If Jack Johnson has taught us anything, it’s to never, ever underestimate the sheer marketability of surfing. Obama’s entire general election strategy in Hawaii revolved around a single photo-op at the deadly Sandy Beach (see below), just as Johnson built a rabid following by scoring niche surf films. Gentle crooner/beach bum Donavon Frankenreiter, who plays his third NYC show this week tonight at the Bowery Ballroom, was signed by Johnson to his Brushfire Records imprint in 2002, but his selling out Mercury Lounge last Sunday should be attributed to the relentless support of the surfing community and corporate sponsorship from Billabong. Sorry Clive, the majors ain’t what they used to be…
Ted Leo, known for devout leftist activism and rollicking calls to arms like “Me and Mia” and “Where Have All the Riots Gone,” has wisely pressed on through the public’s mass post-election ravishment. He does a free gig at the Hudson River Park.
Black-metal harbingers Goatwhore, who’re “just as entertaining as you’d expect a band called Goatwhore to be,” are at the Gramercy Theater.
Local shoeless indie trio Air Waves are at the Cake Shop with Yellow Fever.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2009