Surf Lodge announces its 2015 concert series line-up

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All concerts are free and are just a short drive away in Montauk. It all starts Memorial Day weekend with Mac Demarco on Friday, Escort on Saturday, Capital Cities on Sunday and Tove Lo on Monday. Full line-up below: [Read more…]

Top five shows of the weekend

Bongripper++Holy+Grail+From+Hel5) Chuck Ragan, Adam Faucett at Rough Trade
In case you’re not already hanging out with enough beard n’ flannel-clad dudes on a typical night out in North Brooklyn, Hot Water Music frontman and punk icon, Chuck Ragan, has just what you’re looking for come Saturday night, with an intimate show at North 9’s coolest corporate upstart, Rough Trade. All cultural target practice aside, though, this one is bound to be a classic, so strap on those boots and tighten the suspenders, because there’s bound to be a pit full of lumberjacks and Jills waiting for you (OK, OK, sorry).

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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PHOTOS: Forecastle Festival 2014

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Australian DJ Flume Plays on Sunday Night of Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

All Photos by Bruce Jason Bohman

Forecastle Festival rocked the Louisville waterfront this past weekend, and we were there. Here are some of the best moments we captured.

(I know. I KNOW. We are also sad we don’t have any of Beck and that robot, but the rest of these are pretty sick.)

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REVIEW: Forecastle Festival 2014

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Photos by Bruce Jason Bohman

I just wrapped up my first visit to Forecastle Music Festival and I gotta hand it to you, Louisville. From the first bass drop with MiMOSA to the last dance break with Beck, it was an unforgettable weekend full of good vibes, fantastic performances and enough Bourbon to kill a small elephant. When  in Kentucky . . .

The first thing I have to point out is that Forecastle is unbelievably manageable. It never felt overcrowded, and for the most part, festivalgoers conducted themselves well (always a toss up at these city fests – I’m looking at you Made in America). Let’s just go over the basics here: every port-a-potty was flush in TP, I never stood in a beer line for more than six minutes and I was always able to reconnect with friends when the schedule appealed to different tastes. A low stress festival makes for a happy festivalgoer, and the energy here was top notch. I’m sure the eclectic lineup, temperate weather and stunning Louisville waterfront location can be credited for that as well.

The KY Bourbon Lodge offered a look into the rich culture of Kentucky (plus a fresh blast of AC) and Louisville’s best food trucks brought their kimchi & tofu tacos, gourmet grilled cheeses and a number of other hearty snacks to the festival grounds. It was a well-rounded event that reminded me that I grew up in a place that’s pretty damn cool.

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Forecastle 2014

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We are in full-blown music festival mode, and while we could focus all day on the megafests like Lollapalooza, I wanted to shed some light on a lesser known. Forecastle Music Festival takes place in Waterfront Park in Louisville every July and has been growing steadily since it’s inception in 2002. This year’s headliners are Outkast, Jack White and Beck. What up, Kentucky? You’re crushin’ it.

Sure, Kentucky’s a bit of a hike, but wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the big city bustle for a few days? And that’s exactly what some NYC artists are doing. Let’s check out some of our local favorites who are heading down to the Bluegrass state from July 18-20.

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tUnE-yArDs release video for ‘Gangsta’

On the heels of ‘Bizness’ comes the latest video from tUnE-yArDs 2011 release, w h o k i l l, ‘Gangsta‘. It was directed by Merrill Garbus herself. Definitely a different style than their last release, but still worth a look. Check it out!

tUnE-yArDs and Austra played Pier 54

River Rocks” kicked off at Pier 54 last night with performances by tUnE-yArDs and Austra. I have everyone made it into the the show as the line outside the venue was insane. This must have been the biggest show on the Pier since Matt & Kim in 2009. Video edits of both artists are below.

tUnE-yArDs played the Greene Space

A couple weeks ago, after playing her sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tUnE-yArDs joined Kurt Andersen at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space to record an episode of the radio show Studio 360. She gave a great interview with Kurt (which you can hear here, along with a conversation with comedian Eugene Mirman), and also performed a few songs for the crowd. It is great to see a band donning face paint and weirdo highlighter outfits playing to a crowd of seated public radio listeners. Even better is seeing Merrill Garbus trying to coax them to get up and jump up and down during the finale of “You Yes You.”

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