Entries tagged with: Steve Gunn
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.
The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.
by Andrew Sacher
Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.
Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.
Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.
Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.
The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.
Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.
Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.
SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.
The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.
Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.
Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.
Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.
And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.
Gerard Way is playing Irving Plaza on October 20, Starland Ballroom on October 22, and Webster Hall on October 23. Tickets for all three shows go on sale today at noon. Head here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster.
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn happens on September 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Motion City Soundtrack and Ma Jolie. Like all Converse Rubber Tracks shows, it's FREE, but you do need tickets, which go "on sale" today at noon.
Flint, MI punk band The Swellers are calling it quits this year, and they've announced that their last NYC show will happen at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (8/29) at 10 AM.
Steve Gunn is playing a record release show at Rough Trade on October 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The first round of CMJ 2014 artists will be revealed at an announcement party in downtown Manhattan tonight (8/27) at a location TBA with music from Porches and Juan Wauters. You can enter this contest for a chance to attend. 6 PM start.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
by Andrew Sacher
When you talk about Weyes Blood it's hard not to talk about her powerhouse vocals, and those come across loud and clear on "Hang On," the first single from her upcoming album, The Innocents, due out October 21 via Mexican Summer. There's higher production here than on its psychedelic predecessor, 2011's The Outside Room for Not Not Fun, but it's not like those psych elements are lost entirely or anything. Check it out for yourself below.
Weyes Blood will be touring with Sun Araw in September, but before she leaves home she's got two Brooklyn shows, both at Baby's All Right. First, she plays there this Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Tashaki Miyaki and Belle Mare (tickets). Then on August 22 she returns to open for Kevin Morby and Steve Gunn (who are touring together) with American primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman on the bill as well (tickets).
All of her dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP tracklist, below...
Foxygen will be back with a new album this fall, Foxygen...And Star Power, which will be out October 14 via Jagjaguar. It's a whopper -- 24 tracks! -- and you can check out the ELO-ish (by way of Nick Lowe)
The band will also be on tour this fall, with two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 with tourmates Dub Thompson and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). Tickets to both shows are currently on AmEx presale and will be on sale to the general public on Friday (8/1), Webster Hall at 10 AM and MHOW at noon.. You can also get tickets to the Webster Hall show via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.
West Coast dates are with Steve Gunn opening, and others are with Gary Wilson. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Cassie Ramone @ Trans Pecos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Cassie Ramone has announced her first solo record since Vivian Girls called it quits. The album is titled The Time Has Come and will be out via San Francico label Loglady on August 26. Ariel Pink plays bass on several tracks, and has also written an inner-flap style blurb:
"this is Cassie's first record. she used to sing and play guitar in the vivian girls. she recorded these songs by herself over the last year or so. she hopes you like the record. goodbye." - Ariel PinkMaybe you saw Cassie playing some of her solo stuff at our BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right with Woods, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men in April, or at Trans Pecos in May. Check out a song from the new LP -- "Hangin On" is streamable below.
Cassie's other band, The Babies, seem to be on hiatus since Kevin Morby (who used to be in Woods) moved to the West Coast. Kevin is currently working on his second solo album and will be on tour with Steve Gunn this fall. They'll play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Kevin's also doing a stint with Real Estate as well as other dates. All are listed, along with the new Cassie Ramone song, below...
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. The first track from the album was just released -- the ramblin', Stonesy "Milly's Garden" -- and you can stream it below.
Gunn will be touring for most of the late summer and into the fall, including a stint with The Babies' Kevin Morby (who he's played with before). Those two will play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets are on sale now. Steve will also be on tour with old pals The War on Drugs for some European shows. All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...
Storm King Art Center in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
We already mentioned that one of The Baseball Project's shows (mems R.E.M., Dream Syndicate) this year is at the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY which isn't too far from NYC. That show is actually part of Storm King's 2014 Outdoor Music Series, which includes two other concerts.
On June 8 it's Katie Crutchfield's confessional indie rock/folk project Waxahatchee and Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple, followed by The Baseball Project with Happiness on July 20, and finally it's NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers and guitar experimenter Steve Gunn on September 21.
All shows start at 2 PM and are free with Storm King admission ($15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 children ages 5-18, free for children 4 and under).
The Felice Brothers' tour also hits NYC in July at Webster Hall.
Psych pop band Worthless, whose Curtis Godino is also a member of the Drippy Eye Projections crew, are releasing a new 7", Greener Grass, on May 27 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (pre-order). Its new single, "Freakout," owes much to the psychedelic era of the '60s and any of that era's more modern revival bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Black Angels, etc. That song premieres in this post, and you can check it out below.
Worthless also play the upcoming Beyond Beyond is Beyond label showcase with a genre-appropriate lineup of Steve Gunn, Prince Rupert's Drops and Devonian Gardens at NYC's Mercury Lounge on May 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No other upcoming shows that we're aware of yet.
Song stream and show flyer below...
We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.
Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.
Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
Steve Gunn at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steve Gunn has been playing NYC a lot lately, both as a member of Kurt Vile's band and as a solo artist in support of his newest album, Time Off. His last show was at Union Pool last week (2/13), which would have been with Lee Ranaldo's band but they dropped off at the last minute.
Steve has now announced that he'll be going on a full tour with a backing band that includes Austin festivals SXSW and Austin Psych Fest, and also includes another NYC show happening on April 25 at Rough Trade. That show is with Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies, plays bass in Woods has a solid solo album too. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (whose lineup includes two Sonic Youth members) recently played NYC when their tour hit The Bell House (1/11) over the weekend. There's just a few dates left on their itinerary, but the band have already announced another hometown show happening on February 13 at Union Pool. The show will be opened by Steve Gunn of Kurt Vile's live band, who also opened their Bell House show. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Endless Boogie at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Jammy Brooklyn rockers Endless Boogie are about to kick off a residency at hometown venue Union Pool for the month of January (something they've done before). They'll be playing every Wednesday this month, starting this week (1/8), and there's different openers every night.
Photographer and DJ Josh Wildman, a regular at the now closed Max Fish where Endless Boogie could also often be found, will be doing "his amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings" to open up the first night (1/8) of the residency that also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs on the bill.
Syphilitic Lust, whose 1/2 show at Acheron with Mutilation Rites was cancelled, will make their next appearance as part of the second week (1/15) of the residency along with Jack Rose collaborator and D. Charles Speer & the Helix member Hans Chew who maybe you caught opening for the Boogie back at their album release show in February.
Spacin', Mike Wexler + Band, Call of the Wild, Steve Gunn and a few others TBA will likely be confirmed for the 1/22 and 1/29 dates, so stay tuned for more concrete details on that. No advance tickets for any of the four shows; admission is $9 at the door.
Endless Boogie also open one of the two sold-out Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks NYC shows in February.
Some videos and the full schedule below...
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.
Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."
On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.
It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...