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Dom's Songs More Appealing Than His Personality at Siren Festival (PHOTOS)

Ben Bromberg   |   July 19, 2010   11:34 AM ET

This Saturday, Coney Island saw the triumphant return of Village Voice's annual Siren Festival, now in its tenth installment this year. Kicking off the festival in the early afternoon was Dom, the much-hyped, Pitchfork-approved Worcester, Mass. natives.

Although Dom has only existed as a band for a matter of months, released only one seven-track EP with Burning Mill Records, and remain to this day unsigned (unless you're gullible enough to believe their MySpace, which has them under Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment), the psych-pop outfit have made considerable waves in the indie community thanks to rave reviews for the aforementioned EP (April's Sun Bronzed Greek Gods), and a growing reputation for consistent, energetic live performances.

Phantogram And Caribou Worth The Ferry Ride To Governors (SLIDESHOW)

Jeff Owens   |   July 19, 2010   11:14 AM ET

My first trip out to the "Gone To Governors" concert series went off almost flawlessly, a combination of unexpected bonuses that left people catching their breath on contact. The insane sunset and sultry weather deftly provided a staging beyond what could have been expected. By way of comparison, the feel was reminiscent of the Jelly concert series from the past few years in Williamsburg: indie hybrid elctro-fuzz combined with a great new outdoor venue.

Beirut Plays The Guggenheim, Pastiche Meets Perilous Hipster Reality (PHOTOS)

Adam Clark Estes   |   July 19, 2010   10:37 AM ET

The Guggenheim Museum, terraced and bulbous in its own seductive ways, is not a concert hall.

Last Thursday, the seven slouching musicians of Beirut stood in the rotunda, pointed their horns towards the skylight and turned Frank Lloyd Wright's final masterpiece into an opera house. The Brooklyn-looking crowd twisted around the ribbon-like ramp. The acoustics were awful -- trumpet solos echoing through hallways, accordion harmonies extinguished by the sheer volume of the room -- but that felt like the point.

Langhorne Slim At The Brooklyn Bowl (SLIDESHOW)

Amy Grimm   |   July 16, 2010   12:25 PM ET

You might recognize Langhorne Slim from his forays in advertising, but he's also a willing force in Brooklyn's alt-blue grass scene. On Thursday night, he held things down at the Brooklyn Bowl, and we've got photos:

The Love Language Whip Up The Mercury Lounge

Chase Hoffberger   |   July 16, 2010   11:16 AM ET

You have to understand that Libraries just came out on Tuesday. But it rips, and I've probably spent fifteen of the last 48 hours of my life with the Love Language's second LP reverberating in my ears. So you can imagine my anticipation for Stuart McLamb and his band from Chapel Hill, NC, on this, their third to last show before shutting down until September's Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh.

Small Black Stands Out At Mercury Lounge (FREE MP3, SLIDESHOW)

Monica Klein   |   July 15, 2010    1:05 PM ET

Small Black and Beach Fossils fit into an overcrowded genre of lo-fi Brooklyn-based indie bands; four guys, one with thick black frames, two in flannel, three with scruffy beards. They make incredibly similar music, and they all look a little bit the same. As Small Black openers Beach Fossils explained that their guitarist Chris Burke would be leaving the band and the remaining three would be forming a new group ("because he's too hot for them," one female fan explained to me), I could only imagine various scruffy floating faces, splitting and regrouping into new variations -- they would all settle back down into new, two-noun named bands in a matter of weeks.

We Are Scientists Play First Show Back At The Bowery Ballroom

Alex Thornton   |   July 15, 2010   12:43 PM ET

Last night, the Bowery Ballroom was sold-out in anticipation of We Are Scientists return to New York City after an international tour ("The American Barbarian Tour") in promotion of their third studio-album, Barbara, out today. Before the show, the crowd -- largely in their late teens and early twenties -- kept commenting on how they "wouldn't miss this show for the world" and sharing their favorite songs from before the band was signed to major-label Virgin Records.

Sign Up To Cover Concerts This Week: Cyndi Lauper, Bear Hands

Monica Klein   |   July 15, 2010   10:35 AM ET

Robert Francis with Henry Wolf
NPR called Robert Francis "A young man with an old soul," referring to his singing-songwriting. At just 19, his emotional-beyond his years folk should easily fill the dark corners of Mercury Lounge.

Who: Robert Francis, Henry Wolf
When: Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30pm
Wanted: Writer, Photographer
Where: Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002-1021
(212) 260-4700
www.bowerypresents.com

A Practiced Wolf Parade Takes Terminal 5 (DOWNLOAD MP3)

Simon McCormack   |   July 14, 2010   10:56 AM ET

Two-thirds of the way through Wolf Parade's set at Terminal Five on Tuesday, guitarist Dan Boeckner made a confession. "It's still really intimidating to play in New York City," he said. "Thank you guys for being so nice to us."

That's not exactly the kind of humility you'd expect from a band on a big label, touring off its third album and playing a show in one of the Big Apple's most sought after venues. But however nervous Boeckner and his bandmates may have been before they took the stage, they didn't show it.

In An Offbeat Show, Beirut Tries Out New Songs Amidst Old Favorites

Jos Diaz   |   July 13, 2010   10:48 AM ET

Beirut's last US tour ended months ago, and with the band stationed in Albuquerque to work on a new album, their next tour is not even in sight. So the announcement that Zach Condon and the boys would be playing two shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 5th and 6th came as a more than welcome surprise. Especially so because tickets for the first of the two nights cost only $10 and were sold only at the physical MHoW and Mercury Lounge box offices. These shows weren't to promote any new music or to raise cash for the band. Zack explained last night on stage that he simply felt indebted to his fans and actually went on to apologize for having gone so long without playing live.

OkayAfrica Heats Up Prospect Park (VIDEOS, SLIDESHOW)

Alex Thornton   |   July 12, 2010   11:31 AM ET

Last night over 12,000 eager listeners packed every inch of the Prospect Park Bandhell while thousands more waited outside of the gates when they were closed due to overcrowding. Braving the heat, they waited to see the Celebrate Brooklyn! OkayAfrica World Cup 2010 Finals Party hosted by Sahr Ngaugah of Broadway's FELA! and headlined by iconic hip-hop gurus The Roots.

Mister Saturday Night Successfully Moves From Market Hotel

Roland Li   |   July 12, 2010   10:52 AM ET

Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter have been on the run this year. The masterminds and resident DJs behind Mister Saturday Night and Sunday Best, two of the city's best dance parties, lost two venues in just a few months. The D.I.Y. enclave Market Hotel in Bushwick was shut down in March, and Sunday Best only had a few runs at the idyllic BKLYN Yard in Gowanus before it abruptly closed for good just a couple weeks ago. But Harkin and Carter are brilliant when it comes to finding the sweet spot for their melodic house, techno and disco beats, and Saturday's Mister Saturday Night party was no exception.

Bear In Heaven and Zola Jesus At South Street Seaport

Roland Li   |   July 12, 2010   10:47 AM ET

A sunless evening awaited the audience at the South Street Seaport last Friday, as the city's sweltering heat wave gave way to a cooler respite. The evening began with an brief appearance from Yellowfever, who were unable to perform last week, before giving way to the scheduled performers.

Phosphorescent Pleases Pier 54, But It's Dawes Who Steal The Show

Chase Hoffberger   |   July 9, 2010   12:40 PM ET

Matthew Houck's always been a wailer; with his Williamsburg-based band Phosphorescent now a six piece thanks to the addition of Austin pedal steel aficionado Ricky Ray Jackson, the Alabama native's sprawling narratives now have the freedom to float in and out of comprehension without facing much consequence. Which is nice, because sometimes it's just straight up difficult to understand what Houck is saying.

The lanky lead singer moseyed on stage done up like a cowboy, frizzy haired and with a set of aviators covering his eyes, to "It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)", the lazily infectious lead track from this year's full-bodied Here's to Taking It Easy. The rest of his Phosphorescent crew -- pianist Scott Stapleton, bassist Jeff Bailey, drummer Chris Maine, guitarist Jesse Ainslie, and relative newcomer Jackson -- strummed and swayed along while Houck banged on a tambourine through album follow-ups "Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)" and "We'll Be Here Soon". And by the time "Nothing Was Stolen" bled into "The Mermaid Parade", it wouldn't have been far fetched to believe that Williamsburg's answer to (Seattle's) Band of Horses might just rip through every song from this year's fourth LP in succession.