Posted in music | pictures on July 13, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Dan Deacon rockin Pier 84...this ain't no Bon Iver!" - BonIverBlows

Dan Deacon's dance-off pit
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The Hudson River Rocks series began last night (7/12) on Pier 84 with sets from Dan Deacon, John Maus, and Roomrunner. The new location is a lot nicer than Pier 54, where River Rocks was held in previous years. Where Pier 54 is pretty much just a straight line of pavement, at Pier 84 you're standing on outdoor tiles, the pier is broken up by some evergreen trees towards the back, and they create shade over stone wall-lined grassy area where you can sit between bands.

Roomrunner opened the show, unfortunately with a bit of technical problems hindering their set. Up next was John Maus, crazy as usual, taking over the stage with just a microphone as his beats played through the PA and he screamed without his mic, punched himself in the head, and gradually spilled more and more water over himself throughout the show. Dan Deacon closed out the show, also crazy as usual, with all of his regular antics like forming a giant pit in the middle of the crowd for a dance-off. If you made it out to the free show, what did you think?

River Rocks continues with two more free shows on Pier 84 this summer. On July 26 it's Oberhofer and The Soft Pack, and on August 9 it's Grimes (who has four not-free sold out NYC shows coming up), Wild Nothing, and DIIV (who played two NYC shows last night).

More pictures from last night's show at Pier 84 are below...

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Comments (24)

looks like it stinks of feet there. blech.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:09 AM

dan's free show in red hook a couple of years back was fucking great! i'm guessing this was of similar magnitude. hopefully less dust & cops.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:14 AM

You stink of feet. Dan Deacon put on an incredibly fun show as usual, and what an incredible venue. Excited for more River Rocks shows!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:19 AM

^The Red Hook show was absolutely fantastic. Yesterday was good but no where near as good as that show. The venue is better than the previous pier. Better sightlines, crowd flow. However, the leaving the area for the bathroom thing is lame. What are they going to do when the Grimes show attracts a huge crowd? If it's at capacity, how will people be let back in? John Maus' press play on a recording backing is so crappy. With a band, he could be a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:26 AM

Bummed I missed Roomrunner. I saw them at Death By Audio a few months ago. LOUD!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:28 AM

john maus always looks like hes passing a stone. kind of off putting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:33 AM

How long can John Maus pass as music? Especially live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:45 AM

i was at redhook and i was there last night, last night fockkin ruled so hard.... cool place to see music but security was a liltight, esp when a bouncer first kicked out two older gents for puffin the gange, and then the same bouncer tried to hang in the middle of the crowd to stop dancing and failed, thank gord

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 10:58 AM

#endfeetcore. jesus. yuck.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/johnmaus/pier84/12.jpg

sausage city. whats he got, 5"? hell yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:02 AM

john maus makes some of the most original pop music these days and his live shows are like performance art. i find it exciting/inspiring.
*this is not john maus or someone who wants to suck his dick

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:21 AM

john maus is an insufferable retard.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:23 AM

john maus is a hack. dan deacon's 15 minutes are up. next!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:23 AM

Can someone get Dan Deacon a lapband?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:30 AM

what a horrible place to be: dan deacon and john maus in one space.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:34 AM

nuke it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:36 AM

we're all living here in this moment reading this article together...isn't that great?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 11:37 AM

I just came for the Maus. This has two meanings.

Posted by toast | July 13, 2012 12:17 PM

I came for the hummus. It was tasty.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 12:48 PM

was AsiaDog there last night like last year at Pier 54?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 1:25 PM

John The Tard Hummaus ate all my pita chips!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2012 4:36 PM

such a show outdoors should be very good, I would have participated

Posted by Manutenção Automotiva | April 17, 2013 12:54 PM

looks like amazing fun.

Posted by jordon | July 26, 2013 8:10 PM

truly remarkable for fans.

Posted by vue 8 | October 25, 2013 11:58 AM

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