Brooklyn music 'Cross'-roads
Brooklyn has been the epicenter of New York’s indie-rock scene for the better part of a decade, yet most of the city’s major music festivals still take place in Manhattan.
Last year, Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National began to change that by curating Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day festival that focuses primarily on indie rock and R&B, but also includes composers, filmmakers and visual artists.
Here are some of the bands appearing.
While her older sister Beyoncé rules the pop charts, Solange’s R&B is influenced by ’60s girl-group music and ‘80s pop, as well as current indie rock. A Brooklyn resident, she endeared herself to scenesters when she brought her sister and Jay-Z to Williamsburg to see Grizzly Bear.
TV on the Radio
One of Brooklyn’s most innovative bands, TV on the Radio combines the loud guitar-punk of the Pixies with Prince-ly funk and bits of hip-hop. The band went on hiatus shortly after the death of bassist Gerard Smith two years ago, but is headlining some festivals and planning to release some new songs this year.
Singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, who records as Phosphorescent, combines hushed, atmospheric music with the classic country sounds of artists like Willie Nelson. His latest album, “Muchacho,” came together as he decamped to an isolated part of Mexico.
There’s not much new about sloppy punk rock performed by disaffected young people, but few bands these days are doing it as well as Parquet Courts. Fans of Pavement should take note.
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry runs Thursday through Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, $50 per day or $120 for three-day pass.