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Pool Party Season Has Begun

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Last year. JellyNYC’s “Pool Parties” at Brooklyn’s McCarren Pool were the thing to do every Sunday. Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s pool season, with Superchunk totally rocking the place with their ‘90s Chapel Hill sound. Hundreds of 20-something hipsters were joined by old fans, neighborhood residents, and little children for a day full of loud music, flying dodgeballs, Slip’n Slide, and large sunglasses. Perfect weather helped to make it one incredibly enjoyable day, on par with any of last year’s memorable Pool Parties. NYC locals Oakley Hall and +/- took the stage earlier in the day, and both did a great job in creating a soundtrack for all of the activities going on in the huge abandoned pool.  Many kids and adults cool by hitting the Slip’n Slide. Dodgeball, again this year, was incredibly entertaining. There’s something really enjoyable about watching rubber balls hit people so hard that it knocks them to the ground.

As good as yesterday’s Pool Party was, there’s a whole lot to look forward with great bands like TV On The Radio, Blonde Redhead, and Ted Leo playing these free concerts every Sunday. Next Sunday Man Man, Illinois, and Dengue Fever will be playing. Check out Jelly NYC’s Pool Party website for more to see the full schedule.

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Longwave Rocks Luna Lounge

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Before it closed its extremely popular LES location in 2005, local rockers Longwave were playing regularly at Luna Lounge. On Friday, the band took the stage at the venue’s new recently-opened location in Williamsburg. The set-list contained a slew of very promising new songs, but the band also made sure to play plenty of fan favorites from The Strangest Things and There’s A Fire. The guitars of Steve Schiltz and Shannon Ferguson bursted with delicious sonic energy, especially on the brilliant instrumental “Daysleeper.”

The Picture, Palomar, and Soft, 3 up-and-coming local acts, all preceded Longwave with solid performances.

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Make Music New York

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All day yesterday, there were hundreds of bands all over the streets of over 300 cities worldwide as part of the Make Music Festival, based on France’s 25 year old Fete de la Musique. New York joined cities in countries as diverse as Congo, Chile, Germany, and Mongolia, for its’ first ever Make Music Festival. Throughout all 5 boroughs, musicians set up on street corners and in front of shops, playing a eclectic variety of music from reggae dub to gospel to punk rock to jazz. I was able to catch the children of Tap City tap dancing away on the corner of 27th and 7th in Manhattan. And then after making my way out to Williamsburg, I traveled up and down Bedford Ave., where there seemed to be a different band on every block. A 6pm threat of rain shut things down for about 15 minutes, but the bands came right back out to the sidewalks, and masses of people gathered around to watch them. While Stereo Stereo played catchy rock in front of the Mini Market at N. 4th & Bedford, Subatomic Sound System brought the sounds of reggae dub to the street, only a block away. Even further up the street, hordes of people gathered around Best Fwends, who were performing at the stage set up at N. 7th. On group of musicians refused to remain stationary and played, marching up and down Bedford, scaring any dogs in the vicinity. Passer-bys really seemed to be enjoying the free entertainment,  stopping to watch for at least a minute or two, before moving on. And plenty of skateboarders, who were on their way up to KCDC skate shop for the final festivities of Go Skateboarding Day, stopped to watch the bands. Right before the nasty storm that hit Brooklyn at around 8:30pm, NY PRESS favorites Bling Kong put on an incredible performance in front of the Mini Market. The relatively large crowd that piled up around them really enjoyed their perverse catchy rock tunes. A spectator from an apartment above them even joined in on the rock, playing his own tambourine.  When the rain hit at full force, most bands and spectators called it quits, but I caught one incredibly insane band (The Shemps, I think), braving it out, getting absolutely soaked in front of S&B restaurant on Bedford Ave. Despite the late rain that brought an early end to a bunch of performances, Make Music New York helped to make it a really fun day to spend outside in New York City. Hopefully, this will continue on as an annual event, growing larger every year.

Street Films has some video coverage of a bunch of the performances.

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Apostle of Hustle Takes Over Mercury Lounge With Sights Set On Central Park

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While fellow Broken Social Scene members Feist and Kevin Drew were wowing  Town Hall last night, Andrew Whiteman and his band Apostle of Hustle were playing a much lower profile show at Mercury Lounge. Apostle of Hustle’s sweet genre-blending tropicalia-tinged folk rock was a great way to chill out on another humid night. The trio played a couple songs from the Cuban-inspired debut Folkloric Feel, and a lot off of probably the year’s most overlooked album, National Anthem of Nowhere. Andrew Whiteman danced with his guitar, shaking his hips more like a Spanish mariachi than the Canadian native that he is. It’s great to see someone move around and feel into what they’re playing the way Whiteman seemed to. Often prospering from heavy use of layering on their records, the songs sounded just as great being stripped down for the live setting, especially on highlights “Chances Are,” “National Anthem of Nowhere” and “My Sword’s Anger.”All in all, Whiteman and co. entertained the crowd with accidental wine-spilling, stories of George Bush’s severed head, matador-style dancing, and mainly some really wonderful tunes.

This concert was the first of many chances New Yorkers will have to see Apostle of Hustle. They will be playing at Mercury Lounge on the 18th and 25th, Union Hall in Park Slope on the 17th, and your best chance to see them will be when they play a free Central Park Summer Stage show on Sunday June 24th.

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This Dinosaur Still Rocks

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In May, Alternative-rock legend Dinosaur Jr released Beyond—the band’s first studio album in ten years, and the first with the original lineup of Mascis, Barlow and Murph since 1988’s Bug. Unlike almost all other reunion albums, Beyond is great and can be compared favorably to any of the band’s past music. The trio, who has [&hellip
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Save Domino!

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The never-ending attack of the condos is now threatening the life of another historic building in Brooklyn, The Domino Sugar Refinery. Thankfully, the Waterfront Preservation Alliance (waterfrontalliance.org) has stepped up once again, raising awareness of the issue and bringing a petition to life. With over 1,500 names to date, the WPA continued their fight holding a benefit concert/rally on Sunday at Grand Ferry Park in Williamsburg. Despite the rain, the event remained a success, and was plenty entertaining, with memorable outdoor performances by The Black Tie Party,  the Hungry Marching Band, Vic Thrill & the Saturn Missile,Cheeseburger,  and The Wau Wau Sisters. After the Wau Wau Sisters displayed their acrobatic musical abilities, the crowd moved on to the Ale House, where indie rockers Nada Surf put on a beautiful, intimate acoustic performance filled with their finest pop gems, and highlighted by the upbeat "The Blankest Year" which the whole place joined in on the chorus, gleefully  singing "Fuck It". Lead singer Matthew Caws laughed in the middle of it all when one guest consistently held up her baby on cue with the chorus. Between the intimate nature of the performance, the beautiful songs, and the band and crowd's overall enjoyment of the whole thing, the little concert, which was filled with its imperfections, was perfect.
The Waterfront Preservation Alliance reports 850+ signatures from the day, which should be viewed a major success. But they will not stop until the historic Domino Refinery is designated as a landmark. If you'd like to join in on the fight,  you can sign the petition here.

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Who Needs the Mystery Jets?

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One of England’s hottest young bands, Mystery Jets had been scheduled to headline at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, but at the last minute the band was forced to cancel due to VISA problems. Rather than cancel the entire show, openers White Rabbits were bumped up to the headline spot with fellow local faves Vampire Weekend, and The Dansettes and Aeroplane Pageant were added to the bill. Admission was also reduced. Even with the strong bill of local favorites and the reduced admission price, I arrived to Bowery Ballroom expecting a smaller crowd, but to my surprise, the place was pretty full with people. All four bands really stepped it up, but it was all about Vampire Weekend and White Rabbits. These are two bands you will be hearing a lot about over the next few months. Fans were really into Vampire Weekend’s catchy pop sounds, demanding for more when the band finished their set. White Rabbits finished it all off, playing more like veteran headliners than the young band that they are, blowing away the audience with songs from their excellent debut album Fort Nightly, and throwing in a couple covers.

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