The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Northside Fest + Best Coast + Built to Spill + Alvvays + HEALTH + Run the Jewels + Lower Dens + Against Me! + Luna + Beach Fossils + Caveman + Michael Cera + Neko Case + Ex Hex + SO MUCH GOODNESS
Written by Patrick McNamara
Alright. This is a good week. It's Northside Fest this weekend but there are some other fine shows too. So stick with me.
Also, you should check our Guide to Free Summer Shows This Summer and I should mind my own business.
The Best Shows This Week. Watch me for the changes. Try and keep up.
Thursday - June 11th, 2015 A.D.
Northside Fest begins and most of the shows that I blob about from here on out are going to be affiliated with that fine festival but I'll be damned if I'm going to tell you that every single time. If you really want to know, you can go to our Guide to Northside. If it's on that list - it's a Northside show - if it's not - it's not - or we just forgot to tag it as such - DIY.
HEALTH play Baby's All Right and this is the first NYC show for this fantastic L.A. noise band in almost three years. Something always happens at a HEALTH show. I highly suggest you be there for it. And if you don't wear earplugs you're being too cavalier. Way too cavalier.
Caveman play Cameo Gallery and they have been playing perfectly pleasant pop for years now as time continues to play tricks on us all. Speaking of pop and Caveman, did you know that the jingle for Flintstones vitamins has been stuck on my head since I was like eight? I shit you not. It's a big time jam.
Luna recently reunited and play McCarren Park tonight. This one is FREE w/ RSVP and as of this writing (10:17 AM in the Year That's I'm Writing This A.D.) there is still time to get in on this good thing. #deanwareham #galaxie500 #brittaphillips #jem #trulytrulytrulyoutrageous
Lower Dens play Music Hall of Williamsburg and below is a really good song but I prefer to live in NYC.
Friday - June 12th, 2015 A.D.
The Bayonet Records showcase at Rough Trade tonight is real good. Beach Fossils + Frankie Cosmos + Jerry Paper + Warehouse play and I like all those bands. That's why they're linked like that. Please note: if you click the Beach Fossils one I'm sorry the words I wrote are now 5 years old. Consider it a time capsule.
Neko Case + Rhye + Majical Cloudz play 50 Kent and speaking of 5 years old, please enjoy this Neko Case song she performed on The David Letterman show. Remember him? That name sure is a blast from the past!
Ex Hex play Music Hall of Williamsburg and you like Mary Timony's music, right? OK. Cool. I was just making sure.
Alden Penner (of The Unicorns) and Michael Cera get Canadian at Knitting Factory.
I hope Michael Cera performs this song because it's a hit.
Other notable shows = Tyler, The Creator at Irving Plaza + The Very Best at McCarren Park + Skaters at Polish National Church + Fred Thomas at Saint Vitus + Jaymay at Rockwood Music Hall + Wild Yaks at The Grand Victory + Dead Stars at The Gutter + Ben Nichols (of Lucero) at The Shop + JEFF the Brotherhood at The Wick
Saturday - June 13th, 2015 A.D.
DJ Premier play Brooklyn Bowl and his beats are my favorite hip-hop beats of all time. Without a doubt. They don't make 'em like they used to, man.
Against Me! play McCarren Park and this one (like Luna earlier this week) is also FREE w/ RSVP. It was also recently announced that Mitski and Cayetana will be joining in on this goodness. That's three good bands for one no price.
Blonde Redhead play Warsaw. The venerable indie rock veterans. The stalwarts. The brick. The mortar. The boat. The big fish in this small sea of space and time.
Also. Air Supply play Town Hall and I know I know I know but this is a GREAT pop song and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
"I can make all the stadiums rock!"
Other notable shows = Lucius at Prospect Park + Xiu Xiu at Palisades + Viet Cong at Music Hall of Williamsburg + PINS at Rough Trade + The Menzingers at BSP + Pusha T at House of Vans (free) + Blues Control at Union Pool (free) + DJ Solange at The Surf Lodge + Blanck Mass at Saint Vitus
Sunday - June 14th, 2015 A.D.
Oh My Rockness (that's us) + DULL TOOLS are teaming up (!) for a Northside Show at Cameo Gallery with Future Punx + Pill + Waltz + What Moon Things + Jackson Scott + Pink Mexico. This is going to be a good show. You should come hang. And I should mind my own business.
Run the Jewels + Vince Staples + Sleigh Bells play 50 Kent. Cool.
Alvvays at The Surf Lodge. That's in Montauk. I've never been there. Neat.
Brooklyn Beefsteak is at The Bell House and if you haven't read anything I've written to you today please at least read Joseph Mitchell's old New Yorker story about going to be a beefsteak because it's great.
Other notable shows = Viet Cong and Sannhet at Girl Band at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Zola Jesus at Warsaw + LE1F at Brooklyn Bowl + Dead Stars and more good bands at Union Pool + Bad Religion at Starland Ballroom + Ricky Eat Acid at Baby's All Right + The Sun Ra Arkestra at Rough Trade
Thanks, guys. This is done and I am out. See you on the sunny side of the street, peeps.