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July 2007

Up to the Mountains

Picture1The weather's not looking so hot for my trip up to the Berkshires this weekend, but fortunately there will be plenty of indoor activity to keep anyone heading up there occupied. Tomorrow, I'll be at Tanglewood to see Josh Bell and Kurt Masur with the Boston Symphony. Saturday, I'm opting for the annual Bang On a Can Summer Marathon at Mass MoCA, though many will be heading back to Lenox to see James Levine conduct Don Carlo with the students of the Tanglewood Music Center and an all-star cast. (I've been to Levine's opera with the kids the past two seasons, and each has been extraordinary.) If the weather clears up on Sunday, I'm going to try to make it back in time for the TV On the Radio show at McCarren Pool; otherwise, I'll swing up north to Vermont for the matinee at Marlboro.

Tonight, the main event is Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Castle Clinton, who stole the show last Saturday at Celebrate Brooklyn's Doc Pomus tribute. Tickets are free, available starting at 5pm.

A Kings (County) Day

7th Annual Village Voice Siren Festival, 7/21/07

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Hal Willner's Doc Pomus Project, Celebrate Brooklyn

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Lou Reed, with Knox Chandler and Steven BernsteinDsc03892

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Encore: "Youngblood" with Lou Reed, Jenni Muldaur, and Knox Chandler

A Day At the Beach

2007_main_imageTomorrow, I'll be spending the day out in Coney at the 7th annual Village Voice Siren Festival. The lineup at these events have grown noticeably less luminous over the past few years, but give the Voice credit for trying to uncover some new talent from around the Europe-US indie circuit. There are two acts total I've heard of on this bill: David Johansen's New York Dolls and the London MC M.I.A. Which, come to think of it, is kinda cool. Glasgow's The Twlight Sad kick things off (next to the Cyclone) at 1pm.