Even "Shoot the Freak" is feeling the recession nowadays, but a few things at Coney Island are still blessedly free: Sandcastles, used syringes, and the Siren Festival, the Voice's annual shindig of terrific music and terrifying bacchanalia. Past performers include M.I.A. and Cursive; past highlights have included 90 percent of attendees drunkenly riding the Cyclone and eating cotton candy while treading in the ocean. (Or was that just me? Recommended nonetheless.) This year's extra-solid lineup includes Built to Spill, the Raveonettes, and Micachu & the Shapes. Yes, we're a smidge biased.
Sat., July 18, noon, 2009