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photo of the fireworks taking off, posted by Vlad Busca on Facebook
Romania fire

According to the BBC, 27 people were killed and over 140 were hospitalized after a fire broke out at a metal band's show in Bucharest, Romania last night. The band, Goodbye to Gravity, had reportedly set off fireworks during their set which caused the ceiling and a pillar to catch fire. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said, "We already have indications that the legal regulations had not been respected."

One attendee, Delia Tugui, wrote on Facebook (via USA Today):

In 30 seconds...the fire spread all over the ceiling. People rushed to the entrance but it was too narrow, and people panicked. Behind me people stampeded, climbing over each other, to try and get out. Friends were looking for each other under the pile of people. Asking 'Is it you? Where are you? I can't see you. Is that your arm?' It was a nightmare. I realized that those on the other side of the bar would not get out alive.
The BBC article also points out that witness Victor Ionescu said people were fainting because of the smoke and being trampled.

According to Ziarul De Iasi via Blabbermouth, Goodbye To Gravity's guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru were among the 27 that were killed.

The country has declared three days of national mourning in honor of the victims.

4th of July

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

Read on below...

Continue reading "2015 4th of July weekend NYC event guide"

Where to watch Macy's Fourth of July fireworks 2015

Independence Day is Saturday and Macy's annual fireworks extravaganza remains on the East River for 2015. This year's 25-minute-long display, which should start around 9 PM, will set off more than 50,000 pyrotechnic shells from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the water below and further up the river. Anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky is a good place to watch -- maybe a friend's roof? -- but there are designated public viewing sections on the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:






You can also watch the fireworks live on NBC, as part of a concert event titled "Brave" that features performances by Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Brad Paisley and more.

There are also fireworks at Coney Island.

photo: 2014 Mermaid Parage (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mermaid Parade

The 33rd Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade happens Saturday, June 20 and this year's King and Queen are husband-and-wife freakshow/burlesque performers Mat Fraser (who was on the last season of American Horror Story) and Julie Atlas Muz (who has, among other things, performed at the Whitney Biennial and has opened for Psychic TV). The Parade starts at 1 PM and goes from West 21st and Surf Avenue, rolling to West 10th Street, then to the Boardwalk and finishing at Steeplechase Plaza. If you'd like to be in it, you can register through June 18. Unfortunately there is no Mermaid Ball afterparty this year. Poster for this year's Parade is below.

June 20 will also have fireworks, happening after the Brooklyn Cyclones season opener which is against the Staten Island Yankees. The night before (Friday, 6/19) will kick off Coney Island's summer fireworks series, which will happen every Friday through September 4. Friday night fireworks start at 9:30 PM and are shot off from the beach. There will also be fireworks after eight Saturday Brooklyn Cyclones games, plus fireworks on Thursday, July 2 which will also be after a Cyclones game. Full 2015 Coney Island fireworks schedule is below.

Continue reading "2015 Coney Island Mermaid Parade details +++ fireworks return to boardwalk every Friday & after 9 Cyclones games"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Turnover @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 5/29/15

Turnover brought their tour with headliners Fireworks and openers Sorority Noise and Royal Psalms to NYC for a packed show at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 29. The tour's in support of Peripheral Vision (out now on Run for Cover), an album of atmospheric jangle pop and a departure from their punkier beginnings. It kinda reminds me of a more emo Real Estate. They stuck to the new stuff at the show, and sounded great. Though the punk roots don't show much in the songwriting, it's still there in their delivery as a live act, making them a lot more fun to see than a lot of other bands who sound like Real Estate. (It also doesn't hurt that Turnover tour like crazy.) Pictures of the show are in this post.

This tour wraps up in Detroit this weekend, and a couple months later Sorority Noise (who dropped a new song today) will hit the road again with headliners You Blew It! and openers Microwave. That tour includes a Brooklyn show on August 14 at Shea Stadium (tickets) and a free daytime show in Rockaway Beach at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on August 16. In between those two shows, You Blew It! play NJ's Pinelands Music Fest.

All dates on that tour are listed, with more pictures from the Turnover show and video of their full set, below...

Continue reading "Turnover played Webster Studio with Fireworks and Sorority Noise, who are touring with You Blew It! (pics, dates)"


Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 is this weekend; schedule revealed (win tix!)"

by Andrew Sacher


Turnover's current tour hit the NYC-area twice this past weekend (opening for New Found Glory), and luckily for those who would like to see them somewhere more up close and personal, they now announced another run which hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall on May 29, this time on a tour opening for Fireworks. Sorority Noise are on that leg too, and tickets for the NYC show will be on sale.

Fireworks also have a west coast run with Weatherbox, who played NYC earlier this month. All of their dates are listed below.

Turnover recently put out first single "Cutting My Fingers Off" from their upcoming sophomore album, Peripheral Vision (due 5/5 via Run For Cover), and today they put the video for second single, "New Scream." Both are the kind of atmospheric punk that fans of Title Fight, Pity Sex, Nothing, Superheaven and other stuff like that need to check out. Listen, with the list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Turnover release new song, announce tour with Fireworks and Sorority Noise (dates, video)"

Skate & Surf

Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.

The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds Cloud Nothings, Defeater, Hot Rod Circuit, Thrice & more, reveals day-by-day lineups; Alcoa touring"

intro by Andrew Sacher


There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

Continue reading "Tiny Engines co-founders Will & Chuck, Cayetana, Frontier(s) and Runaway Brother list their favorite LPs of 2014"


The 4th of July means fireworks, and Macy's annual extravaganza is back on the East River for the first time in five years. This year's display is in honor of the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and will use some 50,000 pounds of explosives launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges below on the water. They should start around 9 PM. Obviously, anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky is a good place to watch -- like say a friend's roof -- but there are designated public viewing sections on the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:


Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street).

Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).

Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge

ADA viewing area: Murray Bergtraum High School track and field facility, at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Use the entrance at Market & Cherry Streets.

NOTE: Piers 15-17 are not public viewing areas.


Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.

Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.

The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:

• Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
• Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
• Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
• Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
• Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
• Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street

There will also be fireworks in Coney Island on the Fourth, following the Brooklyn Cyclones game.


One good thing about having a Brooklynite for a mayor is that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are now back on the East River, after a four-year stretch of being on the Hudson. Said Bill de Blasio:

I'm thrilled that, after years of working with Macy's and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year! Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor and our skyline.
Macy's first moved them to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river, and kept them there.

In other NYC fireworks news, one of the city's other big 4th of July displays -- Coney Island -- is still up in the air for 2014. The city has granted fireworks permits for all the other Fridays this summer EXCEPT Friday, July 4. Does this have anything to do with Macy's move back to the East River? The Department of Parks and Recreation declined to comment when NY1 inquiried. We shall see.

Meanhwhile, the rest of the summer's fireworks at Coney Island are all set. The season kicks off with "Fireworks Week" at Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, with displays going off after the first three home games of the season: Opening Day (Saturday, June 14), then Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17. There will then be fireworks after every Friday game through August 22 (with Fourth of July still a question mark, though they're listed on the Cyclones schedule). There are a few other nights fireworks will happen at Coney Island, all of which are also "theme nights":

Saturday, July 5 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) "Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebraton"

Saturday, July 19 (vs Williamsport Crosscutters) "Country Music Night"

Saturday, July 26 (vs Vermont Lake Monsters) "Elvis Night"

Saturday, Aug 2 (vs Connecticut Tigers) "Star Wars Night"

Wednesday, Aug 13 (vs Lowell Spinners) "Kosher Kaboom Fireworks"

Saturday, Aug 23 (vs Tri-City Valley Cats) "Princess Night"

Sunday, Aug 27 (vs Staten Island Yankees) last game of the season

And don't forget June 21 is the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

photos by Matt Schiels

New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014

The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.

We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.

unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright 2014 pics from The Wick (and amazing video of kid hit by fireworks in 538 Johnson pit)"

photos by Sachyn Mital

Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
2013 Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island - 6/22/2013

For those who don't want to go to the West Side of Manhattan or New Jersey to see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July, there is a Brooklyn option: Coney Island. Fireworks will be going on as part of an Independence Day celebration held at MCU Park (where the Cyclones play). That includes cover bands, a "beers of New York" beer garden and a performance from the Brooklyn String Orchestra who will play at 9 PM with the sky lighting up at 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Sandy relief charity, #ConeyRecovers. 4:30 PM start.

You can see fireworks at Coney Island a lot this summer. They'll go off every Friday through August 30 at 9:30 PM. Additionally, there will be fireworks after certain Brooklyn Cyclones games, all of which are themed to music. That includes tonight, which, appropriately, are set to Patriotic works and will go off right after the game finishes (they play the Staten Island Yankees). That makes three nights in a row of Coney Island Fireworks, starting tonight.

The rest of the Cyclones' fireworks shows are all Saturdays, dates (and themes) as follows:

Saturday, July 20 (vs. Batavia Muckdogs) - Springsteen Fireworks
Saturday, Aug 10 (vs. State College Spikes) - Billy Joel Fireworks
Saturday, August 17 (vs. Vermont Lake Monsters) - Disney Fireworks
Saturday, August 31 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) - Beatles Fireworks
Like tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.

For more Coney Island fun, dont' forget about Marty Markowitz's free Seaside Summer Concert Series which starts next Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick.

And while on the subject of Coney Island, you've already seen one set of pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Parade which happened on June 22. Another set from the barely-dressed festivities are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "fireworks at Coney Island happening on 4th of July, Fridays & after some Cylones games ++ more Mermaid Parade pics"

the stars are barges...

One of the highlights of Fourth of July in NYC is, of course, the Macy's Fireworks display. This year, believe it or not, they are "inspired and directed" by Usher. Whether you'll be able to tell that or not with the actual pyrotechnics, it does mean that beforehand there will be performances by Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez. The music starts at 8PM and the fireworks start at 9:20 PM.

Like last year, the Fireworks happened on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV (NBC), but from Brooklyn, not so much. Access points (and where are you CAN'T watch) are...

24th St.
26th St.
27th St.
29th St.
33rd St.
34th St.
40th St.
42nd St.
44th St.
50th St.
52nd St.
54th St.
56th St.
57th St.

The following are not viewing areas:

East River
Battery Park
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Piers 84)
Hudson River Park promenade btwn W. Houston and 59th St.
Hudson River Park Bike Path btwn W. Houston and 59th St.

And while The Highline would seem like a great place to watch, they're closing the park at 6 PM on the 4th, so no dice.

If you're going to see The Feelies at Maxwell's that night, the show doesn't start till 10 PM so you might want to arrive early to work in the nice Jersey side view of the spectacle.

The Circle Line is offering both a private pier party as well as a sold-out fireworks cruise.

And maybe your friend who lives in Chelsea has a roof?

Concerts in the Park

"A beloved New York tradition, Concerts in the Parks returns for its 47th season with five free outdoor concerts throughout the New York City boroughs, plus a free indoor concert in Staten Island. Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the Philharmonic in concerts at Central Park and Prospect Park and conductor Andrey Boreyko will conduct concerts in Cunningham Park, Van Cortlandt Park and Central Park with violinist James Ehnes as soloist. Music under the stars with family and friends makes for a perfect summer evening. And it's free -- join us!"
The 2012 Concerts in the Parks series begins tonight (7/11) in Prospect Park - probably not at the bandshell where Dirty Projectors played last night, but right behind there in the longer field. Regardless, you can enter at the same place ("Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest and 15th Street."). Thursday is Queens, Friday and Monday are Central Park. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "New York Philharmonic kicking off week of free 'Concerts in the Parks'"

by Fred Pessaro / BBG (not vegan)

Independence Day

There is a risk of locally damaging thunderstorms Tuesday evening and again on Independence Day, which could not only impact daytime picnics and festivals, but also evening fireworks in the Northeast.
Just about every major city and small community has some sort of fireworks display on or around the Fourth of July in the Northeast (many displays have been canceled elsewhere, due to dry conditions). However, storms erupting in over a dozen states could impact activities and have some folks running for cover.
Another surge of humid air and a warm front/cool front combination could have the atmospheric volatility index on the rise for July Fourth from the Ohio Valley states to the mid-Atlantic and New England. [Accuweather.com]
It doesn't look like the rain will be a big deal in NYC at least, so that's good.

A good friend of mine once said "Who cares what's going on outside? Make your own fireworks." Here's a primer to figuratively do that on Independence Day 2012, all while avoiding any pesky arson indictments.

As discussed, the NYC fireworks are in the Hudson River this year, which means you can see them fine on the West Side Highway or in NJ or on your TV, but not very well from most of Brooklyn.

Spend the wee, early hours of July 4th (meaning, starting TONIGHT, July 3rd) getting down with the undead at the Zombie Rave at Webster Hall. DJs Alex English and Jess x Mischief will man the tables for the evening.

If you do choose the West Side Highway for viewing the fireworks, you won't need to go very far for a party right afterwards thanks to Pictureplane who is hosting a free July 4th bash at Westway (75 Clarkson in Manhattan) with DJ sets from himself, Physical Therapy, Heems (Das Racist) and a live show from Mykki Blanco. The event kicks off at 10PM, runs until 4AM and features free Budweiser for the first hour. More details can be found at the FB event page, and the flyer is below. Pictureplane no longer playing Cheap Storage and/or 285 Kent on the 4th.


As recently mentioned, Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL and Infinity take over the daylight hours at Dekalb Market Brooklyn.

DIY Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium will celebrate their fourth anniversary with another July 4th blowout! The venue will host Afu Ra & The Shea Stadium All Stars, Dope Body, Roomrunner, Fuckton, Alan Watts, Ami Dang, Eleven Swords (mems. GDFX/Extreme Animals), Smhoak & Pals and The Jazz Massagers along with DJ sets from Beachballs, Magic Dan and the Impose DJs for the budget friendly price of $10.

In the spirit of summer, you can head to Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn) for a "Sounds of Jamaica" dance party. The daytime event will last from 3PM until 9PM, and your vinyl "selectahs" will be Queen Majesty, Grace of Spades and Sweet V. Food and drink will be on hand and it'll only set you back a cool four bones. Details are at the FB event page.

If you aren't in the mood for a bit of reggae but still are in the mood to shake it, head to LP 'n Harmony (683 Grand Street) for a day-time-until-evening event (3-11PM) called "Beats & BBQ". For every drink you are entitled to a plate of BBQ (whaaaat) and tunage will be supplied by a bevy of DJs including Jose G (Face The Bass Radio), Ali Coleman (Voice of Voices NYC), Siren (Save the Robots), Ruby Red (Velvet Factory Production), Kyle McNeil (WBAI Pacifica Radio), Pinkie Tuscadero (Memoirs of a Party Girl), Ras (Hotter than July BK), and Herb Martin (Amadi). More details are available HERE.


I won't be anywhere near there (obviously), but you could spend tomorrow (or tonight) at Jones Beach with Phish. (both sold out)

July 4th is always a good day to fire up the grill and crank up some old tunes over a few cold ones. If you dont have/can't grill, accomplish two of those three at Mercury Lounge with Led Blimpie (Zeppelin cover band), AC/DC Done Dirt Cheap (wild guess?), and Guns N Hoses. Tickets are still available.

Brown Sugar lead a benefit at Acheron (57 Waterbury St, Bushwick) along with Creem, Deformity, Death Camp and Altered Boys.

The Spy Music Festival is still going and July 4th it's happening at The Stone with performances fromn John Blum (8PM) and Trevor Watts + Veryan Weston (10PM).

Wyclef (who may or may not also be playing the CBGB Festival later in the week) & Lil Jon will play the waterfront at Pier 92 on the Hudson (52nd and 11th Ave) as part of a day-long celebration (noon - midnight). Tickets are on sale, and pimp cups are optional.

Feeling anti-social? Trying to escape any impending rain? Stream all of The Roots's Philly 4th of July Jam featuring performances from the Philly Crew, as well as Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall and Joe Jonas. You could also just go see it live in Philadelphia. Or watch the annual Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy.

Of course you can always count on the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island at noon, but did you know that there is the Crif Dog Classic at Roberta's that day too? (and it's going to stream at Sports Illustrated).


Looking for something in the "free" range? Noam Pikelny and Friends, The Sweetback Sisters, and Spuyten Duyvil will head to Madison Square Park as part of the Oval Lawn Series.

BBC DJ Benji B brings Deviation to Le Poisson Rouge at 10PM with Kode9, Lunice, and more

What did we miss?

Flyers below...

Continue reading "a 4th of July NYC event guide (fireworks, Pictureplane, a zombie rave, the Roots, Shea Stadium anniversary & much more)"


The Macy's fireworks may 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 W. 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue:

Access Points
24th-26th Streets
27th-29th Streets
33rd-34th Streets
40th-42nd Streets
44th-50th Streets
52nd-54th Streets
56th-57th Streets

The following are NOT viewing areas for the 2012 show:
East River
Battery Park
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Pier 84)
Hudson River Park promenade between W. Houston and 59th Street
Hudson River Park Bike Path between W. Houston and 59th Street

NYC's 4th of July fireworks begin around 9:20 pm. and last for about 26 minutes, and once again Brooklyn gets the shaft and NJ gets the goods on Independence Day, a Wednesday this year. So try to figure out a good spot by the West Side Highway (see above), or maybe consider Jersey. Maxwell's in Hoboken has Mike Peters of the Alarm playing after the Fireworks, and notes "the end of 11th St. by Maxwell's is one of the best places to view the fireworks!"

Another option: get on a boat. Rocks Off presents a Fourth of July Cruise aboard The Half Moon with DJ Buffalo Bill. it's $99 a person, but gives you a prime view complete with food and 3 hours of open bar, and it's probably more fun than Circle Line's "Private Pier Party." What other good spots do you know about?

You can also of course just stay home watch the fireworks on TV, complete with "performances" by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. Or not at all.

Meanwhile check out some fireworks in Coney Island tonight and every Friday. They rule and you can watch them from the beach.

Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mermaid Parade

No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).

This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).

As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.

Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.

More Mermaid Parade details below...

Continue reading "Mermaid Parade and afterparty in Coney Island this Saturday, fireworks on the boardalk every Friday"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

"Fireworks at the pier!!!! Wtf!!! And a full moon. Amazing!!!" - Austra


Hudson River Rocks kicked off their 2011 season in a big way last night (7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra. Due to long lines down the West Side Highway, organizers, who tell us last night's crowd reached 4600 people, delayed the start of the free show so as many people as possible could get inside before Austra started.

Austra's rhythm section started the night with some eerie atmospheres. They were soon joined by Katie Stelmanis and backup singers Sari and Romy Lightman and conjured up album opener "Darken Her Horse." Katie is a huge presence on stage, and with such powerful vocals, she had no trouble projecting this presence across the pier's extensive length. The set felt too short, but it was no less enjoyable. They took on Feel It Break single "Lose It" early on in the set and though it seems like one of the album's more straightforward tracks, it actually showed the band at one of their highest points. The vocal interplay between Katie and the Lightman twins adventured into realms visited by few other synth pop groups. Sari and Romy were as charismatic as Katie but in a more subtle way that suited the performance perfectly. Austra's dark dancey songs sounded amazing outside on the Hudson River, but I couldn't help to think how great they would fit a small poorly lit club like Bowery Ballroom, where you can catch them on August 6 as part of their tour with Cold Cave.

After a short break, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus came on stage by herself and introduced her set by looping howls and shrieks. Like Katie Stelmanis, Merrill had absolutely no problem letting her presence be known throughout the entire Pier 54. She was soon joined by a bassist and two sax players to tear apart the recently released LP w h o k i l l and put the entire thing back together right in front of the audience. Merrill continued to loop her vocals, which ranged from bird chirps to bear growls and included everything in between. She added layered percussion which could recall polyrhythmic afrobeat, Latin clave rhythms, or hip hop beats at any given moment. As the songs would start to take on a bit of structure, Merrill would throw in these whacked-out chord progressions on her ukulele. She was accompanied by strong basslines and avant-sax lines that channelled the likes of Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman. The fact that they were able to pull all of this off and somehow still sound really accessible is just beyond comprehension. And the crowd definitely reciprocated. It was probably the best crowd that I've seen at a show this summer and Merrill was obviously grateful for that. She expressed how amazed she was at the number of people who showed up and recalled an early experience playing NYC at Pianos where five people came to see her previous band Sister Suvi. She also pointed out the (almost) full moon which, in a weird way, was kinda fascinating to see while listening to tUnE-yArDs.


After the incredible set ended and the crowd was thanked multiple times, Merrill and co. exited the stage to return shortly for a one-song encore. As someone who isn't the biggest fan of encores, this one was pretty hard to deny. They played the awesome album closer "Killa" and with about 45 seconds left in the song, fireworks erupted over the Hudson River behind the stage.

More pictures and videos from the show below...

Continue reading "tUnE-yArDs, Austra, fireworks & a lot of people on Pier 54 (pics & video)"

photos by Colin Kerrigan

Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
The Roots 4th of July Summer Jam - Philadelphia

A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.

Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.

Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.

"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.

And, boy, did that snake get grilled.

Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.

Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.

With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]

The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.

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Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.

In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".

More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...

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Redman buying fireworks (as seen on the cover of the NYTimes)

"The fireworks industry generated $952 million in sales in 2010, a record, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, and all signs point to big numbers in 2011 as well. Sales to consumers account for roughly two-thirds of the total.

Only four states continue to ban firework sales: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Delaware. Julie L. Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, a trade group, said that a decade ago, sales were permitted in only about half the states. Several, including New Hampshire and Kentucky, have loosened restrictions to allow merchants to sell a wider variety, she said.

One of the main reasons bans are being lifted is that residents can simply drive to the next town, or state, to buy fireworks." [NY Times]

today in NYC
* Fireworks
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Pablo Malaurie @ Barbes
* Zoogma, Horizon Wireless @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Baye Kouyate and the Tougarake @ Zebulon
* Summerjam III with Extreme Animals, Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship, Hubble, La Otracina, Fuckton, In Buenos Aires, Dubknowdub, Black Ribbons, Future Shuttle, and more @ Shea Stadium

Happy 4th. More about today HERE.

What else?

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!

Not in New York? Check out our entertainment
special on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.

Nick Lachey hosts the TV show which will feature performances by Brad Paisley & Beyoncé.

"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.

What else?

All Winners

The 2010 Macy's fireworks show will feature more than 40,000 shells exploding at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute and fireworks reaching heights of 1,000 feet in the air. At approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, the 26-minute display will be set off from six barges positioned between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson River. This year, Macy's has increased the amount of shells that can reach heights of 1,000 feet in the sky, providing for greater visibility of the show for millions more spectators.

The trademark Macy's "Golden Mile" fireworks effect, featuring a shower of golden sparks stretching a mile across the river, will be enhanced this year with additional mile-long showers of sparkling red and green.

"American Harmony" is the theme of the 2010 fireworks spectacular and the musical score will feature vocal harmony in styles uniquely American -- from a capella and gospel to barbershop quartets and choral ensembles. The score will feature The New York Pops orchestra, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and some of America's top vocal groups.

tonight in NYC
* fireworks!
* Jazz @ The Stone
* Dan Zanes @ Battery Park
* The Beets in Montauk
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Old 97s @ South Street Seaport
* Rosanne Cash @ Governors Island
* She & Him, Oakley Hall @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Your 33 Black Angels, The Hoa Hoa's, Vicious/Delicious @ Zebulon
* Mishka BBQ w/ Suckers, Beach Fossils, The Death Set, more @ Watertaxi Beach
* Future Islands, CSC Funk Band, Child Abuse, Naam, Liturgy, PC Worship, The So So Glos, Hard Nips, La Otracina, Tinsel Teeth, Telecult Powers, Guardian Alien @ Shea Stadium

Sunday, July 4th, 2010
She & Him with Oakley Hall @ Governors Island
Updated Ferry Information

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 3:30PM, at which time concert wristbands will be distributed.


Doors open at 10:00AM. Show time is 4:00PM.

Wristbands will be distributed at the Beach @ Governors Island on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting after 3:30PM.

A really good reason to get to Governors Island way before 4pm is to see Rosanne Cash who plays there at 2pm. A Victor Calderone event happens on the Beach immediately after She and Him and goes until 2am.

Sleigh Bells and Glass Candy are playing in Philly.

Scream play in Washington DC.

Faith No More plays their 2nd of two Brooklyn shows at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Monday.

Bjork "Declare Independence" below...

What else?

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photos by Chris La Putt

"Awesome Apples in Stereo show with Brooklyn Phil & Youth Chorus at South St. Seaport, and fireworks too!" - Steven Wright-Mark

Apples in the Stereo with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Brooklyn Philharmonic

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus with members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic performed Saturday at South Street Seaport and then joined headliner Apples in Stereo on stage for their final song, "Energy". And then there were fireworks. The full setlist with lots more pictures from the free show, below...

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Central Park - July 14, 2009 (Noel Y C)
Central Park

One down, five free shows to go.