((Features)) - Oh My Rockness

July 22, 2014

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July 18, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

This week goes in like a lamb and out with a BANG. So please come and join me on a cosmic journey through space and time as we ease into the show goodness.

These are The Best Shows This Week. But the headline already told you that.

Whoa. We haven’t even started and this original digital content is dynamic already.


For real.

Monday - July 21st, 2014 A.D.

Eternal Summers play Baby’s All Right. They have been quite sublime for a few years now. (The band played our 5th birthday party in 2009 and they were great. Also. We’re turning 10 this year. A real BMX bike with pegs would be cool. But no worries either way.) You should really consider going to this. And (are you ready, all you 13 regular readers of this thing?) I SHOULD MIND MY OWN BUSINESS (canned studio hoots, howls, and squeals).

An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger is happening at Central Park SummerStage featuring some bands you've probably heard of (gotta keep the sense of mystery on this thing). It’s hard not to like Pete Seeger’s music - even if he almost chopped Dylan’s electric guitar cord with an ax (myth - like P. Georgie and the cherry tree). I never met him. But he seemed like a cool dude. Pour one out for Pete.

Other notable shows = whatever you’ve got queued up on your DVR


Tuesday - July 22nd, 2014 A.D.

Daddy, pleeease hear this song that I sing. Well. It’s finally here, Mangum Nation. Neutral Milk Hotel play Prospect Park tonight and tomorrow too. Taking their cue from Arcade Fire, there’s a strict dress code for this one. You must wear whatever you wore in 1998. Which is great news for me as I won’t have to change out of these Polo Ralph Lauren jeans. Do you want to go to this show but didn’t get tickets? In my dreams you’re alive and you’re cryyyyying.

Joyce Manor is at Rough Trade. And in a total serendipitous stroke of coincidence, I happened to have also just written about them for the first time - even though this band has been around for a while now. (What was 2008 even LIKE, man??) This show is free if you purchase their new album “Never Hungover Again” (I tell myself that alllll the time, dudes). If you don’t, well, you can’t go. So it’s certainly a good thing that album rules.

Baked play Silent Barn. This show will really make you consider the lilies of the field and how we are but dust in the wind that rides the spinning rock of the endless unknowable skies. I bet your emerging band can’t do that.

Other notable shows tonight = Electric Six on a boat + FREEMAN at Mercury Lounge + ONWE at Palisades + Arto Lindsay at (le) poisson rouge


Wednesday - July 23rd, 2014 A.D.

San Francisco jingle jangle garage popsters The Fresh & Onlys + easy breezy Vancouver band The Shilohs lead a good lineup at Glasslands. Listen to this beauty of a song. And tell me the beginning doesn’t remind you of “All I Want is You” by the buzzy alternative Irish band U2 led by a lad named Bono (not his given Christian name).

Witch is at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It’s a FREE show with RSVP thing. You wouldn’t understand. J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr plays the drums for this band. Did you know there’s a reptile alive today that lived with the dinosaurs? It’s called a Tuatara and it’s found in New Zealand. Tuataras have a third eye! Seriously. I would not bullshit you on this.

Field Mouse play Rough Trade. Have you heard their just released debut album? It’s really rather quite lovely, I do say (somehow my narrative voice just turned into... Hugh Grant?). Anyway, this one comes recommended if you like soaring and gazing and dreaming. I often do this on airplanes while sitting first class. (just making jokes over here in my home office which is also my bedroom which has a lovely view of the concrete alley.)

Other notable shows = Matmos at Silent Barn + Crow Bait at Shea Stadium + Beech Creeps at Death by Audio + Braid at Asbury Lanes but let’s talk more about Braid in a little bit, OK?


Thursday - July 24th, 2014 A.D.

But I want an Oompa Loompa NOWWWWWW!

Veruca Salt play Bowery Ballroom tonight (and tomorrow at MHOW but - get ready all you 13 regular readers - THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR THE PLACE TO DISCUSS IT - canned studio hoots, howls, and squeals). We share a hometown, Veruca Salt and I. And I was there the first time they came around - when seemingly all of Chicagoland (not an amusement park) was captivated by crunchy grunge-y rock, including this “Seether” song that still remains a summer scorcher.

Strapping Scottish alterna-gazers Teenage Fanclub play Pier 84 tonight. This show is free. And considering “Bandwagonesque” is one of the greatest albums of ALL TIME (yeah, girl - he went there) I would say paying no money to see it is probably worth it. But if you decide to go right now, as an added bonus, we’ll throw in sets by Honeyblood (click that) and Saint Rich (it’s a Delicate Steve thing - you wouldn’t understand).

Or, if you REALLY want to live it up, paint the house red* and go see Sun Kil Moon play Town Hall tonight. Perhaps Mark Kozelek’s fans are the only ones who can challenge Neutral Milk Hotel’s fans this week in sheer fervent adoration. I don’t know. It’s going to be close. At least Moz God isn’t in town.

(*paint the house red - too dynamic for digital content)

Other notable shows = Band of Horses at The Capitol Theatre + Crocodiles at Death by Audio + The Wytches at Mercury Lounge + Rush Midnight at Baby’s All Right


Friday - July 25th, 2014 A.D.

There’s a good one happening at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. It’s a free without having to RSVP thing. You wouldn’t understand. The lineup includes Dave Hause + Chris Farren (of Fake Problems) + Brian McGee (of Plow United). But I’m here to talk to you today about Philly’s Cayetana. Because they are also playing. And here’s what I’m going to say about them. "They’re really good." But don’t take my dynamically descriptive words for it. Stream ‘em and hear for yourselves.

If you prefer the dance beats that go double bass boom, London’s Rustie (#HITMACHINE) at Webster Hall might be your best bet. Careful, though. There’s gonna be some club thumpers all up in this one. Don’t go gettin’ DROPPED. Here’s a ripper rager shredder killer deep c-c-c-c-ut-ut-ut-ut-ut.

Maybe hook heavy sway-gaze is more inline with your passions. If so, I’ve got a hot tipping buzzy recommend for you. Go see Montreal’s Heat at Glasslands. I could tell you more about what makes this band tick, but I already did (click this). So I’ll just tell you who THEY say they are influenced by. Gun Club + Jesus and Mary Chain + Velvet Underground + Guided by Voices + The Strokes + Sonic Youth + Echo and the Bunnymen + Siouxsie and the Banshees. Intrigued much? 2 B Sure!

(headliners The Wytches also scheduled to appear)

Maybe you just wanna watch tears fill up your beers. If that’s the plan for tonight, well, partner you’re in luck, because Lucero play The Capitol Theatre. And that’s been one helluva good band for one helluva long time. I have been listening since Tiger Style #neverforget. Here’s a Lucero song from the film “Shotgun Stories.” First. That movie rules. B. Lucero singer Ben Nichols’ brother directed it. 3. His name is Jeff Nichols and he also directed two of my other recent favorites “Take Shelter” + “Mud.” In summation, Michael Shannon was in both “Take Shelter” and “Shotgun Stories” and Michael Shannon also rules. Fin.

Other notable shows = Veruca Salt at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Midnight Magic at Cameo Gallery + Celebration at Baby’s All Right + Free Time at Cake Shop + The Wytches and Heat at Glasslands.


Saturday - July 26th, 2014 A.D.

OK. After 18 years, I’m finally ready to talk about Braid. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg. In 1996, in the town of Urbana-Champaign (it’s a joint city thing - you wouldn’t understand) it seemed as if Braid played every weekend in and around that massive concrete campus called U of I. Maybe that’s because they sort of did. I was there. It’s certainly good to see them back. And emo isn’t a dirty word, you guys.

(P.S. the following Braid song was not made by Shudder to Think it, was made by Braid)

Local pop heroes (sure, why not) The Antlers play Webster Hall. They do emo too. But it’s an entirely different kind. Please note. The Antlers sound nothing like Braid. Emo is just short for emotion, after all. And who doesn’t have that? Besides those Daft Punk dudes. And every song that’s boring. Just kidding. There are no boring songs just boring makers who made the boring songs because they were bored and boring. “Give me emotion or give me death.” I believe either The Antlers or goth Patrick Henry said that.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow (click that if you like reading 7 year old band profiles) + Ice Choir (that profile is a little more current - it's only 2 years old) + Jason Bartell of Fang Island (4.5 years old - that profile is about to start kindergarten this fall - they grow up so fast) at Baby’s All Right. And did someone say kindergarten? We thought we heard someone in parentheses say kindergarten. Because that would really be an amazing super segue transition into this superb streaming song.

Nick Cave plays Prospect Park tonight. And yes, he remembered to bring the Bad Seeds (and Devendra and Nicole Atkins too). Remember when I was saying earlier how this week perhaps only Mark Kozelek’s fans can rival Neutral Milk Hotel’s fans in their fervent adoration? Well, I wrote that without considering Nick Cave. And I know you Cave-ians are crazy. Birthday Party, I get. Grinderman, I never got that sound. Nevertheless. This guy has got the post-goth-alt-art-punk HITS.

Swearin’ play Death by Audio and that’s one good goddamn band. They rock the crunchy fuzzy goodness that really POPS. We used to call it college rock. Oh, those were the days. Which now pass like wild horses over the hills. Sic Transit Gloria. Glory fades. But Swearin’. That’s a good goddamn band.

Onderdonk House is not only one of my favorite venues to spell, it’s also my favorite club that also happens to be a historic building in Queens. It is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City and it’s not made of adobe. Can you say that word with me? (“Adobe!”) Good bands playing here today for the two-day “Out in the Streets Festival” (music. art. food.) = A Place to Bury Strangers + Hunters + Ski Lodge + Monogold + much, much more. Can you say Onderdonk with me? (“Onderdonk!”)

Other notable shows = Chumped and Save Ends at Suburbia + Wild Yaks at Shea Stadium + Cashmere Cat at MoMA PS 1’s Warm Up + Nashville Pussy at Knitting Factory + Midlake (acoustic) at Joe’s Pub + Psychic Twin at Cameo Gallery + Official Braid After Party at Cameo Gallery + DJ Dog Dick at Body Actualized Center….that’s DJ Dog Dick, ladies and gentleman...DJ...DOG...DICK


Sunday - July 27th, 2014 A.D.

Nick Cave also plays Hammerstein tonight. Hey, Nick. I know you're totally reading this. Sorry for calling you goth (among other things) when I was talking about you before. Wikipedia says you detest that term. So I thought I should apologize. Because that site has never lied to me yet. It’s a research thing. You wouldn’t understand. But how do you feel about the term Cave-ian?

Oh good. I get to spell Onderdonk House again. Day #2 of the “Out in the Streets Festival” (music. art. food. echo. echo.) = Body Language + Psychic Twin + Weyes Blood + more. Ridgewood. You just made my list of things to possibly maybe perhaps do today.

Finally. Hannibal Buress does another one of his damn free Sunday shows at the front bar of Knitting Factory. He’s real funny. But I’m getting real tired of listing all of them the past couple of years. My data entry, like my dynamic digital content, is good. But it’s not THAT good. When is it going to end, Hannibal? When?


You know what you and I just did? We just eased into the goodness. The lamb went in and turned into the BANG. And now all is right and courageous and true and fine.

Thanks for reading this week. Especially the 13 of you. See you next time. When the fighting stops.



One world.


For real.

Contests & Giveaways
July 18, 2014

We have a pair of 2-day passes to give away to the OUT IN THE STREETS FESTIVAL at Onderdonk House on July 26th and 27th! With performances by A Place To Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, Psychic Twin, Ski Lodge, Monogold, Tiny Victories and more!

For show information and tickets, click here.

Enter your name and email address below for a chance to win. Only one entry per email address will be accepted. Winner will be randomly selected on 7/23. Good luck!

Festival Guide

Out In The Streets returns to the historic Onderdonk House in Ridgewood on July 26 & July 27! Get your festival pass here >>

Just Announced
July 17, 2014

Check out our guide to all the FREE SUMMER SHOWS here. More being added all summer long...


7/30 Jesse Malin, Kevin Kinney, Anthony D'Amato @ The Bowery Electric
8/01 Neon Indian (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
8/06 Jesse Malin, The Wans @ The Bowery Electric
8/15 The Men, Purling Hiss, Pegasus Warning (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
8/15 Beverly @ Rough Trade
8/16 Jacco Gardner @ Baby's All Right
8/18 Greys, The Dirty Nil, Hector's Pets, Robot Death Kites @ Baby's All Right
8/26 Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Potty Mouth, Love of Everything @ Shea Stadium
9/01 Danny Brown, French Montana, AraabMUZIK, The Lox, Brenmar, DJ Hoodboi, Falcons, Yung Gleesh, World's Fair, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Black Dave, Grandemarshall, Special Guests @ 50 Kent
9/05 Total Slacker, PAWS, Flashlights @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/06 The Velvet Teen @ Baby's All Right
9/08 Wavves @ Baby's All Right
9/10 Sir Sly, Wolf Gang, Secret Someones @ Stage 48
9/12 Schedule TBD, RROSE, Joey Anderson, Xosar, MGUN, Blondes, ITAL, HUERCO S., Morgan Louis, Bryan Kasenic, Mike Servito, Aurora Halal, DUST, FORMA, and more! @ Camp Lakota
9/16 Turbogeist @ Glasslands
9/20 Those Darlins @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
9/24 Earth, King Dude @ Saint Vitus Bar
9/25 Teleman @ Mercury Lounge
9/26 Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
9/26 Teleman @ Glasslands
9/27 Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
9/30 The Big Sleep, Lymbyc Systym, Nicholas Nicholas @ Baby's All Right
9/30 Delta Spirit @ Mercury Lounge
10/01 Delta Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom
10/02 ODESZA, Ambassadeurs, Hayden James @ Bowery Ballroom
10/02 Delta Spirit, Peter Matthew Bauer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/03 The Figgs @ Mercury Lounge
10/03 ODESZA, Ambassadeurs, Hayden James @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/03 La Roux @ Terminal 5
10/07 Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/09 The Kooks @ The Paramount
10/10 Code Orange Kids, Twitching Tongues, Soul Search @ Palisades
10/10 The Muffs @ The Bell House
10/11 The Muffs @ Asbury Lanes
10/11 Tim and Eric, Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly), DJ Dougg Pound @ Best Buy Theater
10/11 Tim and Eric, Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly), DJ Dougg Pound @ Best Buy Theater
10/14 Merchandise, Lower, Ninos Du Brasil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/19 Zola Jesus @ Webster Hall
10/24 Virus, Krallice, Sannhet, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus Bar
10/25 Slowdive @ Terminal 5
10/28 Twin Shadow, Movement @ Terminal 5
11/01 Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/03 Noah Gundersen @ Mercury Lounge
11/04 Noah Gundersen @ Rough Trade
11/04 Mac DeMarco, Connan Mockasin, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ Terminal 5
11/08 The Dismemberment Plan @ Bowery Ballroom
11/10 Nels Cline Singers (2 sets) @ Rough Trade
11/14 O'Death, Death Vessel @ The Bell House
11/24 Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
11/26 Blonde Redhead @ Bowery Ballroom
11/29 The New Deal, Conspirator @ Terminal 5
12/02 Blonde Redhead @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


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Contests & Giveaways
July 16, 2014

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see FIELD MOUSE, FRANCES CONE, WEED HOUNDS, and LITHUANIA at Rough Trade on Wednesday, July 23rd!

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Enter your name and email address below for a chance to win. Only one entry per email address will be accepted. Winner will be randomly selected on 7/21. Good luck!

Contests & Giveaways
July 15, 2014

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see SUN KIL MOON at Town Hall on Thursday, July 24th!

For show information and tickets, click here.

Enter your name and email address below for a chance to win. Only one entry per email address will be accepted. Winner will be randomly selected on 7/22. Good luck!


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