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

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

Holly Herndon at rehearsal yesterday
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Mother Nature is making it hard on outdoor NYC concerts this year. But they're making do. This weekend is River to River Festival's two-day Ecstatic Summer 2013 held at Brookfield Place Plaza. However R2R just announced: "Due the high possibility of inclement weather, the Ecstatic Summer event has been moved inside to Brookfield Place Winter Garden." It's still free and open to the public. 5 PM start.

Today's event features Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon and more will be premiering new compositions performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more. Part of the performance also features people playing ping pong as percussion. Could be very cool.

Meanwhile, today's 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport is rain or shine.

4Knots

The free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival is today at the South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM. The festival organizers had been holding on to the set times until the last minute for this one, but finally announced them. Check them out below...

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Summer Thunder - 6/15/13 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Union Pool

The June portion of the free Summer Thunder series at Brooklyn's Union Pool (484 Union Ave) is about to wrap up on Saturday (6/29) with Endless Boogie, TV Baby, and Degreaser, but it doesn't stop there. This series runs through September and the July portion was just announced.

The shows happen every Saturday at 2 PM, they're all totally free, El Diablo Tacos will be serving brunch, and there will be drink specials all afternoon (shows are all 21+). Artists playing in July include Jonathan Toubin, Turbo Fruits, Gunfight, Boytoy and more, and you can check out the full schedule below.

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4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
4Knots
4Knots

The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.

Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.

The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.

Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).

If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).

All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.

Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Austin's Mohawk in Feb. (more by Tim Griffin)
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Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eleanor

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
It seems like this year's Seaport Music Festival just got started but here we are at the last free show of the 2013 season. It's a good one too: Portland's Unknown Mortal Orchestra are custom made for breezy outdoor listening. Mississippi's Bass Drum of Death open, making for a great lead-in to tomorrow's 4Knots Festival. 7PM.

Os Mutantes, Tuff Sunshine @ Maxwell's
Legendary psychedelic Brazilian band Os Mutantes are wrapping up their North American tour in NYC this weekend with a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show tomorrow, but tonight you can catch them at the soon-to-close Hoboken indie rock mecca. Tickets are still available.

Eleanor Friedberger, TEEN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Eleanor's new album, Personal Record, is perfect summer listening and she's always an engaging live performer. Show up early tonight for a screening of the extended-form music video for "She's a Mirror" that features Eleanor playing multiple roles. TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins provide support and tickets are still available.

Dirty Beaches, Heathered Pearls, Eola, Porcelain Raft @ Glasslands
Dirty Beaches released his new experimental double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil, and after having played a solo set of mainly Drifters material at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26), the one-man band will tonight be joined by Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Eola (aka Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT)) for a collaborative set of the Love is the Devil portion of the album. According to Alex, "you might not recognize any of the songs for this night" because of the rearrangements the trio will be doing. Should be interesting to see what they have in store. Porcelain Raft (who has his own new album on the way) opens the show.

Come, Jennifer O'Connor @ Bowery Ballroom
Reunited '90s-era Boston indie rockers Come reissued their debut album on Matador earlier this year, and tonight they bring their tour in support of the reissue to Bowery Ballroom. Support comes from their labelmate Jennifer O'Connor.

Dax Riggs, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
Electric bluesman Dax Riggs will show his dark side (his favorite side, it seems) at Mercury Lounge tonight. The Louisiana-bred songwriter will pull from his considerable catalog of solo material for the outing, just dont expect any Acid Bath covers. Openers Spires make jangly psych-pop and are worth getting there early for. Tickets are still on sale.

Old 97's, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Bowl
Old 97's continue their run of full-album performances, tonight's being 1995's Wreck Your Life, plus another set as well. Tickets are still available. Note that Tommy Stinson was originally supposed to open this show but has been subbed-out by Wormburner. Maybe Tommy is busy with Replacements practice?

Har Mar Superstar, Born Cages @ Knitting Factory
Speaking of, Har Mar Superstar -- who is not the Replacements new guitarist -- plays tonight with Born Cages. Despite tricking us, we admit he always puts on a fun show. Tickets are still available and only five bucks.

Courtney Love, Starred @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Courtney and Starred are on night 3 of 4 of their NYC-area run at NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage tonight.

Rinsed w/ Sepalcure @ secret Brooklyn venue
Braille has a Cameo show tomorrow (6/29), but you can catch him NYC sooner than that because his duo with Machinedrum, Sepalcure, is playing a free Rinsed party at a secret Brooklyn venue tonight. Tonight's show is sold out but you can enter Rinsed's contest to win 2 tickets for tonights show.

Heems @ Grove Alley Night Market (FREE)
Former Das Racist member Heems will open for Riff Raff at Highline Ballroom next month, but tonight you can see him play his own show, and for free, at Grove Place Alley. Also on the bill is The Toothaches, Trouble City All-Stars, and DJ Joro Boro. Show goes from 5 PM to 11 PM. RSVP and more info here. Flyer below.

For more on-the-cheap fun, check out our NYC Free Shows calendar.

Cough @ The Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Cough

Martyrdoom @ Paper Box
Cough joins names like ExecrationMorbosidadThe Flight of Sleipnir and Grave Ritual as part of a two stage bill at Paper Box, the first official night of Martyrdoom II. Is it too hot to wear a studded leather jacket or a denim vest covered in patches? We'll find out later.

Locrian @ Saint Vitus
Dark ambient gods Locrian will make a rare appearance at Saint Vitus tonight, roping in support from the venerable Sannhet for the evening. Expect spookiness, fog, and and an excellent live show.

Dropdead, Iron Reagan, Agitator, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Acheron
Animal liberation and politics arent the only thing that Dropdead is preaching about. Most importantly, the longstanding Rhode Island quartet cares about brutal, honest and in your face hardcore, which will be in spades at Acheron tonight. Municipal Waste side project Iron Reagan supports Dropdead, and will be filming a video at the venue.

Pleasure Leftists @ 70 N. 6th
Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists were in NYC last night for a show at Acheron, and tonight you can catch the post-punk band in an even more intimate location: the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly). It's a late show (10PM-4AM) and admission is only $2 at the door.

Wayne Shorter @ Town Hall
Jazz sax legend Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday tonight at Town Hall with help from Allen Carrington Spalding + Sound Prints, Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano Quintet and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Oakdale Theatre (CT)
It's about an hour-plus drive out of NYC, but tonight's Oakdale Theatre show in Wallingford, CT is the only headlining NYC-area date on neo-soul great Jill Scott's tour. Plus, support comes from likeminded newcomer BJ the Chicago Kid, who has contributed his vocals to multiple Black Hippy projects, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, and more.

Krill @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
Boston indie rockers Krill released their new album, Lucky Leaves, and they're celebrating with a record release show in Brooklyn tonight at Big Snow (89 Varet St) with The Doozies, Cool Memories, and Bueno. Krill's album is filled with nasal-voiced college rock hooks and quirks, and the whole thing can be streamed (via Noisey) below.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Shark Muffin @ Death by Audio
Floor tom/bass guitar post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be touring with Ceremony later this summer, making for some great double bills (or triple bills if you head to the CT show with Joyce Manor), but you can catch them headlining a gig before that tonight at Death by Audio. The bill also includes Lightning Bolt side project Barkley's Barnyard Critters, in addition to The Hussy and Shark Muffin.

Guns N Hoses @ The Rock Shop
The real Guns N Roses (well...) were just in NYC for Governors Ball and an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show, and tonight all-girl Guns N' Roses tribute band, Guns N Hoses, will play an even more intimate show at The Rock Shop.

Jim Gaffigan & more @ Littlefield
Tonight Littlefield hosts a fundraiser for the Woodstock Comedy Festival, featuring sets from Jim Gaffigan, Adam Conover, Eddie Brill, and Lizz WinsteadTickets are still available.

John Waters @ City Winery
Lover of kitch, director of filth (in the best way), Baltimore legend and filmmaker John Waters is doing a one-man-show tonight and tomorrow at City Winery. Tickets for tonight are still available.

Heart of Darkness: Jaguar Paw w/ Dave Hill, Cocoon Central, Matt Kilmer @ The Bell House
After joining BrooklynVegan in our tent this year at Firefly Music Festival, comedian Dave Hill will be taking part in the comedy/variety show Heart of Darkness at The Bell House tonight. Matt Kilmer is tonight's musical guest.

For more funny stuff, check out our check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Monty Luke, Mike Simonetti @ Cameo
Cameo's hosting a late-night dance party (11:59 doors) headlined by Detroit techno DJ Monty Luke, and also featuring a set by Mike Simonetti, who runs Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire). To get an idea of what tonight might be like, stream a recent Monty Luke mix below.

Du Tonc, Mighty Mouse, JDH & Dave P @ Glasslands
Another good late-night dance option is the FIXED party (11:30 doors) with a live set from Du Tonc, who will be making their NYC debut at the show. DuTonc is the new duo comprised of Mat Van Schie from Australia synth pop band Van She and producer Mighty Mouse (who opens the show with a solo set). FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill too.

NYC Pride Rally @ Hudson River Park's Pier 26 (FREE)
It's NYC Pride Weekend and tonight's official party, The Rally, features performances by Pan Am and Vicci Martinez. 7 - 10 PM. Free.

Blowoff DJ set @ Gramercy Theatre
One of the unofficial NYC Pride events going on tonight is Bob Mould and Rich Morel who are bringing their Blowoff party to Gramercy Theatre, spinning their "signature mix of indie rock, electro and house." Sold out.

Hugh Masekela @ Jazz Standard
The legendary horn player continues his four-night stand at Jazz Standard tonight.

In addition to the bigger shows, it's also a pretty good night to check out some local stuff. Mercury Lounge hosts Firehorse and Baby Alpaca; Brooklyn venues Silent Barn and Shea Stadium both have good shows tonight, with Darlings, Juniper Rising, A. Rex & J. Rex, and King Prom at the former; and Sham-poo, Le Rug, Lost Boy?, and Slonk Donkerson at the latter; LES venue Pianos is hosting NJ garage rockers The Everymen, along with The Vontons, The Great American Novel, and Tex And The Girls.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park

As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.

On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.

Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.

The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.

Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...

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Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

Classic soul devotee Charles Bradley returned this year with his new album, VIctim of Love (out now via Daptone), and already did some touring which included a NYC show at the legendary Apollo Theatre. Now he's got more upcoming dates, including festivals like MusicFestNW, FYF Fest, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and free NYC show happening on September 20 at Williamsburg Park. At that show he'll be backed by Menahan Street Band and support comes from Budos Band and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Doors are at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 7.

Speaking of Williamsburg Park, Kendrick Lamar just canceled his show there.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a stream of "You Put The Flame On It" from his new LP, below...

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Frankie Rose @ Celebrate Brooklyn 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose is busy finishing up her third solo record, which is titled Herein Wild, and due out early fall 2013. She also has a couple shows coming up, including playing next weekend (7/6) at Brooklyn Museum's free Target First Saturdays.

UPDATE: She's not playing solo now, but her other band Beverly is.

The music portion of the day is a diverse line-up that includes The Hungry March Band, Michael Hill's Blues Mob and hip-hop group Brown Bag All Stars. Frankie plays at 7 PM.

Frankie will also be playing day 1 (Friday, 7/19) of 2013 Pitchfork Festival.

Brooklyn Museum also hosts the Audiophile Series, which will have Heliotropes and The Suzan on July 25 and Xenia Rubinos and DJ Rizzla on August 15. Those shows are free with museum admission (which is a suggested donation).

Toro y Moi at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Toro y Moi

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

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

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

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

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Rakim at West 147 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

In addition to the Seaside Summer Concert series, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz also presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Ave between Rutland Rd and Winthrop St), and that series is also returning this summer with free shows every Monday at 7:30 from July 15 to August 19.

Shows this year include Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock (7/22), Gladys Knight with the O'Jays (8/19), and more. Full lineup below...

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Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick @ 'Sound City' NYC (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rick Nielsen

The annual Seaside Summer Concert Series that Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz does in Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) is back this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. The shows are all on Thursdays at 7:30, except the opening night, which is a Friday (7/12), and the closing night, which is a Wednesday (8/21).

Artists playing this year include Cheap Trick (7/12), Smokey Robinson (7/25), The Go-Go's with Tom Tom Club (8/1), Huey Lewis and the News' - "Sports" 30th Anniversary Tour (8/15), and more.

Marty Markowitz also presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with free shows at Wingate Field.

Full Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup below..

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As mentioned, Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn, and Jamie Hewlett's musical, Monkey: Journey to the West is set to make its NYC debut as part of the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival. It will have 27 performances running from July 6 - 28, and tickets are on sale now.

In anticipation of its arrival, co-creator Jamie Hewlett (also the man behind the look of Gorillaz), is participating in a discussion about the project with NY Times writer David Itzkoff on Saturday (6/22) at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium at 11 AM. The screening will be preceded by Hewlett's short film, Monkey Bee, and after the discussion they'll show episodes of '70s cult Japanese show, Monkey, which inspired Albarn and Hewlett's musical.

This program is free and open to the public. No tickets required. For the curious, the opening credits to the Monkey TV show (with its catchy theme song) and Monkey Bee are below.

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The Gaslight Anthem @ Stubb's (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Gaslight Anthem

Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing series of monthly $3 shows in multiple cities around the country. Each show has a headliner and three local openers chosen by a curator. BrooklynVegan is one of the curators in NYC -- maybe you came to our Foxygen show at Knitting Factory. Stay tuned for our next show which is happening in September.

The series is already bringing big shows for a small price but in July they're going even bigger and even cheaper with 10 really big free shows in 10 cities all happening over the same weekend (7/26 & 7/27). Those shows include Erykah Badu in Dallas, Dandy Warhols in Austin, Metric in Chicago, and Irving Plaza in NYC on July 27 with The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones), The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation. Head to their page and click on the show of your choice to "request a ticket." Good luck.

That NYC date comes right inbetween The Gaslight Anthem's two big outdoor shows at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. The first of those shows is being opened by the Bouncing Souls (7/26), and the second by The Hold Steady (7/28). Tickets to both shows are still available.

Meanwhile. look for the continuing series of RBSS shows each month in NYC, Austin, Chicago, LA and Nashville, with more cities coming soon. NYC's next one is curated by East Village Radio and is taking place at Drom on June 25 with Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, it's $3 at the door.

Updated Gaslight Anthem dates are listed below...

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TOKiMONSTA at SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Tokimonsta

THUMP is VICE's new electronic site and they're celebrating the launch of Up Next, "the destination for what's next in dance music," with a free show in NYC on Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on June 20. (That's the old River Rocks spot.) The show is being headlined by Zedd, but it'd be worth stopping by for the openers, Duke Dumont and TOKiMONSTA. The show also will have "interactive fireworks inspired by the artists' music" and a custom LED structure for the artists to perform in. Plus, there's an open bar (so the show is 21+).

Doors open at 7 PM and the show runs from 8-11. More details at THUMP. You can RSVP for the show via our new NYC show calendar. If you can't make it, it will stream online. Show flyer below.

Duke Dumont just had his big single, "Need U (100%)" remixed by porn star Jessie Andrews (who doubles as DJ). Check out that remix (via Noisey) below...

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Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters

This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.

As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.

White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).

Flyers and some song streams below...

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Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed) Quicksand

We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:

Converse Represent series in San Francisco

Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's

JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest

JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies

JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch

JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests

The only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, for those in the Five Boroughs (and surrounding area) browse our NYC show calendar for more upcoming free shows.

A Band Called Death

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
A Band Called Death opens June 28 in limited release around the country, including NYC's Cinema Village (tickets) and then at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and MIST Harlem Cinema starting July 5. Check out the full list of cities and theaters below.

You don't have to wait that long to see it, though. BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting a screening which will happen at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 at 10 PM, part of the Northside Film Festival. Our screening has limited FREE tickets but do note that a ticket does not guarantee entry. First come, first served, so come early with your ticket to make sure you get in. Limited Northside badges will also be let in. Hope to see you there!

Back in March, A Band Called Death screened at SXSW where the band played two shows, one of which was one of our day parties. As mentioned, Death will play here in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets for that are still available.

A full list of current screening dates and a trailer for the film below...

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The  annual Crest Hardware Art Show begins today (6/8) with their Crest Fest kickoff party at Williamsburg's Crest Hardware from 1 PM - 8 PM and is free, all ages and open to the public.  The annual event is a showcase for art "about, made with, for and/or inspired by hardware" and is displayed, often cleverly, throughout the store. C.H.A.S. runs through mid-August.

Additionally, there's  music, food, drinks, dancing, vendor market, free kids crafts and face painting and much much more!" It's free and open to the public. The music side has live performances from  Pitchblak Brass Band, Aabaraki, Cold Fronts, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards,  and See Through.

If you stop by this afternoon, we recommend you pop over to Union Pool for today's BV-presented edition of Summer Thunder featuring J. Mascis' Heavy Blanket and Love as Laughter. It's free and starts at 2 PM.

Crest Fest 2013 flyer is below...

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by Bill Pearis

Oblivians

Memphis garage legends The Oblivians released Desperation, their first album in over 15 years, this week via In the Red. Says frontman Greg Cartwright (who also fronts Reigning Sound):

Between our last record as a band in '97 and now, a lot of water has passed below that bridge. We three went our own ways after that and pursued our own musical goals. Personally, I often missed the dynamic that Jack and Eric offered to my songwriting. Almost as much as I missed being given carte blanche to add a thing or two to theirs. I've played with lots of great musicians in the interim but needless to say, it's a hard itch to scratch. The dynamic between us was a singular thing. So, over the years as we would occasionally reunite for a festival or special occasion, the idea began to grow in the back of my mind--the idea of making a new record. I mean, if you're going to keep playing as a band eventually you'll want new songs to play. Because as much as we enjoyed playing together the thing I missed the most was creating together. So that's what we did.
You can stream lead single "I'll Be Gone" below and listen to the whole album via Spotify. The Oblivians have some dates coming up including one in NYC on Friday (6/7) for The Seaport Music Festival's kickoff show. Ex Cult open the show which is free, all-ages, and open to the public. Show starts at 7 PM. Flyer below.

Reigning Sound will also play a free show at the Seaport for this year's 4Knots Festival on 6/29, which also includes Kurt Vile, White Lung, The Men, Parquet Courts, and more.

Fellow garage punk/In the Red band and past tourmates The Gories also have a NYC show coming up as part of the Northside Festival. They play the New York Night Train showcase on June 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Daddy Long Legs (tickets).

All Oblivians dates, including West Fest in Chicago, are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along

At Hop Along's recent Bowery Ballroom show opening for The Thermals and Screaming Females, they played a new song during their set and mentioned that it would debut on June 5. Well here we are on June 5, and that song, titled "Sister Cities," is out now. It's got a country-punk inspired rhythm rolling through it, and singer Frances Quinlan is at her most expressive, switching back and forth between her folky whisper and her unpolished roar. You can stream the song for below and download it for free at the Weathervane Music Bandcamp.

Weathervane Music is also the organization who just featured "Sister Cities" in their "Shaking Through" documentary series about the "Birth of a Song." In the series, bands record a new song in two days and the process is captured on film. You can watch two videos of that session, which splice together recording and interviews, below. Read more about the session at the Shaking Through website.

Hop Along will be returning to NYC for a free House of Vans show on June 27 with an incredible lineup that also includes Fucked Up and Title Fight (who play NYC even sooner). Though the show is free, RSVP is required, and it opens on Tuesday (6/11).

Videos and song stream below...

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The Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival returns with its fifth year starting June 4 and continuing every Tuesday through Labor Day. Brought to you by City Winery (where the shows take place), the free outdoor shows (they're behind the venue) go down from 5:00PM-7:30PM.

This Tuesday's kickoff show is with former Kinks guitarist/singer Dave Davies (who played City Winery last week). Other acts playing this year include Los Straitjackets, The English Beat, The Pietasters, Tim O'Brien, Rasputina and more.

Again these shows are free and open to all ages. Full 2013 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival below...

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Calexico at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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One of this year's sought-after Record Store Day releases was the Calexio live album, Spiritoso, which was recorded in Germany backed by orchestras Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. For those who don't want to deal with online auction prices, Calexico will be releasing the live album digitally next week (6/11). You can watch a video of Calexico performing their song "Para" with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien below.

Calexico are on a tour this summer which includes a stop in NYC for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! on June 15 with Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble.

Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off its 2013 Season on Wednesday (6/5) with singer-songwriter Patty Griffin and that show is free too.

Calexico tour dates are listed, along with video and album info, below...

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

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

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

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The 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival starts today in NYC and runs the entire month of June at various venues around the city. Now in its third year, the fest includes a wide range of music, not just strictly jazz. Tonight's kickoff (6/1) events include The Dizzie Gilespie All-Star Big Band at the festival's namesake club (tickets).

Other events at the fest: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars on Sunday (6/2) at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets); Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom on June 11 (tickets); WyClef Jean at B.B. King Blues Club on June 19 (tickets); a free show with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) at Central Park Summerstage on June 24; and Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration at Town Hall on June 28 (tickets).

For full schedule, visit the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website.