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Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
Titus Andronicus
Eagulls

Brooklyn's Northside Festival began last night (6/12) with multiple shows, including Titus Andronicus / Eagulls / D'NT / Low Fat Getting High at Warsaw, one of the shows we were excited to see. LFGH and D'NT provided local support, with the former ripping through Nirvana-style (think "Negative Creep" or "Breed") punk/grunge and the latter (a duo) playing something like QOTSA-style stoner rock. Low Fat also just put out a video for "Police Cop" yesterday, which you can watch below.

Then came UK post-punks Eagulls who I'd only previously seen on CMJ/SXSW showcases, and I think benefitted from the larger stage, light show and smoke machines. (They could stand to not talk to the sound guy every 3 minutes about adjustments though.) Diversity isn't this band's game just yet (though they only have one album and one EP so far), but they're a promising group for sure and their best songs ("Nerve Endings," "Coffin") sounded on point last night.

Eagulls are also play the free outdoor Space Ninety 8 Stage on Saturday afternoon (6/14) located on Bedford between N. 5th and N. 6th. They're on at 3:40 PM and the other bands on the bill are Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers.

Finally Titus Andronicus wrapped up the show with a fairly long set (roughly two hours) that included a good amount of material off that rock opera they're working on. One would assume these songs will be pieced together in a coherent, Tommy-style matter, so I don't want to judge the new songs yet, but I will say that any fans of the last three albums are likely gonna be into these too. The songs themselves all seemed on the shorter, tighter, Local Business-y side, though they did play one borderline ballad which was a highlight of the set.

A handful of favorites were of course played from the last three albums too, and the crowd of course ate up "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ," "A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City," and the rest of them. Stage divers and moshers (or more like "pushers") galore, despite Patrick Stickles basically ridiculing both moshing and stage diving more than once throughout the set. And, like many Titus shows, a few covers were played. Patrick said his mom was in the audience, and since she grew up in the '60s he graced her and the rest of the crowd with a cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." And what seemed like was going to be a 15-second joke/teaser turned into a full cover of Semisonic's "Closing Time" (people even moshed to that!) before the actual set-closer, "The Battle of Hampton Roads." And if you're wondering if the "Closing Time" joke ever gets old, from the hundreds of people shamelessly singing along last night, I'd say it doesn't.

More pics of all four bands, videos of both Titus covers, and the Low Fat video, below...

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Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Oman Souleyman

Bad news, Omar Souleyman fans: tonight's show at Glasslands (6/13) (part of Northside) has been postponed till August 6. due to travel issues (maybe this giant storm that is currently drenching NYC?). Dutch E Germ is still performing with a Prince Rama DJ set and the show is now completely free. Tickets from tonight's show will be honored for the new date. For refunds contact Ticketfly.

Old 97's at Webster Hall - 6/3/14 (via @bob_perst)
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Alt-country vets Old 97's recently wrapped up a tour with Lydia Loveless that hit NYC's Webster Hall earlier this month (anyone go? how was it?), and the band have already announced more dates including three new NYC shows. They'll do a 2-night stand at the more intimate (than Webster) Brooklyn Bowl on August 6 & 7. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. Then, two days later they'll appear at the previously-announced Lincoln Center Out of Doors show at Hearst Plaza (8/9) with The Devil Makes Three. That's an afternoon show, starting at 1:30 PM, and like all Out Of Doors shows, its free.

All dates are listed, with a video from the Webster Hall show, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

According to Gothamist, to commemorate the reopening of Fort Tilden--closed since Hurricane Sandy--the National Park Service, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and MoMa PS1 are teaming up to present the Rockaway Arts Fest, an event that will run from late June through Labor Day and feature work from local and "internationally acclaimed artists." Sounds like a good reason to head out to the beach, but here's a better one: to celebrate opening day, on June 29 at Fort Tilden's Gateway National Recreation Area, the organizers are hosting "Rockaway! Opening Day," a noon-8PM event that will be capped off by a free Patti Smith concert. There's also an afterparty planned at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. More info as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Though the Gothamist article mentioned Patti was playing a concert, she's actually doing a short poetry reading. She also has as a photography exhibition and two onsite installations opening in the park that day.

Meanwhile, you can catch Patti for free this week in Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Ornette Coleman tribute.

Watch a video of Rockaways supporter and property owner Patti playing there on Thanksgiving 2012 below...

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by Bill Pearis

Not a Troma film: Dawn of Humans @ 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro)
Dawn of the Humans

15th Annual TromaDance Film Festival happens in Brooklyn June 27 & 28 at The Paper Box. Like the films that Troma and its president Lloyd Kaufman, are known for, there is little in the way of industry BS:

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art - in all its forms - is for the people!
As for what kind of films, to expect, the press release adds:
TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.
Probably also a lot of cheap thrills horror, blood, guts and raunchy humor. Most of the films are shorts,and the full lineup of films is listed below. Check TromaDance's website for schedule, trailers and more details.

Additionally, there is an afterparty happening Saturday (6/28) at Paper Box, featuring NYC punk luminaries Dawn of Humans, plus Hellbent Hooker (members of Mutilation Rites and Ramming Speeed), The Netherlands and Mannequin Pussy. The Facebook event pages say "come party with Lloyd Kaufman" and what horror fan could turn down that invitation? The show starts at 10 PM and is technically free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

TromaDance film lineup is listed below...

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House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
House of Vans

The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.

July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.

Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.

All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.

Flyers below...

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Widowspeak
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Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:

JULY 5: Widowspeak
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
More openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.

Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.

This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.

The Orwells at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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We recently mentioned that the first 50 people to buy The Orwells' new album Disgraceland from Rough Trade NYC would get a bracelet for a TBA afterparty in addition to a place at tonight's Rough Trade in-store (6/9). We're now happy to announce that we're presenting that afterparty which will actually be an intimate (read: sweaty) show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium tonight at 9:30 PM. If you've got a wristband (which are already gone), you're guaranteed entry, and for everyone else it's free with RSVP. RSVP HERE. Entry is based on capacity, first come, first served.

Mr Muthafuckin eXquire @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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As mentioned, Gorilla Vs Bear and Forest Family are curating this weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar entertainment. Tonight's lineup (Saturday, 6/7) features Canadian artist Diana, local garage act Las Rosas and a "Secret Special Guest" which has now been revealed to be Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire. Empress Of will DJ between sets and things kick off around 8 PM. The show is free and all ages.

Spoon @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spoon

Spoon, who have a new album (on a new label) out this August, are in NYC for Governors Ball where they'll play on Saturday (6/7). While in town, they'll tape a concert for NPR's "All Songs Considered" on Monday (6/9) at Le Poisson Rouge. This is an afternoon taping with doors at 1 PM and the the taping beginning at 2 PM. It's free and 18+ with RSVP (entry not guaranteed, based on capacity).

One of the band's new songs will be broadcast live on NPR on Monday afternoon, the rest of the show is only for the audience.

Nick Waterhouse @ Bowery Ballroom earlier this year (more by PSquared)
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Brooklyn Night Bazaar is part of Northside Festival this year, offering cool shows next weekend. Unlike most BKNB shows, however, they are not free. Friday, June 13 is classic R&B lover Nick Waterhouse, plus The Vandelles and DJ Jonathan Toubin. The Saturday (6/14) BKNB Northside show is headlined by Baths with the rest of the lineup TBA. And, as posted already, Sunday (6/15) it's Watain and Kosmodemonic.

Tickets for all three BKNB shows during Northside are on sale now.

This weekend's shows at BKNB are curated by Gorilla Vs Bear / Forest Family with Friday (6/6) being a strong lineup of Ejecta, Lee Bannon, Dent May, and Braveyoung with Bravves and Weekend's Shaun Durkan as DJs; then on Saturday (6/7) it's Diana, and a "Secret Super Special Guest Performance." Any guesses? Those shows are free and all ages.

There are some other additions to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. On June 20, it's former Virgins singer Donald Cumming playing his first-ever NYC solo show, plus Not Blood Paint, and Tow3rs. Then on June 21 it's a garagey bill of The Coathangers, Dameht, and Honduras.

The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Shrines

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)
CB!

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)
Trap Them

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)
Laurie

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)
Angel Haze

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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