Well this is a bummer. London's blue-clad folkies, Noah and the Whale, were supposed to be playing some NYC shows (Mercury Lounge, Union Hall) while they were coming over for Lollapalooza but have now canceled them, though they are still currently on the bill for the big fest in Chicago.
Too bad, because they were good when I saw them at SXSW, despite being prepared to dislike them, and their singles leading up to their upcoming debut album, Peaceful the World Lays Me Down, which is due out July 29 in the U.S. (Two weeks ahead of its UK bow, strangely enough.) The new single "5 Years Time" is kind of irresistible and has already been used in a UK car commercial. I can tell you right now that it will be the lead track on the next Summer Fridays mix. But here it is now too:
MP3: Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
And here's the cute video that is obviously Wes Anderson influenced but not to the point of shamelessness. (Unlike,say, Vampire Weekend.):