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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The National / How to Dress Well / the scene
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 2...

Flow Festival Day 2 ended up leaning heavily toward American bands. It wasn't planned, but with The Horrors canceling a couple days earlier and some scheduling conflicts, it's just how it played out. And not that it was necessarily a bad thing. There's definitely something cool and pleasantly disjointing about seeing bands you've seen stateside in a time zone seven hours away.

But the day did start out with two really solid Finnish bands back to back: The electro-pop of Shivan Dragn and prog-rock instrumentalists - and Spencer Krug collaborators - Siinai.

With a bit of time to kill I venture to the Main Stage to see Les Ambassadeurs led by Salif Keita. The catchy Afro-pop of the ensemble provided an enjoyable, uplifting respite before a run of bands in quick succession.

I caught a brief bit of How To Dress Well. My first time seeing Tom Krell since Pitchfork in 2011 and I was struck by how intense his live set had become. A much more assured and visceral performance than before -- eschewing the string quartet he had with him at Pitchfork in favor of a more straightforward live performance.

From there it was over to the Blue Tent for Bill Callahan, one of the artists I was truly jazzed about seeing in Helsinki. Callahan always seems to come across as the coolest guy in the room and as great as his set was, I was disappointed that much of the crowd chose to talk during his set. (Apparently, this is not a problem exclusive to concerts and festivals in the States.) But I maneuvered to a spot close up where the attention was more rapt and mesmerized by Callahan's smooth bass-baritone and stayed for the entire set; the first band whose set I stayed from start to finish.


2014 Flow Festival

I managed to catch a few songs of Danish pop-songstress, at the Black Tent. It was a high-energy set and Karen Ørsted was dressed appropriately in boxing trunks and black tank top, bouncing from stage to speakers and whipping the crowd into a frenzy as us photographers in the pit worked hard to keep up with her.

After a bit of a break, I ventured over to the Balloon 360 stage to see Marissa Nadler. The stage-in-the-round setup, where the sound seemingly comes from everywhere, was perfect for Nadler's haunting, airy songs. It was simply beautiful.

The Main Stage was the next stop for The National. I'd mentioned earlier how wonderfully disjointing it was to see bands across the pond and maybe the The National were more so than any of the American-based bands I saw on the weekend. My first National show was seeing them open for John Vanderslice at a tiny rock club in Denton, TX nearly ten years ago. I've seen them at various points since on their upward trajectory so it was only fitting that I see them headline a festival in Europe. From Denton to Helsinki in a decade.

Poliça
2014 Flow Festival

I finished off my night back at the Balloon Stage for Poliça. Drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu faced each other and singer Channy Leaneagh and bassist Chris Bierden took up opposing spots with producer Ryan Olson on the edge of the stage running production. It was hypnotic as the glow of the balloon and hazy LED lights provided dreamy ambiance for rhythmic drum beats and the effects-laden voice of Leaneagh. With Jamie xx performing in the Black Tent and French electronic mastermind Kavinsky in the Blue Tent at the same time as Poliça it was impossible to be everywhere, so I opted to stay outside under the cozy environs of the balloon.

The evening continued at a techno club where we drank cider and beer and danced to generally undanceable songs before spilling out into the brisk Helsinki night and heading to another summer-specific after party out at the water. There young locals were hanging out drinking and chatting in a mashup of languages: Finnish, German, French, English... Some opted for an early morning swim, stripping down and flinging themselves off the dock into the chill. Some drifting way, way out into the dark.

As I rolled up to my hotel in the early morning hours of Sunday, with the sky brightening in the east, I got that feeling you get when you're having an absolute blast somewhere that you don't call home.
I didn't want to leave.

Pics from Flow Fest Day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More from Day 2 below...

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

Continue reading "Summerstage (Central Park & elsewhere) - full 2010 lineup "

Tinariwen @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
Tinariwen

Tinariwen are touring North America in the first quarter of 2010. Tickets recently went on sale for 2 NYC shows. It's a long journey for the band from Northern Mali (assuming they still live there), and it's a chance for us to again see the artists who made the "best world music album" of the decade (according to the Times Online)...

"The Tuaregs' debut, recorded in a Saharan radio station, is the sound of the sands, stones and emptiness, filtered through a woozy wall of guitars. Today they are genuine rock stars, but this, in all its ragged glory, is the one."
Their whole list is below...

Continue reading "Times Online picks the decade's 'best world music albums'"

Coney Island Mermaid Parade - June 21, 2008 (more photos by See-ming Lee)
Merman

today in NYC & NJ
* DANCE
* free stuff
* Sunday Best
* Polvo @ Maxwell's
* Blondie @ Nokia Theater
* Salif Keita & Haale @ Prospect Park
* Yael Naim & Herman Dune @ Summerstage
* PG Six, James William Hindle, Don Lennon, The Human Hearts @ Union Hall

Folk singer James William Hindle is playing Union Hall with PG Six tonight (the Sunday night comedy shows are on hiatus). Check out James' video for the song "jamie" below. James is also playing a free in-store at Cake Shop on June 27th.

Franklin Bruno is in The Human Hearts. They're playing Union Hall tonight oo.

Franklin Bruno will be reading from his 33 1/3 book Elvis Costello's Armed Forces at Solas Bar on June 26th. His old bandmate wrote one of those books too.

"Salif Keita (born August 25, 1949) is an internationally recognized afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the Golden Voice of Africa, but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot's role." [Wikipedia]

Salif Keita is playing the free show at Prospect Park today with Haale. David Byrne is a fan of Haale. Another free option for today is a visit to David Byrne's "Playing the Building" installation.

Did you watch the "Toe Jam" video yet?

Against Me! were on Leno the other day. Video below.

What else?

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Feist paper doll (sally grosart)
Feist

concerts scheduled in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (2008) (most free)
Jun 12 - Isaac Hayes (first show of the season)
Jun 19 - Medeski Martin and Wood, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (DEFINITELY FREE)
Jun 22 - Salif Keita
Jun 24 - Gilberto Gil (tix)
Jun 26 - Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dixie Hummingbirds
Jun 27 - Cold War Kids (info)
Jun 28 - LYRICIST LOUNGE: CROOKLYN DODGERS REUNION (info)
July 11 - Brazilian Girls (info)
July 12 - Beth Orton, Matt Munisteri (info)
July 17 - Jerry Douglas Band, The Holmes Brothers
July 18 - Deerhoof, Metropolis Ensemble (info)
July 25 - Philip Glass, Marta Topferova
Aug 01 - The Knights, Christina Courtin
Aug 02 - The Sippy Cups, Ariane Bass Bass Bass
Aug 03 - Daby Toure

ALSO from the NY TIMES:

Celebrate Brooklyn will open its 30th season on June 12 with a performance by Isaac Hayes. This summer's lineup for the free concert series at the Prospect Park band shell includes Miriam Makeba; Beth Orton; a screening of the Bruce Lee movie "Enter the Dragon," with live accompaniment by Karsh Kale; a tribute to the R&B singer Bill Withers; and a benefit by Feist.
The Bill Withers tribute is one of Hal Willner's multi-artist shows.

Feist is about to leave on a tour that also has her playing two shows at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC at the end of April.

Many of the Central Park Summerstage shows have also leaked out, not to mention some stuff happening at McCarren Pool.

This will be "Celebrate Brooklyn"'s 30th year of concerts in Prospect Park. Check out the multi-artist birthday video below.....

Continue reading "2008 Prospect Park bandshell concerts - Feist & others confirmed so far (Beth Orton, Medeski Martin & Wood....)"