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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts / Mutual Benefit @ Pier 84 7/10/2014
Wild Beasts
Mutual Benefit

You couldn't have asked for a nicer evening for the kickoff of this year's Hudson River Park's River Rocks series. A breeze kept things cool as lovely purples and pinks filled the clouds, with two equally cool and lovely bands providing the soundtrack. Mutual Benefit are very much a sunset band, mellow and relaxing with their violin-driven pop. The band's acclaimed Other Music debut came out late last year and the label is set to reissue the band's 2011 Cowboy's Prayer EP in September.

Wild Beasts, meanwhile, are a band for the dark, when things go bump in the night. They seemed a lot more comfortable with the more prominent electronics found on this year's Present Tense than they did when they played MHOW back in March. The four members morph together as one undulating sultry groove machine, with vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming trading vocals and instruments while guitarist Ben Little colors things in and drummer Chris Talbot keeps the beat inventive, heavy on the toms. Both Flemming and Thorpe have songs where they sing lead, but their best songs -- the new "Sweet Spot" and "Devil's Crayon" from their first album -- blur them together.

Some of you may have noticed a guy spinning tunes from the far corner of the stage between bands. That was me. Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit's tour plays Philadelphia tonight (7/11). MB plays NYC again on Halloween. More pictures from Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit at River Rocks below...

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robyn

Royksopp & Robyn's collaborative mini-LP, Do it Again, came out last week (5/26), five songs of sumptuous Scandinavian dancepop. If you haven't checked it out you can stream the whole thing (via Spotify), along with a video of the two artists discussing each track and the new video for "Sayit", below.

As mentioned, Royksopp & Robyn will be taking the show on the road this summer, including NYC, Chicago, Toronto and other cities around North America. One of the more picturesque stops on the tour will be at Denver, CO's Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 27. If you're going to be in Denver for that stop on the tour, you can get tickets via the BrooklynVegan presale starting today (6/4) at noon Mountain Time (that's 2 PM NYC time). Password is Bvegan

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What next for R & R? The mini album may be a preview of something bigger. Exclaim talked to the Scandinavians:

...Do It Again was touted as an introduction to a forthcoming Röyksopp full-length, [but] they're tight-lipped about their next steps.

"We never spoke of what we were going to do," says Brundtland, "kind of with the feeling that if you just do it instead, it's more efficient and it happens the right way. We basically don't want to tell you too much about it, if that's okay."

Berge, meanwhile, hints that it will stay "within the same sort of realm [as Do It Again] when it comes to themes. It's about spirituality, satisfaction and fulfillment, and it's about decay and demise, doubt and denial, attractions and compulsions; themes we've dabbled in in the history of Röyksopp. It will be down that route with a darker sentiment; the same kind of darkness you find on this release."

Asked whether she'll play a substantial role on that album, Robyn is coy: "Um, I don't know! We'll see... what happens."

Interjects Brundtland, "I think we'll point back to what we said. We don't want to give too much away."


Videos and streams and dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

Honeyblood

Honeyblood are a duo from Glasgow, Scotland who've been around for about two years. Their first single, "Bud," came out last year and with their clear voices, strong melodies and twangy, reverby sound, comparisons to Best Coast followed. While they don't sound exactly like Bethany Cosatino's band, it's not that far off either. (Rilo Kiley is another common comparison.) The band's new single "Killer Bangs" came out this week via FatCat who will be releasing their debut album on July 15. (Pre-orders are available.) That record was actually made in America, with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) at his Tarquin Studios in Connecticut last November. Stream a couple tracks below.

The duo just played The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England last weekend and just started a UK tour with Courtney Barnett (who will be here for Northside). Honeyblood will be over for a few North American shows too. Here in NYC, they've been added to Teenage Fanclub's show at Hudson River Rocks on July 24. Saint Rich have also been added to that outdoor show, which is free and open to the public.

All Honeyblood tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below...

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Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Temples

Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Waxahatchee on Pier 84
Waxahatchee @ Pier 84 - 7/10/2013

As you may know, the free River Rocks series on Hudson River Park's Pier 84 began last week (7/11) with sets from Generationals, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside and Waxahatchee. We've already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another set 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 below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Generationals / Waxahatchee
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...

Continue reading "River Rocks announces 2013 free show lineup (Titus, Foxygen, Ducktails, Thao, Waxahatchee, Generationals, more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

every year between Christmas and New Year's, we catch up on unposted stuff. This year is no different...

Grimes

As you might remember, Grimes headlined a big free outdoor Hudson Park River Rocks show over the summer at Pier 84 with support from Captured Tracks indie rockers Wild Nothing and DIIV. We already posted a set of pictures from that show back in August after the show happened, and we've got a second belated set of pics that are in this post.

Grimes had a pretty amazing year this year (love it or hate it), making a huge leap from being relatively underground to becoming one of the most talked about indie pop successes of the year. We blogged about her a lot, everyone blogged about her a lot, she made a ton of year end lists, and had one of the biggest indie pop songs of the year with "Oblivion" (Pitchfork's number 1 track). Grimes also gave us her own year-end list which included things like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Swans.

More pics from the Pier 84 show below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Grimes at River Rocks 8/09/2012
Grimes

The weather forecast was gloomy, with thunderstorms predicted for 8 PM but the winds were with the 5000+ folk who showed up to Pier 84 for the final 2012 River Rocks show with Grimes, Wild Nothing and DIIV, the final Hudson Park River Rocks show of 2012. While the rain stayed away, the air was thick with humidity which just added to the sweaty nature of the show.

Grimes has certainly come a long way in the last two years and though she still has a nervous, conversational rapport on stage, she has become a confident performer. Flanked by two dancers and armed with bubble machines, Claire Boucher had the masses dancing (and shrieking) for a good hour. She came back for an encore, playing a brand new, "not finished" track that the audience ate up like it was "Oblivion." They really did not want her to stop or leave the stage.

Grimes will be back in October for four sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. All Grimes dates are listed below.

The other acts of the night were of the indie rock (Captured Tracks division) variety, with Wild Nothing and DIIV. Wild Nothing played much of their new album, Nocturne, and had it for sale at the merch table, two weeks early. Setlist is in a picture below. They sounded terrific and have also come a long way and move around much more on stage.

Nobody moves more than DIIV, though. The indefatigable band never stop and put on another good set last night. This was the first date of their and Wild Nothing's tour together and all upcoming dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

Pictures, videos and setlists from last night, plus listed tour dates, are below.

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The Soft Pack

Bummer news: tonight's River Rocks show with Oberhofer, The Soft Pack and Royal Bangs has been canceled due to the Severe Thunderstorm watch that is in effect for this evening.

Soft Pack fans... they're playing Friday (7/27) and Saturday (7/28) at Union Pool.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Dan Deacon rockin Pier 84...this ain't no Bon Iver!" - BonIverBlows

Dan Deacon's dance-off pit
Dan Deacon

The Hudson River Rocks series began last night (7/12) on Pier 84 with sets from Dan Deacon, John Maus, and Roomrunner. The new location is a lot nicer than Pier 54, where River Rocks was held in previous years. Where Pier 54 is pretty much just a straight line of pavement, at Pier 84 you're standing on outdoor tiles, the pier is broken up by some evergreen trees towards the back, and they create shade over stone wall-lined grassy area where you can sit between bands.

Roomrunner opened the show, unfortunately with a bit of technical problems hindering their set. Up next was John Maus, crazy as usual, taking over the stage with just a microphone as his beats played through the PA and he screamed without his mic, punched himself in the head, and gradually spilled more and more water over himself throughout the show. Dan Deacon closed out the show, also crazy as usual, with all of his regular antics like forming a giant pit in the middle of the crowd for a dance-off. If you made it out to the free show, what did you think?

River Rocks continues with two more free shows on Pier 84 this summer. On July 26 it's Oberhofer and The Soft Pack, and on August 9 it's Grimes (who has four not-free sold out NYC shows coming up), Wild Nothing, and DIIV (who played two NYC shows last night).

More pictures from last night's show at Pier 84 are below...

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Dan Deacon

As discussed, the first Hudson River Park River Rocks (as they're calling it now) concert of the season happens tonight (7/13) with Dan Deacon, John Maus and Roomrunner. The show, which is now at Pier 84 (entrances on W43rd and W44th Sts) and starts at 7PM (doors at 6PM). Songs from all three bands playing tonight can be found on the free River Rocks mixtape which is downloable over at Insound. It's also got tracks by Grimes, DIIV (who plays 2 NYC shows tonight) and Wild Nothing, all of whom play River Rocks on August 9.

Dan Deacon is just about ready to drop his new album, America, on the world -- specifically August 28. It'll be his first for Domino Records. You may have already heard album's "Lots" and now he's unleashed a second America single, "True Thrush," which you can stream that below alongside the artwork to both the single and the album.

The River Rocks show also kicks off a fairly massive tour for Deacon, who will hit most of North America before the year's over, with time for Europe as well. All Dan Deacon tour dates are listed below.

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The Soft Pack at Cake Shop in February, 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
Soft Pack

The Soft Pack will be here at the end of the month, playing the free Hudson River Rocks show on July 26 with Oberhofer. The California band -- who haven't played here in nearly two years -- have added two more NYC shows to take place after the River Rocks show. Those shows happen at Union Pool on July 27 and 28. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

In other Soft Pack news, the band's new, yet-unnamed album is in the can and will be out in September. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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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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River Rocks

Free NYC summer concert series "Hudson River Rocks" has moved from Pier 54 to Pier 84 (at 44th Street). You can see this year's schedule in the picture.

Meanwhile you can catch Dan Deacon in Union Square on May 1st.

photos by Chris La Putt

DOM @ Pier 54
Dom

Dom, who played a free show at Pier 54 with Deer Tick earlier this month, is headlining a free show at Rockaway Beach AT PUBLIC ASSEMBLY (moved due to rain) on Sunday (today, 8/21). Sheen Bros (Cosmo Baker & 4th Pyramid plus Greg Nice) are also on the bill, and there will be DJ sets from BAIO (Vampire Weekend), Queen Majesty, Eli Escobar and Shakeyface. It's the second in a series of free RCRD LBL sponsored shows at the location. JEFF The Brotherhood played the first one. RSVP is supposedly required. The flyer, a couple more dates, and more unposted pictures from the 8/11 Pier 54 show, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

"The Antlers sound so good right now" - James Cross

The Antlers

I arrived a bit too late to see this happen, but after Dinosaur Feathers started playing their opening set on Pier 54 in Manhattan last night (7/22), a generator blew. That in turn caused much of the electricity on stage to stop working. When I got there, the opening band was playing again, but sans generator, monitors and drum machine. According to their own banter, they played 3.5 songs total (it was 2.5 songs, but then they were surprised when they were told to play one more after that). The Brooklyn band is now on tour with Lonnie Walker until August 28th when they conclude things at Littlefield (DF also have a show on September 7th at Bruar Falls).

Half way through the last song of Dinosaur Feathers' short set, a truck came blazing down the side of the peer with yellow lights flashing and a generator in tow. The crowd, aware of exactly what that was zooming by, cheered loudly. The Hudson River Park staff quickly got things up and running and The Antlers took the stage for their headlining set. It was around 9pm. That meant there was plenty of time for the band to play a full set that ran until not long past 10pm, 1-song encore included.

The wooden pier is a beautiful place, right off the West Side Highway. You're literally surrounded by the Hudson River on three sides as you're watching the band play in front of the NJ skyline (I'm not being sarcastic!). The breeze off the water, and nice night in general, made it even better.

The Antlers are one of my favorite new bands, and as usual, they didn't disappoint. Frontman Peter Silberman somehow manages to simultaneously channel so much emotion while completely playing it cool, and shredding on guitar. His backing band of Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci are completely able, and together they, well to quote James above, sound so good.

As a bonus we got two new songs, one of which was a falsetto-heavy number that they were playing for the very first time. I'm really looking forward to hearing them on record (especially the new song they played earlier in the set). The next show on Pier 54 is Deerhunter and Real Estate on August 12th. More pictures from the Antlers show, with more Antlers dates, and two videos including a video of one of the new songs (the one they played later in the set for the first time), below...

Continue reading "The Antlers, despite generator problems, played (new songs at) River Rocks on Pier 54 w/ Dinosaur Feathers (pics, video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

"Wow - thanks to everyone who stuck it out - I was a little disombobulated, and I'm truly sorry the R4 & XtraGolden didn't play... ...but we all made the best of it, right? Thanks again for braving it with us!" - Ted Leo

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Hundreds of people braved the rain to see Ted Leo & the Pharamacists play a tight set with no set list on Pier 54 in NYC (part of the RiverRocks summer series). After a slight delay and the cancellation of both openers (Radio 4 and Extra Golden), Ted and band played for about an hour and 20 minutes of relatively rain-free music. They went on around 7:50. The above picture was taken around 6:30. To quote a friend, "all in all another memorable night in the eight year saga of Ted vs the Environment. Ted and his diehard fans always win." More pictures and some video below...

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photos by Alex Reside

Team Robespierre

"Last night a whole lot of music fans packed themselves onto Pier 54 for the first concert in the Hudson River Park's RiverRocks concert series. The show featured three performances (wait, can I call a DJ set a performance? ok, fine I guess so). First up was Team Robespierre, a punk band from Brooklyn. They seemed a little off, but at least they were singing...which leads me to the next group Flosstradamus, a pair of DJs. The music was good, but it wasn't the right time or place for a DJ set. The pier was completely flat, so odds were that your experience at that point involved a dance-track backed view of the sunset. It wasn't much of a dance party where I was standing, half-way down the pier, but maybe they were appreciating the music up front. When Matt and Kim took the stage there were joined by two giant screens, which were used to project close-ups of the musicians as well as some animated patterns." [Second Doubles]
Flosstradamus play again tonight/Friday at Studio B. More pictures from last night's show at the pier, below...

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Yeasayer in the woods (via their recording blog)
Yeasayer

"Three of the best established indie bands in the New York City music scene - two relatively newcomers, Matt & Kim and Yeasayer, and one perennial favorite Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- are scheduled to headline the 11th annual RiverRocks music series of free outdoor concerts at Hudson River Park's Pier 54 this summer.

With the Hudson River and the setting sun as the backdrop of its Pier 54 stage (at 14th Street), RiverRocks kicks off its three-date series Thursday, July 9 featuring Brooklyn's Matt & Kim with the Chicago-based electronic team Flosstradamus opening the evening....

RiverRocks is Hudson River Park's signature concert series staged on the Pier 54 waterfront adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street). Gates open at 6 p.m. for all RiverRocks shows, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

I've been waiting for Ted Leo to announce a summer show. The dates of the three free, outdoor concerts is below...

Continue reading "Hudson RiverRocks' 2009 lineup - Yeasayer, Ted Leo, Matt & Kim, Radio 4, Extra Golden (3 free NYC shows!)"

Blonde Redhead @ St. Ann's in March (more by Bao)
Blonde Redhead @ St Anns

free shows @ Pier 54 @ W. 14th St in NYC (6pm)
July 10 - Latin Celebration w/ Yerba Buena and Si-Se
July 31 - Flogging Molly
Aug 14 - Blonde Redhead