What to Look Forward to at NYC's 2016 4Knots Music Festival
For six years now, thousands of music fans have gathered at South Seaport Street in lower Manhattan to experience a full day of incredible music all set to the beautiful backdrop of the East River. Possibly the greatest thing about this year's (and previous dates) 4Knots Music Festival is that it can be enjoyed without having to spend a dime - that's right: it's completely free. Here is a comprehensive rundown of the announced acts that you can catch on Saturday, July 9th, rain or shine.
Guided By Voices
Robert Pollard, the band's driving force and only constant member, is the king of lo-fi recording aesthetic. Spanning 20+ albums and thousands of songs from their palette to choose from, Pollard and his latest iteration of GBV will take the stage (likely slightly intoxicated, as their track record nearly insists, adding an air of unpredictability) and have fans answering a resounding "YES" to the band's immortal question: "Are you amplified to rock?"
This folky sextet can best be described as Canada's answer to The Lumineers. Though they hail from the Great North, their sound bears heavy resemblance to Americana, funnily enough. Their latest album, Hope, has taken them from small-time recent label signees to fully fledged stars of the genre.
Three albums in four years may sound busy, but for the regimented Protomartyr, it's par for the course. These stalwarts of post-punk revivalism create a unique sound of focused chaos behind the stage presence of singer Joe Casey who stands fettered aside from the occasional swig of beer; mesmerizingly still despite the instrumental noise being wrought around him.
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Will Toledo's little-engine-that-could-and-got-signed-to-Matador-after-several-self-released-LPs is a behemoth of angst. He crafts epics that lament anxiety, drinking, drugs, unrealized art, and the antagonizing web that connects them all. Teens of Denial, the group's latest, is a breakthrough masterpiece of indie rock.
Brooklyn native and Pro Era affiliate Kirk Knight made his solo debut with Late Knight Special last year, recruiting big hitters in modern hip-hop such as Joey Bada$$ and Thundercat to lend their talents. Young, hungry, and undeniably East Coast, Knight offers rap both thoughtful and bump-able.