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Naughty by Nature
Though best known for two call-and-response pool party anthems ("Hip-Hop Hooray" and "O.P.P."), the trio from East Orange, New Jersey kept it real throughout the 90s, though since their DJ Kay Gee left in 2000 things just haven't been the same. Don't despair, though, because they made peace and are reportedly back in the studio. Maybe they'll offer a rendition of their latest summer jam. Wednesday, August 19.
ROCKS OFF CONCERT CRUISE
Go to rocksoff.com for more information.
It's been a strange couple years for RJD2's John Krohn. After spending the first portion of his successful career releasing instrumental hip-hop albums on the Def Jux label, he switched gears (and labels, to XL) and released an album featuring live instruments and his own singing. The results were mixed, as was the album's reception. He's got another scheduled for release this year, so this show should give us a better idea what we're in for. June 19, 8pm. $30/$35.
The Queers, Kepi Ghoulie
When you've spent over twenty years of a career in music playing a genre generally known as "Ramones-core" you are unusually insulated from claims that you've lost your spark of originality over time. Sometimes, though, a day of drinking beer in the sun just needs to climax with unrepentant pogoing. Their native New Hampshire might need The Queers more desperately, but we suspect New York can more easily round up miscreants whose days fit that description. June 28, 6pm. $20/$25.
Carlon, Black Taxi
Carlon takes all of the heavy-hitting 60s influences, aka the Beatles, and adds a bit of barroom swagger to the mix. It's the stuff that sounds good on the radio and on your iPod, but probably best on a boat. August 6, 8pm. $20.
KEYSPAN PARK at Coney Island
1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
Remember how it felt really awesome when Wilco played McCarren Park Pool (R.I.P.) last year? Yeah, well, this is going to be a whole lot better: First of all, there are seats, and seats are awesome, especially when they're located really close to beer vendors. And second, they're touring on a record that, for real, might be the best they've ever released. And, yes, we've heard Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. All the other ones, too. It's serious. July 13, 8pm. $45.
VILLAGE VOICE SIREN FESTIVAL
Built to Spill, Spank Rock, The Raveonettes, Frightened Rabbit, Grand Duchy, Monotonix, Future Of The Left, Japandroids, Micachu & The Shapes, Bear Hands, and more
Taking the train all the way down to the ghost of Coney Island to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in concrete-augmented heat with throngs of people you vaguely recognize from your neighborhood coffee shop is usually a drag. Not to mention cold-in-the-middle corndogs and a sound system that always leaves a lot to be desired. But then you see the Siren lineup and it always acts as some kind of crazy amnesia machine. Future of the Left is practically Mclusky! Micachu is definitely Micachu! July 18, from 12-9 pm.
ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC& ARTS FESTIVAL
For information, go to apwfestival.com
July 31: Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Q-Tip, the Knux, Ra Ra Riot
August 1: Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, The Ting Tings, Tokyo Police Club, The Cool Kids, Cage The Elephant, Chairlift