School’s finally over and your mother is threatening you with bodily harm if you don’t leave the house, but don’t fret! The vacation promises to fit as many concerts into a brief two months as there are bared shoulders, and surely one or more will pique your interest.
Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Band Shell (June 5 – August 11) offers a diverse lineup of Thursday, Friday, and weekend performances, some of which are free. Scheduled performers include Wilco, Dirty Projectors, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, M. Ward, Childish Gambino, and Balkan Beat Box. Nothing is better than picnic blankets, neatly mowed lawns, and new exciting music.
The Northside Festival (June 14 – 17) features a number of performances scattered across Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Northside offers many up-and-coming independent bands at cheap prices (such as an “8 Bands You Need to Hear” performance hosted by L Magazine). More popular artists are featured as well, such as performances by artists Jens Lenkman and Of Montreal.
Governor’s Ball, (June 23 – 24) located on Randall’s island, features both old and rising artists on the music scene and boasts no overlapping sets in their jam-packed two day extravaganza. Genres include good old fashioned beats by bands like Duck Sauce, fathers of modern indie like Beck and Modest Mouse, and newbies like the much-hyped Phantogram.
The CBGB Music Festival (July 4 -8) showcases hard-edged rock artists in over 20 venues across the city, as well as performances by some of today’s more well-known artists. The lineup includes Cloud Nothings, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ben Taylor, Willie Nile, Cro-Mags and Vision of Disorder.
The Scream It Like You Mean It Tour (July 5) is sure to live up to its title this summer by featuring metal bands such as The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Impending Doom, and Like Moths to Flames. The tour will also be stopping in other states both near and far. Cities across the nation like Houston and Poughkeepsie will additionally feature different bands such as We Came as Romans, Attack Attack!, and Woe is Me.
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (July 9 – 14) featuring Busta Rhymes is New York City’s largest summer celebration of Hip Hop culture and music. The festival includes a number of events (such as panel discussions and exhibitions) and offers a number of musical performances from local hip-hop artists.
4Knots Music Festival (July 14): Taking place at downtown South Street Seaport, Pier 16, and 17 is the second annual 4Knots Music Festival. Headlining this day-long free festival are the indie-rock bands Archers of Loaf and The Drums. This year, a second outdoor stage will be included, permitting more bands to play in this emerging summer festival.
Vans Warped Tour (July 21): Here fans come together to see one of the biggest metal and rock concert tours of the year. With over 90 bands announced so far, ranging from the metalcore band Motionless in White and rapper hip-hop artist T. Mills, to the electronic rock group Breathe Carolina, this festival will please almost any listener.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (July 27 & 31) comes to New Jersey on July 27 and to New York on July 31, and features teen punk and soft metal groups. Headlining is Slipknot, followed by Slayer, Motorhead, and Anthrax. Other notable bands include the popular screamo groups Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, and As I Lay Dying.
Catalpa NYC Music Festival (July 28 -29): Be sure not to miss the all-star rock band The Black Keys, famous rapper Snoop Dogg, and many others this July on Randall’s Island. Listeners will never be bored with artists ranging from indie pop duo Matt and Kim to DJ and noted electronic musician The Polish Ambassador.
Summer Slaughter Tour (August 8): Known as the “Most Extreme Tour of the Year,” the tour will certainly not undermine its title. With Cannibal Corpse headlining, and other bands such as Veil of Maya and Between the Buried and Me playing, this show is clearly not for the faint of heart.