The dock does not feel like a dock, it just happens to be made of wood; the whole environment seems contrived for tourists and class trips rather than a raucous showcase for challenging, loud, difficult, erudite new music. At first, the crowd seemed, to me, to be reserving its judgment on the event, called 4Knots, in its first year under that name and at South Street Seaport.
Though popstar M.I.A. has already survived beefs with everyone from Vogue’s Anna Wintour to Michelle Obama to Sri Lankan foreign secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona in the six years since 2004’s inaugural Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, it’s a bit hard to tell how next month’s /\/\/\Y/\, her third album, will fare in the aftermath of her May squabble with The New York Times Magazine’s Lynn Hirschberg.(2)