The Best Shows in NYC This Week: TV on the Radio + The Pains + Deafheaven + Fred Armisen + Andrew W.K. + Jonthan Richman + We Are Scientists + We Were Promised Jetpacks + Obits + on and on the goodness goes - Oh My Rockness

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November 14, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Ich konnte buchstäblich alles in diesem Raum sagen und es egal wäre . Warum also nicht auf Deutsch sagen? Wenn durch Zufall keine deutschen Referenten dies lesen, es tut mir leid , wenn die Übersetzung aus ist. Es ist die Schuld meines Computers. Ich spreche kein Deutsch.

Zeigt . Konzerte . Rock 'n Roll (huh - Ich denke das ist das gleiche in Deutsch oder Englisch). Musik. Partei. Wut. Lass uns gehen!

Diese sind in dieser Woche die besten Shows.

Monday - November 17th, 2014 A.D.

POP. POP. The New Pornographers and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play Hammerstein Ballroom. POP. POP. POP. I will be at this one if you’d like to tell me in real life how much the intro to this week’s piece stinks.

Future Punx play one of the final FINAL shows at Death By Audio. I’ve seen this band a bunch now and they’re great. Think a punkier Devo covering “Mr. Roboto.” Or, think something else. Stop thinking. Start seeing. Get living.

Please note: there will be “Top Secret!” headliners from now until Death By Audio closes at the end of the month. Crossing my fingers and really hoping one of them is Val Kilmer.

Ryan Adams plays Carnegie Hall. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my ten years running a music blob is that you should never EVER trust a singer/songwriter whose first name is Ryan.

Other notable shows = what, these three aren’t good enough for you? + WHY CAN’T YOU EVER BE HAPPY??


Tuesday - November 18th, 2014 A.D.

TV on the Radio play Apollo Theater (and tomorrow at Rough Trade - that one is free if you buy their new album - but don’t let that sway you either way - and oh yeah, they also play Friday and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg too). Of course you already know that TV on the Radio are a good band. But did you know they’ve been a good band for 13 years, man?

Oh yeah? Well psych-garage-post-something-or-another’s Thee Oh Sees play Bowery Ballroom (and Friday at Warsaw) and they’ve been a good band for 17 years, man! Take that, TV on the Radio. YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS TV ON THE RADIO VS. THEE OH SEES BEEF. CLICK TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO GOOD BANDS BEEF.

Longtime kewl asz cat Jonathan Richman plays The Bell House (and tomorrow too). Listen to this song with your eyes closed. Push play while blind. Now, tell me. Do you hear Jonathan Richman or do you hear "original" Brooklyn alt James Murphy? YOU make the call.

Other notable shows = Nicholas Nicholas at Baby’s All Right + Rachael Yamagata at Music Hall of Williamsburg + The Teen Age at Pianos


Wednesday - November 19th, 2014 A.D.

There’s a Benefit for West Africa Relief tonight at Irving Plaza. Famous People get together and chill out for a worthy cause. Famous People scheduled to appear include: Fred Armisen + David Cross + Hannibal Buress + Ted Leo + mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmore.

San Francisco brutal-beauty duo Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bring earplugs and nobody gets hurt. This show is FREE if you RSVP’d. If you didn’t you are SOOL.

Mobb Deep (firmly entrenched as leading players in The Golden Age of Hip Hop Game circa NYC circa 1995/6) play Knitting Factory’s multi-night 5 year birthday bash that they’re calling Knit Ball. Oh, yeah. I get it. Like a ball of yarn and the ball that’s like a dance. There’s dancing at Mobb Deep shows? I guess so.

Other notable shows = TV on the Radio at Rough Trade + Jonathan Richman at The Bell House + Kristeen Young at Mercury Lounge + St. Lucia at Terminal 5 + The Hold Steady at The Space at Westbury


Thursday - November 20th, 2014 A.D.

We Are Scientists (they tweet good tweets) and TEEN and Cookies (yum) play Brooklyn Bowl. All three of those bands make nice sounds. I have yet to actually bowl a game at Brooklyn Bowl. I’m not really financially ready right now.

Delicate Steve play Mercury Lounge. It’s a “Butterfly” thing. You wouldn’t understand. Except……. unless……... you DO……. you know, mannnnnn?.......... you KNOW?

Bellows play Shea Stadium. I just wrote about this good new band and I would really like it if you read it because goddamn it what the hell did I write it for then? It’s like I already know Bellows are good.

Other notable shows = DJ Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy at Palisades + Mykki Blanco at The Jewish Museum + Phosphorescent at Knitting Factory + Javelin at Kipling (free) + JD Samson at Friends and Lovers (also free) + Brooklyn Youth Chorus w/ Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry at BAM + Kid Millions at (le) poisson rouge


Friday - November 21st, 2014 A.D.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Bryce Dessner of The National and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire team up to do something most likely big and euphoric that swells with awesome at BAM tonight. They did all that yesterday too. Good thing you’re not reading this in real time or you totally would’ve missed it. They also do it tomorrow and if you’re reading this in the future that may already be in the past. This is one tricked out circle game.

ASTR and Ghost Beach and DJ Body Language play Knitting Factory’s Knitball (still get it) tonight (that’s the early show - the late show is Ski Lodge and the dude from “Pete & Pete” - a show many fondly remember and I have never seen). Here’s a good electric ASTR jam that’s already been out for a bit but I don’t care. New can be extremely overrated.

Jon Hopkins and Joakim and JDH & Dave P get FIXED at Output tonight. This rager goes late into the dark and chilly night. So come dance and sweat to warm sounds under bright lights - where everything is illuminated and anything is possible.

Ryan Hemsworth plays Rough Trade. I don’t know who that is but remember what I said earlier: NEVER TRUST A SINGER SONGWRITER NAMED RYAN.


Other notable shows = TV on the Radio at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw + Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl


Saturday - November 22nd, 2014 A.D.

Obits play Brooklyn Night Bazaar. These old ass Brooklyn punks bring the heat it every single time. The young aren’t the only ones.

Andrew W.K. plays Knitting Factory. And by this I mean he’s actually playing rock ‘n roll party songs on stage for you. This isn’t a pep talk or motivational lecture and I’m pretty sure a grand piano will not make an appearance this time. Also, remember when I went to a party at Andrew W.K.’s house?

With my naked eye I saw all the falling rain coming down on me. With my naked eye I saw it all if I said it all I could see. And it feeeeeeeels. Alriiiiiight. And it feeeeeeeels. Alriiiiiight. Luscious Jackson play The Bell House. They sang that song I was just singing while I was typing and you may now listen to it if you want.

We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad play Webster Hall. They are both from Scotland. FACT. No Scottish band has ever sucked. All bands from Scotland are always good. FACT. Here’s an oldie (what was 2009 even LIKE, man?) but a real goodie.

Other notable shows = St. Lucia at Terminal 5 + Pharmakon at Palisades + TV on the Radio at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Ryan Adams at Hammerstein + The Wytches at Baby’s All Right


Sunday - November 23rd, 2014 A.D.

Couch Slut play The Acheron. I am terrified of Couch Slut.

Hannibal Buress plays Knitting Factory - the real space - not those free front bar shows he was doing every week until he could stop because he got famous.

Other notable shows = Jonah Matranga and J. Robbins (Jawbox) and Doris Cellar (Freelance Whales) at Mercury Lounge + Brooklyn Youth Chorus w/ Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry at BAM + Ryan Adams at Hammerstein


That's it. Thanks for hanging again this week. It's always a chill time.


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