Spotlight: The 4Knots Music Festival

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Today, the official set list was released for the annual 4Knots music festival at South Street Seaport this Saturday, July 9th.

The free festival will be celebrating its sixth  year this Saturday, and in case you were wondering where the vaguely nautical name of the festival itself comes from, it’s named after the speed at which waves travel as they meet the Seaport at the East River.”

Saturday will feature sea breeze, all-day-long DJ sets, and access for all ages. Headliners feature Guided by Voices and the Strumbrellas. Here’s a spotlight on some of the other acts playing. Don’t miss it!


Protomartyr: An impressive post-punk band adapted from a duo called Butt Babies, comprised of Detroit, MI natives Greg Ahee and Alex Leonard. Protomartyr’s latest, from July 2015, is The Agent Intellect. Though their discography is small, they’ve gotten quite critically acclaimed since their debut entitled No Passion All Technique, which was acclaimed for being “more than just a Detroit record.” Listen to “Dope Cloud,” from their latest album, here.

Girlpool: Don’t miss this LA duo’s harmonious pools of folk-punk sound. Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad sing alternatively sweet and sour lyrics on their self-titled EP (2014) and debut album When the World Was Big. One reviewer called them “an angrier, more socially conscious Kimya Dawson.” Listen to the titular, aching “When the World Was Big” here.

Diane Coffee: Diane Coffee is the stage name of Shaun Fleming, the former drummer of Foxygen, who performs old-school ‘70s inspired pop-soul music and was featured on a Run the Jewels track (“Crown”) in 2014. Coffee also did a killer NPR Tiny Desk Concert: check it out.

Mild High Club: Produced by the notable Stones Throw Records (J Dilla, Snoop Dogg’s producer collab 7 Days of Funk), Alexander Brettin, aka Mild High Club is based out of Los Angeles and has performed on stage with the likes of Ariel Pink. His music, most recently “Timeline” is synthy and bouncy and feels like LA: Stereogum called it “made in the deep dark planetarium of the Griffith Observatory while tripping on angel dust.” Listen here.