2007_05_arts_siren.jpgHere's a heads up on sunny summertime shows. Sure, after the first week we'll be complaining about the heat, the smell of the city as it melts, and the lack of shade...but it's always nice to have some music to look forward to. So stock up on the SPF for the following shows:

Celebrate Brooklyn picks (full schedule here, always the most diverse lineup)

• June 16th
Joan Osborne, The Jazz Passengers: The Supremes Project
• August 9th
The Hold Steady, The Big Sleep, The Teenage Prayers
• August 10th
Music & Movies Series, Bollywood In Brooklyn: Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin with Dj Rekha's Bollywood Disco

Listen: Killer Parties.mp3 - The Hold Steady (remix)

McCarren Park Pool picks (free pool parties schedule here - as of now they haven't updated site for 2007 shows.)
Bonus: dodgeball and slip n' slide!

• Date TBA
The Thermals (free)
• Date TBA
Ghostland Observatory (free)
• August 3rd
Erasure (not free)

Listen: Test Pattern.mp3 - The Thermals

Seaport Music Festival and River to River Festival picks (full schedule here and here)
Bonus: water view at the Seaport.

• June 1st
Animal Collective with special guests Danielson
• July 13th
Menomena with Beat the Devil
• August 31st
Battles (special guest TBA)

Listen: E Is Stable.mp3 - Menomena

Spiegeltent picks (full schedule here)
Bonus: these shows are in the "tent," but there's a huge outdoor deck as well. And they're night shows, so no sunglasses necessary!

• July 7th
Lady Sovereign
• August 13th and 14th
Badly Drawn Boy
• August 29th
O'Death

Listen: Down to Rest.mp3 - O'Death

Summerstage pick (full schedule here)
Bonus: shade.

• July 16th
The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Land of Talk
(tickets on sale, $30)

Listen: The Knife.mp3 - Grizzly Bear (Girl Talk remix)

And don't forget Siren Festival, which is on July 21st this year (artwork pictured). They've just started to announce the bands, so far: New York Dolls, We Are Scientists, Matt And Kim, The Black Lips, Dr. Dog, Lavender Diamond, The Detroit Cobras, Elvis Perkins, The Twilight Sad.