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Published: 2008/06/26

The Hold Steady, MGMT and Black Lips Confirm McCarren Park Pool Shows; MGMT Talks Jambands

The Hold Steady will headline the first free show of the summer at Brooklyns McCarren Park pool this Sunday. Other bands on the bill include The Loved Ones, J Roddy & The Business and DJ Todd O-Phonic Todd. Organized by local promoters JELLYNYC, the weekly Pool Parties will present a diverse mix of headliners over the course of the summer, including Ronnie Spector (7/6), The Breeders and Matt & Kim (7/13), Liars (7/20), MGMT (7/27), Black Lips and Deerhunter (8/3) and Aesop Rock (8/17). JELLNYC is expected to confirm headliners for additional free Pool Parties on August 10 and 24 in the coming week.

Of particular not is MGMTs upcoming performance, which may feature more jamming than one might expect. ‘We discussed playing a 45-minute version of China Cat Sunflower, today, but didnt have enough time to practice, MGMT guitarist James Richardson told the Relix/ staff at Bonnaroo. We all pretty much secretly love jambands in MGMT — well, not so secretly. Around 2000 or something, everybody really wanted to be ‘indie’ and now it’s just swinging back, I guess. I don’t know if that’s true, but I hope it is. I want to break down those barriers.
Since McCarren park will undergo an extensive renovation in the coming months, many people expect this summer to be the final call for JELLYNYCs Pool Parties.

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