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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.

Continue reading "Chris La Putt's favorite photos of 2012 (that he took) (his favorite songs too)"

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....

Continue reading "more 4Knots afterparty pics (mainly Kid Congo Powers)"

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

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

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...

Continue reading "4knots Festival in pics (Archers of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Bleached, Hospitality, Nick Waterhouse and more)"

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


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"....


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...

Continue reading "things got wild at Beekman Black Lips show, fans roughed up by security (pics & video)"

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.

Continue reading "South Street Seaport Mall caught fire during 4Knots Music Fest (pics & video)"

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.

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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.

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by Bill Pearis

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

The 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

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.

Continue reading "The Paperhead released new single (MP3), touring, playing DbA and Cake Shop; The Band in Heaven are here too (MP3)"


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.

Continue reading "free 4Knots Music Festival is Saturday (set times)"

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.

Continue reading "Nick Waterhouse adds 3rd NYC show to tour (updated dates)"

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.

Continue reading "Archers of Loaf documentary screening @ CBGB Fest, NXNE, Sled Island & elsewhere; reissues of final 2 albums due in August"

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.

Continue reading "Delicate Steve added to 4Knots lineup; Jonathan Toubin added to afterparty and playing CBGB Fest"

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.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger and Ex Cops playing the Seaport"

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.

Continue reading "Nick Waterhouse playing Maxwell's after 4Knots Festival"

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.

Continue reading "Black Lips headlining 4Knots afterparty in Beekman Beer Garden w/ Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds"

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

We finally posted those Archers of Loaf Bowery Ballroom pictures yesterday, and then today this happens:

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is thrilled to announce the Archers Of Loaf added to this year's The 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17 on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM. Team Spirit, Doldrums and Devin will also join the bill, featuring The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse. More artists to be announced.

The 4Knots Music Festival will expand this year to include Piers 16 and 17 with a second outdoor side stage confirmed. Expanding to Pier 16 will allow the 4Knots Music Festival to include more performers.
Archers of Loaf and Doldrums both also play the Sled Island Festival this summer. Doldrums recently opened for Bear in Heaven.

And speaking of Nick Waterhouse, he just played Mercury Lounge, but unlike as previously reported, will not be back to play Dekalb Market. 4Knots is his next NYC show.

Other free shows coming up at South Street Seaport are listed HERE. No official word on whether they'll be another 4Knots pre-show like there was with Ted Leo last year (but stay tuned).

by Bill Pearis

While he's been hot stuff in his home of Los Angeles for a while, retro-styled R&B bandleader Nick Waterhouse is now gaining traction in New York too. His show this Saturday (5/19) at Mercury Lounge is now sold-out and he's been added to the line-up of the Village Voice 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport on July 14.

In between -- next weekend to be specific -- he'll also play The Do-Over which happens at Dekalb Market on Sunday, May 27. It's a free party that goes from 2PM - 10PM and features a "secret cast of mystery guests" of whom Waterhouse is one. You do need to RSVP to go.

CORRECTION: The Do-Over is happening on May 27 but Nick isn't playing. Sorry for any confusion.

Nick also just released a video for his song "Some Place" from his enjoyable debut LP, Time's All Gone, which is out now and streamable at the bottom of this post, along with the new video.

The Do-Over is one of a growing number of shows happening at the Downtown Brooklyn space. Other announced shows include a series of parties thrown by Fixed and The Dog and Pony Show happening in June, July and August: Blondes with Holy Ghost! DJ set (6/3, tickets), Chromatics (7/22, tickets) and Maxxi Sound System (8/18, tickets).

Dekalb Market is also one of the Rooftop Films locations, and the first screening there happens TONIGHT (5/17) with a series of short films (inlcluding the brilliant "Walt Disney's Taxi Driver") and musical guest Future Shuttle.

Nick Waterhouse video and listed tour dates are below, along with more info on those upcoming Dekalb Market shows.

Continue reading "Blondes, Chromatics and more playing Dekalb Market (not together), which has Rooftop Films tonight"

The Drums at Hotel Vegan day party March 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Drums at Hotel Vegan

The Village Voice has announced the initial line-up of its 4Knots Festival which happens July 14 at South St. Seaport. Headliners for the free show are The Drums, with Crocodiles (which we already knew), Hospitality, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse being the others. Unlike last year, there will be a second stage as well on neighboring Pier 16 (Pier 17 is where the Seaport Music Festival Happens). Stay tuned for the rest of the line-up.

If you're curious about Nick Waterhouse, the retrofied R&B bandleader plays a late show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday (5/19) and you can download a live album too.

DOWNLOAD: Crocodiles - Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crocodiles - Endless Flowers (MP3)


As we reported earlier this year, Crocodiles will release their third album, Endless Flowers, on June 5. The band, who played Mercury Lounge a couple weeks ago, are gearing up for a summer tour that will include a stop at Maxwell's on June 27 and an appearance at the Village Voice 4Knots Festival on July 14. This is the first lineup confirmation we've seen for the free South Street Seaport concert. All Crocodiles tour dates are below.

You can download Endless Flowers' title track at the top of this post, along with the previously-released "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)." In addition to the tour dates, also below is a promotional video and artwork for the album...

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by Bill Pearis

Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles in the crowd at 4Knots 2011 (more)
Titus Andronicus at 4Knots 2011

While no bands have been mentioned yet, The Village Voice have announced the 4Knots Music Festival will return to Pier 17 at South St. Seaport for a second year: Saturday, July 14 is this year's date of the festival that has taken the place of the Coney Island Siren Festival (RIP). Says the Voice:

"We're thrilled about the return of the 4Knots Music Festival this summer," commented Village Voice publisher Josh Fromson. "Last year's inaugural event was a massive success and we've got a great deal of special things in store for this summer. Make sure to circle July 14th on your social calendar because it's going to be a great day of music at the Seaport."

The 4Knots Music Festival will feature renowned and emerging artists from today's music scene performing live all day in front of what is sure to be yet again an extremely large and enthusiastic audience. A full lineup of the day's events will be announced in coming weeks.

Last year, 4Knots had The Black Angels, Davilla 666, Oberhofer and more.

No word yet on this summer's Seaport Music Festival, though it will be back. (As will the Sound Bites Summer Series curated, full-disclosure, by me.) Hudson River Rocks, though, have announced their schedule which includes the just-added DIIV in addition to Grimes, Wild Nothing, Dan Deacon, Oberhofer, and more .

The band-less flyer for 4Knots Music Festival is below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield


Brooklyn Denim Co. and Nudie Jeans are presenting a free show on Wednesday (7/27) at Brooklyn Denim Co. in Williamsburg on 85 North 3rd St with Oberhofer and Porcelain Raft. The show runs from 7 - 10 PM, open bar included (presumably making the show 21+). To RSVP email rsvp@deathandtaxesmag.com. Flier below.

In August, Porcelain Raft is opening a bunch of dates for The War On Drugs, including Cameo on 8/19 and Mercury Lounge on 8/20. All dates are listed below.

Oberhofer recently played the 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport. A second set of pictures from that show is in this post. More of them with the dates and flier, below..

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"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


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)
Eleanor Friedberger

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]


Titus Andronicus (by Amanda)
Titus Andronicus

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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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Black Angels @ 4Knots
Black Angels

"The Black Angels, from Austin, play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it. It's the psychedelia of echo, stomp and incantation, of songs that sit on one chord and one beat to the point of hypnosis, with tendrils of bluesy, heavily reverbed lead guitar and wavery electric organ, and with lyrics like, "Rollin' fast down I-35/supersonic overdrive." The Doors and the Velvet Underground are the Black Angels' main models, merged for a haunted bicoastal drone, with glimpses of the Byrds, early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators from Texas. It's an old, familiar sound that hasn't lost its effect." [NY Times]
The Black Angels headlined the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on Saturday. A set of pictures from their NY Times-approved set are in this post. Davila 666 pics HERE. Other sets of pics from the free show are on the way.

The Black Angels play a free Spotify-presented show at Mercury Lounge late tonight (7/18). As previously mentioned, that show is first come, first served, but we're offering the chance to get guaranteed entry. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Black Angels). Be 21+ and include your first and last name. Winner will be picked at random soon. You can also up your chances of winning by entering for one of the pairs we're giving away to the same show on Facebook.

More 4Knots pics below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Davila 666 @ South Street Seaport
Davila 666
Davila 666

Puerto Rico garage rock band Davila 666 are taping a performance for MTV Iggy in NYC on Wednesday, July 20th. MTV is "casting 50 lucky fans to be audience members at this once-in-a lifetime taping." You can enter to be one of the lucky at MTV Iggy's Facebook.

It would be better if they were playing a live set again today (7/17), but, as previously mentioned, Davila 666 will be in the house only to DJ the free Sunday show at Beekman Beer Garden. The live sets of the day will be delivered by Xray Eyeballs, Frankie Rose and Woven Bones. If you haven't figured it out yet, Beekman Beer Garden is at South Street Seaport, right around the corner from where Davila played yesterday (7/16) as part of the 4Knots Festival. Our full coverage of the fest is coming soon, but meanwhile check out more pictures from Davila's wild set below...

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