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Just Announced
May 26, 2016

++ More new FREE SUMMER SHOWS were announced this week. For the full list, click here. ++


05/29 Cage the Elephant @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)

05/31 The Strokes, Rey Pila @ The Capitol Theatre

06/02 Whitney @ Other Music

06/02 Splashh, NAF (Nice As Fuck) @ The Bowery Electric

06/03 Revel In Dimes, Monograms, Rich Girls, Shinobi Ninja, Cosmonaut, Sharkmuffin, Milan to Minsk, Nail Polish, Decorum, OxenFree @ Color Me Bushwick

06/04 Kissing Is A Crime, Controller, Electric People, Ateller, Vacances, Raccoon Fighter, Parrot Dream, Gingerlys, Feathers and Eyes, Darkwing @ Color Me Bushwick

06/04 Love as Laughter, Softspot, Giggly Boys, Negative Gemini @ Rippers

06/04 What Moon Things, Turnip King, Wild Pink, Kindling, Hypoluxo @ Sunnyvale Brooklyn

06/05 Haybaby, Best Behavior, Little Racer, Beachmen, Chaos Chaos, Big Bliss, The Teen Age, The Boobies, The Nuclears, Wet Leather @ Color Me Bushwick

06/05 Talib Kweli, Clarence Fruster, Prince Klassen @ LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

06/05 Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Rough Trade

06/08 Total Slacker, Slonk Donkerson, Monograms, Pink Mexico @ Sunnyvale Brooklyn

06/09 The Prettiots, Chaos Chaos, Long Beard @ Rough Trade

06/10 Zs, Battle Trance, Horselover Fats @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

06/10 Grandmaster Flash @ McCarren Park

06/10 JEFF The Brotherhood, Bombay @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

06/11 The Yin Yangs, Electric People, Dead Weaves, Birds, Warcries, Stuyedeyed @ Sunnyvale Brooklyn

06/12 Pill, Bambara, Sunwatchers @ Palisades

06/13 Acrylics, Anni Rossi, Brooms @ Manhattan Inn

06/14 Spit, Real Things, Crumb Snatchers, Crusher @ Shea Stadium

06/16 Aa, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Moor Mother Goddess, Freind @ Shea Stadium

06/16 Shellshag, Mea Culpa, Middle Part, The Meltaways @ Silent Barn

06/16 Eaters, Gold Dime, New Pope, Dan Friel @ Trans-Pecos

06/17 Destination Moon Festival with Antibalas, Porches., Moon Hooch, Delicate Steve, Buke and Gase, EMEFE, Quincy Vidal, Lip Talk, Mrs. Adam Schatz, Pavo Pavo, Sam Evian, TIGUE, New Myths, Tippwerk, You Bred Raptors? @ Camp Lakota

06/18 The Sun Ra Arkestra @ Union Pool

06/19 Xeno & Oaklander, Heathered Pearls @ LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

06/19 Band Of Skulls @ Rough Trade

06/19 Operator Music Band, Nicholas Nicholas, Patio, Drama Section @ Silent Barn

06/21 Mewithoutyou, Big Eyes, Half Waif @ Palisades

06/22 Macula Dog, Tender Cruncher, Bernard Herman, Cabo Boing @ Palisades

06/22 DAAP Girls, Shellshag, The Far East @ Union Hall

06/24 Broncho, Winter @ Bowery Ballroom

06/28 YOU., Pop. 1280, Ritual Howls @ ALPHAVILLE.

06/28 Growing @ Union Pool

07/01 The Yin Yangs, The Chinches, No Ice @ Mercury Lounge

07/03 Twin Shadow, Ghost Dad @ LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

07/11 Gone Is Gone (mbrs of Mastodon/At the Drive-In/QOTSA) @ Bowery Ballroom

07/12 The Coathangers @ Bowery Ballroom

07/12 The Roots, Antibalas @ Brookfield Place Plaza

07/13 Drive-By Truckers, Rayland Baxter @ Brookfield Place Plaza

07/16 Hey Mercedes, Prawn @ Baby's All Right

07/16 WALL @ Union Pool

07/19 Jeff Rosenstock, The Sidekicks @ Sunnyvale Brooklyn

07/23 Loose Buttons @ Mercury Lounge

07/23 Trixie Whitley @ Rough Trade

07/26 Alice In Chains @ Beacon Theater

07/26 Creeper @ The Studio at Webster Hall

07/28 Marc Ribot and The Young Philadelphians @ Bowery Ballroom

07/28 Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial @ Webster Hall

07/30 Sofi Tukker @ Baby's All Right

07/30 Odonis Odonis, Public Memory @ Saint Vitus Bar

07/31 NAF (Nice As Fuck) @ Rough Trade

08/02 Langhorne Slim & The Law @ Brooklyn Bowl

08/06 Motion City Soundtrack, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Tancred @ Starland Ballroom

08/11 Hank & Cupcakes, The Veevees @ (le) poisson rouge

08/13 Parquet Courts @ Market Hotel

08/16 Frankie and the Witch Fingers @ Baby's All Right

08/19 Multicult, Couch Slut, Human Shapes, BBIGPIGG, Dead Tenants @ Aviv

08/20 Omni @ Shea Stadium

08/21 Omni @ Mercury Lounge

08/29 Local H @ Rough Trade

09/08 Culture Club @ The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

09/09 Bright Light Bright Light @ Rough Trade

09/15 Louis C.K. @ Madison Square Garden

09/16 Godspeed You! Black Emperor (performing live score to 'monumental') @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music

09/17 Godspeed You! Black Emperor (performing live score to 'monumental') @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music

09/18 TR/ST (fka Trust), Cold Cave @ Webster Hall

09/19 John Hodgman @ The Bell House

09/30 Jenny Hval @ (le) poisson rouge

10/06 Band Of Skulls @ Terminal 5

10/07 Eric Burdon and The Animals @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

10/10 Eric Burdon and The Animals @ City Winery

10/11 Drake, Future @ Barclays Center

10/11 Eric Burdon and The Animals @ City Winery

10/12 Drake, Future @ Barclays Center

10/15 Drake, Future @ Prudential Center

10/16 Drake, Future @ Prudential Center

10/18 KING @ Irving Plaza

10/28 Cass McCombs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

11/11 Thee Oh Sees, The Straight Arrows @ Bowery Ballroom

11/13 Thee Oh Sees, The Straight Arrows @ Warsaw

11/20 Diamond Head @ Webster Hall

12/02 The Magnetic Fields (performing "50 Song Memoir") @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music

12/03 The Magnetic Fields (performing "50 Song Memoir") @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music



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Recommended Show
May 26, 2016

Written by Patrick McNamara











Thursday - May 26, 2016 A.D.

The David Lynch Foundation (yes, the director from The Holly Wood!) is presenting a pretty pretty prettttty good show tonight w/ Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone / ex-Dirty on Purpose) + Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone) + Nick Hakim + DJ Questlove. All proceeds go towards providing meditation for those suffering from PTSD. Good show. Good cause. Do it! Also, I still listen to Dirty on Purpose (RIP) on the regular.

"Testimonium" is a performance art piece and you can read all about it here (too involved to get into it right now I just blob here) but the real reason I wanted to let you know about this on my music blob is because Joan of Arc did all the music and will be performing alongside it tonight (and Friday and Saturday) at Knockdown Center in Queens and I like Joan of Arc. How about you?

The (soon to be) legendary post ____ band Battles play Music Hall of Williamsburg and if you've never seen them play live before, well, you should. And that I don't back down from! I said good day, sir! I SAID GOOD DAY!

Britta Phillips (of Luna / Dean & Britta / Jem ←-- who's truly outrageous, btw) plays a free show at Rough Trade. She's good! No wristband, badge, retina scan needed for entry. Just show up!

Other notable Thursday shows = Sinkane at Union Pool + Tall Juan at Sunnyvale + PC Worship at Shea Stadium + Holly Miranda at Hell Phone


Friday - May 27, 2016 A.D.

Speaking of Britta Phillips, her and her husband Dean Wareham's (see also: Galaxie 500) old dreamy band Luna (they're from the '90s!) play The Bell House tonight. Go if you like seeing good bands. If seeing good bands isn't your thing stay far, far away from this one.

B Boys (makin' with the freak freak) play Alphaville tonight and if herky jerky post ____ punk is where you're at in life these days I highly suggest showing up to this one. No, I actually demand that you do. It most likely won't be the wrong move. No, it definitely won't be the wrong move. I guarantee it.*

(*guarantee not a guarantee musical tastes are so subjective u know????)

Other notable Friday shows = Testimonium (w/ Joan of Arc) at Knockdown Center + Savak at Shea Stadium + Haybaby at Palisades + Surf Rock is Dead at Baby's All Right


Saturday - May 28, 2016 A.D.

New Zealand's (originally - they're all over the place now) power synth poppers Yumi Zouma play National Sawdust and if you go you can dance if you want to. You can totally dance. Dancing highly encourage. Please dance.

If you like pop that punks just right please really consider going to Suburbia tonight for Dowsing + Katie Ellen (ex-Chumped) + Kittyhawk (Chicago knows how to do it). It'll be 10000% worth the $5 ticket.

Epic popsters Mass Gothic play Sunnyvale. This band (who recently signed to this record label called Sup Pop or something) is…. let's see what's just the right word I'm looking for to describe this band…. thinking….. thinking….. ah-ha!... good…. that's the just the right word I want to use here...this band is good!

Other notable Saturday shows = Fern Mayo at Shea Stadium + Anamanaguchi at Hammerstein Ballroom + Dreamcrusher at Trans-Pecos + Testimonium (w/ Joan of Arc) at Knockdown Center + Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me) at Cake Shop


Sunday - May 29, 2016 A.D.

I don't know. You tell me.

Not on the blob, though.

We don't have a comments section.

How about on Twitter?

I demand you tell me on Twitter what the good shows are tonight.

Other notable Sunday shows = *furiously refreshing Twitter notifications*


Thank you.







Out of the 13 of you who read this.

YOU are my favorite.





Contests & Giveaways
May 24, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see BETH ORTON with EMMY THE GREAT at (le) poisson rouge on Tuesday, June 14th!

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her debut LP – Trailer Park – pioneered a synthesis of electronic and acoustic songs to huge acclaim. The follow up – Central Reservation – brought international success and the Brit Award for best British female. Further albums like the Jim O'Rourke produced Comfort of Strangers and 2012's Sugaring Season deepened the breadth of her craft (Sugaring Season was described by Pitchfork as "ten songs of sweet resilience delivered by a voice of seemingly effortless expression").

For show information and tickets, click here.

Enter your name and info below for a chance to win. Winner will be selected at random on 6/13. Good luck!

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Contests & Giveaways
May 23, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE at Irving Plaza on Wednesday, June 8th!

For show information and tickets, click here.

Enter your name and info below for a chance to win. Winner will be selected at random on 6/6. Good luck!

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Contests & Giveaways
May 23, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see MASHROU' LEILA at (le) poisson rouge on Friday, June 24th!

Emerging from Beirut's underground indie scene, Mashrou' Leila have continued to carve out their own distinct space within Arabic pop. Singing in Arabic about LGBT rights, political freedoms, race, religion and modern Arabic identity, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues worldwide.

For show information and tickets, click here.

Enter your name and info below for a chance to win. Winner will be selected at random on 6/22. Good luck!

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Contests & Giveaways
May 23, 2016

We have a pair of NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL MUSIC BADGES to give away! Music badge holders can gain free admission to any of the many shows going on in conjunction with the festival, which starts on Thursday, June 9th and runs through Sunday, June 12th.

Badge holders can also gain free admission to the shows at McCarren Park featuring Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Conor Oberst, Kacey Musgraves, ROSTAM, Hinds and more.

For more information about Northside Festival and badges, click here.

Enter your name and email address below for a chance to win. Only one entry per email address will be accepted. The winner will be randomly selected on 6/6. Good luck!

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Band We Like
May 23, 2016

Written by Patrick McNamara

When Shana Cleveland isn't playing in her post ____ surf band La Luz (please note: they're a good band!), the Seattle based artist (she writes and draws when she's not making music) is often out on the road with her other (rotating) crew called Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, performing carefully crafted songs whose goodness will sneak up on you.

Think clean (mostly) acoustic songs (although sometimes Cleveland plays alongside keys and clarinets and strings and things so let's not put anybody in a box here) that take their sweet time slowly hypnotizing you. It's pop. It's folk. Sometimes it's kind of psych. And all the time it's totally good!

Cleveland released “Oh Man, Cover The Ground" for Suicide Squeeze (one of my very favorite record labels since 2000 or something) in 2015 A.D. and because it is now 2016 A.D. you can listen to the entire thing in full directly below these words (living in the future rules!) and you should. Why? Because it's good!

In the meantime be sure to see Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles play whenever you can. And La Luz, while you're at it. They're a good band too.

File Under: Good Music

RIYL: Songs That Sound Good


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