Kurt Vile & The Violators at 4Knots, New York City, June 29, 2013

Two good things happened at this year’s 4Knots Music Festival, held in New York City at South Street Seaport on the edge of the East River: The weather was pristine and the pier didn’t catch on fire. That made for a perfect setting for sets from SPIN cover star Kurt Vile, the Men, Marnie Stern, Fat Tony, Parquet Courts, White Lung, Hunters, Reigning Sound, the Babies, and Heliotropes.