We’re in the home stretch of this wretched orbit, where end-of-year lists could read more like obituaries. Let’s try and be optimistic for a few minutes at least, and marvel at the stupendous options we have to entertain us this weekend.
We’ve almost survived another week, and there are some just rewards coming everyone’s way. If you want something a little more unconventional as well, then we can take you to the stars and beyond this weekend. Either way, enjoy yourselves, you’ve earned it.
We were seriously mourning the end of 2016’s House of Vans concert series. Thankfully, they just announced a surprise show TONIGHT with Dinosaur Jr. and Screaming Females. RSVP is still available here.
After a long weekend we’re back to a regular schedule and I hope everyone had a fulfilling Thanksgiving, whether you were with loved ones or just found a rare moment of tranquility when the city got a little less intense.
Is today the grossest day of the year? It just might be, it’s almost like you need a machete to cut through the humidity, hopefully tonight’s storms will help. Anyway, let’s not beat about the bush as you have weekend plans to make…
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…]
The Village Voice’s annual 4 Knots Music Festival drew thousands of spectators to the South Street Seaport yesterday. Split over 2 stages, the event was graced with the most beautiful weather. We got there just in time to bring you some impressions from Dinosaur jr.‘s, Mac Demarco‘s, Those Darlings‘ and Viet Cong‘s sets. Sorry for the poor audio quality of Demarco’s clip. The sound volume was generally very low and apparently it is true that in 2014 nobody pays attention to the bands on stage anymore but just chatters the day away. On the VIP ship docked right next to the stage, the twenty somethings seemed more concerned with ‘gittin some’ than with what the artists had to offer. Anyway, Dinosaur jr. destroyed as expected, low sound volume or not.
Dinosaur jr. – Freak Scene
Dinosaur Jr. – In A Jar