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by Bill Pearis

CHK CHK CHK !!!

!!! (chk chk chk)'s song "Every Little Bit Counts," which is on last year's As If, is probably the closest the band have ever come to straight-up pop; an infectious, guitar-driven song that is a little like New Order at their frothiest (or maybe New Radicals). They've just released a video for the song which, like the one for "Ooo," was directed by Adult Swim's Casper Kelly, the guy behind viral sensation Too Many Cooks. For it, he casts !!! frontman Nic Offer as that guy who worms his way into the background of a street reporter's shot, but then infects himself into every part of the newscast. Says director Kelly:

"Every Little Bit Counts" excited me because it is such a fun, fun song and tonally different from the weirder, darker stuff I usually do. The basic idea is there's a stuffy world, in this case the news, and Nic comes in like Willie Wonka or the Cat in the Hat and has a bit of fun with it. Crazily and coincidentally, while shooting on the set Nic told me he once did a thing like this in real life - he was walking somewhere and there was a news crew interviewing a man opposed to gay marriage, and Nic popped in and said something in the mic. If someone by chance taped that newscast he'd love a copy.
Watch the "Every Little Bit Counts" video below.

The band will be on tour in Europe and the UK in February and March, and those dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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After making their last couple videos using their laptop (including its camera), funk-punk vets !!! (chk chk chk) have ponied up some dough for an actual budget for "Ooo," maybe the best song on their new album, As If. Casper Kelly, the guy behind Adult Swim's brilliantly weird Too Many Cooks directs, with a Star Trek/Star Wars theme about a playboy starship captain who has a different conquest every night, and the consequences of which start a few intergalactic incidents. Watch it below.

The band's tour just started, and is currently in NYC for two shows -- tonight (11/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Guerrilla Toss and Wednesday (11/18) at Bowery Ballroom with Eaters -- and tickets are still available. We're also giving a pair away via Facebook.

Both shows, and the whole tour, is also with Stereolad is actually just members of !!! playing as a Stereolab cover band, which sounds kinda fun. They've made a "Stereolad Selects" Spotify playlist which make give some indication of what songs they'll be covering. Listen below.

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by Bill Pearis

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Funk-punk vets !!! (Chk Chk Chk) have shared a couple more songs off their upcoming album, As If. Both "Bam City" and "Ooo" are slinky jams and the laid-back style works well for them. I've liked everything I've heard off As If so far. Stream those below. The band also made a video for "Bam City" and here's what they have to say about it:

We did it the same way as OUR LAST VIDEO, goofed around on the laptop cam for an hour, this time in Gorman's kitchen, and then had our friends at Mad Ruffian and our other friend Luke Crotty trip it out with some animation. We did 3 takes this time and I swear Mr. Meow was more excited about dancing in the earlier takes. And the song, well it's glammy, slammy, and bound to win a Grammy, or 20 (say it with an accent and the rhyme scheme stays intact.... Sammy). Just a taste of the many surprises we have in store for u on 'As If'. Hope u like and if u don't I'll simply just die. Or maybe just keep on like I usually do. K, bye.
Watch the "Bam City" video below.

The band's fall tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 17 and Bowery Ballroom on November 18Tickets are on sale. Updated tour dates are listed below.

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have just released the video for new single "Freedom '15" from their forthcoming album, As If. It's a lyric video that makes good use of Facetime/Skype and the single itself is a four-on-the-floor disco/house kiss-off anthem. Watch it below.

The band have just announced a fall tour that will include two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 17 and Bowery Ballroom on November 18. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale August 28 at noon with an AmEx presale starting August 26 at noon. As for what to expect this time out, the band have the following advice:

A lot of u r asking me how u can best prepare for this upcoming tour. I can't tell u much more than the basic stuff. Get some new dancing shoes. Update your outfits. Stretch well. Stay hydrated. Stay fly. Stay free. Stay refreshing that browser for when we drop our next MP3. And MOST OF ALL, stay sweet.
All tour dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Chk Chk Chk as if

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have been putting the punk in funk and defying Search Engine Optimization standards for over 15 years, and have just announced their new album. Titled As If, it's the band's sixth album and will be out via Warp on October 16. That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from it right now: "Freedom! '15" is as close to pure disco as !!! have ever gone; "Sick Ass Moon" is a little more typical of their style. Listen below.

Both those songs come as instant downloads when pre-ordering As If. Tracklist to the LP is below.

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!!! @ Knitting Factory on NYE (photo via @nortonal)

Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk), who just played New Year's Eve at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory with Prince Rama and Cakes da Killa, are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they're good and ready, they'll be playing their new material this week at Union Pool on four consecutive nights (January 7 - 10). In addition to the new stuff, they add that "maybe we'll play a couple hits." DJs will play before and after each show and tickets are on sale.

Before the Brooklyn shows, !!! play Hamden, CT's The Outer Space on Tuesday (1/6). Flyers for the Union Pool shows, below...

Continue reading "!!! (chk chk chk) playing new songs at East Coast shows this week (four nights at Union Pool) before recording new LP"

by Andrew Sacher

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Le1f-associated rapper/singer DonChristian released his album Renzo Piano earlier this year, which features Le1f, fellow avant-rapper Antwon, production from The-Drum's Jeremiah Meece, frequent Le1f collaborator Boody, FACT year-end list maker lsdxoxo and others. If you're into the kind of dark, left-field stuff of Le1f and Antwon, you'll likely dig DonChristian too. You can stream the album and watch the video for its track "Clerk" below, and download it for free here.

DonChristian headlines a NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Cameo, which Le1f DJs. Also on the bill is Tigga Calore, Joey Labeija b2b False Witness, Shyboi and Geng. Tickets are still available.

Later this month, he opens Le1f's Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28, which also features singer Rahel (who's on Renzo Piano as well), Boody, Abdu Ali, Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and more special guests. Tickets for that are still available too.

In addition to guesting on Renzo Piano, Rahel also has a song with Jeremiah Meece, and she's featured on that FACT-approved lsdxoxo album, whorecore, which also features another great left-field NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa. You can stream that album below.

Cakes Da Killa also had lsdxoxo produce multiple tracks on this year's Hunger Pangs, and he's got two upcoming local shows too. He was added to the !!! (chk chk chk) / Prince Rama New Year's Eve show at Knitting Factory (tickets), and he's got a show at Baby's All Right on February 20 with UNIIQU3 (tickets).

DonChristian and lsdxoxo album streams below...

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!!! @ Central Park Summerstage in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The NYC New Year's Eve options continue to grow. If you want to ring in 2015 with extra exclamation points and new age mysticism, !!! (chk chk chk) will be playing with Prince Rama on NYE at Knitting Factory. "Special Guests" are also promised and you also get a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.

Prince Rama DJ'd at Baby's last night with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Anyone go to that?

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Britt was Simon AND Garfunkel, tonight in Central Park. Thank you @spoontheband !" - Eleanor Friedberger

Spoon / !!! / Operators @ Central Park 9/10/2014
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On the heels of their great new album, They Want My Soul, Spoon brought their tour to NYC last night (9/10) for a show under the stars at Central Park Summerstage. (Their second show in town this summer.) You couldn't have asked for a lovelier night, with the band casting tall sillouhettes against white panels behind them. Britt Daniel and the rest of the new lineup of Spoon were in good spirits, with the majority of the set devoted mainly to songs from the new album and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Where most of Spoon's tour has been with either Hamilton Leithauser or EMA opening, Summerstage got a special undercard. !!! (chk chk chk), whose most recent album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, offered up a typically spirited set punky funk, with frontman Nic Offer still in those short shorts. The evening started with Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators (their third NYC show), who are now a quartet, adding onetime Hot Hot Heat member Dustin Hawthorne on bass. (Related fun fact: HHH's Dante DeCaro was in Wolf Parade.) Even though between Spoon and Operators every member of Britt and Dan's Divine Fits were in on stage at one point or another last night, the band did not make an actual appearance.

More pics from last night's Summerstage show, and Spoon's setlist, below...

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Spoon @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Spoon took their sweet time announcing openers for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. (Most dates on the tour are either with EMA or Hamilton Leithauser.) But now it is known that multi-continent funk punks !!! (chk chk chk) and Dan Boeckner's new group Operators will be the night's very high quality undercard. Tickets are still available but if you want to go for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.

This marks Operators third NYC show (the first was BV's Northside showcase, the second was with now tourmates Future Islands). Also, interestingly, this means all four members of Divine Fits (Boeckner and Britt Daniel's combo band) will be performing at this show. In addition to Britt Daniel and Boeckner, Divine Fits guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel is now in Spoon, and drummer Sam Brown is in Operators. Maybe we'll get a DF encore?

Ticket giveaway details below...

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!!! aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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hey everybody, just announcing some dates of what we call our "punk dog tours." this means we play some smaller clubs and test out all the new songs. these often feature flashes of brilliance, moments of genius, jaw dropping profundity and total and complete utter bullshit. u can help us make a great next album by showing up and dancing to the parts u find profound and checking your phone during the utter bullshit moments.

that's how we know. generally all the songs you've come to know and love by us have been tested out on the road before, so this is a chance to get a preview of the songs that are hopefully headed to the tops of your most played lists of the future. i definitely remember the baffled looks on faces when we first tested out hits like giuliani, and well, do we have other hits? whatever the case, we've been working hard on these and we're excited to test them out.

- !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Chk Chk Chk's "punk dog tour" kicks off in NYC at Glasslands on July 11. Eaters open and tickets are on sale now. Right after that they play the Hudson Music Project festival (tickets). All dates are listed below.

In other news, !!! recently made a mix for Thump. Says the band "this is what we've been listening to a lot lately, so who knows, maybe the new record will even sound a bit like this." You can stream that, and check out its tracklist, below...

Continue reading "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) share new mixtape, playing NYC before Hudson Music Project on "punk dog" tour (dates, streams)"

!!! aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
chk chk chk

hey everybody, just announcing some dates of what we call our "punk dog tours." this means we play some smaller clubs and test out all the new songs. these often feature flashes of brilliance, moments of genius, jaw dropping profundity and total and complete utter bullshit. u can help us make a great next album by showing up and dancing to the parts u find profound and checking your phone during the utter bullshit moments.

that's how we know. generally all the songs you've come to know and love by us have been tested out on the road before, so this is a chance to get a preview of the songs that are hopefully headed to the tops of your most played lists of the future. i definitely remember the baffled looks on faces when we first tested out hits like giuliani, and well, do we have other hits? whatever the case, we've been working hard on these and we're excited to test them out.

- !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Chk Chk Chk's "punk dog tour" kicks off in NYC at Glasslands on July 11. Eaters open and tickets are on sale now. Right after that they play the Hudson Music Project festival (tickets). All dates are listed below.

In other news, !!! recently made a mix for Thump. Says the band "this is what we've been listening to a lot lately, so who knows, maybe the new record will even sound a bit like this." You can stream that, and check out its tracklist, below...

Continue reading "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) share new mixtape, playing NYC before Hudson Music Project on "punk dog" tour (dates, streams)"

Hudson Project

Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.

In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."

Full initial lineup below...

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Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

by Bill Pearis

!!! @ Webster Hall 12/13/2013: Some girls might like Nik Offer's shorts (via @cyndoendo)
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If you like your holiday songs with a Charlie-Brown-style light dusting of melancholy, "And Anyway it's Christmas" by !!! does so nicely, all while set to a stomping '70s disco beat. Says frontman Nik Offer:

"We've always wanted to write an Xmas song, but wanted it to be good enough and not just something like "it's a disco christmas" or whatever. It had to be a good song to start with. We came up with this groove and it just felt Christmassy to us. Hopefully, you'll see fit to play at holiday dance parties for years to come. Happy holidays to everyone who came out to our shows this year and made 2013 one of our most fun yet. Oh, and make sure you check the dub mix for personal holiday greetings from each band member."
"And Anyway it's Christmas" is available now as a 7" and you can stream the A-side below.

The band just wrapped up a short zip around the East Coast, having played NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (12/13) with Holy Fuck, and Ithaca, NY on Saturday (12/14). For New Years, the band have conveniently scheduled some dates in Australia where it is the height of summer. Those are listed, along with their disco Christmas song, below...

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Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

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Bicoastal dance-rock crew !!! released their latest album, THR!!!ER, earlier this year and are following it up with an EP, R!M!X!S, that hands various tracks from the LP over to the likes of Patrick Ford, Maurice Fulton, Jim Eno, and Anthony Naples. That EP will be out November 4 and you can stream Anthony Naples remix of "Californiyeah" below.

The band are continuing to groove their way around the world on tour and have added another NYC date, playing Webster Hall on December 13 with Holy Fuck opening. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/11) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the R!M!X!S tracklist and song stream, below...

Continue reading "!!! releasing 'R!M!X!S' and extend tour, including Webster Hall with Holy Fuck (updated dates & stream)"

!!! at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
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The free summer shows at House of Vans began last week with Fucked Up, Title Fight, and Hop Along, and will continue on July 11 with Toro y Moi and others (RSVPed out).

Today (7/1) at 9 AM, RSVP opens for the !!!, Classix, and Jacques Renault show happening on July 18. These RSVPs have been going fast, so act quick!

Toro y Moi at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
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Happy opening day to the House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) free summer concert series! The first show is tonight (6/27) with Fucked Up, Title Fight, and Hop Along (which RSVPed out way long ago), and there's some other happenings in the HoV world too.

RSVP for the Toro y Moi, Shlohmo, and Jonwayne show happening on July 11 opens today (6/27) at noon. RSVP is limited to two tickets per person, and as with all House of Vans shows, entry is still capacity-based, so get there early.

It's also just been announced that LA dance duo Classixx (whose new album, Hanging Gardens came out earlier this year, and who already played NYC a couple times) have been added to the July 18 show with !!! and Jacques Renault. RSVP for that show opens Monday (7/1) at 9 AM.

RSVP info is here for all upcoming House of Vans shows. Check out the updated lineup and a new flyer for the !!!/Jacques Renault/Classixx show below...

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Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop Along
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
All shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.

Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...

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LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

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Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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!!! aboard the SS Coachella, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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The funky band with the most un-google-able name, !!! have announced a set of tour dates for Europe and North America set for this spring and into early summer. The dates include a stop in NYC for a date with Bowery Ballroom on May 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/15) at noon.

As discussed, the band is prepping to release THR!!!ER in late April. You can stream new track "SLYD" from the record and dig on all tour dates below.

Continue reading "!!! announce 2013 tour, release new song from 'THR!!!ER' (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

!!! on the Coachella Cruise, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Fresh off the (Coachella) boat, !!! have announced details of their new album, THR!!!ER, which will be out April 30 on Warp. A ballsy title for sure (and kind of genius) and guitarist Mario Andreoni explains:

Thriller didn't merely come to represent the selling of a lot of records...it became synonymous with an artist(s)' and/or genre(s)' artistic high-water mark. INXS' Kick is the Australian Thriller...Alanis's Jagged Little Pill is the Canadian Thriller...Wham's Make It Big is the blow-dryer's Thriller...every recording by the 13th Floor Elevators is the dosed-man's Thriller...Sister Ray by Velvet Underground is the Thriller of musical fever dreams. One day at the studio, Nic [Offer, vocalist] drew THR!!!ER on a napkin and I liked it...then we made our THR!!!ER
The album was produced by the very busy Jim Eno of Spoon who gathered the far-flung band members who now live all over the globe. Unlike previous albums where songs were written during in-studio jam sessions, !!! came to the recordings with songs ready. Says frontman Nic Offer, "We've never tried to make the same record twice, we might have accidentally, but we've always tried to push on. For this one it felt like we definitely shoved off from the shore."

You can check out THR!!!ER's cover art, track list and a video trailer below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Sleigh Bells / !!! / "ladies night" @ SS Coachella, 12/22/2012
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Here are shots from the final day of the second voyage of S.S. Coachella that went down at the end of December. Though most of the boat was a little partied out from the wild day in Jamaica (and afterparty) the day before, people got back in the spirit for Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells and !!!. For the latter's final number, !!! invited members of Warpaint, Father John Misty and others for a group sing-a-long. After that it was a "ladies night" party that made sure everyone was bleary eyed for their trip home the next days. Says our photographer Greg Cristman, "Amazing that no one fell overboard."

You can check out pictures from day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE. More pics from day 4 are below.

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