Nothing says "Happy Birthday, America" like celebrating with some of indie rock's most beloved free-health-care-toting neighbors from up North. Yes, this year's River to River July 4 performance at New York's Battery Park was headlined by Canadian collective the New Pornographers.
Old-school hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold reached the top 30 of The Billboard 200 with their 2005 major-label debut, "City of Evil," and they're presently holed up in a Burbank, Calif., studio trying to top it. The as-yet-untitled effort is expected in October via Warner Bros.
For the first time last year, Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool transformed from abandoned swimming pool into a boisterous outdoor music venue, as people crowded together inside the empty pool to drunkenly play dodge ball or attempt the slip-n-slide while jamming out to the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth.
Fergie's performance at New York's Roseland Ballroom on June 21 wasn't so much tastefully G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S as it was overtly S-P-O-N-S-O-R-E-D. The Black Eyed Peas member is currently on her Verizon VIP Tour in support of her first solo effort, "The Dutchess," released in September, and it was somewhat disconcerting to see far more emphasis placed on promoting Candies and Motorola rather than the superstar's musical prowess.