing Center and the River To River Festival will present The Big Draw, the fourth annual day-long celebration of drawing inspired by the wildly popular United Kingdom program of the same name. Bringing together artists and the local community, The Big Draw is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to join in hands-on artist-led projects that are guaranteed to change the way they think about drawing. Audiences will be encouraged to pick up a free sketchbook and express their creativity through inventive, site-specific projects at three Lower Manhattan venues. MORE INFO"

Stream the Pitchfork Fest.

Walter Cronkite, RIP

Lovvers played Cake Shop the other night. Video from that show below...

What else?



Tags: Lovvers

Comments (40)


make note of the subway changes this weekend!

for example: F trains run on the C line to euclid ave in brooklyn. transfer to the G at hoyt-schermerhorn and ride that thang all the way out.
yep, w'burgers and g'pointers - y'all get to ride the G all the way, in full-length trains, no less.

also: Q & N lines run local through lower manhattan and downtown brooklyn, making your trip longer with less scenery (no bridge), so bring a cocktail or 3.

and: D trains run on the N in brooklyn, so y'all will get out there just fine.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 12:55 PM

motherfuckin WEEN tonight and built to spill tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 1:14 PM

Nellie McKay + Jesus H Christ & The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in tribeca at 92Y!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 1:23 PM

the cush at union hall, full on stoner western psychedelia..inner space caverns...

Posted by willie | July 18, 2009 1:29 PM

plus pick up a copy of the "To Hell with Hipsters" comic.

Posted by Joe Shit the Rag Picker | July 18, 2009 1:30 PM

damnit i thought aku from the dragons of zynth got killed by a bus because he was too busy looking at his ugly ass in a sto window

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 2:14 PM

any idea about Q-Tip's hours?
"From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM"
does that mean 6?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 3:38 PM

I saw three bands and had to go home.

Anyone notice how much police were there babysitting you hipsters at Sirenfest?It was kind of funny.A rap concert doesnt get as much police presence as for a few thousand hipster lovebirds and buds yacking to live music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 3:58 PM

price/tickets and hours for dysrhythmia anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 4:18 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 4:22 PM

the bachelorettes
evil cowards
gigantic hand

tonight at southpaw

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 4:51 PM

Grand Duchy and Frightened Rabbit just tore it up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 7:22 PM

Micachu & The Shapes were awesome (though the drummer's out-of-puberty singing inspired imitations by the crowd lol).

Celeb sighting:Matt Pinfield.Dude was with three babes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 8:03 PM

Drunken Barn Dance (Scott Sellwood of Saturday Looks Good to Me, Skiptrace, David Dondero's band) at The 50/50, 9 PM!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 8:13 PM

@Anon8:03 - Regardless of the eye candy, I'm not sure Matt Pinfield qualifies as "Celeb sighting" material.

Posted by blackhat | July 18, 2009 8:37 PM

Vacations first show tonight at Pete's Candy Store (set at 11pm):
Members of Human Television, The Mercury Program, Flaming Fire and Arch Baddies

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 9:00 PM

Mercury Program is still around? Haven't heard anything about them in years... I used to dig them a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 10:40 PM

How very considerate of Sir Paul to schedule one of his concerts on the same night as (i.e., compete with) the Mandela tribute concert.

Posted by DON'T Pay For White Teeth | July 18, 2009 11:17 PM

I believe that one band is named Jesus H. Christ and the Four HORNSMEN of the Apocalypse. Gotta love their one hit (if it can be called that), "Connecticut's for Fucking."

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 11:19 PM

siren was okay this year.

best bands:

built to spill (duh, could've used a better set list though)
raveonettes (pretty good performance)
thee oh sees (great all around! love dwyer's stage presence, guitar licking antics)
monotonix (lived up to the insanity. my god.)
michachu (a nice set. the girl in her band is beautiful. wow)
worst band:

japandroids (fucking terrible. not only are their lyrics and music vapid, they just don't even sound very good. singing and playing)


frightened rabbit (poor man's twilight sad?)
future of the left (screaming is reminiscent of linkin park at times)

nicest surprise:

a place to bury strangers (i HATED this band, and watching them play tonight actually was a pleasant surprise. some good songs, great guitar destroying).

didn't see spank rock (thankfully).

grand duchy was okay. if it wasnt frank black, wouldnt have cared though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 11:23 PM

japandroids were great. easily the best performance of the day. michachu sounded like shit as much as i wanted to like them. future of the left, also annoying. monotonix was fun but can barely play their own simple songs live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 11:40 PM

spank rock is playing on the williamsburg bridge in 10 minutes (12am). this is not a joke. GO. NOW.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 11:55 PM

japandroids are the fucking flagship band for boring, stupid "indie rock". do lyrics like "no more allegiance to the queen" and stupid shit about girls "I Quit Girls" in particular, do it for you? how about their disgustingly out of tune and whiney vocals? or their comments about "rocking out" and other dumb shit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 12:21 AM

holy shit drunk all day...Built to Spill were great!!! Wish I could go to Maxwell's tmrw :'(

Posted by Pedro | July 19, 2009 1:28 AM

Your heart is as cold as ice girl
And i should know
I've been to the north pole

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 2:08 AM

siren was killer once again

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 6:20 AM

Built to Spill setlist anyone? Was gonna go but decided the long train ride for one band wasn't worth it, even if it is one of my favs. Would love it if anyone has setlist so I can see how much to beat myself up for not just sucking it up and going!! :)

Posted by brian Roach | July 19, 2009 7:56 AM

the spam is getting out of control...

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 10:35 AM

Tortoise played an in-store at Other Music. It was great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 11:40 AM

Bear Hands playing Jay-Z's Death of Autotune while Das Racist came out and did "Combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell" was pretty fucking hilarious.

Good sets by them, Micachu, Japandroids (whose sound was about 10000% better @ Pianos, but were still good) and Frightened Rabbit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 11:41 AM

looks like a pretty kickass BTS setlist. "Strange", "You Were Wrong", "Carry the Zero", "Distopian Dream Girl". I hope tonight is that good!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 1:34 PM

holy shit that setlist is amazing. cannot believe i missed it

Posted by joe | July 19, 2009 1:51 PM

"Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" is a great song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 1:57 PM


nough said.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 2:07 PM

Am I the only one who thought BTS was a little disappointing? Lots of technical issues and Doug's voice seemed a little cracked. I've seen them over 10 times and thing they're one of my favorite bands, but last night they seemed a little off. I'm not complaining at all - slightly-off BTS is better than most (especially when it's free)- but I was left kind of wanting. Doug's unabomber look was pretty funny.

Posted by jim | July 19, 2009 3:59 PM

Its hard to say anything good on this board without it sounding sarcastic but siren fest was off the chain. Such an amazing venue, great sound, and great linup once again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 10:35 PM

future of the left? how is this band ignored on this thread?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:19 AM

Wilco was AMAZING at Dutchess Stadium. Perfect night. Everyone was in a good mood. They played a killer setlist. No guests or anything... just a straight up awesome Wilco show.

Here's the setlist:

Wilco (The Song)
I’m Always in Love
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Shot in the Arm
Bull Black Nova
You Are My Face
One Wing
Side With The Seeds
War on War
Deeper Down
Impossible Germany
Far Far Away
Too Far Apart
Handshake Drugs
Can’t Stand It
Jesus Etc.
Sonny Feeling
Hate it Here
I’m the Man Who Loves You
Poor Places
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
The Late Greats
You Never Know
Heavy Metal Drummer
Hoodoo Voodoo
I’m A Wheel

Posted by wembley | July 20, 2009 9:20 AM

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