Your courageous immigrant ancestors didn’t cross forbidding seas so that you could miss Coldplay. So put on your traveling clothes and go enjoy Chris Martin’s melodious self-loathing as well as several other spectacles (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tool, Echo and the Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, and more) in proximity to Lady Liberty at All Points West, the East Coast sister of California’s glorious Coachella Festival. The indie-rock-heavy lineup unspools over three days in Jersey’s Liberty State Park, just a free and, in theory, not hellaciously trendbot-stuffed ferry ride from the Battery Park Pier. The interactive art installations (one of Coachella’s best features) and Manhattan skyline would be a fine sight under any soundtrack, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one this week.
July 31-Aug. 2, noon, 2009