Village Voice’s 4Knots
This year looks pretty damn good as well. Another West Coast superstar, Mikal Cronin, headlining among the first list of names, and undoubtedly we will be getting some names as we get closer. July 11th, right after Independence Day, so there is an added plus.
A couple of hours later the stoically bemused Dinosaur Jr would be wowing the crowd on the same stage, and a little earlier the angular wit of Mac Demarcos and indie classicism of Speedy Ortiz would have their moment, but for right now the day belongs to the aggravated garage bang of Those Darlins. A quintessentially New York rock and roll moment the day after Tommy Ramone died.
Tim Howard is 35 years old and sports, soccer, is more or less a young man’s game, but the Manchester United goalie from New Jersey who carried the USA team past the UK for one and Italy for another, may prove capable of doing what Pele couldn’t 40 years ago, with that in mind, US ball clubs should through mountains of money at the man so he can singlehandedly turn the US onto, dare I call it, football.
I’ve seen three (Nude Beach, Speedy Ortiz and Dinosaur Jr) amd have heard two others (Mac deMarco and Those Darlins, plus heard of one more (Viet Cong – though less to do with hip underground bands, more to do with hip underground soldiers) and two of them (Radkey and Re-Tros) are a complete mystery to me.