WILD FLAG has risen from the ashes of a number of storied bands: it’s fronted by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney (and recently of Portlandia fame) and Mary Timony of Helium, and includes Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss and The Minders’ Rebecca Cole. The band’s eponymous debut album from last year is “a glorious reminder of rock at its most exuberant,” (Chicago Tribune) and it has been tearing up the festival circuit, and every stage it takes to really, with performances that have critics waxing nostalgic about the days when rock still rocked.
Meanwhile the resurgence of “post-punk legends” (Pitchfork) MISSION OF BURMA continues. With the release of its new record Unsound this July, a much-anticipated next in line to 2004’sOnOffOn, 2006’s The Obliterati, and 2009’s propulsive The Sound the Speed the Light, the band has effectively doubled the early '80s recorded output that made it a talisman for the louder faction of the last three decades of alternative and then indie music. They’ll descend on the Bandshell with a hurricane of snarling guitars and raw power not seen in Prospect Park since Sonic Youth in 2010.
To start the night off on the right rock 'n roll foot, everyone's favorite East Coast rocker, TED LEO, will be performing a solo set.