Big K.R.I.T. surrounded by a posse of CMJ volunteers. That could be you! Photo by Saidy Lopez, via Facebook
If this week’s rain has had you thinking about the swift approach of fall, you’re not a moment too soon: CMJ has announced that they’re looking for volunteers for the 2013 festival, to the delight of discriminating but broke as hell music fans throughout the city. And while there’s no lineup yet for the 5-day festival that takes over almost every venue in town, last year’s highlights included Sky Ferriera, Ratking, Skaters, LE1F, Angel Haze, Metz, Icona Pop, Savages, Foxygen, Kilo Kish and Delicate Steve, to name a few.
If all that sounds appealing but the nearly $500 price tag on a no-holds-barred full badge isn’t within your budget, then volunteering might be right up your alley: according to the site, every volunteer who completes all of their shifts gets a full CMJ registration badge. (more…)
Ava Luna will be harmonizing at the Onderdonk House. Will you be there? via Facebook
We’re all bummed that it’s August, what with its undercurrent of the death of summer always haunting it. You can either mope about it or you can grab the remaining days of summer and shake the fun out of them. One place to start? The Out in the Streets Festival, a 2-day music festival this weekend that’s going down right in our backyard (well, Ridgewood technically) with some of Brooklyn’s best bands, free beer each day and possibly a kiddie pool. Oh hey, everyone loves pools, kiddie or Olympic-sized. (more…)
CatalpaNYC comes to Randalls Island this weekend, another attempt by big-time promoters to make some big-time money ($180 for a weekend pass) off of NYC residents, who as we all know, are starved for big-name touring acts. Are you going? Are you excited about going? Are your friends going and rubbing it in your face? One person who won’t be going (unless his job pays him to, of course) is the Daily News’ Jim Farber, who let loose a fire hydrant-pressurized blast of hate on festivals like Catalpa this weekend. (more…)
While filmmakers down in Savannah, Ga. are busy trying to recreate the rock legacy of CBGB, a music festival this weekend is trying to reawaken the famous punk brand right here in New York City. The first-ever CBGB Festival is already underway, featuring dozens of bands in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Passes to the whole thing cost $90, but luckily for you some of the biggest shows are super free, including Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Hold Steady in Times Square and Guided By Voices at Summer Stage in Central Park. In true punk rock fashion that penniless Clinton Hill-living Patti Smith would approve of (Just Kids, anyone?), here is your badge-less guide to free shows at the CGBG festival. (more…)
We’re a little abashed that Jezebel scooped us on the very Brokelyn topic of how to smuggle booze into outdoor concerts. But we also thank them for leaving lots of room for brokester-improved tips. Of course, the city is intent on being a severe buzz kill and “alcohol is prohibited for all special events held in parklands. Alcohol is prohibited at parades. Alcohol is prohibited at block parties, special events and street festivals.” [NY Post] You’ll get a fine and a summons if you get caught.
Hope you enjoyed Brooklyn’s biggest free music festival while it lasted: The Village Voice announced last night it killed the Coney Island Siren Festival in favor of a new one called 4 Knots at the South Street Seaport in hip, young downtown Manhattansburg. Siren was a summertime tradition (albeit a hot and sweaty one, like all good music fests) but perhaps its death is symbolically parallel to the overall mucusy sickness of Coney’s attempted rebirth. The two-stage fest over the decade featured Ted Leo, Built to Spill, Frightened Rabbits, TV on the Radio, M.I.A. and the New York Dolls among many others. Says the Voice: “Siren had a fantastic 10-year run, but the 4 Knots Festival will replace it on the Voice’s summer-show docket. Embrace change!” No lineup has been announced yet, so we’ll see.
If the Fort Greene Festival were a sandwich, it would be the most badass multi-decker sandwich in all Kings County. Hosted by Malik Yoba, Rosie Perez and Toure, the music-packed festival is going down this Saturday, June 26, from noon to 6 p.m. in Fort Greene Park. Big-name offerings include hip-hop artist extraordinaire Common; Zap Mama, everyone’s favorite poly-genre all-female group; and Caron Wheeler, two-time Grammy-winning British soul singer. (more…)