Big festival and free shows in NYC this weekend…
While the All Points West festival is the focus of the New York City music weekend, there’s also two great options for those who can’t afford the $100 per day festival price tag. On Saturday, Nels Cline of Wilco fame will open for Mike Watt and M. Ward at Central Park’s Summerstage. The last time I saw Nels perform solo was opening for Jeff Tweedy at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in ’05. That was largely an experimental performance with loops of sound providing the base on which Nels built wild solos by pushing his guitar to the limit. I remember seeing more than one girlfriend who was expecting to hear Wilco look at her boyfriend with an annoyed glare during his set. So, go in expecting the abstract and you’ll be fine. If you haven’t seen M. Ward before, I highly recommend it. He plays folk songs but can quickly crank it up to a full-on rock show and should be a great fit for Central Park. Show time is listed as 7 pm. That means doors at 6 pm. That means people will probably be lining up for an hour or two beforehand since it’s first come first served. Best to get there by 5 pm to make sure you get in.
M. Ward – Magic Trick (MP3)
Nels Cline – Cymbidium (MP3)
On Sunday, so-cal noise-punks No Age will open for Deerhunter and Dan Deacon at the Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. See my previous post for the low-down on the venue. This trio of bands all bring quite different sounds to the table, but my clear favorite here is Deerhunter. With grinding guitars and experimental sounds backing him, 6′ 4″ spindly band leader Bradford Cox will strike a remarkable presence in front of the Manhattan skyline and will likely have a crowd of thousands transfixed with his vocals and movement on stage. Look out for kiddie games directed from the stage during Dan Deacon’s set. The novelty of red-rover and forming a human tunnel for kids to run thru got old after about the first five minutes of his Bowery show last time I saw him. It’s a shame too because the electro-computer-dance-pop he creates is really quite good. I believe this show is a round-robin affair meaning the three bands will set up simultaneously and take turns playing songs.
The schedule for All Points West is posted after the jump. I’ll be there Friday only and will then hit up the shows above on Saturday and Sunday. See ya on campus.
ALL POINTS WEST SCHEDULE