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Keeping Cool At McCarren Park Pool

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Brooklyn’s hipsters and indie music fans were given another beautiful day for another JellyNYC Pool Party, on Sunday. McCarren Park Pool once again filled up with people wanting to catch some live music and soak up the sun. Another solid line up of bands rocked the place, with excellent sets by Oxford Collapse, Annuals, and Band of Horses. Suprisingly, Band of Horses lead singer Ben Bridwell kept his cool, despite the huge number of photographers in his face snapping pictures. His antics at a San Diego concert earlier this month left a lot of people wondering if he could handle the camera crazy Brooklynites. While the bands brought the noise, fans again participated in the popular dodgeball games, and kept cool on the slip n’ slide and the special very wet volleyball court. These ever so popular pool parties are becoming synonymous with summer in Brooklyn, and next week will be the biggest one yet, with Brooklyn’s own TV on the Radio expected to attract masses of fans to the summer hot spot.

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Gyspy Punk Takeover at The Fillmore

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Gogol Bordello is a band that everyone should see live. Their records, as fun as they are, do not compare to seeing them in the live setting. The “Gypsy Punks” have recently started to get the recognition they deserve. Most recently, band members Eugene Hutz and Sergey Ryabstev joined the legendary Madonna on stage at Live Earth. An event like that is sure to get the band some attention. Even before the days of lady Madonna, the Lower East Side Eastern Europeans had been creating quite the reputation for their live performances. On Friday and Saturday, the Fillmore (formerly Irving Plaza) packed in a sell out crowd for two incredible nights of crazy music. While I cannot vouch for Friday night, Saturday night was everything fans have come to expect. The band, led by the mustached Eugene Hutz, played with a relentless energy. A sweat-soaked crowd danced along to every beat, with crowd-surfers catching waves again and again. Clothing articles were often flung around, and a huge Finding Nemo stuffed animal could be seen soaring through the sky for much of the set. While the crowd seemed to tire after dancing along to energetic songs like “Start Wearing Purple” and Wonderlust King,” the fire that kept Hutz and his band of gypsies going, never seemed to burn out. They came out for not one, and not two, but three sensational encores. During the second encore, the place went nuts as the band ripped through “Indestructible.” Hutz climbed his way to a small balcony next to the stage, while Pamela Jintana Racine danced upon a drum, carried through the crowd.  It seemed like it could go on for hours, with the band continuing to play as exhausted fans threw in the towel and exited the venue. Every time Gogol Bordello plays, it promises to be an incredible night, but this one seemed extra special.

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Possible Giants Seize Bowery Ballroom

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When John Linnell and John Flansburgh formed a band in 1982, there’s no way they could’ve imagined that they’d still be going strong in 2007 with a large devoted fan base. As a child of the ‘80s, I have fond memories of They Might Be Giants. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” was on many of my early childhood mixtapes, and I can still remember when the song “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” was featured on Tiny Toon Adventures. Many try to write them off as a novelty act due to their often absurd lyrics, but those silly little songs are not only insanely clever but also very well written pop gems.

I was at Bowery Ballroom last night to witness They Might Be Giants, as they played their first night of a 4 night residency at the venue. After taking the stage, the band ripped right into the lead track on their new album (The Else) “I’m Impressed.” Quickly a tone was set that the band was going to play a set heavy on new tunes. Thankfully The Else has been a real return to form, and is one of this year’s best pop albums. But they did not strictly go with new material, they played a mix of songs from throughout their whole career, from children’s song “Alphabet of Nations” to their biggest hit “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” “Drink!” had the audience swaying back and forth, with fists in the air, chanting along, and set closers “Turn Around” and “Why Does the Sun Shine?” really got the crowd bopping.

The band also managed to receive a call deceased former NYC mayor John Lindsay, during the middle of their performance. Lindsay praised the New York music scene, and proceeded to go on about Jay Z’s Black Album, and music videos being shot in the city.

For their first encore, the band was accompanied by a 3-man horn section, which included Mark Pender (of Late Night with Conan O’Brien fame). The finished the 5-song encore with a thrilling version of “Istanbul.”

Not satisfied with one encore, the Johns returned to the stage for a an acoustic version of “With the Dark,” and then finally closing the night with new song “The Mesopotamians.”

They Might Be Giants return to the Bowery Ballroom every Wednesday for the next three weeks. Each of the shows will have a theme: July 25th = ‘90s; August 1st = ‘80s; and Augst 8th = children’s night.

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Dappled Cities, Jealous Girlfriends, and Besnard Lakes

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I had no idea what to expect when Aussie band Dappled Cities took the stage on Friday night at Mercury Lounge. A trusty publicist had described them with comparisons to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Arcade Fire. While containing some similarities to those 2 bands, Dappled Cities was far from derivative. Playing a passionate [&hellip
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England’s Maxïmo Park Live in New York

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No one would ever guess that, up until a few years ago, Maxïmo Park lead singer Paul Smith had never sung on stage. Last night at Webster Hall, Paul Smith displayed a stage presence that only few possess, as Maxïmo Park put on a performance to remember. From start to finish, Paul Smith moved around the stage like an acrobat dancing, all while maintaining a firm grasp on his new romantic vocals. It’s no wonder that the band has become one of the biggest acts in England. Songs like “Books From Boxes” that never seem to take off on record are pumped full of life by the band’s energetic performance. The band played a perfect mix of the best songs off of debut A Certain Trigger, and newly released sophomore album Our Earthly Pleasures. The large crowd reflected the energy of the band, passionately singing along to every song, and a group of girls who were stationed front and center reached out for a touch of Paul Smith’s shiny white shoes.

Preceding Maxîmo Park were 2 female-fronted L.A. bands—The Oohlas and Monsters Are Waiting. The Oohlas played quality fuzzy, sugar-pop, while Monsters Are Waiting again displayed why they’re a band to watch. Every time this band plays they get better and better, building on their sound. With a voice that can only be described as cute and spastic dancing, singer/keyboardist Annalee Fery is one of the best front-women in music. While Fery channels a young Debbie Harry, the rest of the band conjures up an original post-punk/new wave sound. Monsters Are Waiting will be big soon.

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A Benefit For The Drew Goren Memorial Fund

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Langhorne Slim strums his guitar at Luna Lounge

On Saturday night people came out to Luna Lounge in Brooklyn to celebrate the life of local photographer Drew Goren, and to help raise money for the wonderful family (including 5 yr old daughter, Nina) that he left behind when he passed away in December. Langhorne Slim headlined a great roster of bands there to support an old friend whose photography had become a staple in the local music scene. Taking the stage over the long night were The Shrubs, Wooden Hills, Sikamor Rooney, The GoStation, Neckbeard Telecaster, and Langhorne Slim. Each band brought their own distinct sound to the stage, all of them memorable. While the bands played, Drew’s iconic photographs were projected onto one of the walls, displaying his ability to capture the exact essence of his subject’s humanity—a gift that cannot be learned. For those who new Drew, the night acted as a perfect celebration of his life as his friends and family came together for something really magnificent. Those who didn’t know Drew probably felt they did by the time Langhorne Slim played the final note of his sensational set.

Over the short period of time that I knew Drew he was a true inspiration in every form. To me, Drew was more than a friend, he was a mentor and every photo I take is a direct result of his influence on me.

Drew Goren will forever live on in his brilliant photos. Check out his work at subwaysleeper.com.

To find out how you can help via donation, go here.

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Pool Party Madness With Man Man

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The weather in NYC was perfect on Sunday for yet another of JellyNYC’s Pool Parties at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. This week it was Illinois, Dengue Fever and Man Man providing the tunes, while one dodgeball team totally dominated all day. The pool was as crowded as I’ve ever seen it, with thousands of people out to soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful weather. Spectators enjoyed game after game of dodgeball, with balls flying out towards spectators at times. One unlucky spectator had her beer explode over her and everyone near when a stray ball bounced quickly out of the dodgeball court, hitting her cup of brew. While the whole day was fun and the bands were all good, it was Man Man’s crazy performance that was most memorable. While performing their raucous set, the Captain Beefheart-influenced Philly band dodged beach balls, and even a g-string worn by this guy.

Next Sunday you can catch Octopus Project, Erase Errata, Dan Deacon, and OCDJ at McCarren Pool.

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