Happy 4th of July, everyone, a long weekend is just what the doctor ordered. When all around is madness (I’m looking at the idiotic result of the EU referendum back home in the UK. Absolutely horrifyingly stupid), I’d suggest substituting banging your head against a wall for seeing a show or three.
Put on your fedoras, grab your gimp suits, and fire up that DeLorean to 88 to prepare for this weekend’s midnight movies. You can head over to Nitehawk Cinema, grab a drink, and choose between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Dead Man. Or don’t choose, they’re both playing on Friday and Saturday. 1995’s Dead Man starring Johnny Depp is technically a Western, but saying that it’s a Jim Jarmusch film is a much more helpful descriptor. The film is great and a nice reminder of what Johnny Depp was pre-Pirates, but as it’s playing as part of Nitehawk’s Summer of Surrealism series, be aware that you’re in for restless sleep and probably some weird dreams after. Or you can head over to Road Warrior, part of their July Brunch & Midnite: Burn N’ Rubber series, to see the greatest car movie ever made on the big screen. Plus, you can witness Lord Humungus’s fabulous fashion sense as it was meant to be seen.
Noisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sister, with a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.
You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.
The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.
That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE.
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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
Despite getting ‘slightly’ interrupted by a fire on Pier 17, last Saturday’s 4Knots Festival ran more or less smoothly. The show was stopped for about 40 minutes, causing set list cuts and delays for the remaining 3 bands on the main stage. At least it wasn’t cancelled altogether as the pier at one point was partially evacuated and the PA system taken down. Be that as it may, the delays in combination with prior obligations made us miss Archers of Loaf’s headlining set. However, we caught Crocodiles and The Drums. Both of which played to a large and very enthusiastic crowd. Videos are below.
The free, all ages Mad Decent Block Party returns to NYC July 30 to South Street Seaport. The show includes Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey and PO PO.
Mad Decent then hits up Philly (8/6), Chicago (8/13) and LA (8/20) with Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more. Check out full lineups at Brooklyn Vegan.
The awesome folks over at Insound have teamed up with some of the most notable (free!) concert series of the Summer to provide you with an audible cheat sheet of what will be going down.
For more information on the shows and to download the mixtapes go here. But here is a general rundown of the events and the accompanying mixtapes:
The first mix comes from Hudson River Park’s RiverRocks series over on Pier 54 (at 14th St.) With shows from Tune-Yards and Austra on July 14th, Metronomy and Class Actress on July 28th, and Deer Tick and Dom on August 11th. Doors for those shows are at 6pm with things kicking off at 7pm.
Mixtape Track Listing: