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4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
4Knots

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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4Knots

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)
4Knots
4Knots

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)
Hunters

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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The Village Voice's 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport for a third year, a little earlier though, happening June 29 from 1 - 8 PM. We're happy to hear it, in no small part because the area was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy. Says the Voice:

We view this year's festival as an opportunity to help bolster hope and help a community that was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy," said Josh Fromson, publisher of The Village Voice. "The 4Knots Music Festival is excited to bring back a free, all day music showcase to this historic New York City landmark.
No word on who is playing it this year, but the Voice promises there will be an announcement soon. The Seaport Music Festival will be back too, with the first announced show being Unkown Mortal Orchestra on June 28, the day before 4Knots. We're gonna guess this is a warm-up show, much like Eleanor Friedberger last year.

There will also be an official 4Knots after-party, happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg immediately after the fest ends. No word on who's playing that either.

photos by Chris La Putt

Swimmers for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
Chris' Top 12 Photos of 2012

Longtime BV contributor Chris La Putt weighed in on his favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following, unnumbered list. La Putt joins the list of BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya , Caroline Harrison, and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all weighed in on their favorite photos of 2012.

La Putt's year in pictures and favorite songs of 2012 is below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt

Kid Congo Powers

The 4Knots Music Festival went down on Saturday with sets by lots of bands at the South Street Seaport which literally caught on fire. It ended with a controverisal afterparty which started with a set by Kid Congo Powers. Those pictures are in this post. More below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Archers of Loaf
Crocodiles
Crocodiles

Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.

Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.

Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.

After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).

Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.

I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."

Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.

More pictures from 4Knots are below...

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Beekman Beer Garden Saturday night (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Lips

The Village Voice just issued this statement:

"The Village Voice is aware of the complaints about the aggressive nature of the security guards/bouncers at the 4Knots Music Festival After-Party and is taking them very seriously. These security guards/bouncers were not 4Knots employees, nor were they contracted through The Village Voice or 4Knots Music Festival. They work independently for the Beekman Beer Garden. Due to their actions with our audience, we will not be working with them again in the future. We apologize to anyone who was affected that evening."
Previously: things got wild at Beekman Black Lips show, fans roughed up by security (pics & video)

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt

"Security couldn't handle this shit! Black Lips fuckin killed it!!!" - Kyle Cameron

"Black Lips was fun. We tore down the barrier and security started fist fighting people. I'm soaked through." - Steve Lombardi

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The Black Lips, who are known for their raucous live show, brought their usual antics to the 4Knots afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport on Saturday night (7/14), but things got a little out of hand this time. The barricade was (not surprisingly) quickly ripped down by fans who broke into a sweaty pushing, moshing frenzy for the uncontrollable garage rockers. However, at this particular Black Lips show, the security guards were not having it. They began to rough up audience members who were getting crazy and allegedly ended up injuring some concertgoers. One of those claiming to be hurt emailed us and said, "getting dragged out in a choke hold is not my idea of a good time". He also sent us this picture he claims are "a few wounds inflicted by security"....

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As shown in a video from the show which you can watch below, before going into "Modern Art," the band took to their mics to tell security to "calm the fuck down" and said, "You don't have to beat up anybody, it's just a rock and roll concert." A "Fuck that shit!" chant was also started and continued through the start of the song. The Village Voice, who presented the 4Knots festival and the Black Lips afterparty that this all went down at, point out that guitarist Cole Alexander, who had encouraged the crowd to "tear down that barrier" tried to help the fans who were getting hit, but he was shoved back on stage.

Many fans who were at the show took to twitter to talk about their experiences. @aewsome posted multiple tweets, saying, "Security has totally lost control of this Black Lips show. Arbitrarily roughing up people for no reason. Completely fucked up," and "Kids acting no different than any Black Lips show I've seen. This was seriously [some] of the roughest security I've seen."

UPDATE: The Village Voices issued a statement shortly after we posted this article.

As previously mentioned, earlier in the day there was also a fire at South Street Seaport while the actual 4Knots Music Festival was going on. You definitely can't say this year's fest (which Archers of Loaf headlined, but more about that in a bit), wasn't eventful.

The Black Lips video and more pictures, though they were mostly taken before things really got out of control, from the ruckus at Beekman Beer Garden, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Fire on the Pier

As you may have heard, there was a big fire at the Pier 17 mall at South Street Seaport during the 4Knots Festival which broke out around 4PM, right in the middle of Hospitality's set. I was in the crowd watching the band and left about 3/4 of the way through to meet some friends on the VIP/press boat The Peking which is docked on the other side of the stage. Walking up the gangplank, I noticed everyone on the boat seemed to be gathered on the side, looking over at the Skipper's stage. My initial thought was "wow, Delicate Steve (who was playing or about to play) is more popular than I thought" but then I saw the smoke, which was emanating from the lower outside deck on the Southeast corner of the mall.

Then there were flames, and the smoke turned black. The flames got bigger. Hospitality were still playing, and didn't know anything was going on until someone came up and stopped them. Though you could hear the sirens wailing, the Shark boat was first on the scene using its hose to try and douse the flames which were now reaching the second floor deck. I thought for sure 4Knots would be canceled at this point. Then the FDNY boats arrived (it was a three alarm fire), and had most of the flames out quickly, except for the vending machine (a 'dippin dots' type ice cream thing) which would not go out and seemed to all of us watching to be the cause of the fire.

After about a half hour, things cooled down, and though that vending machine was still smoking (it took almost two hours to get it all out) the music resumed. Actually, Delicate Steve started playing what seemed to be improv jams to soundtrack the action which was under control at that point. Turns out it was an electrical fire:

Fire officials say the blaze that engulfed part of a building in New York City's South Street Seaport was caused by faulty electrical wiring.

Fire marshals also were looking Sunday into whether there was any structural damage from Saturday's blaze in the tourist-friendly historic neighborhood.

The fire started under Pier 17 on the East River. It covered about 100 square feet. Big plumes of black smoke wafted over the Manhattan skyline.

Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said the blaze "could have been a disaster." The pier was teeming with hundreds of visitors. But no one was hurt, and firefighters doused the flames in less than two hours. [AP]

Miraculously, no one was hurt, no stores or restaurants were damaged and the pier was reopened to the public later that night. But it certainly made for a surreal day and an outdoor NYC concert those in attendance won't forget.

Needless to say, the fire was extremely well documented, as dozens of photographers were there for the fest and of course hundreds more were there with their smart phones out. More of our photos and some videos are below.

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Archers of Loaf at Webster Hall (more by Chris Gersbeck)

today in NYC
* Lovelife @ Glasslands
Furthur @ MCU Park
* Blood Trio @ The Stone
* Tycho, Onuinu @ Webster Hall
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Paperdoll, Mancie @ Mercury Lounge
* Ilusha Tsinadze's Deda Ena @ Joe's Pub
* Drop the Lime, Night People @ Le Bain
* 4Knots Festival @ South Street Seaport
* Sightings, Smoota, Lone Wolf @ Union Pool
* Thurston Moore, Loren Connors @ The Stone
* Nass Gnawa, Lagos Disco Inferno @ Zebulon
* Mmoss, Woodsman, Ami Dang @ Death By Audio
* 'Saturday Night Fever' w/ Tragedy @ Prospect Park
* Tacocat, Slutever, Hilly Eye @ Shea Stadium
* Bushwick Walkabout @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Browns, Riverwild, The Dead Roses @ Union Pool
* Slava, Alan Watts, Y.O.U., Comadrone @ Big Snow
* Sunglasses, Tony Castles, Lingerie @ Glasslands
* Cam'ron, Flatbush Zombies, Asaad & Reese @ The Well
* Bhi Bhiman, Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes @ Joe's Pub
* Zulus, EULA, Ferocious Fucking Teeth @ Free Candy
* La Coka Nostra, Jedi Mind Tricks @ Gramercy Theatre
* Ben Kweller, Blitzen Trapper @ Stuyvesant Town Oval
* Ozomatli, Toy Selektah @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Matthew Dear (DJ set), Sleepy & Boo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Ana Tijoux, Rebel Diaz, Javiera Mena @ Knitting Factory
* Jasmine Solano, CSC Funk Band, Melo X @ Knitting Factory
* Wild Yaks, Shilpa Ray, The Immaculates, Don't @ Cake Shop
* The Juliets, Thick Paint, Qurious, Ivory Daggers @ Pianos
* Celestial Shore, Doldrums, Zula, Austin Vaughn @ MuchMore's
* The 6th Annual Psychobilly Luau Weekender @ The Bell House
* Rumors, Fantasmas, Nic Berlin, Teen Fiction @ Bowery Electric
* Parquet Courts, The Gradients, Island Twins, Husky @ 929 XPO
* Electric Umbilical Cord, Weeknight, Marble Fawn @ Cameo Gallery
* The Vansaders, Wig Party, The Goodnight Darlings @ Mercury Lounge
* Moon Boots, Kill Paris, Kaviar Disco Club (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Mykki Blanco, Alex Anwandter, Adrianigual, Splash @ 285 Kent Avenue
* 'Bound for Glory' screening w/ Billy Bragg, Steve Earle @ Boardwalk at Coney Island
* Joe Jack Talcum, The Bastards of Fate, Toby Goodshank @ The Rock Shop
* Ecstatic Summer w/ Oneohtrix Point Never, David Lang, A Far Cry @ World Financial Center
* The Brought Low, Mellow Bravo, Cropduster, Year of the Dragon @ The Gutter
* Kinky, Los Auténticos Decadentes, 3Ball Mty, Dj Raff @ Central Park Summerstage
* Black Lips, Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds @ Beekman Beer Garden
* A Far Cry Orchestra, Oneohtrix Point Never, David Lang @ World Financial Center
* MNDR, HITS, Mr. Little Jeans, Foxes, Starsmith, Punks Jump Up @ Brooklyn Bowl
* A Balance Between, Speak Easy, The Death Of Me, Man On Fire, Caught By A Lion @ Maxwell's
* Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins, Spoek Mathambo, Thundercat @ Weeksville Heritage Center
* Terrence Parker, D3 (Mark Flash, Jon Dixon, DeSean Jones), Ron Morelli, Jeremie Delon, Steve Summers @ MoMA PS1
* Busta Rhymes and Friends, Marty Speak, Chuuwee, Fat Tony, $amhill, Ka, Clear Soul Forces, Charmingly Ghetto @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* Bushwick Walkabout w/ Xylos, Ravens & Chimes, Pre War, The Yes Way, Lean Hounds, The Loom, Hollis Brown, The Courtesy Tier, The Lost Revival, Aviation Orange, The Glorious Veins, The Skins @ Brooklyn Fireproof East

Lot of cool free things happening today: The 4Knots Festival is at South Street Seaport today, with a seriously solid line-up including Archers of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality and Bleached. Nick Waterhouse is worth getting there early for (1:30PM). There's an afterparty (not free) at Beekman Beer Garden with The Black Lips and Jonathan Toubin.

If you're looking for something nearby to do after 4Knots, the indie/classical Ecstatic Summer series at the World Financial Center Plaza has a collaboration between Oneohtrix Point Never and Bang on a Can composter David Lang, plus A Far Cry. 7PM, also free.

It's also Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday today, with a free beachside screening of Woody biopic Bound for Glory and performances by Billy Bragg and Steve Earle.

You can also check out the free Summer Thunder series at Union Pool today with Sightings, Smoota, and Lone Wolf.

In more NYC festival news, tonight marks the conclusion of The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with a show at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO headlined by Busta Rhymes.

The Spy Music Festival is still ongoing.

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Cake Shop is having another benefit night tonight, with door proceeds going to supplement their PledgeMusic Campaign. The Band in Heaven (who are playing the tough noon slot on the 4Knots Skipper's Stage today) have been added to the bill that includes Wild Yaks, Shilpa Ray, The Immaculates, and DON'T. $10 - 15 sliding scale at the door.

Not in New York, but you can watch the Pitchfork Festival live from Chicago via the internet. Today you can watch Hot Chip, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Sound, and more.

Tonight is also the long-awaited opening of Bushwick rock megaplex The Well/The Wick with Cam'ron christening the venue's stage, with Flatbush Zombies, and Asaad & Reese. The party is from 4PM to 10PM and tickets are still available.

What else?

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Paperhead - Pictures of Her Demise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Band in Heaven - Summer Bummer (MP3)

The Paperhead
Paperhead

Nashville time travellers The Paperhead are on tour right now with their Tennessee neighbors D Watusi with two stops in NYC this week: Thursday (7/12) at Death by Audio and Friday (7/13) at Cake Shop. All tour dates are listed below.

Though barely old enough to vote, these teenagers make music that sounds like vintage '60s psychedelic pop, straight out of Nuggets. The band's debut album on Trouble in Mind from last year is very good, but their new single, "Pictures of Her Demise," is flat-out great, like a lost side by the Electric Prunes or Syd-era Pink Floyd. You can download it above.

The Death By Audio show also features Strip Mall, Turnip King and "The ? in ? (cant say who it is but they are on a label called _ozac)." We're not sure exactly what that last bit means.

The Band in Heaven
Paperhead

In completely unrelated news, Florida's trippy The Band in Heaven is in town this weekend, playing Skippers on Pier 17 at South St. Seaport on Friday night (7/13) immediately after the 4Knots Fest pre-party with Eleanor Friedberger / Ex Cops / Zambri show on the big Pier 16 stage (also the Seaport). The Friday Skipper's show also has Zambri on DJ duties and "special guests." The Band in Heaven will also open the Skipper's stage at the 4Knots Fest on Saturday (7/14) at the Seaport around noon.

You may remember we profiled them back in January when their 7" was about to drop on HoZac records. If you like fuzz bass, drone-outs, flower-power psych, '90s shoegaze, and the letters J, A, M and C, you'll definitely want to check them out. "Summer Bummer" from that HoZac 7" is downloadable above and you can stream all four of its tracks below.

Paperhead tour dates are listed below along with The Band in Heaven stream.

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4Knots

As you know, Siren Fest replacement 4Knots goes down at South Street Seaport this Saturday. Here are the times:

Main Stage
12:15 p.m.: The Smiling Lies
12:30 p.m.: The Fast Years
1:30 p.m.: Nick Waterhouse
2:30 p.m.: Bleached
3:30 p.m.: Hospitality
4:30 p.m.: Crocodiles
5:30 p.m.: The Drums
6:30 p.m.: Archers of Loaf

Skippers Stage
1:00 p.m.: Doldrums
2:00 p.m.: Devin
3:00 p.m.: Team Spirit
4:00 p.m.: Delicate Steve

Afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden (not free)
7:00 p.m.: doors
?:?? p.m.: DJ Jonathan Toubin
?:?? p.m.: Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds
?:?? p.m.: The Black Lips

Meanwhile Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (6:30pm).

Nick Waterhouse also has some other shows coming up.

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Nick Waterhouse

Neo soul man Nick Waterhouse is currently finishing up a European tour, and as previously mentioned, after that he'll make his way to the NYC area for the 4Knots Festal at South Street Seaport (7/14) and a Maxwell's show the next day (7/15). Nick's added another NYC show to take place while he's here that weekend. This one's a day show and happens on Sunday, July 15 at the MOSCOT eyewear store in Brooklyn (159 Court Street). The show will be in the store's backyard and is free. All Nick Waterhouse dates, including FYF Fest, are listed below.

You can stream Nick's album, Time's All Gone, via Spotify. The flyer for the MOSCOT show is below, along with a list of all dates, a video for "Some Place" and live-on-KEXP videos as well.

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Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Archers of Loaf

Archers of Loaf, who were last here in April, are part of this year's 4Knots Festival in July which will be NYC's first chance to see the reunited '90s indie rockers for free since reuniting last year. Before that, the band will head to Canada for both NXNE in Toronto and Sled Island Fest in Calgary. They also just announced a bunch of new dates which are listed below.

In other news, now there's a new Archers of Loaf documentary titled What Did You Expect? that will screen at NXNE, Sled Island... and at the CBGB Festival. The NYC screening will be July 5 at 7:15PM at the Sunshine, followed by a Q&A. Here's the synopsis:

Indie rock icons the Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011, and during the course of their reunion tour played two legendary concerts at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. Combining in-your-face concert footage along with rare interviews of the band, this film by director Gorman Bechard documents those concerts, and captures the excitement and explosive energy of what its like to see this extraordinary band perform live.
You can watch the trailer for What Did You Expect? below. In other Loaf news, after having the band's first two album reissued last year, Merge will reissue the rest of the band's catalog -- All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes -- on August 7. Both albums have been remastered by Bob Weston and feature re-imagined cover art, new liner notes and "copious bonus material." Both will be available as double-CD, colored vinyl or digital download.

The new album art and tracklistings for All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes are below, along with a list of all Archers of Loaf tour dates, What Did You Expect? screening dates and trailer.

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Delicate Steve at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Delicate Steve

As mentioned, 4Knots Music Festival happens on July 14 at South Street Seaport. The lineup already features Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Team Spirit, Doldrums, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse and Devin, and now also includes Delicate Steve. The festival is free and runs from 1 - 8 PM.

In other news, the 4Knots afterparty (which is not free) has been expanded as well. Jonathan Toubin will join the previously announced lineup of Black Lips, Kid Congo Powers, and The Pink Monkey Birds at Beekman Beer Garden after the fest (doors are 7 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are still available.

Jonathan will also be spinning at The Box on July 6 as part of CBGB Festival. As usual, he's continuing his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home, and is doing his last ever Soul Clap and Dance-Off at Glasslands on July 21.

A list of all Delicate Steve dates are below.

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Eleanor Friedberger at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger and Ex Cops will play a free show Pier 17 at the Seaport on July 13, the night before the 4Knots Festival. That brings the total up to four for Friday shows at the Seaport, the others being The Miracles Club on June 22; Veronica Falls with The People's Temple on June 29; and Patrick Watson with Loney Dear on July 6.

It looks like that's Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment. Ex Cops, however, will play this week at the Northside Fest as part of Other Music Recording Co.'s showcase at Union Pool on Thursday, June 14 with Nude Beach, The Everymen and a mystery headliner. No advance tickets for that one.

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by Bill Pearis

Nick Waterhouse at Mercury Lounge, May 2012
Nick Waterhouse

You're all in with this style, these aesthetics. At the same time it's lumped in with a broader fashion. Pitching this interview, for example, my editor had doubts about the relevancy of the retro-soul stuff. How do you deal with being in the context of fading trends?

Oh the retro soul thing...I do worry about how somebody who could give me a chance that's not necessarily interested in the same things as me may dismiss me immediately. It's so frustrating to field so many goddamn Amy Winehouse questions when you could have talked to me 10 years ago and gotten the same answers. I guess that's bad timing on my part but a song is a song is a song and I'm not concerned with being out of vogue.

The other side of that is that I make no claim of being a soul artist. That's not a genre I'm producing. A lot of retro soul is genre exercise and it's a world away as far as I'm concerned. It's like talking to a Salvadorian author about Mexican culture. I don't know much about retro soul. [Washington City Paper]

In addition to playing the 4Knots Festival on July 14, Nick Waterhouse has added a NYC-area show at Maxwell's the next day (7/15). Tickets for that show are on sale. I caught his NYC debut at Mercury Lounge and it was a pretty great show and had folks dancing, especially on the rave-up title track of his debut, Time's All Gone. You can stream the album at the bottom of this post, along with his recent "Take Away Show" video, and a list of all tour dates.

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Black Lips at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Lips

As mentioned, 4Knots Music Festival goes down at South Street Seaport on July 14 from 1-8 PM, but if you're looking to keep the party going, it's just been announced that Atlanta garage rockers Black Lips will headline the official afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club with Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds. Though the festival is free and all ages, the afterparty is 21+ and $15 tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/6) at noon. The flier for the afterparty is below.

As discussed, the 4Knots Music Fest lineup includes Archers of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles (whose new LP, Endless Flowers is out today and streaming on Rolling Stone), Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse, Team Spirit (who we just posted belated pics of), Doldrums, Devin (who plays Santos on Wednesday with The Cribs and Alex Winston) and more TBA.

4Knots afterparty flier, a list of all Black Lips dates and a video are below.

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