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July 2010

No Age and Cap'n Jazz at Brooklyn Bowl

  DSC06112 A wild scene yesterday at Brooklyn Bowl, where Jelly's weekly Pool Party was transferred after intermittent rain stopped The Death Set's set early. Unfortunately, BBowl could only accommodate 1/10 of the folks who dashed over from the waterfront stage, but those that made it in were treated to high energy sets by L.A.'s No Age and Providence's Lightning Bolt (who I missed.) But the main draw was undoubtedly the reunited Chicago emo band Cap'n Jazz, who tore through a set of 90's classics like "Oh Messy Life" and "Basil's Kite" (feat. lead singer Tim Kinsella on french horn) to an adoring crowd who seemed to know every word by heart. And, of course, the minute we all went outside, it was bright and sunny cool. (More pics on Flickr.)

Free Energy @ South Street Seaport

  DSC02614 A fun, free show by Philly roots rockers Free Energy last night at the Seaport, with a big crowd of tourists and locals filling the plaza next to the tall ships out on Pier 11. For a band whose scrappy, guitar-driven rock brought to mind classic rock outfits like the Journey or Lynyrd Skynyrd, most of the crowd I saw wasn't even of drinking age. 

Mid-set, some ominous storm clouds started rolling in from the west, causing the band to cut their set short. But, I didn't see anyone heading for the subway feeling shortchanged. (More pics on Flickr.)


The Antlers @ River Rocks

  DSC05961I got to the end of 14th St. yesterday just in time to catch The Antlers' full set, part of this summer's free River Rocks concert series on Pier 54. It was an amazing, almost reverent show that mixed new songs with familiar tunes from their highly acclaimed debut, Hospice. The combination of a dusky sunset, with brass, organ and Peter Silberman's shimmering, high pitched vocals was enough to make you swoon. (More pics at Flickr.)