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Festival Guide

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!

For more information and tickets, visit variancefestival.com.

Contests & Giveaways
July 25, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to the VARIANCE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Saturday, August 6th! With performances by JUNIOR BOYS (DJ SET), OBERHOFER, AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA and 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).

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 8/3. Good luck!

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Contests & Giveaways
July 25, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM (featuring LES CLAYPOOL and SEAN LENNON) with JJUUJJUU at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, August 30th!

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Enter your name and info below for a chance to win. Winner will be selected at random on 8/26. Good luck!

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Contests & Giveaways
July 25, 2016

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see I PREVAIL with WHITE NOISE, MY ENEMIES AND I and BAD SEED RISING at Gramercy Theatre on Tuesday, August 2nd!

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 8/1. Good luck!

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Recommended Show
July 25, 2016

Written by Patrick McNamara

Welcome to the last week of July.

Summer is more than half over.

I hope the spinning earth is REAL proud of itself.

Here are some good shows to go see in NYC this week.

Don't sleep.

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?


Tuesday - July 26, 2016 A.D.

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.

“It spoke to you….. and that pleases me."

Other notable Tuesday shows = Lydia Lunch at The Roxy Hotel + Vic Mensa at Webster Hall + Neko Case/K.D. Lang/Laura Veirs at Prospect Park Bandshell


Wednesday - July 27, 2016 A.D.

Mitski (is good) + Japanese Breakfast (is good) + Jay Som (is good) play Music Hall of Williamsburg. I'm not a betting blob but I bet everything I've ever owned that this show will be good.

Sinkane plays a free show at Brookfield Place Plaza. He is good.

So I hear you like free shows. Please check out our free summer shows list. It's good.


I mentioned The Radio Head are playing co-op DIY art space Madison Square Garden tonight too, right? OK cool. Phew! If I didn't I would've have felt like a real creep.

Other notable Wednesday shows = The Besnard Lakes at Mercury Lounge + Bryan Ferry at Beacon Theater + Joey Bada$ at Highline Ballroom


Thursday - July 28, 2016 A.D.

Fear of Men play Silent Barn. This band is good.

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).

Other notable Thursday shows = Beach Slang at The Stone Pony + James Chance at The Bowery Electric + The Besnard Lakes at Rough Trade + Jaga Jazzist at (le) poisson rouge


Friday - July 29, 2016 A.D.

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.

Other notable Friday shows = Brazilian Girls at Baby's (early) + Todd Terje at Studio E Warehouse + Monogold at Rough Trade


Saturday - July 30, 2016 A.D.

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.

Amtrac plays Output tonight. In honor, let's remember this big time remix.

So. Good.

Digable Planets (reunited and it feels good - real good) play a free show in Prospect Park Bandshell.

Kick it, Butterfly.

Other notable Saturday shows = Boys Noize at Studio E Warehouse + Odonis Odonis at Saint Vitus + Container at Pioneer Works + Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg + MoMA PS 1 Warm Up + D Generation at Irving Plaza + Further Seems Forever at Gramercy Theatre


Sunday - July 31, 2016 A.D.

Nice As Fuck play Rough Trade. They're good as hell.

If you like good up-and-coming punk rock that's what's happening at Shea tonight and Washer (is good) + Patio (is good) + Spit (is good) lead the way.

Other notable Sunday shows = _______________________


Those are the good shows happening this week.

Better get on it.

Summer's more than half over.

Dust in the wind, dudes.

Recommended Show
July 21, 2016

Written by Patrick McNamara

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 collective Broken 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 Radioactivity play 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.


Other notable Thursday shows = Super Furry Animals at Webster Hall + DJ Toro y Moi at Output + Marissa Nadler at Bowery Ballroom


Friday - July 22, 2016 A.D.

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!

Other notable Friday shows = Tyondai Braxton at National Sawdust + Maria Usbeck at Babycastles + "Pulse" Against the Machine at Bowery Ballroom


Saturday - July 23, 2016 A.D.

Panorama Fest….still going on. As a friendly reminder, please leave Randy's island in the condition you found it in. He'd be super bummed to come home and find your shit everywhere.

Guns N' Roses play MetLife Stadium. Tomorrow too. Oh.

P.S.: I started the video to this song when I was in 7th Grade and it's still going.

MoMA PS1's summer Warm Up is today and is always a good time. Please note: I've never been but I've danced there many a time in my mind, man, my miiiiind.

Also. Here's your second reminder to go see GØGGS (this time at Baby's - this time... it's personal) this week and get destroyed.

Other notable Saturday shows = Flosstradamus at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Tokimonsta at Mercury Lounge


Sunday - July 24, 2016 A.D.

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


Thank you for reading this original digital feature about some good shows happening in NYC this week.

I trust you loved it.

I try, dear Rockness reader.

So help me blob I try.

Just Announced
July 21, 2016


07/23 Beverly, Wild Yaks, Las Rosas @ Rippers

07/25 Nas (host), Danny Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Machine Gun Kelly, Wiki, Mannie Fresh, AraabMUZIK, Fashawn, Kamaiyah, Ezzy, Princess Nokia, and more! @ Central Park SummerStage

07/25 Sunflower Bean @ YouTube Space NY

07/26 Glass Animals @ House of Yes

07/27 Sinkane @ Brookfield Place Plaza

08/01 Nice As Fuck, Alix Brown @ Bowery Ballroom

08/02 Toro y Moi (Live From Trona NYC Film Premiere) @ House of Vans

08/03 Erykah Badu (DJ set) @ Output

08/04 Heliotropes, My Teenage Stride, No Ice, Sic Tic @ ALPHAVILLE.

08/05 Dinosaur Jr., Those Pretty Wrongs @ Rough Trade

08/05 Thin Lips, Ordinary Things, Ratas En Zelo, Worriers @ Silent Barn

08/06 The Yin Yangs, Heavy Birds, Slowness, Early Spring @ IDIO Gallery

08/06 Mr. Twin Sister, House of Feelings, DJ Deanie Man, DJ Elena Ferrante, DJ Soft Lit, DJ Notorious HSC, DJ @kris_tba, DJ Shraf @ Trans-Pecos

08/08 Shopping, Boys Online, Fits @ Silent Barn

08/10 Shellshag, Mikey Erg, Boosegumps, Sandy Honig, Lucy Randall, Ryland Duncan @ Silent Barn

08/11 Drowners, Handsome Ghost @ Industry City

08/11 Fat (Bad) History Month, Paper Castles, Alexander F (solo) @ Trans-Pecos

08/12 Living Room, What Moon Things, Pass Away, Vasudeva @ Suburbia

08/16 Big Eyes, Pox, Teen Vice @ ALPHAVILLE.

08/17 The Can't Tells, Ann Driscoll, The Makeout Club, No Swoon @ Rough Trade

08/17 eskimeaux, Fraternal Twin, Paper Bee, 100 Percent, Real Life Buildings, Tim Woulfe, and more! @ Silent Barn

08/26 Jerry Paper, Easy Feelings Unlimited, Macula Dog @ Baby's All Right

08/26 Zula, Janka Nabay, Sarah Kinlaw, Erica Eso, Ashcan Orchestra @ Trans-Pecos

08/31 Acid Dad, The Nude Party, Moonwalks @ Shea Stadium

08/31 Computer Moon (Angel Deradoorian & Greg Fox duo), GABI, Dougie Poole @ Silent Barn

09/02 Willie Nelson @ Stone Pony

09/03 SUMMER'S END FEST with Honduras, Guerilla Toss, Tall Juan, Kississippi, Yours Are The Only Ears, Surf Rock is Dead, Sports., Psymon Spine @ Aviv

09/04 SUMMER'S END FEST with Goodman, Peaer, Beth Israel, gobbinjr, Emily Yacina, Pill, Mal Blum @ Aviv

09/07 Open Mike Eagle, Elucid, Deem Spencer @ ALPHAVILLE.

09/07 Thick, Scully, Twiga, Hiccup @ Shea Stadium

09/08 Sleigh Bells @ (le) poisson rouge

09/09 Giorgio Moroder, DJ Nicky Siano, Armand Van Helden, Jackmaster, Soul Clap, and more! @ Secret Location

09/10 Inga Copeland, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos

09/15 Car Seat Headrest @ Bowery Ballroom

09/16 Sleepies, Shop Talk, Joey Sprinkles @ Cake Shop

09/17 The Shondes @ Shea Stadium

09/17 CITY WINERY OPEN with Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Deer Tick, Wild Feathers @ Forest Hills Stadium

09/18 CITY WINERY OPEN with Aretha Franklin, Gillian Welch, Dawes, Josh Ritter, Houndmouth @ Forest Hills Stadium

09/21 Blind Pilot @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

09/22 Adam Green's Aladdin @ Gramercy Theatre

09/26 Rachael Yamagata @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

09/27 Rachael Yamagata @ Bowery Ballroom

09/28 Britta Phillips (performs "Luck or Magic"), Dean Wareham @ (le) poisson rouge

09/29 Taking Back Sunday, You Blew It! @ Irving Plaza

09/30 Bob Moses, No Regular Play @ Terminal 5

10/01 Elvis Costello @ Town Hall

10/10 Christine and The Queens @ Terminal 5

10/15 CHVRCHES @ Radio City Music Hall

10/18 Joyce Manor, The Hotelier, Crying @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

10/19 Yonder Mountain String Band @ Brooklyn Bowl

10/20 PWR BTTM, Vundabar, Lisa Prank @ Baby's All Right

10/20 Yonder Mountain String Band @ Brooklyn Bowl

10/21 PWR BTTM, Vundabar, Lisa Prank @ Shea Stadium

10/22 What So Not, Mr. Carmack @ Terminal 5

10/23 Johann Johannsson @ Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph

10/23 Lucero, Cory Branan @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

10/27 The Pack A.D. @ Mercury Lounge

10/30 Mandolin Orange @ Bowery Ballroom

10/31 Shonen Knife @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

10/31 Hallowmas, World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Warsaw

11/03 The Magician @ Output

11/03 Meshuggah, High on Fire @ PlayStation Theater (FKA Best Buy Theater)

11/04 Adult Books, Journalism @ Saint Vitus Bar

11/05 Royal Canoe @ Mercury Lounge

11/05 Mipso, Lula Wiles @ Rough Trade

11/05 Meshuggah, High on Fire @ Starland Ballroom

11/06 Elvis Costello @ Beacon Theater

11/07 Temple of the Dog @ Madison Square Garden

11/10 The Long Ryders @ Bowery Ballroom

11/12 Jagwar Ma @ Webster Hall

11/14 Gavin James @ Bowery Ballroom

11/15 Hiss Golden Messenger, Tift Merritt @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

11/30 Michael Kiwanuka @ Webster Hall

12/01 The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl

12/01 The Jezabels @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

12/02 The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl

12/03 The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl

03/11 Passenger @ Beacon Theater



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