The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Interpol + Blonde Redhead + Bob Dylan + Julian Casablancas + The Pains + College + Run the Jewels + lots more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
I don’t feel like talking about turkeys.
I will not blob about giving thanks.
There is no need to rhapsodize about “the holidaze.”
Let’s pretend this is just another week.
Deal? Shh. Say no more. That’s a deal.*
*the best shows this week dedicated to Mike Nichols
Monday - November 24th, 2014 A.D.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Hooray For Earth lead you down the path of pop goodness at Glasslands tonight. It’s one of the last remaining shows there. That sucks. Take heart, though. DIY isn’t dead. It’s just not on Kent near S 2nd anymore.
Interpol play Terminal 5 (and Tuesday and Wednesday too). Remember when they were on that bus in Buffalo for OVER 50 HOURS. It’s all over and they are safe and warm and stuff. But still…. PRAY FOR INTERPOL!
Tuesday - November 25th, 2014 A.D.
Mighty NYC indie rock vets Blonde Redhead (born circa 1993 and oof that's an old band profile, please don't click their name) play Bowery Ballroom (and Wednesday too). Let’s go and see them play songs live from their nine studio albums and listen to our dreams come alive.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz play Hammerstein. He’s a Stroke. Richard Hell and the Voidoids not scheduled to open. Nor will they. Nor should they. Because Richard Hell is his generation’s biggest ____________.
Hundred Waters are opening for Interpol (I hope you haven’t stopped praying) a couple of nights this week. But on this night, they are headlining for a goddamn change. And Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit opens. This show is at Rough Trade. Thank you.
Wednesday - November 26th, 2014 A.D.
I already referenced that Blonde Redhead and Interpol are playing tonight. After those two bits of goodness things are looking a little slim out there. I wonder why. It’s just a regular old Wednesday, right? There’s nothing special going tomorrow or anything. Weird. I’m scratching my head on this one just as much as you, man.
Other notable shows = were you even listening?
Thursday - November 27th, 2014 A.D.
According to my music blob on the World Wide Intrasphere (Claire and I use our own shit) we only have one show listed tonight.
It’s at Baby’s All Right. Damn. That’s cold, BB.
Please enjoy your Thursday.
Friday - November 28th, 2014 A.D.
Bob Dylan starts his run at Beacon Theater. Quick story before you scroll on your way. My grandparents (they are still with us) grew up in Hibbing, MN, the same town as one young Robert Zimmerman. And to this day, when I bring this up with my Grandpa he says, “Bob Dylan is A BUM!” because Bob Dylan disparaged where he came from.
This is my favorite Bob Dylan song played by The Byrds. BOB DYLAN IS A BUM!
French retro ‘80s synth hit maker College plays Highline Ballroom. Yep. I sure am going to play the song from “Drive.” I sure am. Remind me to tell you about the time I saw College at SXSW and he (it’s just one dude) was really good.
Death From Above 1979 play Terminal 5. These two punky thrash brothers from a couple of mothers were on a long hiatus, don’t you know. They’ve now reunited, you understand. And it feels so good, yo.
New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby does The Bell House (early show and late). He is best known to American audiences as the band manager in Flight of the Conchords. That show definitely had its moments and he was in most of them.
Other notable shows = Hooded Fang at Glasslands + Hoodie Allen (so many hoods) at The Studio at Webster Hall (Annie Shawl scheduled to open) + Living Colour at Irving Plaza + Splashh at Baby’s All Right + Hockey at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Saturday - November 29th, 2014 A.D.
Baltimore’s Spank Rock has been playing the rap game for almost a decade now (that profile is 8 years old - please don't click his name). He first broke through with his family friendly single “Put That Pussy on Me” in 2005. Ah. Such simpler times. He’s at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight.
Speaking of rap, Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) play Stage 48 (and tomorrow too). They are perhaps best known for appearing in Mark Kozelek’s family friendly quote from a couple weeks back, “Run the Jewels: Suck My Cock.”
Slayer play The Wellmont Theatre. If they stick with the heavy metals they just might get an actual NYC gig someday.
Sunday - November 30th, 2014 A.D.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson plays Glasslands. Whoa. I haven’t seen that name in forever (and by forever I mean since 2008/9). This guy used to be ubiquitous on the show scene. And then he just…………. disappeared. Not anymore. Keyser Soze is back.
GWAR play Irving Plaza. RIP Oderus. But your freak show must go on.
Cult hero/lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore plays Cake Shop. He has released hundreds (yes, hundreds) of albums since the 1960s. He’s still doing it.
I told you DIY wasn’t dead.
Other notable shows = Run the Jewels at Stage 48 but I totally already mentioned that…
Thanks for reading, guys. Enjoy your totally normal week.
CHARLIE BROWN YES.