This Weekend In New York: Yellow Ostrich Pines, Rakim Makes The Sun Come Out

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This weekend took us from a fatally twee record release party in Williamsburg to a Central Park performance of some of the greatest hip-hop of all time. We got rained on, whined on, and possibly nearly electrocuted, but in the end, we got to shake Rakim's hand, and that made it all worthwhile.


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Live: Beirut And Sharon Van Etten Beat The Rain At McCarren Park

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Beirut w/ Sharon van Etten, Yellow Ostrich
McCarren Park
Friday, June 17

Better than: The rainout that at one point seemed likely.

It was hard to see Yellow Ostrich through all of the umbrellas when they first took the McCarren Park stage on Friday. By the time the band finished their first song, though, the umbrellas had been retracted and only a double rainbow to the north was keeping eyes off the Brooklyn three-piece, most notable for their use of multiple delay pedals to loop their vocals and instruments like trumpet or bari sax, or, as on the set's highlight "Daughters," all three on top of each other.

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