Summertime, and the Livin’s Easy
By Eva Medoff, June 11th, 2010
Everyone knows music is much better outdoors. So, we’ve rounded up the best concerts happening outside in NYC—with the beginning and end of the summer predominantly at the beach at Governors Island and the middle at Central Park’s summerstage—so you can better plan your musical outings. From CITY favorite Passion Pit to modern day hippies Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, there’s something for every musically inclined urban taste maker.
Passion Pit (along with with Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Suckers) treats Governors Island to its pixie stick-sweet electro pop tunes. Be prepared to dance.
Get your slice of Americana with She & Him’s folk and Motown-inflected tunes (they’re also the only band offering their show for FREE). If you aren’t already enchanted by Zoe Deschanel and M. Ward, just listen to the above. Just listen.
The first of our hippie examples, Philly band Dr. Dog, will make the island’s beach feel like 1967.
A week later, keep the peace and love going with LA group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
If MIA hasn’t been stirring up enough controversy for you, what with her whole New York Times debacle, perhaps she will in person.
If you think you were already foiled by The Black Keys, whose first Central Park date sold out, take a deep breath: a second night on the Wednesday is still available, as the blues-rock band plays with The Morning Benders.
Hot Chip headlines a concert along with Hercules and Love Affair and Holy Ghost! at the summerstage.
Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear gives us major incentive to head back to Governors Island.
Silver Lake buzz band Local Natives continues its upward ascension in the indie world as they come to the beach with We Barbarians.