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August 2: Coldplay, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Black Keys, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Akron/Family, Lykke Li July 31-August 2.
All shows free, on Roosevelt Island
In NYC songwriting circles — that scene that seems to exist at places like Joe's Pub and the Living Room, where Norah Jones' career trajectory is everyone's goal — Leah Siegel has been an artist to watch for quite a few years now, with her soulful, elegant songs that sit somewhere between the sparse weirdness of indie-folk and the straightforward palatability of regular folk. June 13, 4pm.
The little landing strip of newly opened concert space on Roosevelt Island is ridiculously pretty. It'd be scenery valium even in the face of screeching death metal. The lush, carefully orchestrated indie-pop of Brooklyn's Frances will likely comfort you on a much deeper level, though. June 20, 4pm.
It's summertime and the living's easy. You don't have to tell the Bones Royal twice, whose mesh of country-twinged rock and good ol' fashion jamming doesn't ever work its way into a frenzy. July 25, 4pm.
The Flanks w/ Hawke & Owl
For those of you who like your country music without the blinding gloss of mainstream Nashville, but also without the gimmicky, almost costume-like qualities of NYC's current underground country scene, we give you The Flanks, who've been at it for a long time now, doing country music the way it was supposed to be done: no ironic winking, no cheesy posturing — just simple heartbreaking. August 1, 4pm.
Coming hot on the heels of their One Tree Hill soundtrack spot, this could be your very best chance ever to go home from a Wakey Wakey show with a teenager who shares your questionable tastes in undying television dramas with prominent trampoline basketball league sub-plots. August 8, 4pm.
At its core, Chica Libre is a sun-splashed version of South American folk. With underpinnings in American surf music and flashes of 70s funk, their good-times vibe is relentless. August 22, 4pm.
90 Kent Ave, Williamsburg
We can't think of anyone better to open the new Williamsburg Waterfront space than the Dirty Projectors. The new album, Bitte Orca, is a gorgeous ride through R&B and art-school indie rock, driven by Dave Longstreth's quirky compositions that always seem open to new possibilities. We like to think it fits Brooklyn to a T. June 19.
Simian Mobile Disco DJs
Expect to hear only fleeting snatches of the English production team's impendingTemporary Pleasures when in the midst of the tangled bodies and dampened brows their mix will likely produce. Until its August release, they are taking the sophomore LPs title very seriously. August 9, FREE.
Captured Tracks & Woodsist Fest
Somewhere in Brooklyn, tiny Asian men will be stuffing their faces with hotdogs in celebration of America's independence. Elsewhere, the Crystal Stilts, Blank Dogs, Mayfair Set, Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Woods, Dum Dum Girls, Fresh & Onlys, Brilliant Colors, Real Estate, the Beets and Beach Fossils will be luring America's youth to dance. And that is why we love this country. July 4.