Sunday, August 26, 2012

Afro Punk Fest @Commodore Barry Park, Aug. 26th

Bestest Boy and I wandered over to near the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Commodore Barry Park, the site of this year's totally free Afro Punk Fest, a two day affair that featured an amazing music line-up on two stages, as well as some amazing skateboarders and bikers, and met up with orange bear @eightrack.  We didn't have too much time there, unfortunately, but managed to catch the wonderfully entertaining Reggie Watts, who dazzled the crowd with his beat-boxing and improvisational stylings despite some technical malfunctions.  I wished we had more than the 40 minutes allotted to his set, but you take what you can get when it's free.  Before Reggie, we also caught a local band called Body Language, who, upon hearing them, I immediately thought they'd be good to spin in the room I help run called Indie While You Work.  And, yeah, I got home and spun some, and the song "Falling Out" went over very well.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

My Morning Jacket @Williamburg Park, Aug. 19th

First time seeing My Morning Jacket live.  Face melted.

Rolled into the fan club line early courtesy of Wawa and managed to get up front on the rail very easily.  All the people around me assured me that it'd be a great time tonight in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for my first experience, and boy, they weren't kidding.  I also had the company of emmyjane and Angela from, so we awaited the entrance of Jim James and Co. like a bunch of kids on Xmas morning.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

∆ (alt-J) @Mercury Lounge, Aug. 6th

Good times tonight.  Met up with Got Milk?, @eightrack and Angela (friend of bebe) from for ∆ (alt-J), a band OBPI has been thoroughly obsessed about for the last few months.  The guys sounded fantastic tonight, and we managed to snag Ellie the setlist and she got it autographed by the lead singer, Joe.  You go, girl!  It was a tight set, considering they only have the one album yet to be formally released.  But the crowd seemed to know every word. =)

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Amadou & Mariam @Central Park Summerstage, Aug. 4th

I love summers in NYC because of the crazy amount of free shows out there, but man, it was a hot afternoon, baking in the sun. Bestest Boy, Jamie and I tolerated the opener, Just A Band, and barely got through Theophilus London, who was very entertaining, but I thought was a bit all over the place.  The payoff came in the form of the headliners, Amadou & Mariam, who were every bit as charming and wonderful as I expected them to be.  Such happy music!

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