This just in: New York City has great live music.
New York is renowned for its live music; we all know that. But it hasn’t been as apparent to me ever since I’ve moved to the city as it is now that live music here rules. Period. No other city in the world offers you a chance to see an awesome show in any given genre or scene on any given night or day (or morning, for that matter). There is so much quantity and variety in the performances that you could see live music every night of the summer, and you wouldn’t even overlap genres or even travel to the same part of the city twice.
Don’t know what to do tonight? Check out Oh My Rockness for a thorough list of all the Indie shows in the city that night. Want to lay low and see a free show? Go to Prospect Park for the Celebrate Brooklyn! free summer concert series and relax with the jazzheads. In a festival mood? You could go to Governor’s Ball, Seaport Music Festival, Electric Daisy, or CMJ. Feelin’ upscale? Lincoln Center is putting on a festival of performing arts until August 14.
With all the options available, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to allocate your time. Fortunately, regardless of what band you decide to see, you will rarely be disappointed (unless you are in Williamsburg). Recently, I have been to two concerts that have blown my mind.
Phantogram performed as a trio, with super-cutie frontwoman Sarah Barthel on synth, co-frontman (not as cute) Josh Carter on guitar, and a live drummer in the house who played the hell out of the set. As they gain experience on tour, they also have gained knowledge of how to make their sound bigger and more epic. Their live songs blew their recorded material completely out of the water. They performed “Bloody Palms” amazingly and the song transcended to a haunting jam with their meshing voices growing louder and more core-shaking with each chant.
Phantogram has a new record coming out in the fall, so keep an eye out for it, as this band is hitting their stride at the right time.
The next show that blew my mind was Zeds Dead at the Mad Decent Block Party this Saturday at Southside Seaport. The crowd came out for the free festival and was there solely to party and have the best time possible. We bumped and grinded in close quarters while Zeds brought their sweet, sweet dubstep/electro. Beer was spilled, sunburns were had, and dance music was laid down with force. Where else in the world could you go on a Saturday afternoon to a downtown port and enjoy a free rave by a major DJ act like Zeds Dead? New York, for all of its woes, kicks ass in the live music department, and events like Mad Decent prove that.
I will close out this post with a video of the performance. Notice the amazing setting with the ships all around and the beautiful day. On top of that, notice the great time being had by all! Gotta love New York!!
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