there’re folks who believe Independence Day is about nationalism
and flags, you and I both know that its about celebrating the finer
parts of our culture - beer, junk food, fireworks, and, of course,
rock'n'roll. The most New York thing you can do for the 4th, as
with any other holiday, is of course get the hell out of dodge.
But, if you can’t do that, the occasional Parks Department
rock events have certainly been worthwhile over the years, and if
and Sebastian is your cup of tea, this year at Battery
Park is no different. But the second-most New York thing you can
do for the 4th outside of leaving it, is of course getting down
with the roof parties. The private ones are typically where it’s
at - but there're also always a few good makeshift shows with decent
views of one of the world's most opulent fireworks displays.
of the best bets this year appears to once again be Casey’s
(who put on the Domino Sugar Factory parties the last couple of
years). He’s got Austin’s Voxtrot
headlining with a rare appearance by local psychedelic popsters,
Occasion. Then there's a whole list of singer/songwriters
- Animal Collective producer/accomplished and distinctive artist
Santos, Astralwerks' Damon
McMahon of Inouk fame, Social Registry’s folk-blues
Webb, and young folk prodigy Zachary
Cale. They’ll all be up on the roof of 57 Thames
St starting at 3PM. The other is Todd P’s on the roof of 330
Melrose Street for a Common Ground benefit featuring a couple of
the usual Load-y suspects and more: Japanther,
and Labor, Pterodactyl,
and Kim, Battleship,
Deathset, and Necking.
Perhaps the loudest way to celebrate the hottest of holidays.
after the fireworks there’s plenty to do indoors, including
the sweat of the
Slavic Soul Party! at Barbes, The
Vandelles and A
Place to Bury Strangers at Union Pool, and Kerry
Davis of the Red Aunts extraordinary solo project Two
Looks, and The Hit at Cake Shop.
be careful who and what you drop over the ledge. Here's the rundown...
& Sebastian – Battery Park
Boswijck: Music in the Town of the Woods: Voxtrot, The Occasion,
Rusty Santos, Damon McMahon, TK Webb, Zachary Cale - 57 Thames St
Common Ground Benefit w/Japanther, Parts and Labor, Pterodactyl,
Matt and Kim, Battleship, Knyfe Hyts, The Deathset, Necking- 330
Melrose Street 4PM $8/$12
Slavic Soul Party! - Barbes
The Vandelles, A Place to Bury Strangers – Union Pool $5
Two Tears, Winning Looks, The Hit – Cake Shop $3