Entries tagged with: PC Worship
by Andrew Sacher
Dark Blue (mems. Clockcleaner, Paint It Black, Ceremony, etc) are releasing their debut album, Pure Reality, on October 7 via Jade Tree (pre-order), and a second track from it is premiering in this post. It's called "Hanging from a Chandelier" and is more of their punky post-punk with John Sharkey's excellent baritone at the forefront. Check it out below.
Dark Blue also have some dates coming up, including a couple Northeast dates with Australia's Dick Diver on that band's upcoming tour. That includes the Death by Audio show on September 26 (which we now know will be one of the venue's final shows) with PC Worship and Free Time. (Guerilla Toss dropped off.) After that, they'll go on a California run with Pleasure Leftists (who play NYC first too).
Speaking of PC Worship, they just revealed a collaborative project with Parquet Courts.
All Dark Blue dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Parquet Courts @ Sugarhill Supper Club in June (more by Joe McCabe)
As you may know, Parquet Courts and PC Worship will be on tour together this fall, concluding with a holiday show at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control (tickets). But those two are doing more than just touring together, they've formed a new band called PCPC who will also play smaller shows along the tour. Andrew Savage explains:
Like P-Funk, MinuteFlag, Ciccone Youth, Loutallica and Red House Chili Painters (bet you didn't know about that one), PCPC is what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces. In this instance, members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts have merged into a NY noise-rock confederacy, each band bringing their own sonic distinctions. Spawning from a long history of playing shows together as separate entities, PCPC is born out of an aesthetic solidarity, and will to create something new. Look for them this Fall in select cities throughout USA and Europe.PCPC will first bring the noise as opener for Thurston Moore's upcoming Northeast tour, including both the 10/21 Saint Vitus (tickets) and 10/26 Rough Trade (tickets) shows. All Parquet Courts (and Parkay Quarts, which they're being billed as for some reason) and PCPC dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts have a new video for "Bodies" from this year's Sunbathing Animal. It was shot at their sweaty record release party at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who made the new Nick Cave movie, 20,000 Days on Earth. You can check that out below.
PC Worship's new album, Social Rust, is out this week and can be streamed below too.
Dates are listed, along with the new Parquet Courts video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's PC Worship have been making noise around their hometown for years now, and their new album Social Rust is their most cleaned-up (and possibly best) album to date. It comes out next week (9/9) as a split release on Northern Spy and Dull Tools (their first for both labels), and throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact. Fans of anything from Parquet Courts to The Young to Destruction Unit should check this out. The album stream premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
If you like what you hear you can pre-order the vinyl, and all vinyl pre-orders come with a free edition of the "PC Worship - Dead Rust" cassette, which features alternate versions of songs from Social Rust, recorded and produced by Ben Greenberg.
PC Worship also have a tour coming up which includes three previously discussed NYC shows. First they play Palisades on September 10 with Naomi Punk (tickets), then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Free Time and Guerilla Toss (no advance tickets); and finally they open for Parquet Courts with Blues Control on December 11 at Webster Hall (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.
Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...
Parquet Courts mural in Williamsburg (via @whatsyrrupture
Parquet Courts have had a pretty good year so far, with an acclaimed third album and a full slate of touring. They just played Lollapalooza on Saturday (8/2), Pickathon on Sunday (8/3) and Seattle on Monday (8/4). While the band are taking a breather, they have lined up a holiday show in their hometown, their biggest NYC show to date: Webster Hall on December 11, playing with Blues Control and PC Worship. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (8/11) at 10 AM.
While in Seattle, Parquets Courts stopped by KEXP for an in-studio session which you can listen to here. Also, next time you're in Williamsburg, look out for the Sunbathing Animal mural that's currently up on N. 10th and Driggs.
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at The Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marle)
Two of the northeast's best atmospheric black metal bands, Falls of Rauros and Obsidian Tongue, along with the NYC electronic/synth/guitar wizard Oneirogen, will be playing an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Union Pool on August 27. Advanced tickets for the Brooklyn show aren't on sale yet, but we'll let you know when they are.
Falls of Rauros just released a song on a split with Panopticon and has a new LP, Believe in No Coming Shore, due out this summer. The tracklist is below. The NYC show is part of an as yet unannounced string of dates that includes Southern Darkness Festival in Tampa, Florida on August 23rd with Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk, Weekend Nachos, Bongripper, A Storm Of Light, Lord Mantis, Primate, Magrudergrind, Mouth Of The Architect, Yautja, Sannhet, Maruta and many more.
Obsidian Tongue released one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of 2013 in A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time. They can also be found on 9/6 at Waterfront Tavern in their home state of Massachusetts.
Oneirogen is a blast to watch, a one-man force of nature that blends looping electronics with memorable guitar leads to inundating effect. You can meanwhile catch him this Saturday (7/26) at Trans Pecos as part of 'Escape From New York', " one last big celebration megashow in the city" before Matt from Skeletons moves out of the city ("This is not necessarily "THE LAST" Skeletons show, but it will be the last show by Skeletons as a local act - and the last Skeletons show until sometime around a year from now, or even later..."). PC Worship, Zs, Hubble, Charlie Looker (now also of Psalm Zero who just opened for Black Anvil), and more are on the Todd P venue Queens bill. "The party will start in the afternoon, with BBQ and baby pools - and continue with DJs into the night." More details below.
Listen to streams from the bands playing Union Pool with the other stuff below, and head over to Invisible Oranges for more about them and the show.
by Andrew Sacher
Naomi Punk at MHOW in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Olympia's Naomi Punk, who re-released their 2012 debut LP on Captured Tracks that same year, will now release a new album for the label, Television Man, on August 5. So far they've released the fidgety post-punk title track as well as the more rockin' single, "Firehose Face," both of which you can stream below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
Naomi Punk have dates in their home state coming up this August, including Seattle shows with Parquet Courts and the reunited Blood Brothers, and they're planning dates through October as well. The full tour is still unannounced but we know that it will hit NYC on September 10 at Palisades (906 Broadway in Bushwick) with PC Worship. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All currently known dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
Brooklyn-via-Florida-by-way-of-Montreal duo Tonstartssbandht haven't put out a lot of recorded material -- 2011's Now I am Become was their last full-length -- but they are playing live constantly. So it kind of makes sense that their new double album, Overseas, was recorded live at shows. Most of the recordings were made in cities across Europe during an extensive Spring 2013 tour, hence the name of the album. It'll be out June 24 via Company Etc/Arbutus and we've got the premiere of "First Taape," which was originally written/recorded by Montreal's Sugar Boys -- a band that also includes Tonstartssbandht's Andy Boay. Listen to that below.
Tonstartssbandht, who just wrapped up a European tour with Mac DeMarco, will play a record release show in NYC at Silent Barn on June 27 with Blues Control and PC Worship. They'll also play Radio Bushwick on July 19 with more TBA.
All dates are listed, along with Overseas' artwork and tracklist and the song stream, below...
Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts, who count Lungfish's Daniel Higgs as a member, released their newest album with him on board, Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. You can get a taste of that from the trippy video for single "The Known Unknown" below.
The Skull Defekts are supporting that album with a short US tour that kicks off in Chicago on Tuesday (4/29). While Daniel Higgs will not be with The Skull Defekts on most of this tour, he will join them at their NYC shows which happen on May 3 at Trans Pecos with PC Worship, Ornament and Zomes (DJs); and May 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Survival.
The Trans Pecos show is an afternoon outdoor show, with a BBQ starting at 3:30 PM and the music starting at 4:30 PM. No advance tickets for that one, but tickets for the Studio show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with that video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag recently hit the road with the relatively likeminded Destruction Unit, and they're about to tour with The Men which brings them back to NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Honey. (You've perhaps also seen them in NYC with Lower / Pleasure Leftists or with Pop. 1280.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are still available.
The day after the Bowery Ballroom show, The Ukiah Drag will hang around NYC for a smaller show happening at Death by Audio (3/6) with IVY and PC Worship. All dates are listed below.
The Death by Audio show doubles as the release show for The Ukiah Drag's new single, "Dirt Trip," which comes out as a 7" on March 4 via Wharf Cat Records. The song was produced by The Men's Ben Greenberg, and it's soaked in sleazy bar blues swagger, western guitar twang, and desert rock psychedelia. Stream it, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circuit Des Yeux
Two experimental artists, Chicago's Circuit Des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) and Maine's Jason Lescalleet, are teaming up for a short tour of the Northeast together this November. That tour brings the two musicians to NYC for a show on November 6 at Silent Barn with two quality local openers, PC Worship and Driphouse (aka Daren Ho of Raccoo-oo-oon). All dates are listed below.
Circuit Des Yeux released her three previous albums on De Stijl, but signed to Ba Da Bing for her fourth and newest one, Overdue, which came out earlier this month. We recently wrote about that album on BV Chicago:
With the assistance of CAVE's Cooper Crain, Fohr built the temporary U.S.A. Studios in Little Village this winter for two-months of tracking. Despite the less-than-ideal locale with elevated trains roaring just a few dozen feet away, the pair set up shop to the best of their abilities and have laid down Fohr's most accessible material yet. That is not to say she's lost her experimental touch though, this set of tunes is just a bit more polished. The LP's lead single is "Lithonia," a song that originally appeared on January's CDY3 10", and they've reworked it for the forthcoming effort. The number received a soaring string arrangement in lieu of the original's lightly-strummed guitar. Fohr wails over the cinematic backdrop, "Doesn't it feel grand to have a second chance," almost like she might be celebrating having one.I'll add that in addition to those arrangements, a huge appeal here is her excellent voice, which can be clear and operatic, Kate Bush style, or covered in noisy, Swans-like dissonance.
Jason Lescalleet on the other hand, who we've written about on BV a few times, is less "musical" in a traditional sense, instead pulling from noise/drone and field recordings. Jason and Circuit Des Yeux make for an excellent, contrasting double bill, and it'd be a good one to catch for fans of this kind of stuff.
All dates and streams/videos from both artists below...
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts @ MHOW 10/2/2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Parquet Courts celebrated the release of their new EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke, last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with sets from openers The Beets, Yuppies and Future Punx. During their set, singer Austin Brown mentioned that "Everyone should go see Yuppies again tomorrow at Death by Audio. I hear there are some special guests." As Yuppies released their new album on Dull Tools, the label co-run by PC's Andrew Savage, it seemed likely that Brown was talking about his own band.
And that's the case. Parquet Courts will headline Death by Audio tonight (10/3) and the other "special guest" that was originally listed turns out to be Detroit's Tyvek who just played there on Tuesday (10/1). PC Worship open the night and tickets are $10 at the door. If you like Parquet Courts, chances are you'll dig Yuppies' shouty, skronky (and maybe a little noodly) punk as well. They were terrific last night at MHOW. You can stream their album below.
Meanwhile, Future Punx -- which features Savage's old Fergus & Geronimo bandmate Jason Kelly as well as his Dull Tools partner Chris Pickering -- have a couple shows this weekend. They play The Flat on Friday (10/4) and Death by Audio on Sunday (10/6) with Mannequin Pussy, Lust Cats of the Gutters and Kissing is a Crime. If you dig early-'80s manic new wave (Devo, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo) and impressive keytar-playing, you should definitely check them out. I thought they were great last night. You can stream their new single (which will be out on Dull Tools) below.
Parquet Courts, by the way, put on a great show last night with a healthy pit going for most of their Light Up Gold favorites. Expect a crazier crowd tonight. You can stream their new EP below.
The Spy Music Festival is back for a third year of experimental sounds, going down over two nights next month: September 7 at Spectrum, and September 8 at 285 Kent.
The 9/7 show at Spectrum (121 Ludlow St.) features the Charles Gayle Trio, Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille, Diamond Terrifier and more. $10 at the door and you can RSVP too.
The 9/8 show at 285 Kent is a little more high-profile, with Caught on Tape (aka Thurston Moore & John Moloney), Aa, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Ava Luna and more. Advance tickets are on sale for this night and your ticket also gets you free Six Point beer.
Visit Spy Music Fest's website for details on all of this year's acts, and full schedule is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Baltimore psych musician Michael Collins changed his name from Run DMT (not to be confused with the dubstep producer) to Salvia Plath, and announced that his first album under the new moniker, The Bardo Story, would be out on July 9 via Domino imprint Weird World. Though you'll have to wait until next week for its official release, you can now stream the album in its entirety on Pitchfork. It's a nice album indebted to late '60s jangly psych pop, and worth a listen. Check it out.
The day after the album's release, Salvia Plath will head to Brooklyn to celebrate with a show at 285 Kent on Wednesday (7/10) with DJ Dog Dick, PC Worship, Close Encounters, and The Mild High Club. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.
Video for the album's single, "House of Leaves," below...
photos by Ivey Haber; words by Bill Pearis
Texas ex-pats Parquet Courts released their debut album, Light Up Gold, back in August on their own Dull Tools label and the record (and band) have been building buzz ever since. The album gets a repress this week via Brooklyn indie label What's Your Rupture? and the band played a re-release party at Death by Audio on Friday (1/11) in celebration, which was also the last date on the band's first tour.
Not sure how the rest of the world feels about the band but Parquet Courts definitely have New York's attention, and with features in The Village Voice and Pitchfork, the show hit capacity about two songs into the second band of the night's set. It was as packed as I've seen DbA which was also sporting new art on the wall behind the stage, an angular collage by Maya Hayuk. Bye bye Marissa Paternoster dog illustration and giant head of DbA's Edan Wilbur.
Despite co-frontman Austin Brown being under the weather and the somewhat obtrusive presence of an onstage videographer, Parquet Courts put on a great set and the crowd was primed to dance to Light Up Gold standouts like "Borrowed Time," "Donuts Only" and the album's title track. A bit of stage diving too, via a perfectly-timed leap from Beach Fossils' Dustin Paysuer between the one-two punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." (Austin Brown also jumped into the frey, playing guitar on his back across the sweaty crowd.) With the album being one of the more quotable in recent memory, there was a lot of shouting along as well. In addition to most of Light Up Gold, the band also delivered a nice cover of The Kinks' "This Strange Effect."
Parquet Courts head to the West Coast this week for some shows in California and a few in the Pacific Northwest with Naomi Punk. Those dates are listed below.
Earlier in the night we got sets from bad trip noiseniks PC Worship, the skeletal post-punk of Household and Washington DC's riot grrl-esque Priests. Picturess of their sets, plus a few more shots of Parquet Courts are below.
Roomrunner at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Tracy Allison)
Baltimore grunge bearers Roomrunner have two solid EPs under their belt -- 2011's self titled EP and 2012's Super Vague EP -- and they're in the process of recording their debut full length. No word on when that will come out, but presumably some time in 2013. The band are playing a few shows this January, including one in Brooklyn on January 18 at Shea Stadium with Bambara, Advaeta (who recently announced a show with with Hilly Eye and Sleepies), and Young Adults. Most of the dates on that run are with Northampton's Speedy Ortiz (who recently played NYC with Thurston Moore) but they're not on the NYC date.
Speaking of Shea Stadium and the Baltimore scene, Dope Body will be playing a show at the Brooklyn venue on December 28 with PC Worship, Osekre & the Lucky Bastards, Kntrlr, and Beach Cops.
That's one day before another Baltimore band, Ed Schrader's Music Beat (who topped Dan Deacon's Best LPs of 2012 list) plays Shea (12/29) with AMi DAng, Eola, and Psychobuildings. Ed Schrader's Music Beat also plays a Brooklyn show on January 26 at Death by Audio with Bambara and more TBA.
Streams/videos and lists of dates for all three bands below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Thurston Moore & Loren Connors @ Public Assembly
Tonight was characterized by a distinct lack of guitar music, and there's no better fuck-you to the six-stringer than a full set of duelling guitars. I know, it seems like I'm contradicting myself, but there was almost nothing resembling structure or melody in the dissonant, jarring and all-around enveloping performance from Thurston Moore and his storied companion Loren Connors when they took the stage at Public Assembly. Instead, they offered up a dynamic set of skronking avant-garde sound play, building atmospheric and slightly unnerving sounds out of two guitars and a stage full of pedals. Best of all, they understood the importance of brevity, offering up a self-contained piece that never felt self-indulgent. [FFWD Weekly]Like they did at Spy Music Festival, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore teamed up with guitarist Loren Connors for an experimental dual-guitar at the Northern Spy/LQQK CMJ showcase at Public Assembly on October 17. Pictures from that show are in this post.
That was Thurston's last scheduled US show for a while (he's in Australia right now), but as usual, there are other chances to catch other members of Sonic Youth in NYC. Steve Shelley's Spectre Folk is playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (10/28) with Sic Alps and PC Worship. Tickets for that show are still available.
Lee Ranaldo has upcoming shows too.
More pics from Thurston and Loren's show below.
Thurston Moore & Loren Connors at The Stone in July, via (((unartig)))
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde guitar great Loren Connors, who initially teamed up for a collaborative set over the summer during Spy Music Festival, will again do so for the Northern Spy and LQQK CMJ showcase which happens on October 17 at Public Assembly with Hubble, PC Worship, Diamond Terrifier, The Dreebs, and Devin, Gary & Ross. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
As mentioned, Loren Connors (playing as a duo with Suzanne Langille) shares a bill with Thurston's SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who will be playing with his group, Text of Light) at 285 Kent on November 13.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore plays a local show in NYC TONIGHT (10/10) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Zorn, Jesse Harris, Gary Lucas, Red Baraat, David Amram, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox and the recently added Violent Femmes frontman Gordan Gano. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
A lengthy video of Thurston and Loren's set from Spy Music Fest is below.
The L Magazine's Summerscreen series, which presents free movies and music in McCarren Park, already announced this season's slate of films. Today Summerscreen announced the bands that will play before the screenings as curated by Todd P on behalf of Showpaper. This Wednesday (7/11) is the first one of the year, with 1999's Cruel Intentions paired with the sounds of Colin L. Orchestra and Indian Jewelry.
Summerscreen happens at N 12th @ Bedford Ave. Doors to the park open at 6:00pm, bands go on at 6:30pm, and films start at 8:15pm. Food and drink will be available.
The rest of the schedule is below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher
Tim Harrington @ Death by Audio 3/31/2012
All ages Williamsburg venue Death by Audio celebrated its fifth anniversary last month with sets by Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav, playing solo), Free Paint (Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Flying's Sara Magenheimer), Grooms, and Neckbeard Telecaster. Check out more pictures from the anniversary party below. Meanwhile, they have a number of solid upcoming shows this month and next, which are highlighted in this post.
This Wedneday (4/18), Brooklyn's Hunters will play the venue. We profiled them when they toured with The Kills and Jeff the Brotherhood, after releasing a James Iha-produced, Nick Zinner-mixed EP, which you can stream/purchase at bandcamp. The bill also includes Oakland bands Sister Fucker and Generation, and Brooklyn-via Oakland band Buddy Bag.
Parts & Labor (who are on hiatus) member Dan Friel plays the venue on April 25 and again on May 2. The 5/2 show is with ex-Parts & Labor member Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller, who can also be found at Glasslands on Thursday (4/19) with Lotus Plaza and Disappears (tickets). Dan Friel also plays The Stone on May 4 at 8 PM before Bunnybrains plays at 10 PM. All Dan Friel dates are listed below.
The next night, May 12, pg.99 offshoot Pygmy Lush, who opens for Young Widows at Saint Vitus on 4/23, plays with PC Worship, Horse Lords, and Spa Castles. You can catch PC Worship at DBA again on May 25 with Psychic Ills and Ex Cops.
Toronto garage punks Teenanger, who will be in the Northeast US to open for Ty Segall and White Fence in Philly (5/18), will stick around to play Death by Audio in Brooklyn one day later (5/19) with Family Curse.
More pics and dates below...
"The Straight Arrows play no frills spazz rock and have grown up on a healthy diet of the Ramones and Hüsker Dü, culminating in a fearless, boozy punk. They used to play on the scungy fringes of Sydney's live scene and have since released several fuzzy 7" records. They didn't need an intro [at Manning Bar in Sydney in February] and didn't waste their time with one. They exploded on stage, stabbing the fret boards and punching out stripped back songs at ridiculous volume. It was about texture, not content. Loud, abrasive, loose, obnoxious, immature and really, really good." [Faster Louder]Like fellow Sydney band Royal Headache, Straight Arrows will tour the United States in September around an appearance at Memphis' Gonerfest. Beginning and ending in NYC, they'll visit Cake Shop on September 5th and Death By Audio on September 30th. The Brooklyn show is with Deaf Wish, PC Worship and Home Blitz who also play Ding Dong Lounge on September 10th with Royal Headache.
All dates on the tour don't have venues yet, but they are listed below...
fireworks (more by Chris La Putt)
The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the West Side to delight New Yorkers and the nation with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. This year's extravaganza, "Gift of Freedom," will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score that includes a mix of American standards and the hottest pop favorites!Nick Lachey hosts the TV show which will feature performances by Brad Paisley & Beyoncé.
Not in New York? Check out our entertainment
special on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.
"The Fireworks can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue." Note that: The Westside Highway will be closed from 22nd Street to 59th Street beginning at 4:00 pm. You can also watch from NJ. I wouldn't recommend trying to see them from Brooklyn, though it may be possible if you get up high enough somewhere. One option for watching the fireworks is aboard a Rocks Off ship.
Unfortunately there will NOT be a free concert in Battery Park this year, not that last year's was anything special (for people over 5 years old anyway). There will not be a free show on Governors Island this year either. Last year they had a free She & Him show and a Rosanne Cash show too. This year the beach on Governors will be occupied by a not-free Pacha-presented dance party (part of the four-day Dance.Here.Now. Festival).
4th of July NYC show options are pretty slim in general this year, though Shea Stadium is hosting Summerjam III with Extreme Animals, Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship, Hubble, La Otracina, Fuckton, In Buenos Aires, Dubknowdub, Black Ribbons, Future Shuttle, and more. Zebulon, Brooklyn Bowl and Barbes are all also open that day.
July 4th is a Monday though, and it's a Monday you probably have off of work (like Bowery Presents does -- all their clubs are closed that day). That means you can stay up late Sunday, July 3rd which is when Panda Bear plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, Tinsel Teeth are at Death By Audio, The Hairs play a free afternoon show at the South Street Seaport Fulton Market, Jaga Jazzist play Le Poisson Rouge, and the Feelies play their third of three Maxwell's shows.
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
"The new location is a pristine secluded beach area called Raptor Point, at the North end of the main (decommissioned) runway of the abandoned airport, right on Jamaica Bay. Gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin, and of the distant Manhattan skyline; and a pretty phenomenal sunset spot." - Todd P
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Future Islands at a BBQ show in 2009 (more by Sarahana)
You can almost count on one hand the shows happening this July 4th. She & Him, The Old 97s and Rosanne Cash all play free shows, while the Feelies hold fort a Maxwell's in Jersey. Add to those Shea Stadium's all-day BBQ show, that'll also be celebrating the one-year anniversary of its 20 Meadow Street location. The bands & genres range from black metal (via Liturgy) to 'minimalist funk' (courtesy of CSC Funk Band ) to sludge rock of La Otracina to synthy post-punk Future Islands (grab one of their songs above).
A flyer, more details and videos are below...