Week in Rock: Ted Leo's Raindance Edition

Dirty Projectors Clean Up at WaterfrontThis past Sunday the Dirty Projectors took the waterfront stage at the Pool Parties. This was the most anticipated show for us personally, as their latest release Bitte Orca is currently #1 on our own album of the year list. Not that we make such lists. The sound wasn't perfect, but again, who can complain too much when seeing an amazing band for free on a sunny day? Here's a taste incase you missed it: Here's a look at the upcoming schedule for the parties, with another highlight on August 30th as Grizzly Bear and Beach House take the stage. Now that we're two weeks deep into the new Pool Parties, how do you like it in comparison to the McCarren venue?

Andrew Bird Plays Green-Wood CemeteryWe previously mentioned Pitchfork's latest venture of filming live sets from musicians inside of the Historic Chapel at Green-Wood Cemetery, and yesterday they debuted a beautiful video featuring Andrew Bird. Quirky socks: check. Multiple instruments: check. Sweet soothing sounds: check check. When we chatted with Bird earlier this year, he said: "I prefer to do more, like, multiple smaller shows than one big blowout. We've been running the whole spectrum. We just came from Europe where we're playing smoky, sweaty clubs in Germany, which is pretty good for morale." Hey Pitchfork, you should invite some fans to these intimate, morale-building tapings!

<p><strong>Ted Leo Plays in the Rain, AGAIN</strong></p><p>If you aren't familiar with the history of outdoor Ted Leo shows in the city, we have a handy timeline <a href="">here</a> (albeit, outdated). <a href="">Mr. Leo</a> linked to it himself yesterday, prior to playing Pier 54. Surprising no one, the forecast called for rain (but on the bright side, no tornado watches this time around); <a href="">organizers</a> and <a href="">Leo himself</a> Twittered anxiousl prior to go time. And you know what, as always with the musician, the show went on!</p><p>There are plenty of photos on <a href="">BrooklynVegan</a>, showing that many braved the weather... though apparently no Gothamist readers, as there are no pictures in our Flickr pool (the above is from last year's McCarren show).</p>