The penultimate House of Vans show had an amazing linuep featuring Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and Operators. The venue stopped accepting RSVPs early in the evening and fans were eagerly awaiting Future Islands, a band that’s exploded in popularity following their latest release, “Singles,” and their performance on “Late Show With David Letterman.”
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August may be the end of summer but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of good music choices in the city. For the first week of August, Vans House Party is still going strong while some veteran acts make their way to New York. Here are our picks for the week (Aug. 4 to Aug. 10).
Naturally we’ll update the list with acts to check out since we are not perfect.
August 04 to August 10
08/02 – Simian Mobile Disco @ MOMA/PS1
08/02 – Dick Dale @ Brooklyn Bowl
08/02 – Jurassic 5 @ Best Buy
08/05 – Haim/Sleigh Bells @ Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
08/07 – Future Islands @ Vans House Party
08/07 – Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires @ River Rocks (Pier 84)
08/09 – Mad Decent Block Party @ Coney Island
08/09 – Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Forest Hills
08/09 – St. Vincent @ Celebrate Brooklyn
08/10 – Bauuer/Boys Noize @ Governors Island
August is an odd month as there are plenty of decent acts and a lot to see during the first week of the month and the last week of the month. There are a few free options although RSVP lists are closed for HAIM in Brooklyn and Future Islands at Vans House Party. For fans who got tickets for either show, get there early as there will be quite the line. I’m looking forward to the Vans show as Future Islands put on a great show and their new album is fantastic. Add in Omar Souleyman and Operators, Dan Boeckner’s (Divine Fits, Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) new project, and it’s a great night out. The last River Rocks concert of the summer is also on Thursday with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires.
Modest Mouse is on tour, with a new album hopefully on the way, and they have several dates in the NYC area. For me, their show with Brand New at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on Aug. 9 may seem a bit strange but definitely worth checking out. Saturday has perhaps the best free show of the month with St. Vincent at Prospect Park. It will be mobbed, so get there really early! Saturday also features the Mad Decent Block Party with Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo and plenty more.
Aesthetics are everything for a band. If you don’t have an identity it is easy for a band to lose their place in a crowded field. Vacationer do not have that problem and it’s easy to see why they had more than a few fans at Bowery Ballroom on January 12.
Vacationer are just that, a trip away from the mundane and the daily grind. Step back, step out and set your blanket down. Vactioner may be too on the nose with their set up, a lit up globe, videos of scenic destinations, but the vibe and the atmosphere that they created resonated with the crowd. With songs like “Gone,” “Trip” or “No Rules,” Vacationer are a band that feels remarkably poised and established and that credit goes to the established identity of the group and its music as well as to their frontman, Kenny Vasoli.
More of the review and full set of photos from the night after the jump.
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Divine Fits at Webster Hall featured all the great aspects of their debut album, A Thing Called the Divine Fits, and more. As a band, Divine Fits have incredible chemistry and each song has a sense of vitality, direction and purpose that make for a great night at a show.
It’s not surprising that the Divine Fits are a great live band but it’s always nice for a band to exceed already high expectations. Fans of Dan Boeckner’s work in Wolf Parade or Handsome Furs and Britt Daniel’s work in Spoon will find plenty to love in the music of the Divine Fits. Sam Brown, from New Bomb Turks, adds in some dynamic drumming to round out the band.
Read more of the review, including set list and photos of Divine Fits and Cold Cave, after the jump.
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It’s October 16, and in New York, that means the start of the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon. Perhaps the easiest thing you’ll do in the next four days will be picking up your badge. From there, there are endless possibilities to spend your day and night. So over the next four days, TheMusic.FM will help ease some of that burden. Come along and let’s see some of the best acts and showcases for Tuesday and Wednesday.
See our CMJ recommendations after the jump.
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