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photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.

The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.

photo: Cheap Trick at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Cheap Trick

Power pop vets Cheap Trick have an Australian tour this March/April with Billy Idol (who plays NYC tonight), and they'll follow that with a US tour with Peter Frampton. That one hits NYC on July 29 at JBL Live's Pier 97. Tickets for that show go on sale at 11 AM on Friday (1/30) with a VIP package presale starting at 10 AM today (1/28) and a Live Nation presale starting at 10 AM on Thursday (1/29). It's one of just a few shows announced for the outdoor NYC venue so far this season.

Sooner than that, Frampton also plays a NJ show without Cheap Trick on June 26 at Mayo PAC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cheap Trick and Frampton also play a show at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut and an upstate NY show. All dates are listed below...

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digital rendering of Pier 97...
Pier 97

As we mentioned in the Robyn / Roykskopp tour announcement post, NYC is getting a new summer venue this year, Pier 97, a 5,000+ capacity venue which will be booked by Live Nation and part of Hudson River Park. It's located on the Hudson River at 57th St. That's a digital version of what it will look like, above.

In addition to the Robyn/Royksopp show on August 20, there's also a Thievery Corporation show on August 15, and others which are listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for all Pier 97 shows go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon, except the Thievery Corporation show which goes on sale Friday, April 18 at 10 AM.

Hopefully they have more luck than Bowery Presents did with Pier 26 which won't be returning this year due to noise complaints.

Initial list of Pier 97 shows below...

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Swedish pop singer Robyn and her Norwegian collaborators Royksopp are working on new material and they've now announced dates for their upcoming international tour. The tour brings them to NYC for a show at new summer venue Pier 97 on August 20. No details on the new venue have been released yet, but Pier 97 (located around W. 55th) is part of Hudson River Park (which has already done summer concerts on other piers). Stay tuned for more about NYC shows happening in this location this summer.

UPDATE: NYC ticket info and "BrooklynVegan presale" password info, HERE.

UPDATE 2: More dates were added, and we're also hosting a Toronto presale.

All dates are listed, with the tour trailer, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Generationals / Waxahatchee

The free River Rocks series on Hudson River Park's Pier 84 kicked off last night (7/11) with a headlining set from indie pop band Generationals, direct support from Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, and opening set from (probably the currently buzziest band on the lineup) Waxahatchee. Waxahatchee played with a new bassist (aka the guy from Radiator Hospital was not there to sing harmonies on "Peace and Quiet"). You can check out a set of pictures from the whole show in this post.

The River Rocks series continues later this month on July 25 with Foxygen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and The Aves; and August 8 with Titus Andronicus, Ducktails, and Juan Wauters (of The Beets).

More pictures from last night and a video from Waxahatchee's set below...

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River Rocks

We reported some Seaport Music Festival news earlier and now the free, annual River Rocks series (for the second year on Pier 84) has announced it's 2013 line-up. The first happens on July 11 with Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Then the second happens on July 25 with Foxygen (who will hopefully actually play this time) and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (who just toured with Sallie Ford) and Waxahatchee. And finally, on August 8 it's Titus Andronicus and Ducktails. That explains the absence of a NYC date on Titus' upcoming tour. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

Generationals just played Bowery Ballroom last night (4/22) and are sticking around for another NYC show TONIGHT (4/23) at The Rock Shop with Future of What. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Waxahatchee open for The Babies this Saturday (4/27) at Glasslands (sold-out).

Titus Andronicus just released a Record Store Day 12", which included "Still Lie with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" from last year's Local Business and two previously unreleased tracks, "(I've Got A) Date Tonight" and "The Dog," the latter of which is sung by drummer Eric Harm, rather than frontman Patrick Stickles. Updated Titus dates are listed, along with a stream of "The Dog," below...

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The Gaslight Anthem at Deluna Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gaslight Anthem

As mentioned, The Gaslight Anthem are going on a tour this year which hits the NYC area for shows in NJ this May and a Long Island show in June, but didn't previously include anything actually in NYC. That's changed now because the band have just announced two big summer shows happening at Pier 26 @ Hudson River Park on July 26 and 28. The first night is being opened by their Jersey punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and the second night is being opened by their Springsteen worshipper forefathers The Hold Steady (who also play one of The Gaslight Anthem's NJ shows). Tickets for both Pier 26 shows go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with a fan presale starting Tuesday (4/9) at 10 AM and an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM.

The Gaslight Anthem's other upcoming NYC-area dates include The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on 5/25 with The Hold Steady (sold out) and 5/26 with The Felice Brothers, and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 6/9 with Tift Merritt. Tickets for the Stone Pony show with Felice Brothers and the Paramount show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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The Specials @ Hyde Park, London 8/12/2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

UK ska legends The Specials are currently on tour in North America (without co-vocalist Neville Staples, unfortunately), having already played Chicago and SXSW. For New Yorkers feeling ignored by the band, fear not -- they just announced a summer outdoor show at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park on July 17. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/27) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/29) at noon.

That's the only summer North American date we've heard so far but their upcoming tour schedule is below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Metronomy @ Pier 54

I really wasn't sure if anyone was going to show up. Metronomy's last NYC show was at Union Hall in August 2008 and there were about 40 people there. Metronomy's great new album The English Riviera (which just came out this week in the U.S.) has gotten good reviews, but America has largely ignored them. Pier 54 is big.

But about 4000 people did show up and, I know I'm a superfan, but Metronomy killed last night. Killed. Playing for a little more than an hour, we got pretty much everything you'd want to hear: "The Look," "She Wants" and "The Bay" from The English Riviera, the best of Nights Out ("Heartbreaker," "Radio Ladio," "Back on Motorways," "A Thing for Me"), and even a couple from the first album Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe).

The new line-up was key, with drummer Anna Prior and bassist Gbenga Adelekan bringing wallop and serious musicianship to Joseph Mount's off-kilter song creations. (Longtime member Oscar Cash rounded out the quartet.) This line-up is up there with LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax and Hot Chip as to making live dance music.

Mount was self-effacingly charming in between songs, apologizing for a sax solo gone wrong on "Back on Motorways," and making jokes about the highrise that loomed on the other side of West Street. But mostly the band just knocked out jam after jam. And the crowd, at least those in the front third of the pier, were singing along and dancing. One of my shows of the year so far.

Metronomy play L.A. tonight (7/29) and Mount told us last night that the band reminded us that they'll be back in the States in October. No new NYC dates has been announced yet though.

Class Actress played a lot of songs from her upcoming album Rapproacher to what seemed like audience indifference. I think recordings are good -- very Visage-y new wave synthpop -- but there's something missing from the live show. (A drummer?). L.A. trio American Royalty flew out just to play this show and took the stage like they owned the place, playing a short set of over-the-top party-friendly dance rock. They did not lack for confidence or family in the crowd. They've got a 7" coming out on Seaport Music and, as mentioned in This Week In Indie, play Lit this Saturday if you're interested.

Deer Tick and Dom play the next and last free Hudson River Rocks show at Pier 54 this summer. More pictures from last night below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

"Fireworks at the pier!!!! Wtf!!! And a full moon. Amazing!!!" - Austra


Hudson River Rocks kicked off their 2011 season in a big way last night (7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra. Due to long lines down the West Side Highway, organizers, who tell us last night's crowd reached 4600 people, delayed the start of the free show so as many people as possible could get inside before Austra started.

Austra's rhythm section started the night with some eerie atmospheres. They were soon joined by Katie Stelmanis and backup singers Sari and Romy Lightman and conjured up album opener "Darken Her Horse." Katie is a huge presence on stage, and with such powerful vocals, she had no trouble projecting this presence across the pier's extensive length. The set felt too short, but it was no less enjoyable. They took on Feel It Break single "Lose It" early on in the set and though it seems like one of the album's more straightforward tracks, it actually showed the band at one of their highest points. The vocal interplay between Katie and the Lightman twins adventured into realms visited by few other synth pop groups. Sari and Romy were as charismatic as Katie but in a more subtle way that suited the performance perfectly. Austra's dark dancey songs sounded amazing outside on the Hudson River, but I couldn't help to think how great they would fit a small poorly lit club like Bowery Ballroom, where you can catch them on August 6 as part of their tour with Cold Cave.

After a short break, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus came on stage by herself and introduced her set by looping howls and shrieks. Like Katie Stelmanis, Merrill had absolutely no problem letting her presence be known throughout the entire Pier 54. She was soon joined by a bassist and two sax players to tear apart the recently released LP w h o k i l l and put the entire thing back together right in front of the audience. Merrill continued to loop her vocals, which ranged from bird chirps to bear growls and included everything in between. She added layered percussion which could recall polyrhythmic afrobeat, Latin clave rhythms, or hip hop beats at any given moment. As the songs would start to take on a bit of structure, Merrill would throw in these whacked-out chord progressions on her ukulele. She was accompanied by strong basslines and avant-sax lines that channelled the likes of Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman. The fact that they were able to pull all of this off and somehow still sound really accessible is just beyond comprehension. And the crowd definitely reciprocated. It was probably the best crowd that I've seen at a show this summer and Merrill was obviously grateful for that. She expressed how amazed she was at the number of people who showed up and recalled an early experience playing NYC at Pianos where five people came to see her previous band Sister Suvi. She also pointed out the (almost) full moon which, in a weird way, was kinda fascinating to see while listening to tUnE-yArDs.


After the incredible set ended and the crowd was thanked multiple times, Merrill and co. exited the stage to return shortly for a one-song encore. As someone who isn't the biggest fan of encores, this one was pretty hard to deny. They played the awesome album closer "Killa" and with about 45 seconds left in the song, fireworks erupted over the Hudson River behind the stage.

More pictures and videos from the show below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen


"After some detective work on my new gadget phone, I deduced that I was actually thirty blocks away from [Pier 54 / Hudson River Park]. I cursed myself for being overly confident with my bearings (having only been in the city for about a month) and dashed towards the nearest train station. I made it just in time to walk by a girl dressed for an 80's prom being written up by cops for having a pipe. It was one of those wooden dugouts with the sliding top. She was in tears and the only line I overheard was a sobbing, "Paraphernalia is illegal?" I chortled and took the sequined dress as a sign that I was close.

The world was back on my side. When I arrived at the pier, it was easy to mosey up to the front of the stage. I was amused by six girls in a braiding circle, twining different colored threads together to pass the time. It reminded me of that episode of Saved By The Bell, where the gang starts up a business of crafting friendship bracelets. A horrible band called Amazing Baby went on, but a kid plowing his way through the crowd made it worthwhile. Onlookers stood still in disgust of bad music, and there was this guy jumping on backs and throwing elbows. Everyone was too passive to do anything, and even I just danced mockingly beside him. Security, however, was kind enough to jump the guardrails and escort the mosher out." [BreakThru Radio]

More pictures from last night's free Yeasayer / Amazing Baby show (8/13), part of Hudson RiverRocks, below...

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the Rooftop Films opening on May 15th (more by Ryan Muir)
Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films is off and running with its summer series. But that's hardly the only outdoor movie series in NYC, though it might be the only one that costs money.

Hudson River Park's Take Me to the River '09 will present RiverFlicks, which shows movies for "adults" on Wednesdays starting on July 8th and films for kids on Fridays starting July 10th. That film series accompanies the park's RiverRocks shows. Bands appearing at RiverRocks include Yeasayer, Ted Leo, Matt & Kim, Radio 4 and Extra Golden.

The SummerScreen series, which ran last year in McCarren Park Pool, returns this year, but in the McCarren Park ball fields. Those films run Wednesdays starting July 8th. Movies include Fame, Reality Bites, and Evil Dead 2.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival screens films on Mondays starting June 15th. Brooklyn Bridge Park's Movies With A View series kicks off July 9th and runs every Thursday through August.

All the above-mentioned events (barring Rooftop Films) are free and open to the public. All lineups and locations below...

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