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At one time, the quintessential Brooklyn summer experience consisted of baseball, Nathan's Famous, and Coney Island--the one-time playground of Manhattan's elite. The borough's most temperate months, at present, are now punctuated by big-bill music shows, daytime boozing, and dodgeball. Hosted by East River State Park and Williamsburg's elite, the Jelly Pool Parties, a free concert series formerly held at the McCarren Pool, has entered their fourth summer season at the newly renovated park overlooking the Hudson River and the New York City skyline.
For the Party's second week of shows, West Coasters Crystal Antlers opened the day with their raucous, banterless set, which included "A Thousand Eyes" and "Until the Sun Dies (Part II)," as well as songs from this year's full-length, Tentacles. Amidst the music, revelers enjoyed Bud heavies (unlike previous years when Brooklyn Ale sponsored the events), creating their own Converse sneaker designs, and not participating at other corporate kiosks. Those not digging the marketing ploys were able to play a game of hoops or partake in the official sport of Pool Parties: dodgeball.
A few hundred miles from their Ohio homebase, Magnolia Electric Company channeled their folksy, Midwest roots. The alt-country five-piece road-tested a few new tracks from their recently released album, Josephine. The ever warm and gracious Jason Molina also led his band, in his usual quiet confidence, through some old favorites. Closing the show, the much-lauded hometown heroes, The Dirty Projectors, took stage as the sun was on the wane. Their Bitte Orca-heavy program provoked a few "oohs" and "ahhs" in addition to the oft-overheard "she's so hot" (comments made in reference to any given one of the group's three female members). Judging by the several thousand in attendance and the cache of photojournalists swarming throughout their set, it seems the co-eds have found their place in the upper echelons of indie-rock. Moreover, it seems the secret is out on the Jelly Pool Parties.
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|Fun and Games 'till someone loses an eye.|
|Magnolia Electric Co.|
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Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.
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