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SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
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4Knots Fest 2015

The 4Knots Festival happened on Saturday (7/11), its first year on the Hudson and as a ticketed event. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day and, though things got off to a late start resulting in some slightly truncated sets, good vibes abounded. Pictures from the day are in this post.

For me the real draw were Super Furry Animals, playing their only North American show on this visit and first since 2009. With no new album to plug, apart from a reissue of their Welsh Language LP Mwng, it was a Greatest Hits show, both in song and in stage antics. Singer Gruff Rhys had the cue cards for the audience and an alien mask for opener "Slow Life," vegetables were chewed as percussion on "Receptacle for the Respectable" (Bok Choy making its debut as veggie of choice), and they finished with an epic rendition of the Steely Dan-sampling "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" which had them in their yeti costumes and crossing aloft guitars for the finish. Gruff also thanked both Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, as well as fans who traveled far for the show. Setlist and a few videos are below.

The Jicks' set had the biggest crowd of the day. They put on a fun show -- heavy on 2013's Wig Out at Jagbags -- and all seemed to be in a good mood. Twin Peaks and Screaming Females probably had had the wildest crowds. It was hard to tell how many people were there as Pier 84 is a big place and lots of folks were more than happy just to hang out back on the lawn and not get near the stage. Then there was this year's VIP boat (which you could buy tickets for this year), a big party cruise ship that many people never left either. One member of early performers Surfbort left the boat, though -- by jumping off it and into the questionable waters of the Hudson. Once he got out of the water, he was ejected from the festival. Though he tried to get back in wearing a variety of different outfits, and it apparently worked? Video of his high dive is below.

The day also included sets from Mikal Cronin, Heaters, Meatbodies (who played Baby's while in NYC too), and pictures of their sets are in this post. Due to a torn calf muscle (ouch!), our photographer missed Heaven and Happyness but she soldiered on -- and is now on the mend. Lots more pics from 4Knots below...

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photo: Mikal Cronin @ 4KNots Fest (via @Brooklynvegan)
Mikal Cronin @ 4Knots

Mikal Cronin just played NYC as part of Saturday's 4 Knots Fest, performing a late afternoon set and sounding pretty terrific. You can check out video of him playing single "Made Up My Mind," below. He's expanded his current tour and will be back in NYC at the end of summer, playing Brooklyn Bowl on September 19 with Calvin Love, and The Cairo Gang. That's the day before his Woodstock show with Ultimate Painting. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale soon.

We'll have more coverage of 4 Knots coming up. All Mikal Cronin tour dates are listed below...

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Village Voice 4 Knots Festival 2015

The Village Voice 4 Knots Festival is next Saturday (7/11) at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, with headliners Super Furry Animals and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Since our last post, the fest has added Heaven and Surfbort who will be the first two bands of the day. In between will also see performances from Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies and Heaters. 4Knots has also released its schedule/set times which you can check out below.

Tickets are still available, and they're offering a special where you can buy four general admission tickets for the price of three. There's also the $50 VIP option that gets you onto the VIP boat with complimentary snacks and three complimentary drinks (not a bad deal).

4Knots Fest schedule, below...

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4Knots Music Festival

The lineup for the 2015 4Knots Festival has expanded once again. In addition to headliners Super Furry Animals, we'll also now get another '90s indie great, Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks, providing direct support. Also added are the shredding NJ punk trio Screaming Females. Those additions join Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks and more.

This year's fest happens July 11 on Hudson River Park's Pier 84. Tickets are still available.

photo: Super Furry Animals in London earlier this month (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

The 2015 4Knots Festival just got a whole lot more exciting (and furry) as they've announced this year's headliner will be Welsh greats Super Furry Animals. This will be their first NYC show in six years. 4Knots happens this year at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on July 11 and the rest of the announced lineup includes Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Happyness, Meatbodies, Heaters with more bands to be announced. Tickets are on sale. Poster below.

This is currently Super Furry Animals' only announced North American show. All dates are listed below.

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The 2015 4Knots Festival, which is a ticketed show this year happening at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on July 11 this year, has announced the initial lineup, featuring Mikal Cronin (who played an album release show at Bowery Ballroom last night), Twin Peaks, Happyness, Meatbodies, and Heaters. More artists will be announced soon but tickets go on discounted presale today at 10 AM, getting you $5 off. Password is 4KNOTSEM. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 9 at 10 AM.


The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival will be back in 2015 but with a few changes. This year it happens on July 11 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 (where River Rocks was last year) and for the first time will be a ticketed event, with proceeds benefiting the Park. From the press release:

Having this years 4Knots Music Festival at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park ensures we can continue to deliver a great, live, innovative music festival to New York," says Village Voice publisher Josh Fromson. "This location will allow us to create a massive music experience for our fans, while the low ticket price will assist us in supporting the Friends of Hudson River Park. We look forward to seeing you all this Summer on the West Side
No word on this year's lineup but tickets ($25 general admission / $50 VIP) go on presale May 6.

photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
2014 4Knots Festival

Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4Knots Fest
2014 4Knots Festival
2014 4Knots Festival

Polaris Prize shortlist nominee Mac DeMarco (does he have a chance?) just played one of his biggest NYC shows to date at this past weekend's 4Knots Music Festival. We already published a full set of pics from the fest, and now we've got a second set (and video) from Mac's performance in this post.

His 4Knots appearances was just part of his nonstop 2014 tour which has him on the road around the world till basically the end of the year. Those fall dates include another NYC show, his biggest ticketed one yet: Terminal 5 on November 4. That show is also with Connan Mockasin, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard which could be a very wild night. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with more pics and video from Mac's 4Knots set, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
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NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

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Viet Cong @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival begins at 1PM today at South Street Seaport and the Village Voice just announced set times:

1:30 PM - RADKEY


A map of the stages, etc is below...

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Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Speedy Ortiz, who have an Adult Swim Single coming in July, announced a tour surrounding their many festival appearances this summer. One of those festivals is NYC's free 4Knots Festival happening on July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Those in the NYC-area wanting a fix of Speedy in a club setting, who don't feel like staying in town the weekend of 4Knots, or who would like to see Speedy play with Guided by Voices, should head up to Toad's Place in CT where they and GBV play two days earlier. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed below.

That show is also part of GBV's tour which recently hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom and returns to NYC the day after the Toad's Place show for an Irving Plaza show (7/11) with Crystal Stilts. It also hits Huntington, NY's Paramount on 8/22 and Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on 8/23, both with Boogarins. Tickets for those shows are still available.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Mac DeMarco @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
Mac DeMarco

The Village Voice has finalized the 2014 4Knots Festival lineup, adding Mac DeMarco to the lineup that already includes headliner Dinosaur Jr., plus Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. Also new to the bill: Bejiing indie rockers Re-TROS and Brooklyn's '90s-loving Dead Stars. The fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages.

There's also the 4Knots afterparty which happens at Webster Hall that night with Ab-Soul and "special guests." Mac DeMaco also plays Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 12 (RSVP is now closed) and can also catch Mac's other band, Walter TV, at next week's Northside Festival.

Poster below...

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Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul has been announced as the headliner for this year's 4Knots Music Festival which takes place after the fest ends at Webster Hall on July 12. 4Knots is free but the afterparty isn't and tickets for that go on pre-sale Wednesday (5/28) at noon (password: 4KNOTSPR). General on-sale begins June 3 at noon. The only other Ab-Soul date we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.

Ab-Soul plans to release his new album, These Days, at some point this year via Top Dawg Entertainment, and recently put out a new single from it, "Stigmata," which features Action Bronson and Asaad. You can check that out below.

Meanwhile, if you missed it, the 4Knots lineup includes Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.

Listen to "Stigmata" below...

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Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Dino Jr.

The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr.  They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.

Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).

In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.

The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin

As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.

The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.

4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Village Voice's free 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport on July 12 though the location will be slightly different. The old location, Pier 17 (home of The Seaport Music Festival) is being redeveloped so the main stage for the 2014 4Knots will happen one slot over at Pier 16 (right next to the Peking ship) and the second stage will be at the See / Change space at Fulton and Front (near where Sound Bites happened last year). There will also be an afterparty at Webster Hall that night. Line-ups and schedule are still TBA.

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
Kurt Vile and The Violators @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
White Lung @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
Fat Tony @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
The Babies @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013

"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.

Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."

On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.

It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...

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The free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival is today at the South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM. The festival organizers had been holding on to the set times until the last minute for this one, but finally announced them. Check them out below...

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by Andrew Sacher

4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.

Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.

The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.

Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).

If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).

All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.

Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...

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Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.

As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.

White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).

Flyers and some song streams below...

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Poet, philosopher and #basedgod Lil B
Lil B

According to the Urban Dictionary, a #basedgod is...

A Based God is an individual that possesses maximum swagger, a mansion, sports cars, wonton soup and the inherent ability to fuck your bitch. Moreover, you will actually beg him to fuck your bitch simply because he is Based God. All these conditions must be met for an individual to be a Based God, though it is possible to have some and not all of these. Lil B will fuck your bitch, with or without your consent (which you will always give anyway).
Save the date, June 29. That night, all of New York will have to fulfill on the the promise of "you can can fuck my bitch" when the #based god Lil B comes to NYC as part of a 4Knots after-party. Look for Brooklyn's Wonton soup supply to run dry, its women to disappear, and for Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) to become swag to the maximum, tickets are on sale today (5/1) at noon. More acts to be announced.

Head below for some of Lil B's videos and his limited tour dates, which also include a stop at Pitchfork 2013. #ohmygodbasedgod #thankyoubasedgod

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White Lung @ Bowery Ballroom last weekend (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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As mentioned a few times, the Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down on June 29 at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport with headliner Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts and Marnie Stern. The fest just announced five more acts: Reigning Sound, White Lung (who just played with Parquet Courts at Bowery), The Babies, Fat Tony and Heliotropes. With two stages to fill, there's still more acts to be announced.

Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright will get to know the Pier 17 stage pretty well by summer's end, as his other band, Oblivians, will play there for the Seaport Music Festival on June 7, which is also free. As mentioned, Reigning Sound recently signed to Merge Records who will release that band's new album at some point this year.

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Kurt Vile at Coachella, 4/14/2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kurt Vile

We already knew that The Men would be playing this year's 4 Knots Music Festival, but the Village Voice have just announced a few more acts: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. With two stages and seven hours for each, there are lots more bands still be be announced. Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down June 29 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages. Flyer is below.

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The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
The Men

We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.

The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.

Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.

All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...

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