Variance is a new music and arts festival happening in a verdant outdoor setting in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bringing together musicians across multiple genres, plus immersive art and delicious food, Variance has set out to create your perfect summer day - and it will continue into the night at nearby House of Yes.
With Junior Boys (DJ Set), Oberhofer, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Body Language (DJ Set), Conrad Clifton, UMFANG and lots more!
Variance is an NYC-grown music and arts festival celebrating discovery, diversity, and sustainability. We're bringing together musicians and producers across electronica, indie, disco, house, and world music, fusing them with immersive art installations that have a sustainable message, and tying everything together with culinary bites inspired by our artists' cultural influences.
All happening on lush, tree-lined grounds, we are out to to create your perfect Summer's day in the city we love (noon-10pm).As the sun goes down, Variance at Night takes over the neighboring House of Yes to continue into the dark (10pm to 4am).
I hope the spinning earth is REAL proud of itself.
Here are some good shows to go see in NYC this week.
They will be plenty of time for dozing when summer's done.
Monday - July 25, 2016 A.D.
Sunflower Bean play a free show (w/ RSVP)(echo………………...echo) at the famous YouTube Space NY (no idea, dudes). But here's what I do know. This band is good.
Warpaint play a free show (w/ RSVP) at Baby's All Right. Should be pretty good.
Dead Stars play The Grand Victory. They're good and that's just the way it is.
Other notable Monday shows = the chatter surrounding Mr. Robot was too great for me to ignore any more so I'm giving it some solid streams, I'll let you know my take on things as I get a little deeper in, how does next week in this space work with your schedule?
The Radio Head plays co-op DIY art space Madison Square Garden tonight (and tomorrow). Good? Naw. They're so fucking special.
...still deciding what to pay for In Rainbows...
Alice in Chains play Beacon Theater. They were good. And then I stopped paying attention. And then he died.
They're showing When Harry Met Sally on a roof at Solar One (Lake Ruth plays before) and that's one of my favorite movies of all time and I want you to know that I never want that wagon wheel coffee table.
Rocket From The Crypt play Irving Plaza. Good is the right word for this band, alright. Good. Is. The. Right. Word.
MoMA is a good museum. I used to work there when I first moved to NYC. I sold tickets to (or helped) the following: Bruce Springsteen, Alanis Morissette, Bailey from Party of Five (big time!), Ralph Fiennes, Susan Sontag, Spike Lee, Adrien Brody, Kevin Kline, Meg Ryan, Clyde Drexler, Tom Waits and I'm gonna stop thinking now because what's in the past is better left there and I have a music blob to run.
Anyway, Moon Duo plays MoMA tonight for their Summer Nights thing (free w/ museum admission which is A LOT more than when I was working there I'll tell you what).
Swans play Bowery Ballroom (and tomorrow at MHOW). Man, this band is ______ up. In the good way.
Bryan Ferry (née Bryan Roxy) plays Beacon Theater. This song is good. The year is 1975.*
*please note: that band 1975 is not good
And if you didn't want to see them at MoMA on Thursday night because you hate art (“hell my KID coulda done THAT uhhh yuk yuk yuk!") I have some good news for you, Moon Duo play late tonight too. At Baby's All Right. That place is pretty good.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays Central Park. This show would've been good anyway, but what if were to tell you that this one was also……………………………………..free.
Would u freak out.
There's a free all-day tribute to Lou Reed (curated by Laurie Anderson) at the bandshell in Lincoln Park today with a bunch of artists / bands. It's part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors: a good festival.
Ian Sweet is a good new band. Pouty is a good new band. Both good new bands play Aviv. Go if you like good. If you can take or leave good perhaps you should sit this one out.
Amtracplays Output tonight. In honor, let's remember this big time remix.
Digable Planets(reunited and it feels good - real good) play a free show in Prospect Park Bandshell.
Please love reading this original digital feature about some good shows happening in NYC this weekend.
These recommends won't let you down.
So help me blob.
Thursday - July 21, 2016 A.D.
Expansive Canadian collectiveBroken Social Scene (which now feature a whopping _____ members!) play their first NYC show in five years tonight. Is it sold-out? Yeah. It's sold-out. I apologize. I didn't do it. I just blob here. Hope you already got a ticket or don't care! Let's now take it back to 2004 A.D., y'all.
Super dope Texas post ____ punks Radioactivityplay Saint Vitus. Greys is also playing this show. They're super dope too. Does this sound like the right show for you tonight? Trust your heart with this one and I think you'll know what to do.
It's Summer Thursdays at MoMA and Potty Mouth is playing. Doesn't that sound like fun? Please note: it will be.
AND BILLY OCEANPLAYS A FREEEEEEEEE SHOW IN CONEY ISLAND OH HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YES I'M A FAN OF HIS ENTIRE '80s MOVIE CATALOG!
Panorama Fest starts today on Randall's Island (thank you for the use your island, Randy!) and a bunch of rising up-and-coming new faces are playing including Arcade Fire (who?) LCD Soundsystem (huh?) Subaru Stevens (I think I've heard of them?) and lots more of today's brightest unknowns.
Please note: I once saw Arcade Fire play Arlene's Grocery in like 2004 or 2005. Please hold your applause for me until the end of this article.
Ty Segall's band GØGGS play Rough Trade (and tomorrow at Baby's All Right) and I highly recommend you go if you feel like getting destroyed.
And Louis C.K. does the old Forest Hills Stadium gig. Please note: "Baskets" (Louie = its co-creator) is a really good show and quite frankly I feel it deserves more of your love. Give an Emmy to Louie Anderson right now. Just give it to him!
Last day/night of Panorama Fest. Thank you again for the generous use of your island, Randy!
Flight of the Conchords play Central Park Summerstage. Like their Forest Hills Stadium gig earlier this week this too is sold-out so again I hope you already have your ticket or totally don't care I just want you to be happy! #onelove #oneblob
Other notable Sunday shows = take the night off and watch some sweet TV