Written by Patrick McNamara
Happy SXSW week to those of you not at SXSW. South By So What. Trademark that shit if you wanna.
I say let them have their little fun running around under Austin's highways, their laminated dork tags flapping in the wind. There's plenty of show goodness right here in Bedford Falls and unlike Texas these sweet sounds are just a relaxing MTA train ride away!
I hope you choo-choo-choose to go to some.
Happy Living in New York week.
Keep Austin Weird.
Thursday - March 19th, 2015 A.D.
Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius brings his brilliantly haunting pop melancholy to Stage 48 on the far, far West Side of Manhattan and you just might shed a few euphoric soul cleansing tears near those forgotten piers. This guy is trying to break your heart - so sad, so right, so good.
On the opposite end of the emotion spectrum, Long Island pop punks Taking Back Sunday and similarly jubilant Scranton band The Menzingers play Best Buy Theater. Ain't nobody cried at a pop punk show except due to injury because some bro at a show thought that in celebration of your common musical interests you would enjoy being pushed and/or punched for some reason.
Friday - March 20th, 2015 A.D.
The A.V. Club presents a catchy (mostly) punk one at Warsaw with Phoenix's Andrew Jackson Jihad + Melbourne's The Smith Street Band + Bomb the Music Industry!'s Jeff Rosenstock + Brooklyn's Chumped (a personal favorite).
German-born British composer Max Richter plays his euphoric neo-classical compositions to St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights tonight. A string quartet will be in tow to help fill this majestic space with orchestral sounds of wonder and grace.
Belgium DJ dance dude Aeroplane and London's Fort Romeau bring big time beats to Good Room (formerly Club Europa) in Greenpoint tonight for FIXED. That monthly party is always a fun and sweaty late night time.
And Cold War Kids play Terminal 5. Pretend it's 2006 ('07?) and get excited (<---------that was totally uncalled for, yet here we are).
Saturday - March 21st, 2015 A.D.
Norwegian turntablist producer remix master Cashmere Cat (born Magnus August Høiberg) spins the hits at Webster Hall. Here's a brand new song released a week ago that already has over one million likes so I'm really glad I could give him the needed press boost by writing about him here. If this show sells out, it's all due to The Best Shows This Week. 100%.
Longtime Berlin beat maker Ellen Allien (founder of BPitch Control) busts the IDM electro booms at Output tonight. She's been slinging the dance goodness since 1992, son. Don't do drugs.
Sunday - March 22nd, 2015 A.D.
Legendary destructo punks Swans play Music Hall of Williamsburg and if you have never been to a Swans show, well, you should go. You might not love Michael Gira's highly specific chaotic vision but I bet you'll remember it. Bring ear plugs, protect the area immediately around you, keep your arms and elbows to yourself, and nobody gets hurt. Good luck.
South By So What. Damn. It's really too bad that's already trademarked.