Posted in music | pictures on September 2, 2011

photos by Diana Wong

Wye Oak at the U.S. Open
Wye Oak

Venus Williams fully expects to return to tennis despite being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and led to her shocking decision to withdraw from the U.S. Open.

"Absolutely, absolutely. The good news for me is now I know what is happening after years of not knowing. I feel like now I can move on," the seven-time grand slam winner told ABC's "Good Morning America" program on Thursday.

"I feel really positive about getting back on the court and at least being able to feel normal. I feel like now I can get better."

Williams withdrew from the year's final grand slam on Wednesday with Sjogren's Syndrome, a chronic disease where white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands and can cause dysfunction of organs and body systems. [Reuters]

Wye Oak somewhat akwardly provided live musical entertainment at the U.S. Open on Thursday (9/1). Playing out in the open as people walked back and forth to tennis matches, the occasional passerby would stop to take in some of the duo's undeniable tunes. To quote Diana, "At one point, there was a pair of older men, and they exclaimed incredulously, 'she's got a tattoo!' And there were some polite older ladies who told Andy in between songs, 'That was lovely! Have a nice day!'"

Bands like Miniature Tigers (9/2), Ava Luna (9/3), Great Lake Swimmers (9/4) and others will play the same spot in the coming days. More pictures from Thursday's event, below...

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Comments (23)

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Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:50 AM

The guy watching from the audience rubbing his chin is handsome. Wye Oak fans = Sexy

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:52 AM

was kinda hoping they would add a last minute show here or something

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:55 AM

Polos

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:06 AM

Thanks to the photos I just figured out why people like Wye Oak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:08 AM

people like Wye Oak cause they rule

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:12 AM

The way to get indie rock cred is by playing the tennis US Open.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 6:18 AM

Seems like a terribly awkward situation for Wye Oak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 9:11 AM

Playing music for people is terribly awkward? ... yeah maybe if you're looking through a very narrow lense I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 9:17 AM

if they want tatoos they should have booked the vivian girls

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 9:23 AM

great band... they are both unbelievable to watch. does look like sort of an awkward place to perform, though.

Posted by E | September 2, 2011 9:53 AM

doesn't seem awkward at all that Wye Oak is playing this gig. there music is as mainstream as it gets. let's not kid ourselves here. wye oak could be featured on tv commericals as easily as they could play your wedding. shit is boring and I'm glad they found their audience.

if they are worried about the "confusion" that might arise in playing these kinds of gigs, well, don't accept them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 10:31 AM

Lol! This seems pretty random!

Posted by My sunglasses are Ray-Ban | September 2, 2011 10:47 AM

The Wye Oak album, "Civilian" is one of this year's best releases. It will probably be overlooked in many top-50 lists, but people should really check out the album. Great stuff.

Posted by Dan | September 2, 2011 10:47 AM

They're great. This is definitely an odd place to play, but it doesn't seem contrived or anything. I'll take this over fucking Quiksilver Long Island festival, or whatever other horseshit corporate event everyone else plays.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:30 AM

Probably more distracting for the band than "awkward," since people would be walking here and there throughout their set.

Wye Oak is awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:34 AM

they should have booked tennis

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:45 AM

is this another one of those "couple" bands?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:05 PM

You guys are idiots. I was there, and it was definitely a little weird, but I dont see why they cant play to people in a setting like this. Who gives a fuck if the US Open cut them a nice check or whatever. They didnt compromise their artistic integrity or anything. They didnt make a song about how much the US Open kicks ass. They just played a gig.

It was a fine gig. Good for them!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:30 PM

11:45 that would be a a good "match"!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:43 PM

Sorry to rain on the fans of Wye Oak, but they are so mainstream that even senior citizens stand around and applaud.

Soon you'll all be married and living down the street from your parents, listening to Wye Oak and talking about how hip you still are to your kids.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:29 PM

love venus way more than wye oak. sad about venus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 11:47 AM

i love you jenn w.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 12:15 PM

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