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Written by Patrick McNamara
Happy last week of June / first week of July. If you haven't been out there seeing good shows and playing in the sun just yet, now's the time to let it fly. Embrace the goodness while you can. October waits for no man.
These are the good shows this week.
And oh yeah, Happy Birthday, America. I love our 50 pretty states. Every last one.
Monday - June 29th, 2015 A.D.
Legendary sludge thunder wonders, Melvins, play a party at Santos house tonight (and tomorrow too) and how come Santos' parents are never around? How did Santos get so lucky? But if they were around they'd probably just tell Santos to make sure he wears earplugs for this one and that's no fun.
You know what IS fun? Seeing Rush at Madison Square Garden. You might not like Rush. You might hate Rush. But I find it very hard to believe that seeing a sold-out Rush show in a stadium full of happy people would not be a fun time. Go for that high note, Geddy Lee. Go for it! Punch 'em, Pert. Punch 'em!
Toronto power pop vets, Sloan, (formed circa 1991) play Rough Trade tonight. Go have a good power pop time and after the show ask to see their nine Juno Awards which I think is the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys but I'm pretty sure we let Canadians also win Grammys sometimes too. Celine Dion won at least one, right? Probably? With a voice like hers? I'm not sure. I don't watch the Grammys. Because I'm a grown-ass man.
Tuesday - June 30th, 2015 A.D.
This show is a Triple Crown threat! It's the American Pharoah of shows tonight! It's Phi Slamma Jamma! Widowspeak + Small Black + Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Bowl. That's 3 good bands for 1 low price (only 10 bones). Infinite possibilities for an evening of happiness at this one.
Computer Magic plays Solar One before a rooftop film screening of “Bridesmaids." And while I wasn't a fan of that movie (a little too slick for my tastes - a little too glossy - and that cop character was fucking terrible) I do like Computer Magic and seeing shows outside near the water. My final verdict: RECOMMENDED. It has so been ordered.
Also. Brian Wilson plays Jones Beach tonight. He used to be in some band having something to do with the sun. The following is Claire Rockness' favorite song of the moment. I shit you not. #behindtheblob
Wednesday - July 1st, 2015 A.D.
Ceremony + Pity Sex (click that) + Tony Molina (click that) + Uniform play Bowery Ballroom. Damn. That's a pretty good punk show. Out of 5 ham sandwiches, I give this show..... hmmm.... all the tea in China! It has so been ordered.
PINS (did you see them at our CMJ show last year?) and Beverly play Mercury Lounge and I'm a fan of both. File Under: Good Bands. RIYL: songs that sound good. Think early __________ meets late era ___________ meets your wildest dreams.
And finally for tonight, solid popster punksters Chumped play Palisades. To celebrate, here's a good Chumped song you may now casually stream easily, breezily, and absolutely 100% free of charge. #chill.
Thursday - July 2nd, 2015 A.D.
Washer play Silent Barn and I once said they make “bendy slacker punk sprinkled in sludge sauce." I thought that was pretty good. You know what else is good? Washer.
Charlottesville, VA's Left & Right (or maybe they live in Philadelphia now) make fuzzy, crunchy, grunge-ish (a.k.a. grung-y i.e. grunge-oofian) rock. They play Aviv tonight but first, if you read this dynamic band profile I did on them, you'll discover that when they're not making music they all were (are still?) city bus drivers. Now that's what I call click bait.
Other notable shows = San Cisco at Bowery Ballroom + Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl + Jay Boogie and DJ Anamanaguchi at Baby's All Right (there is something so satisfying about typing the name 'Anamanaguchi' on your keyboard - try it, it's fun)
Friday - July 3rd, 2015 A.D.
Trumansburg, NY's Izzy True plays Silent Barn. I just profiled this fine artist and said the following, “She's got a chill folk slacker punk kind of vibe similar to Courtney Barnett maybe and to me it sounds real cool." And just so you know, I still 100% whole-heartedly agree with myself. This will be a pretty chill one. You should go to it. And I should mind my own business.
Boston's Pile (the band behind the band BEHIND the band) play their punk at The Bell House and here are some extra sweet toppings to an already delicious treat. The Austerity Program (a solid band seemingly for ever) and Couch Slut (terrifying) are also on this bill. Out of ten desserts I give this show…...hmmm...all the cherries George Washington could ever carry. It has so been ordered.
Brutally beautiful NJ hardcore lads, Old Wounds, play The Grand Victory. This will shred something loud. I don't judge but if you don't wear earplugs to this show you're really dumb. But your (sic) MY dumb, goddamn it. Your (sic) my dumb.
Saturday - July 4th, 2015 A.D.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICANS! ALL GROWN UP PEOPLE CAN MARRY NOW! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!
MoMA's PS 1 Warm Up 2015 is always a good time….except when it rains….or it's too hot….or the subway takes forever….and today should be no exception. Cut Copy are DJ'ing and a lot of other people are spinning stuff too. What better way to celebrate America's birthday than standing around and watching people spin stuff? Hallelujah. Amen.
Chromeo celebrates their 4th of July in Montauk at The Surf Lodge by playing a free show for you, so if you want to come…. but whatever…. either way is cool…. no big deal. Guess who's never been to Montauk? THIS BLOB.
Speaking of free shows and the 4th of July (AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE! HOORAY!) Prince Rama play Fulton Stall Market (South Street btwn Fulton and Beekman) tonight at 8 PM and shortly after they're done………….. fireworks spread across the sky!
I do like me some 4th of July. I will not lie.
Sunday - July 5th, 2015 A.D.
I've told you before how much I like New Jersey's Vasudeva and now it's time to tell you again because this excellent math rock post (something) instrumental band plays Cameo Gallery tonight w/ Gulfer (click that) + Wild Pink and some other peeps. Listen to their album below when you get the chance and by “when you get the chance" I mean DO IT NOW. And then go see them.
Goldroom plays on a boat which leaves from Pier 83. I believe these are called booze cruises and thankfully Mark McGrath won't be on this one (that's a joke from like two summers ago - they grow up so fast). Anyway, file this one under: Dance! Dance! Dance!
Thank you for reading all the way to the end. And for those who left early, that's cool too, you're just dead to me. JK. JK. U know I luv U. I will cut you.
Happy going to shows! Going to shows rules! Hooray! Happy Day! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
We have a pair of tickets to see DELICATE STEVE at the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard The Jewel on Thursday, July 9th!
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SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK
06/27 No Joy @ Rough Trade
07/11 Riff Raff @ Webster Hall
08/26 Earth @ Saint Vitus Bar
08/29 La Luz @ Bowery Ballroom
09/27 Lower Dens @ BSP
09/30 Rudimental @ Warsaw
10/01 Twin Shadow @ Terminal 5
10/02 Wavves @ Saint Vitus Bar
10/02 Wolf Alice @ Warsaw
10/10 Seoul @ Rough Trade
10/20 Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/20 Mikky Ekko @ Rough Trade
10/21 Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/24 Peaches @ Irving Plaza
11/12 Bonobo (DJ Set) @ Output
11/13 ODESZA @ Terminal 5
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Written by Patrick McNamara
We're going to talk about the good shows this week. But first, please let me randomly pimp our Free Summer Shows list. OK. I linked to it. Random pimping completed. Will I do it again before September? Probably.
This week doesn't suck in the shows department. Everything else might be a mess in the world but at least we've got that. So let's talk about what's good instead of what's not. I find this positive perspective is more conducive to obtaining the chill vibez.
Let's get the goodness started!
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Thursday - June 25th, 2015 A.D.
Andrew Bird plays (le) poisson rouge and he's probably my favorite rock star violinist. Well, it's either him or Owen Pallet…. or Kishi Bashi…. and I make this same goddamn joke everytime I talk about Andrew Bird and it's not even a real joke. #behindtheblob #dontcare
Electronic sound shifter, RJD2, twiddles some knobs, pulls some levers, and fiddles with some pulleys at Output tonight. Let him manipulate your boring night into a nice one.
Desaparecidos play Shea Stadium (and Friday at Rough Trade) and I don't know about you but I never get tired trying to spell that band name. This show is sold-out. Sorry. Conor Oberst, I love you! (not really - I mean, he's fine - I like his songs - but my heart belongs to my music blob.)
Friday - June 26th, 2015 A.D.
Phoenix psych-punks Destruction Unit play Palisades (and a free show Saturday at Union Pool) and they're real good but if you don't bring earplugs to this show you're real bad; at least that's what you're going to be telling your younger self when you're older and can't hear the sweet cries of your future grandchildren. #punk #rock
Gingerlys (click that) + Mercury Girls (click that) + Heathers (click that) + Diet Cig play Cake Shop and I just wrote kind words about three out of those four bands over the last two weeks because they're all super solid (your kind words are coming soon, Diet Cig - just a few more days and you'll be world wide famous too - so hang on, Diet Cig - you just hang on). Don't freak out, but I am going to this show. Have you ever seen a blob morph into a person before? It's crazy shit.
Boston indie rock vets Mission of Burma (formed circa 1979) play The Bell House and you should go for lots of reasons and one of these reasons is that this song below is fucking timeless, man, and how many reasons do you need?
Toronto hardcore darlings, Fucked Up, play The Wick (and Saturday at WFMU's Monty Hall). Everytime I see this band (and not to brag but I've seen them a few times) I remark to my closest show going companion how they are the masters of their own craft. And then that person usually nods and slowly inches away from me.
Other notable shows = Ty Segall at Mercury Lounge + Porcelain Raft at Baby's All Right + Marc Maron at BAM + Great Lake Swimmers at Bowery Ballroom + Mykki Blanco at Palisades + Lifetime at Starland Ballroom + James Chance at Trans-Pecos + Richard Thompson at Town Hall
Saturday - June 27th, 2015 A.D.
Morrissey plays Madison Square Garden tonight (assuming he doesn't cancel at the last minute like he's wont to do). Please wear your finest leather and furs and bring extra hot dogs to share!
David Byrne and a bunch of his famous friends and casual professional acquaintances (Blood Orange! Nelly Furtado!* How To Dress Well! tUnE-yArDs! St. Vincent! Ad Rock! More!) play Barclays Center tonight (and tomorrow too) for Contemporary Color. Take it away, press release! "Ten of the country's elite color guard teams—the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the "sport of the arts"—sync steps with musical luminaries at Barclays Center for a bacchanalia of beats and sabre-spinning orchestrated by David Byrne." Sounds sweet to me.
*speaking of Nelly Furtado and Andrew Bird (I was a few days ago - scroll back to Thursday if you don't believe me), the other Andrew Bird joke I almost always make when discussing Andrew Bird is this: "I'm like Andrew Birddddd I can fly awayyyyyyyy!" It's a real gas.
Los Angeles psych popsters, Allah-las, play a FREE show at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Guess who's never been to Montauk? THIS GUY. Please check out our Summer Show Guides for other places I have never been. (New Jersey? I think I've heard of it...)
Legendary classical composer, Philip Glass, plays David Zwirner Gallery and a ticket to this can be yours for a cool 300 bones. A steep price, for sure, but I'll tell you what, the music of Philip Glass will be remembered long after any of the other bands I've mentioned on this thing this week. Bet.
Other notable shows = The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die at Amityville Hall + Alex Calder at Cameo Gallery + Museum of Love (DFA) at Good Room + Tigers Jaw at (le) poisson rouge + Washer at Palisades + Marc Maron at The Paramount + Destruction Unit at Union Pool
Sunday - June 28th, 2015 A.D.
Philadelphia's Mannequin Pussy play Palisades (with Kal Marks! IAN! Dead Tenants!) and they make punk rock of the finest order. This good show is presented by good label, Exploding in Sound. You should go and have a really good time and I should mind my own business. Amen.
Porches and Frankie Cosmos play Storm King Art Center. Where's that? Consult this. If you don't need to consult that because you've been to Storm King before and you agree with me that place is super sweet, cool, looks like we already have the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.
Other notable shows = Broken Water at Elvis Guesthouse + They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Ariana Grande at Pier 26 + whatever's on TV on Sunday nights...True Detective 2? Is that a Sunday night show? Not sure. Only the gods of the couches know.
Thanks for listening. Out of everybody (13 peeps) who reads this dynamic article every week, I like you best. And that I don't back down from.