The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Beirut + James Murphy + Oberhofer + Shamir + Ricky Eat Acid + D'Angelo + King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard + Christopher Owens + Gates + Widowspeak + Aviator + lots more goodness!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Every week I use this space to chat with you about the good shows happening in NYC and this weekend I thought I would continue this tradition so as not to rock the boat and keep everything on the regular. I hope you like what you read and hear and also hope to see you out there because that's what it's all really about. The community and kinship that comes from music, man.
So kick back, relax, and let the show goodness flow 'cause here we go.
Pattern is Movement are playing their final NYC show (ever) at Baby's All Right and that sucks because I have been saying for seven years that this band is good. Seven years, man. Seven. Go see them one last time. Or, for the first time. Because remember the Golden Rule. It is never too late to get into somebody good…... until they break-up.... and then it's too late to see them but never too late to turn them on and feel them in your #heart and everyone always gets back together before they die anyway. Amen
Shamir is cool as hell and he's playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight but it's sold-out because Shamir is cool as hell and I just thought you should know.
Ricky Eat Acid play Palisades tonight and this "post-pastoral band"* is so nice we originally had this show listed on the blob twice. I just fixed this while prepping this very dynamic digital article you're enjoying and loving right now.
*quoting myself here - a very chill thing to do
Other notable shows = Oberhofer at NeueHouse + Baked at Shea Stadium + Wolf Alice at (le) poisson rouge + Summer Fiction at Union Hall + Penguin Prison at Moscot (free) + Dinowalrus and Dead Stars and friends at Aviv.
Did you know we sometimes list shows outside the NYC area? It's totally true. I would totally not shit you about that. Tonight, Beirut play Bearsville Theater so if you happen to be in the Woodstock area you should go check it out and I should mind my own business. For the rest of us staying in the city, if we listen hard enough we just might be able to make out Beirut's glockenspiels from here.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard (click their name for useful information about that band or stay right here for #fun) play Bowery Ballroom and not to brag but once on Twitter someone created the hashtag #NBAbands and my contribution was King Gizzard and The Washington Wizards and to make a long story amazing two people favorited it.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Gates and Prawn play a solid show from start to finish at Music Hall of Williamsburg and I've listened to this song I've conveniently posted for you below a couple hundred times by now probably but I don't really keep track but a couple hundred seems more than plausible.
Other notable shows = Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Warsaw + James Murphy at Output + Future Punx at Alphaville + DJ Neon Indian at Cameo Gallery + Palm at David Blaine's The Steakhouse + Van Morrison at Forest Hills Stadium
Jessica Pratt and Widowspeak at BSP tonight but please note that BSP is in Kingston, NY and I mentioned earlier that we list good shows outside of NYC sometimes and this is just another one of those excellent cases of broadening the range of our listing goodness.
Aviator play Bushwick Public House and you'll never believe what neighborhood this DIY space is located in. I still listen to the following Aviator song I've conveniently posted for your streaming pleasure on the regular. You know why? Because this song slays. And slaying never grows old. "Caught between childhood dreams and responsibility."
Former Girls person, Christopher Owens, plays 100% chill songs at Baby's All Right (and Sunday at Mercury Lounge) and did you know Girls broke up the exact same year that "Girls" the show first aired? Spooky shit, man.
Other notable shows = Jaga Jazzist at Webster Hall + Hot Sugar at Union Pool (free Summer Thunder) + Ma Jolie at The Acheron + Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Radio City (you're already all over this one, I'm sure) + Dead Moon and J Mascis at Pioneer Works + Jungle at Central Park Summerstage (free)
The Bang on a Can contemporary classical marathon (10 hours of music) happens today at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place on Vesey street down by the water. It's free. Also, the Bang on the Can organization is four years older than Stomp. Just thought you should know.
Tim Kinsella plays Rough Trade and his old band Cap'n Jazz was one of the bands I could count on one hand that first made me want to listen to the music I still listen to so I will forever be grateful to this guy. Here's a video I took at Cap'n Jazz's first reunion show in Chicago. I flew from my home in NYC to see it and then I flew right back. In a jetplane. Coach style.
And now everything is settled, decided upon, and done. Thank you for listening. Keep the musical goodness alive and always remember to trust your #heart.