With so many Brooklyn bands currently paying homage, whether knowingly or unknowingly, to various strands of 80s and 90s indie rock, we could not be more honored to bring masters of the genre, Guided by Voices — in all their leg-kicking, beer-guzzling glory — to McCarren Park on Saturday, June 18, for an OSA benefit show at that new 5,000-capacity outdoor space. The show will feature the band’s “classic lineup,” with Robert Pollard joined by Tobin Sprout, Charles “Mitch” Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennel, as they perform songs from their unbelievably awesome 1992-1996 period. For those keeping score, that’s Propeller, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes and Under the Bushes, Under the Stars. Damn. And because we recognize that every generation has a different set of bands they see as perfect summer drinking (or whatever) music, we couldn’t be happier to announce that present day lo-fi stalwarts Wavves are on board to open the show. We’ll be revealing even more support in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s all you really need to know: Guided by Voices, Wavves, and you, at McCarren Park on a Saturday in June, the way it was always meant to be.
Tickets to the all-ages show (rain or shine, suckers) go on sale this Friday, April 8, at noon. Buy yours here for $30 in advance, $35 day of. Four-day, all-age badges, which include admission to both Guided by Voices and that Beirut show we’re so excited about — not to mention more than 250 other bands — are available here for $70. If you opt for the badge, you’ll want to be sure to arrive early to guarantee entry; check out this page for more info on what that all entails. Now if you excuse us, we should probably go organize a community-wide rehearsal so we’re ready to sing along to “A Salty Salute.”