Monday, July 13, 2015

4Knots Music Festival @Hudson River Park, July 11th

(Mikal Cronin)

After a solid morning of work, I made my way to Pier 84 in Manhattan on the Hudson River for the 4Knots Music Festival sponsored by Village Voice to catch a great lineup of indie rock bands on a beautiful summer day.

The festival was a great deal for concertgoers -- only $25 for a GA ticket to see 10 bands, which were a good mix of newcomers, established indie acts, and a few bands worth more than the price of admission alone.  For a slight premium more at $50 (and definitely worthwhile), VIPs had access to a boat docked alongside the pier, nicer bathrooms, bars, air conditioning, and a few included drink tickets and snacks.  My friends who opted for the spendier option seemed to enjoy the digs. ("I'm on a boat!")

(More words and pics after the jump.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

New gig...for me!

I have some exciting news! Starting this Thursday, May 28th, I will be DJing a weekly 2-hour slot for Little Water Radio, a relatively new, internet-based radio station located in the Fulton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.  I'll be playing a mix of mostly indie music songs, and probably talking about sandwiches.

Check out the rest of the roster, which looks to be a nicely eclectic assortment of programming you won't find anywhere else on the radio or internet!

If you are free Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm ET, tune in here for my show, Club Sandwich

Monday, January 12, 2015

Panda Bear @MoMA P.S. 1, Jan. 11th

Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear of the band Animal Collective, performed a solo set Sunday afternoon for Boiler Room at MoMA P.S. 1 inside its geodesic VW Dome. Video artist Danny Perez supplied the stimulating visuals projected upon the dome's interior walls, which made for a trippy experience combined with Panda Bear's experimental tunes.

(More words and pics after the jump.)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Morrissey @BAM, Jan. 11th

Shit, it was Friday night in Brooklyn, and none other than one of my all-time favorites, Morrissey, was performing that evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music aka BAM, which is within walking distance of my apartment.  I had forgotten to look for tickets when the show went on sale a few months ago, so I was disappointed by my misstep, but I also had convinced myself that Moz had already taken enough of my money over the years, so no need to dump another $100 on a performer who always managed to come up short in terms of setlist length for me.  I believed that nothing could top my experience of seeing him at Webster Hall almost 4 year ago where I was up front.  Anyway, umbrella in tow on a drizzly night, I decided to stroll by the venue and see if I could score a last minute miracle.

(More words and pics after the jump.)  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sufjan Stevens @Bowery Ballroom, Dec. 21st

(Sorry for the delay in getting this out -- the holidays and all that jazz.)

I had been feeling a slight malaise about the upcoming Christmas holiday.  I had yet to pick up gifts for anyone on my list (and boy, do I hate shopping), and visiting with family generally stresses me out.  Bestest Boy was working late on his movie, so I had to psych myself up for seeing Sufjan Stevens' "Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" by lonesome.  Anyway, I think I wore him off Sufjan with all the holiday music play in the car, so perhaps it's best he didn't accompany me.

I got to the venue just before doors and managed to secure a spot front and center about two deep from the stage, which was COVERED with the tackiest and most colorful decorations.  There was a big spinning wheel on the side of the floor with about dozen holiday songs.  The floor filled rather quickly, and excitement was in the air.

(More words and pics after the jump.)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Andrew Bird @Riverside Church, Dec. 10th

Andrew Bird is one hell of a talented dude.  I saw him perform earlier this year at a tiny venue for which he stuck mostly to new material, which left me craving more.  Sapient assured me seeing him this time around for his solo Gezelligheid show would be wonderful, and indeed it was. I got in line an hour before doors and managed to sit in the second row, center aisle, making the cavernous Riverside Church seem looming and intimate at the same time.

(More pics, including a setlist, after the jump.)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Stars @Mercury Lounge, Sept. 22nd

The last time I saw Stars, I was in the front row of Town Hall 5 years ago, so I wasn't motivated to catch them at Webster Hall for their most recent tour, figuring that memory would be hard to top.  But thanks to a nifty little iPhone app called Thrillcall, I managed to snag a pair of FREE tix to see the ever charming band at the itty bitty Mercury Lounge for their after-show gig.  And the late start worked out well, as it allowed me to go to a meetup in Williamsburg earlier in the evening and head back into the City with a few of my tt pals -- Angela, Just Dave and jessipedia -- for the gig.

(More words and pics after the jump.)