Monday, June 1, 2009
Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival Extended to July 3rd; (Old) Siren News
Indie stalwarts Crystal Stilts and Blank Dogs have been added to the Todd P.-booked Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, now extended to July 3rd at the 979 Broadway Backyard (JMZ to Myrtle Avenue, G to Myrtle-Willoughby; price TBA, although you can be sure that it probably won't exceed $10; http://toddpnyc.com). As previously announced, Vivian Girls will be co-headlining the festival's conclusion on July 4th with up-and-comers The Oh Sees and Woods. To those hitherto unfamiliar with the bands, Crystal Stilts are among the foremost exponents of the pop-shoegaze revival of recent years (including the Vivian Girls), while Blank Dogs' abrasive electropunk is sure to send you into patriotic convulsions!
Meanwhile, the Village Voice-sponsored Siren Music Festival (http://siren.villagevoice.com/siren/) limps into another year with an expanded offering including Canadian sensations Japandroids and Baltimore club outfit Spank Rock. Outmoded by the success of British-style multigenre summer festivals in recent years -- think Liberty State Park's All Points West and All Tomorrow's Parties in the Catskills, both within two hour's distance of any point in the five boroughs -- Siren has nonetheless managed to draw in a sizable crowds despite proffering a litany of abysmal line-ups (for every Scissor Sisters or Times New Viking, it seems, one must endure the likes of Serena Maneesh and the appropriately-named Dodos). Whether the additions will affect the festival's "well, if there's nothing else going on..." cachet; Japandroids have thoroughly saturated the concert market since the release of their debut album a couple of months back, while Spank Rock frontman Naeem Juwan is notoriously unreliable.
But despite those reservations, we'll probably be there regardless. Music is a serious business.