The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Speedy Ortiz + Bonnie Prince Billy + Delicate Steve + Mitski + Into It. Over It. + Eaters + The Juan Maclean + Manic Street Preachers + Chumped + Palm + Washer + more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Let's talk about the best shows this week.
I'm basically just reiterating what the title of this feature already says.
This has been a good intro.
I luv U.
Thursday - April 23rd, 2015 A.D.
Delicate Steve play Brooklyn Bowl and why does this show come highly recommended this week? IT'S A BUTTERFLY THING YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND... UNLESS YOU DO, MANNNNN.
Dystopian synth punks Eaters (click their name for my fun blob facts) and loud ass band Yvette and sound shredder Dan Friel (Parts & Labor foreva) destroy the noise at Baby's All Right tonight. Bring earplugs and you just may be able to hear the sweet sounds of your crying grandchildren someday.
Long-running DFA dance band The Juan Maclean play Union Pool (and Friday and Saturday too). If you missed them last week when they played all those shows at Cameo, good news, life is full of fifth and sixth chances.
Other notable shows = Manic Street Preachers at Webster Hall + Crying at Shea Stadium + Las Rosas at Rough Trade + Dead Stars at Pianos + Ex Hex at (le) poisson rouge + Lindstrom at Good Room + Bluffing at Aviv
Friday - April 24th, 2015 A.D.
If you like free shows and the punk rock, whatever you do, don't stop reading. Moss Icon + Guerilla Toss + Beech Creeps + Multicults + Voice Coils play a FREE SHOW tonight at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Come for the punk. Stay for the hand-crafted tacos and artisanal jewelry.
New Jersey emo popsters Pinegrove play Palisades and the following song is a good song. My only problem with it is that it's far too short.
Hey, I need your opinion on something. Steve Winwood plays The Capitol Theatre tonight, right? Well then what I need to know from you right now is whether or not his song "Valerie" is a HAM or is it a JAM? I used to think it was a HAM and it always gave me the howling fantods whenever it would come on the radio, but I'm older these days and now I'm not quite sure it isn't, in fact, a JAM.
Saturday - April 25th, 2015 A.D.
I love it when three really good bands play the same show but I'm weird. Speedy Ortiz + Mitski + Krill play Bowery Ballroom tonight and if each of those bands ran for President I'd totally vote for all of them. I don't know how I'd do it but maybe I'd buy the votes of a couple dead guys just like old time Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley, did. Ohhhh. Sick Mayor Daley burn this week, Rockness. Burnnnnn. SO SICK.
If you don't want to see three good bands at Bowery that's totally fine. It's your journey, man. Not mine. Perhaps you might be more comfortable not paying any money to see Chicago indie power popsters punks Into It. Over It. headline Brooklyn Night Bazaar alongside some other instantly delightful power popster punks. I just hope to God Into It. Over It. don't bring the long dead mayor of their town -- in office from 1955-1976 and a key reason why the 1968 Democratic National Convention ended in a goddamn riot -- along for the ride. F U MAYOR.
Damn, the punk hits keep coming this week. Palm (click that) + Washer (that too) + The Gradients (profile coming sooooon) + Flagland (click them too) play Palisades tonight. If you're looking to see some good up-and-coming loud rippers in a small space this is the one you'll wanna be at, man.
(*and if you stay until that show is over, another good one will begin because Providence electronic noise maker Container destroys Palisades with a special kind of loud later and I'm not quite sure why I'm keeping this info on the down low like this)
Sunday - April 26th, 2015 A.D.
Indie folk master and man of a thousand names Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy aka Palace aka actually can we not run through all of this right now?) plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight with a band called Bonnie Stillwater. It's a free record release "event" thing (not a "real" show) but he will play a few songs live so I don't know it might be worth it to stop by. I mentioned it was free, right?
Solid punkster popsters Wild Yaks play their first show in something like seven months at Baby's All Right and so this one is worth considering seeing as how this band is really good live. The videos don't do them justice. Please enjoy this video.
If you feel like experiencing the comfort of New Jersey, Asbury Lanes has a good one tonight led by the pop punk goodness of Chumped. Have you listened to their excellent full-length yet? If not, don't let the fact that it came out last year (what was 2014 even LIKE, mannnn?) deter you from streaming it right now. The only Golden Rule I ever remember to try and live by is "It's Never Too Late to Get Into Something Good."
Also, They Might Be Giants play Music Hall of Williamsburg and whatever happened to the guy who played the dad in Malcolm in the Middle.
Thanks a lot you guys have been silent but I hope you have been kind of chuckling on the inside. Let's do it again next week. I already have it in my calendar. This is a rather unnecessary step seeing as how I don't have shit else to do and this weekly web article is what I live for.
I luv U.