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Have Yourself a Sandy Little Weekend

August 11th, 2010

The weekend is, thankfully, fast approaching, and the weather looks great. So why not spend two nights outside with your feet in the sand listening to cool music? Neon Indian is the brainchild of composer Alan Palomo. He had been writing and creating music as part of the band Ghosthustler and then as the artist VEGA prior to creating the dreamy lullabies and grinding guitar of Neon Indian. After Palomo missed a date to take acid with a friend—Alicia Scardetta, who now provides Neon Indian’s visuals—he sent her a musical apology called “Should Have Taken Acid with You.” When she responded positively to the tune, it spurred him on to create more. The results of which, Psychic Chasms, came out last year to much acclaim. But when Palomo plays live, he doesn’t go it alone, instead he’s joined onstage by drums, keys and guitar. See for yourself when Neon Indian (above, doing “Terminally Chill” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) plays The Beach at Governors Island on Saturday.

The Philly pop-rock quintet Dr. Dog (below, performing “Stranger” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) openly embraces lo-fi production and the upbeat, late-’60s sounds of the Beatles and the Beach Boys. They’re led by two frontmen, bassist Toby Leaman and lead guitarist Scott McMicken, but as you’ll see for yourself at The Beach at Governors Island on Sunday, the whole band harmonizes throughout their shows. The group formed in 1999 and has toured extensively over the years while still finding time to produce six albums, the most recent of which, Shame, Shame, came out earlier this year. And want to know the best part? Not only can you close out your weekend with a night of great music, but as part of the Gone to Governors series, this show is absolutely FREE.