Dark Was the Night

This past Sunday night some of the city's most talented, young and old, stood under the roof of Radio City Music Hall for the Dark Was the Night show. The evening was in celebration of the recent release of the same name, put together by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National for the Red Hot organization. The night started off with a bang as the Dirty Projectors performed their epic song "Useful Chamber" off their upcoming Bitte Orca release (which will undoubtedly make it to everyone's "Best of" lists year/decade/century/in perpetuity). The night continued with multiple appearances by David Byrne, and sets by the National, Bon Iver, Feist and former-Rikers Island corrections officer turned soul singer Sharon Jones. Stereogum has the full rundown, with setlists, a photo gallery and video.—Jen Carlson

Bat For Lashes Visit Brooklyn
Bat For Lashes swooped through town last weekend, riding a wave of album of the year hype for her latest, entitled Two Suns. The record certainly comes across as the type that would be hard to re-create live. Lots of layers of production are apparent, and re-creating the sound on stage appeared to be daunting task. It came across flawlessly in execution, with singer Natasha Khan belting these songs with almost unbelievable vocal range, decked out in an equally impressive fitted zebra jumpsuit. The band was no slouch either, with members mixing several synthesized sounds with an incredible live drummer to complement the voice. The Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd generally behaved themselves and reacted favorably, coaxing the band into two encores, the last being an upbeat reprisal of their current single, "Daniel." This was the last show of their tour, but it shouldn't be too long before they're back in town. Do not miss the next chance to see them live.

Seaport Lineup Announced
As we creep another week closer to summer, the outdoor concert landscape is starting to come into focus. The River to River Seaport Music Festival shows dropped this week, laying out the free Friday series through early August. The bands this year include Superchunk, Polvo, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Casiokids and plenty others. The Seaport series (booked by Stephen Dima) has had a pretty good track record of booking a mix of established bands with hardcore fans alongside those that hit their popular peak right around when they play this show. We shall see if any of these bands really start to blow up in the coming months. Following the announced dates, there will be one more show on August 14th, but it's a secret as of now. Expect the final announcement by mid-June.

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