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In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, and Barack Obama did: dancing awkwardly, posing for pictures, and making semi-hostile Notorious B.I.G. jokes.
Speaking of Siren, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck walked us through “The Mermaid Parade,” his ballad of a trip to Coney Island. And Pusha T from the Clipse took us on a tour of his childhood NYC landmarks!
The ‘Nirvana Baby’ chasing the dollar on cover of Nevermind works for Shepard Fairey. Fitting, no?
Director Kerthy Q&A: Director Kerthy Fix talked to us about Strange Powers, her new documentary about Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields. Yo Gabba Gabba! creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Shultz explained why indie rock is good for children. John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants came clean about turning 50. And the duo behind itsnotyouitsme showed up to give away the lovely “Vanity Stays My Hand” and then explain how it was made.
Jeff Mangum performed Neutral Milk Hotel songs for Chris Knox last night at Le Poisson Rouge. The hirsute and bombastic Local Natives played Bowery Ballroom. Shepard Fairey hung out with Fab 5 Freddy and a topless breastfeeding lady at his “May Day” Opening at Deitch Projects. Alex Ross, Björk, Dave Longstreth, Tyondai Braxton, and Brandon Stosuy DJ’d for Haiti at an Above the Auto Parts Store benefit. And one lucky SOTC correspondent went to the Bamboozle, where the most emo act was a rapper, and the only grownups in sight were the five kids in Paramore.
Plus a gallery of our favorite #Pitchforkbumperstickers Twitter jokes, R.I.P. Plan-It-X Records, the career-killer that is getting killed in an M.I.A. video, American Idol, the world’s most famous Sleigh Bells fan, and an odd outbreak of Craig Finn impersonators. Looking for something to do this weekend? Get to know our own Rob Harvilla better! We’re back on Monday.