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The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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As mentioned, King Khan will be in NYC when he and his band The Shrines bring their tour with Red Mass to LPR on Friday (6/6) (tickets) and MHOW on Saturday (6/7) (tickets). After that, he and the Shrines will be sticking around for a FREE show at Manhattan Inn on Monday (6/9) with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Manhattan Inn is tiny, that should be a crazy show. Also a late one, starting at 10 PM.

UPDATE: The band and some of their representatives tell us that, despite what Manhattan Inn is listing, King Khan and the Shrines will NOT be playing there.

King Khan will be back in NYC this fall when his band the BBQ show tours with Black Lips.

The same night as King Khan's free-or-not-happening Manhattan Inn show, folk legend Ed Askew plays a free early show (7 PM) with Abhay Singh. Later int he month, Ed hits the stage in NYC again on June 23 at Cake Shop with Opal Onyx and George Sand. Also Monday: King Khan's current tourmates Red Mass play The Flat.

Sooner than that, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser plays Manhattan Inn too.

Boot Camp Clik

One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.

In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.

In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.

As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.

Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).

Contest details below...

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Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
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Two of NYC's biggest outdoor summer concert series -- Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn! -- are underway. Summerstage, which puts on events in a few city parks, began last night with Ty Dolla $ign playing a free show in Red Hook Park, and tonight in the same location it's Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve (also free). Other free Summerstage shows include the BrooklynVegan-sponsored Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clique (6/10, Betsy Head Park), Andrew Bird and Luke Temple (7/8, Central Park), and Blood Orange (8/16, Central Park), plus paid Central Park/Rumsey Field shows such as BeckConor Oberst / DawesCounting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more. Flyer for June Summerstage shows, below.

Celebrate Brooklyn!, meanwhile, kicks off tonight (6/4) with Janelle Monae playing a free show at Prospect Park Bandshell. Other upcoming free shows in Prospect Park include Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality & TEEN on June 21, Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26, Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19, and St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9. There are also a few big Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit shows as well, like The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Summerstage June flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Trap Them at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Metallic hardcore crew Trap Them will release their new album, Blissfucker, next week (6/10) via Prosthetic Records, but you can stream the whole thing in full now (via Noisey). As usual, they teamed up with Converge's Kurt Ballou to record this one, and it pretty much sounds like standard Trap Them, which -- in their consistently solid case -- is not a bad thing at all. (Though this is actually their first album to feature new bassist Galen Baudhuin and drummer Brad Fickeisen.) Check it out below.

Trap Them (who used to be on Deathwish) are also touring with post-hardcore bashers Coliseum (who recently joined Deathwish) surrounding both bands' appearances at Cambridge, MA's Deathwish Fest (7/22-23). That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a FREE show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 19 with NYC/LI hardcore band Incendiary and White Widows Pact. That's one day after the Ceremony / Iron Lung tour hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar (7/18), and both shows are presented by Noisey.

Speaking of bands playing Deathwish Fest touring together, Oathbreaker and Cult Leader are doing just that, including a BV-presented NYC show with Deathwish's Young and in the Way.

All Trap Them / Coliseum dates are listed, with the Blissfucker stream, below...

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street art by Damien Mitchell near the DeKalb Ave stop
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This weekend is Bushwick Open Studios a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way. We already told you about most of the music (much of it free) that's happening as part of it, but there's also the 2014 edition of the Bushwick Collective Block Party which happens on Sunday, June 1 on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves from from 11AM to 7PM. This free event features live performances from Twin Strike, No Way, The Montauk Project, Such Hounds, Fletcher C Johnson (who plays tonight too), Tournament, Iron Force, Pampers, and NAAM.

In addition to the music, there will also be live street art happening. It's part of the The Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show which is running now through Sunday (6/1) at 426 Troutman St. The BC and is open from 7 PM - 11 PM and showcases some truly amazing street artists. Check that subway scene at the top of this post which was done by Damien Mitchell for Bushwick Collective. Participating artists include Blek Le Rat, Solus, Rubin415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Jerkface, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton, Atom, and FKDL. Sounds like something to definitely check out if you're going to be at BOS on Sunday.

The block party is sponsored by Montana's Trail House which is a new restaurant opening today on the block (455 Troutman).

We should note this has nothing to do with the Bushwick Block Party that usually goes down on Moore St. outside of Robertas in late July. No word on whether that's happening this year yet -- last year got a little wild.

Flyers for the Bushwick Collective art show and block party, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Spearmint
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Day 3 of NYC Popfest (Saturday 5/31) has something for just about everyone -- including those with not a lot of extra money -- with a free day show at Spike Hill and an evening show a couple blocks away at Cameo.

The night show is headlined by California's Rocketship who haven't played anywhere in a good while. Fueled by drony organ and '60s pop melodies, their 1996 album A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness drew comparisons to Stereolab. It's a '90s indie rock classic. After that, the original line-up dissolved, and Rocketship became essentially a solo project for main man Dustin Reske, who inorporated jungle and drum n' bass into later recordings. After half a decade away, Reske returned with Here Comes...Rocketship which picked up right where he left off. For a lot of Popfest attendees, this is the weekend's main event.

Also on the bill: a band I never thought I'd get to see -- UK group Spearmint. The band formed in the mid-'90s during the Britpop boom, but owed more to the anorak-clad Sarah Records / C-86 scene. With samples and a love of Northern soul, Saint Etienne or Pulp were probably closest in spirit, and the band scored a minor hit in their home country with "Sweeping the Nation" and that and "We're Going Out" are still played at "indie disco" night. (They were actually referenced in a line of dialogue in the film (500) Days of Summer which probably went unnoticed by most viewers.) The band just released News From Nowhere, their first new record in eight years. You can stream it, along with videos of the two singles, below.

Garlands
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Also on the bill Saturday night are two bands from Sweden. The Garlands hail from Stockholm and fall on the ethereal/jangly side, a sound Scandinavians are particularly adept at. Stream their 2012 EP below. The other Swedes on the bill are duo Stars in Coma who are from Malmö. Their new album, The Confessional Sun, is harmony-laden, '70s-ish sunshine pop. It's a really nice record, and you can stream it below.

Opening the Cameo show are Madrid duo Band À Part whose sound is deep in the shag of loungey exotica. Like pizzicato strings? Check out Band À Part's most recent EP below.

Immediately the bands at Cameo is the Popfest edition of bi-monthly indiepop dance party Mondo! which should keep the party going till late.

Gingerlys
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The daytime show at Spike Hill is headlined by Melbourne, Australia's The Zebras who have been around since the mid-'00s and make no-nonsense, jangly guitar pop, made special via great songwriting and harmonies. They're set to release their third album this year and you can stream a track from that below and catch up with past releases via Rdio -- I'm partial to 2008's New Ways of Risking Our Lives EP. If you can't make the Saturday show, they play Otto's Shrunken Head on Monday (6/2) with fellow Aussies Mid-Stage Orange, Mark Monnone of The Lucksmiths, plus members of The Ladybug Transistor. That show is free too.

Right before them are Stockholm, Sweden's Don't Cry Shopgirl who probably win this year's Most Twee Name award at Popfest (and there's a fair amount of competition). As you might expect, this is featherlight pop -- even when they step lightly on the distortion pedal, the fuzz is about as menacing as sweater pilling. But they do it well, check out three tracks below.

Also playing at Spike Hill: NYC band Gingerlys who put some muscle behind their "oohs" and "ahhs." I get the feeling they are louder live than their recordings let on. The band will release a new 7" EP via Shelflife Records in July which is quite good and you can stream the whole thing below.

Opening the free afternoon show is The Arctic Flow, aka Myrtle Beach, SC resident Brian Hancheck. (Yes, people actually live in Myrtle Beach and Alabama aren't the only band based out of there.) His Sunbathing​/​Stargazing EP is really lovely stuff, with Cocteau Twins-y guitars over some very catchy, jazzy songs. You can stream that below.

Preview of Friday (5/30) Popfest bands is here, and streams/videos of all the bands playing -- as well set times for both shows -- on Saturday are below.

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Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
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The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.

The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.

The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.

And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.

All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.

Edward Sharpe at The Surf Lodge this past weekend (via Thatcher Shultz)
Edward Sharpe

Like in past years, the Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting a free concert series. The series kicked off this past weekend with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and others, and there's several weekend shows through the summer including Yeasayer (6/1), TEEN (6/7), Courtney Barnett (6/15), Poolside (6/21), Real Estate (6/22), San Fermin (7/12), Gary Clark Jr. (7/13), Ryan Hemsworth (7/26), Temples (8/9), Delorean (8/17), Sky Ferreira (8/24), and more.

Again, all shows are free and they make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for the weekend. See what else The Surf Lodge has to offer. Full 2014 concert schedule below...

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Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)
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Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.

If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...

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Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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NYC rapper Mykki Blanco was in Portugal earlier this week for a residency where was arrested, in his words, "for being gay." As Pitchfork points out, he posted the following on Facebook:

I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonight
And also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.

I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.

A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.

The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.

The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.

Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.

Angel Haze at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Angel Haze has a European tour coming up in July following a Glastonbury appearance, but before leaving home the NYC-based rapper will play a free local show on June 7 at House of Vans with The Death Set and Bad Rabbits. RSVP is required, and entry is still first come, first served. Doors open at 7 PM.

The Vans House Parties were also announced today, which like this show, are free shows happening at House of Vans.

Show flyer and the full list of Angel Haze dates below...

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(photo courtesy brooklynbridgepark.org)
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Brooklyn Bridge Park's "Movies With a View" series returns in 2014 with another free season of films under the open sky and against the Manhattan skyline backdrop on Thursdays in July and August. This year's lineup, which is sponsored by SyFy network, is animal-themed. At least the titles, and include the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, Wes Anderson's charming The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and cinematic gem Sharknado. Like usual, the final film in the series is a public vote (nominees TBA).

Full "Movies With a View" schedule is below...

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the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
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The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.

All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.

Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors

The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.

The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.

For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...

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Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Dino Jr.

The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr.  They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.

Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).

In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.

by Bill Pearis

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Powered by what sounds like a very old drum machine, Brooklyn trio The Tablets have an appealingly wobbly sound -- floating somewhere between 1966 and 1983, warmed by the vocals of Mexican-born main member Liz Godoy. The Tablets released their debut album last year, and are set to follow it up with the Ground EP which will be out soon. We've got the premiere of "Swallow The Rival" from it and you can stream it, along with the EP's title track and a few tracks from their album, below.

The Tablets will be playing live in NYC next week at BRIC Arts Media House on May 20. It's part of art exhibit "Small Solos: Vandana Jain" by Melissa Godoy Nieto who is Liz's sister and also does visuals for the band. The show is free and more info is here.

Streams below...

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by Bill Pearis

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.

The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).

All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.

Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.

Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
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Indie rock veterans Dinosaur Jr don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a few select festival appearances coming up, and a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Philly slowcore/shoegazers Creepoid. Though the show is free, you do need tickets to enter, which go on "sale" Wednesday (5/14) at noon. All upcoming Dino Jr dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, you can also see Creepoid in NYC sooner than that when their tour hits Death by Audio on May 18 with Alex G, Florida and The Chickenhawks.

Listen to music from both bands, with Dino Jr's list of dates, below...

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Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" series is returning for another season of Saturday outdoor shows during the warmer months at the Brooklyn venue (484 Union Ave). This year is a co-production with Other Music and things kick off on May 31 with dub DJ crew Blazer Sound System and a live performance from Permanent Love. The initial June lineup has been announced, featuring Pissed Jeans (6/7), Latin soul singer Joe Bataan (6/14), and Liquor Store, Call of the Wild and a TBA "Special Guest Headliner" (6/21).

The June 28 show is with drum-centric combo IIII (Four) featuring Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) and Ben Vida. It's a high-concept piece they'll be performing:

The original piece, which has been performed in New York and at various music venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia with a range of 4 to up to 40 drummers, was written for 4 lead drummers who each expressed one of the four seasons we experience on the planet through a rhythm; spring, summer, fall and winter. Through each rhythm a multi-dimensional dialogue is created between the other musicians performing. This concept piece morphed into a musical composition which embraces the change seen on our planet as it goes through transitions and seasonal / environmental progression.
All "Summer Thunder" shows are free, start at 2 PM and are 21+. Flyer and initial schedule (we're told some more pretty big name will be announced soon, so stay tuned), below...

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Nicole Atkins @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Madison Square Park's "Oval Lawn Series" is back with another summer season's worth of free shows every Wednesday from June 18 - August 6. The series kicks off with Nicole Atkins on 6/18 and here's the whole 2014 line-up:

June 18 Nicole Atkins
June 25 Ester Rada & Maya Azucena
July 2 The SteelDrivers / Cricket Tell the Weather
July 9 John Fullbright
July 16 Jacky Terrasson Quartet
July 23 Jon Cleary
July 30 Forro in the Dark & Debo Band
August 6 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Nicole Atkins will open for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park and Hammerstein Ballroom in July. Tickets are still available for both shows.

The "Oval Lawn Series" are not the only concerts in Madison Square Park this summer. There's also the "Mad. Sq. Kids Series" featuring family-friendly shows that take place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. Full schedule for those, along with more details about the "Oval Lawn Series" below...

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John Doe w/ X at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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The sixth annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival happens every Tuesday from June 3 through August 26 in the back parking lot behind NYC venue City Winery. The free, all ages outdoor shows happen from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.

Artists playing this year include Commander Cody (6/10) John Doe of X (6/24), Stephen Kellogg (8/5), Drivin' n' Cryin' (8/12), and more.

Full schedule and flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

PUJOL

As mentioned, Pujol's new album, KLUDGE will be out May 20 via Saddle Creek. It's a fairly hi-fi affair for this Nashville garage rocker, but I wouldn't call it slick (greasy maybe) and there are some terrific songs on it. If you like Reatards style rock, it's worth checking out. You can stream "Dark Haired Suitor" from the album, along with the previously released "Pitch Black" and "Small World" below.

When we last posted, Pujol only had a few tour dates scheduled, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 24 (tickets). Since then a full tour has blossomed with two more NYC shows. Pujol will play Death by Audio on May 23 with Toronto's Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, plus Scully and Jupiter Boys. They'll also play a free matinee in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday, May 24 (same day as their Merc show) at 2 PM.

Updated dates are listed, along with streams, below...

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The Upset / Aye Nako / Palehound show at Death by Audio on Friday (4/9) is actually doubling as an afterparty for a screening of We Are the Best, the acclaimed new movie from director Lukas Moodyson about a teenage girl punk band in early-'80s Sweden. The screening happens around the corner at IndieScreen at 7 PM on Friday. The screening is free and if you go to it, you get a free pass for the DbA show. Not a bad Friday night. You must RSVP though and admittance is first come, first served. You can also buy advance tickets ($5) to the DbA show.

Upset also play Saturday (5/10) at Baby's All Right with Worriers (tickets). If you can't go to Friday's free screening, We Are the Best screens tonight (5/7, 7:30 PM) at BAM's Rose Cinmemas with a post-screening Q&A with Moodysson. It's the kickoff to BAM's "Punk Rock Girls" series and tickets are still available. We Are the Best begins a limited North American release on May 30.

Trailer for the We Are the Best below...

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Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.

More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:

Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, Alvvays
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
As always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.

by Ian Chainey

Sheer Terror

NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.

While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.

Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.

To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...

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