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RiverRocks 2013: The Aves, Thao, and Foxygen

by Angela Sutton

Thao Riverrocks

Thursday's unseasonably cool weather started out gloomy and only became gloomier as the sun set, but RiverRocks at Pier 84 on the Hudson did its best to chase away the doldrums, presenting a lively, free show featuring The Aves, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and Foxygen.

Australia's The Aves led off with a garage-pop set heavily indebted to the grittier side of New Wave, following the time-honored verse-chorus-bridge pattern, with the typical rock quartet setup of two guitars, bass, and drums. This is solid, well-crafted, hooky rock 'n' roll—albeit written in a relatively narrow range. The band's most unique asset is vocalist Lucy Campbell's throaty howl, which is perhaps underutilized in its music.

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The Pinstripes Invade SubCulture

by Melanie Wong 

image from www.reggieslive.com

After many months, The Pinstripes' tour in support of their 2012 album, I, reached its culmination at SubCulture on Saturday night. With a rootsy mix of ska, reggae, and soul, the three-time recipients of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band embodied fun in every sense of the word.

The Pinstripes were all smiles from the minute they hit the stage. Their sincere energy, general goodwill, and confidence—along with the ease with which they transferred these feelings to the audience—was a rare and wonderful experience.

Lead singer Mike Sarason explained, “This is all dancing music...if you guys shake your butts, we’ll probably sound better.” And dance everyone did—including The Pinstripes, who took every free moment as an opportunity to show off their funky moves.

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Lincoln Center Launches New Video Portal

 

Lincoln Center's new video portal officially went live today: LincolnCenter.org/watch. The portal contains interviews, features, performance clips, and a host of other content about goings-on at Lincoln Center. But, the real reason to check out the portal is that it includes LC's first-ever live-streaming channel, which launches later today with Red Hot + FELA LIVE!: the opening event for this week's KRONOS at 40 (See Kronos' David Harrington speak about the event above.)

That said, the event is free so if you're in NYC, go and get yourself up to Damrosch Park. Just think: you can wave to your friends watching at home.