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Heeding The Call Of The Siren

Mia Another year, another day of happy hipsters riding the Cyclone and eating fried stuff at the Village Voice's Siren Festival at Coney Island. Though we found the mostly-rock lineup ho-hum, the day was punctuated with firey goodness from M.I.A. and the New York Dolls.

The former drew what we figured was the biggest crowd. This particular Jaded Insider found it impossible to be in the pocket of good sound for any of the shows on Saturday (July 21), but luckily for us, Maya is one loud woman. Sheathing herself in all the sparkly and/or sequined gear she owned (seriously, silver Chucks? Sign us up), she rocked the crowd with old tracks and new. She had moments of some seriously wack between-song banter, which is practically what we came for anyway. We're very much looking forward to the new record.
Dolls
The Dolls played for what seemed like hours. Seriously, we watched a song, got a 'dog, played some skeeball, swam in the ocean, ran screaming from the ocean, meet 16 people we knew and purchased some livestock and still the band raged on. When you have that kind of cult status, and are a billion years old between all your members, you're allowed to do whatever you feel like. David Johansen (pictured above) has so much sass still in him. We kind of wish he was our drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.

Becky Stark of Lavendar Diamond looked delightful in her little dress and sang like the former opera buff that she is. Black Lips -- who we've only see perform in tiny rooms that smell like beer -- were cursed with terrible sound. We missed Elvis Perkins, but we hear he was too quiet and Cursive rocked loudly, unsurprisingly. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)

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