siren fest preview
  • FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

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There are few things that scream a New York summer weekend as much as free daytime concerts and festival, and we know you've got your Sunday all blocked off for The Dirty Projectors (etc) at the pool party, but please be prepared for an indie music jammed Saturday outdoors as well. That is to say, your favorite New York publication, The Village Voice is throwing a music festival of their own: the Siren Music Festival. It's an all day, all ages, all free affair, set to the backdrop of thrilling roller coasters, exotic carnival fried foods and the entertainment that is Coney Island.

Even if the thought of riding a metal cage defying gravity at too many miles per hour terrifies you to no end, you can get distracted and engaged to the nonstop assortment of bands. The line up features artists like the classic indie rock/Elephant Six staple, Build to Spill, music critics and indie elitist darlings Frightened Rabbits (see: Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, The Twilight Sad etc etc.), sugar candy, dusty coated noisey indiepop of The Ravonettes, and if those are not your style, hipster electro Bangers kids' god, Spank Rock (you know, of the Justice/Santigold/Diplo/stunner shades/"Bump" played two hundred times at any club or college party imaginable affilation).

Plenty more artists on the roster, of course, some you might be familiar with, some to discover. Bring plenty of sunscreen, water, sunglasses and a hip outfit to keep you cool in the afternoon heat, and head to the far end of Brooklyn this Saturday for a decidedly more indie inclined festival and a good time.

-Laura Yan

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