The Village Voice’s 4 Knots festival is perhaps the most consistently booked free music festival in… well, I want to say the world, but at the risk of sounding myopic, I’ll just say New York City. The 2014 edition, which took place this past Saturday, continued the festival’s tradition of indie guitar hero-heavy bills with the godfather of ‘em all at the top of the bill, Dinosaur Jr.
Mascis, Murph and Barlow played a predictably incredible, hit-heavy set (which you can watch highlights from right here) that blew away similarly amazing offers from past headliners like The Men (who are the best live band in Brooklyn) and Archers of Loaf. Thirty well-earned years (THIRTY?!) in the indie rock cannon forced a different stage configuration to accommodate a much larger crowd than we’ve seen in past years. Everyone was there. Even Kim Gordon.
The smaller stage was pushed across South Street into that area where I think they have the “FiDi” Smorgasburg to allow for what looked like Terminal 5-sized crowd for Dinosaur Jr. and Mac DeMarco from the drunken confines of the SS Christgau, docked stage right. While the new configuration made shuffling back and forth from stage to stage somewhat frustrating, (I gave up after enjoying fifteen or twenty minutes of Nude Beach’s set) it’s a small price to pay for a free afternoon of draws on the level of Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco and Speedy Ortiz. [Read more...]