Another of New York's summer institutions is finally back with three free concerts. Previous RiverRocks series have offered indie-rock luminaries like Ted Leo and Deerhunter, and this year's lineup doesn't disappoint, with a trio of big-name British bands heading the bill.
Wild Beasts + Mutual Benefit + DJ Bill Pearis (July 10)
Four records deep into a remarkably solid career, the Mercury Prize–nominated Wild Beasts will headline tonight's show. Their last two albums have inspired Brits to hitch themselves to the electro bandwagon, and their latest LP, Present Tense, is laden with dark, uneasy synths. Tender indie-folk collective Mutual Benefit opens, and the night starts with a DJ set by BrooklynVegan editor Bill Pearis.
Teenage Fanclub + Honeyblood + Saint Rich (July 24)
Teenage Fanclub may go down in history as a perfect example of music writers' folly: in 1991, Spin named their album, Bandwagonesque, the magazine's pick for album of the year, ahead of a little record called Nevermind (spoiler alert: Nirvana got the last laugh). Teenage Fanclub's moment at the top was short, and the Seattle grunge wave swept the Scottish rockers away. But the underrated Big Star sound-alikes have persevered, releasing their ninth album in 2010. They are supported here by jangly, lo-fi duo Honeyblood and Jersey's Southern-fried Saint Rich.
Temples + Here We Go Magic + Spires (Aug 7)
English psych-rock quartet Temples formed only two years ago, but they've already won the admiration of Oasis's Noel Gallagher and Smiths man Johnny Marr. They hit RiverRocks with energetic Brooklyn art-poppers Here We Go Magic. Trippy newcomers Spires will open the set.