Posted in music | pictures on July 19, 2011

photos by Chris La Putt & Amanda Hatfield

"Patrick from Titus Andronicus just jumped into the crowd!
They are so good live." - Nikki S

"Eleanor Friedberger's solo stuff = awesome!
She's owning the 4Knots stage right now." - Anna Hyclak

"Oberhofer are clearly having a blast at #4knots ...
Fun day so far, especially when cloudy." - Bill

"Davilla 666 delivering good Stooges-punk buzz.
Crowd surfing spotted #4knots" - Jason Gross

"I don't know who Davila 666 are,
but they're burning it down at #4Knots." - Brendan HIlliard

Oberhofer

The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival took place at South Street Seaport for most of the afternoon and early evening on Saturday (7/16).

Bands played on the usual Seaport outdoor stage while DJs were around the corner inside on Front Street (Dan Deacon and Yeasayer included). The festival was headlined by The Black Angels and Titus Andronicus and also included sets by Davilla 666 (pics HERE), Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), and Mr. Dream (but not Obits). 4Knots acted as the replacement for Siren Fest, which sadly is no longer happening in Coney Island. 4Knots' lineup wasn't quite as impressive as past Siren lineups which were spread over two much bigger stages, but the festival still left a pretty solid impact on the downtown Manhattan crowd.

Eleanor Friedberger (by Chris)
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4Knots was Eleanor's first show since releasing her solo debut Last Summer on Merge last week. According to New Beats:

"Aside from carrying a sound that kind of reminds one of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, some of the songs also possess a groove feel, particularly the mid-tempo "Glitter Gold Year." In addition to performing a majority of Last Summer's songs, Friedberger also threw in a few Fiery Furnaces tunes, including "Lost At Sea" and the punkish, power pop "Tropical Iceland.""
Catch Eleanor in NYC again when she opens for Deerhunter at Webster Hall.

The crowd was the biggest that Brooklyn's own Oberhofer has ever played to, according to Brad Oberhofer, and they seemed to make a bit of buzz while they were there.

"Oberhofer, yes. I'd forgotten how soft-loud-soft prog meets math they are, but so precise and vicious, and in the best way. Singer Brad Oberhofer, (once a lowly intern at Matador), is the amazing piece of gut-instinctual-movement-punk behind said band. While tuning, he mentions, "I'm not used to this, I'm used to luxury cars," and during the set, "This song is dedicated to my grandmother, and all your grandmothers and grandfathers too."

He says the right things to a crowd, and he and the whole band plays right along, and thus, it's a captivating show. Just listen to "Away From You" or "I Can Go", or any other track and you'll be transfixed." [Sentimentalist]

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Titus Andronicus (by Amanda)
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Titus Andronicus went on before The Black Angels, though according to the Village Voice, the upbeat punk crowd were possibly anticipating Titus even more.

"This was a Titus crowd, but how could it not be? The pier we stood on stands less than an hour's drive from the town of Mahwah, where frontman Patrick Sickles sings of spending his senior year on "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future." And if that wasn't enough, Sickles recalled a few Siren Fest memories between songs. I'm sure a few super-loyal fans were even using the show as an opportunity to even out the sunburn that coated the left side of their bodies as they screamed along to the free show the band played at the Williamsburg Waterfront on the other side of the East River a few weeks ago."
Black Angels pics HERE. More pictures and videos from the rest of the fest below...

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Black Angels pics HERE.

Titus Andronicus at 4Knots

Oberhofer - "Away FRM U"

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Comments (41)

Eleanor Friedberger's outfit does not work

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:50 PM

yea, but she's awesome so it doesnt matter.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:54 PM

Does not compare to when Future of the Left played Siren 2 years ago...

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:56 PM

LOL! Oberhofer Not a good band name or band. Davila 666 stole the show. Titus Andronicus was boring. Black Angels were solid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:59 PM

Awesome show. Love these pics

Posted by Baby Mattress | July 19, 2011 3:00 PM

baby mattress ftw.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:01 PM

Eleanor is wonderfully unique. She needs to headline mercury or something.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:03 PM

Does not compare when GBV and MOAM? played the first Siren.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:04 PM

Had a great time @ 4Knots even though I felt like I was morning the loss of Siren all day. Will be interesting to see how or if they will expand in that space.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:07 PM

Man, it is tedious looking through all these photos but I just can't bear to not know how many pictures I am prominently featured in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:10 PM

Deadboy and the Elephantmen at the Siren Festival was speacial

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:11 PM

Eleanor looks like a female version of Adam Green.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:20 PM

When did Titus Andronicus play a free show at Williamsburg Waterfront a few weeks ago?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:28 PM

That Titus video makes me feel sorry I missed out. They are always so great live, but I would like to hear some new material!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:33 PM

^^ Titus played one new song. Rocked hard (as you might expect) and as tight as can be (are you listening Animal Collective?)

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:36 PM

i try to be respectful of others' opinions...so I'll just say that anyone who says that Davila 666 "stole the show" and "Titus was boring" is just in a totally different musical universe than me!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:40 PM

is that a circle pit during davila 666? lol looks like everybody is having a blast! i hope mission of burma in a few weeks gets that crazy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:44 PM

Bring back Siren, dumbshits.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:45 PM

Eleanor Friedberger is opening for Wild Flag on tour this Fall.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:48 PM

^ Is this true? Whatever happened to that Wild Flag tour? It was on Bowery's website for a while then disappeared.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:05 PM

siren got too big. in a couple of years 4knots will be as big as siren and they will have to kill 4knots and start something new.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:10 PM

siren never got too big. when was it ever TOO crowded? It was always a blast, unless you couldn't take the heat.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:16 PM

4:05- tour still on; had to pull advertising NYC area shows until after their show w/ Sonic Youth in Brooklyn in August. cool news about Eleanor opening-now that is a double bill!!

Posted by donn | July 19, 2011 4:20 PM

Weird that people feel compelled to rip on her looks when she looks very good for a woman who is already in her early thirties.

Posted by Mitchfork | July 19, 2011 4:28 PM

all in all a great time regardless of the negative comments.. more power to village voice

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:41 PM

I never thought Siren was too big. Never paid a dime for beer there because it was too easy to bring your own, and you could get as close to the stage as you wanted to because hipsters are pussies that you can move out of your way with a hateful glare or a pinky shove.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:56 PM

3:28 I was wondering the same thing, I don't think they played a free waterfront show recently.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 5:19 PM

i don't think Titus have ever played the Waterfront.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 6:51 PM

I couldn't be bothered to spend my time at the fucking MALL to hear music. The Voice straight up abandoned Coney Island for this piece of shit? Fuck off. Hope you enjoyed your bullshit, apparently under-attended "festival."

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 7:32 PM

Last summer I was fairly new to NYC and went to Siren not knowing what to expect. The day ended up being one of the best days of my life - good music, awesome environment and cold beers. Siren definitely was not entirely about the music, it was about being on Coney Island in the sun in the middle of the summer with your friends. It all came together right.

South Street Seaport just doesn't have that vibe. The lineup for 4knots seemed forced, the environment is a tourist haven and the crowd was pretty lacking.

Thumbs down for this one.

Bring back Siren please!

Posted by Miss Siren | July 19, 2011 11:44 PM

I'd gladly take some measure of a tourist element over the scuzzy New York City trash which is typically at Coney for reasons other than the festival, but I agree that the Seaport is no substitute for the interestingly seedy physical location of Siren.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:09 AM

thanks eleanor. the hipster chain gang look is trending.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 6:56 AM

when i think of siren i think of misery. like having a throbbing headache and the sun is beating down on you. no thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:11 AM

I'm writing my thesis on the social-cultural pathology of brooklynvegan commenters calling each other hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:26 PM

where's the video of that dude freaking out and writing on the ground?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 2:11 PM

Check out my interview with Amy Klein, of Titus Andronicus, on my online zine, Grrrl Beat!

http://grrrlbeat.com/2011/07/23/a-conversation-with-amy-klein/

Posted by Sophie Rae | July 23, 2011 10:05 PM

is that a circle pit during davila 666? lol looks like everybody is having a blast! i hope mission of burma in a few weeks gets that crazy!

Posted by forums | August 16, 2011 12:10 PM

is that a circle pit during davila 666? lol looks like everybody is having a blast! i hope mission of burma in a few weeks gets that crazy!

Posted by s7aybfr7 | December 12, 2011 4:43 AM

is that a circle pit during davila 666? lol looks like everybody is having a blast! i hope mission of burma in a few weeks gets that crazy!

Posted by chat | January 1, 2012 11:33 AM

is that a circle pit during davila 666? lol looks like everybody is having a blast! i hope mission of burma in a few weeks gets that crazy!

Posted by forums | May 23, 2012 12:02 AM

I'm writing my thesis on the social-cultural pathology of brooklynvegan commenters calling each other hipsters

Posted by StarlitoElliott | January 10, 2013 5:54 PM

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