Written by Patrick McNamara
We're going to talk about the good shows this week. But first, please let me randomly pimp our Free Summer Shows list. OK. I linked to it. Random pimping completed. Will I do it again before September? Probably.
This week doesn't suck in the shows department. Everything else might be a mess in the world but at least we've got that. So let's talk about what's good instead of what's not. I find this positive perspective is more conducive to obtaining the chill vibez.
Let's get the goodness started!
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Monday - June 22nd, 2015 A.D.
Parquet Courts was just added to tonight's Naomi Punk + PC Worship show at Palisades. And as of this writing (11:55 AM in the Year That I'm Writing This A.D.) tickets are still available. Only 10 bones!
Did you know Shonen Knife has been a band for 34 years? I shit you not. I would never lie to you about something I researched quickly on Wikipedia. These excellent veteran punks play at (le) poisson rouge and considering they came all the way from Japan which is on the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD the least you could do would be to show up for this. No guilt trip, though.
Hyper melodic punksters The Front Bottoms managed to transcend their terrible* name* to make solid, heavy on the feeling, pop HITS. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and their bottoms are in the front.
*says Oh My Rockness
Speaking of feeling, Jim Adkins (lead singer of Jimmy Eat World) plays BSP tonight. Did you know BSP is in Kingston, NY? Did you know we list shows outside of NYC sometimes? If you've been paying attention to this dynamic digital article instead of carelessly skimming you now know both of these things. Aren't you glad you're being a careful reader?
Tuesday - June 23rd, 2015 A.D.
Blonde Redhead have been slinging the indie rock* goodness since 19-Naughty-3. The longtime NYC alts play Webster Hall tonight and guess what? Blonde Redhead is still good.
*It was cool to call it “indie rock" in 1993 and now you've got aging indie rock fans writing think pieces on “what does indie rock even mean anymore, mannnnn?" Snore me later. ZZZZZZZ.
Leon Bridges plays Bowery Ballroom (and Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg) and this rising up-and-comer just might be my favorite soul singer since the greatest soul singer of them all. I'm talking, of course, about Mr. Sam Cooke. Disagree with me about Sam? Feel free to argue in the comments section our blob has thankfully never had. Leon Bridges is super smooth, though.
The exceptionally talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell performs her Russian composition “Krai" at this free show at South Street Seaport. It's slightly complicated so take it away, press release copy! “The live incarnation of Krai features Olga plus five vocalists singing entirely in Russian, supported by a electro-acoustic chamber ensemble of cello, electric guitar, bass, pitched drums, mallet percussion and electronics." Sounds sweet to me.
*my dynamic digital copy kicks a press release copy's ass every time.
Athens, Georgia's Muuy Biien is a super solid punk band that I JUST wrote kind words about. Click on that unnecessarily all caps word “JUST" to read it. They shred Alphaville tonight with Bambara and you just might see me there.
Wednesday - June 24th, 2015 A.D.
Ty Segall (solo/acoustic) plays Baby's All Right (and a bunch more places this week) and I think every single show on this NYC solo/acoustic tour is sold-out. Oh well. Remember the Golden Rule. Where there's a will - there's a pay. Do you think Ty is going to wear the Kurt Cobain sweater?
L.A.'s Heathers is another band I JUST wrote kind words about. Click that word “JUST" that's again unnecessarily capitalized to enjoy reading dynamic words about this good jingle jangle peppy pop band. Or, just go see them at Elvis Guesthouse on pure blind faith that they'll be worth the 5 dollars you spent to see them.
Hardcore D.C. punk shred heads, Darkest Hour, play their best album “Undoing Ruin" (in my opinion, because this is my blob) in its entirety at Gramercy Theatre tonight. There will be lightning. There will be thunder. There will be the best drumming you will ever hope to see live in the FLESH.
Also. Pete Rock plays Brooklyn Bowl and did anyone have a smoother flow than this guy ever? I will answer my own question with a resounding NO. They don't make 'em like they used to, man.
Other notable shows = The Kooks at Central Park Summerstage + Leon Bridges at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Mark Sultan at Union Pool + Rhett Miller at City Winery + Rivergazer at Knitting Factory + Big Eyes at Shea Stadium
Thursday - June 25th, 2015 A.D.
Andrew Bird plays (le) poisson rouge and he's probably my favorite rock star violinist. Well, it's either him or Owen Pallet…. or Kishi Bashi…. and I make this same goddamn joke everytime I talk about Andrew Bird and it's not even a real joke. #behindtheblob #dontcare
Electronic sound shifter, RJD2, twiddles some knobs, pulls some levers, and fiddles with some pulleys at Output tonight. Let him manipulate your boring night into a nice one.
Desaparecidos play Shea Stadium (and Friday at Rough Trade) and I don't know about you but I never get tired trying to spell that band name. This show is sold-out. Sorry. Conor Oberst, I love you! (not really - I mean, he's fine - I like his songs - but my heart belongs to my music blob.)
Friday - June 26th, 2015 A.D.
Phoenix psych-punks Destruction Unit play Palisades (and a free show Saturday at Union Pool) and they're real good but if you don't bring earplugs to this show you're real bad; at least that's what you're going to be telling your younger self when you're older and can't hear the sweet cries of your future grandchildren. #punk #rock
Gingerlys (click that) + Mercury Girls (click that) + Heathers (click that) + Diet Cig play Cake Shop and I just wrote kind words about three out of those four bands over the last two weeks because they're all super solid (your kind words are coming soon, Diet Cig - just a few more days and you'll be world wide famous too - so hang on, Diet Cig - you just hang on). Don't freak out, but I am going to this show. Have you ever seen a blob morph into a person before? It's crazy shit.
Boston indie rock vets Mission of Burma (formed circa 1979) play The Bell House and you should go for lots of reasons and one of these reasons is that this song below is fucking timeless, man, and how many reasons do you need?
Toronto hardcore darlings, Fucked Up, play The Wick (and Saturday at WFMU's Monty Hall). Everytime I see this band (and not to brag but I've seen them a few times) I remark to my closest show going companion how they are the masters of their own craft. And then that person usually nods and slowly inches away from me.
Other notable shows = Ty Segall at Mercury Lounge + Porcelain Raft at Baby's All Right + Marc Maron at BAM + Great Lake Swimmers at Bowery Ballroom + Mykki Blanco at Palisades + Lifetime at Starland Ballroom + James Chance at Trans-Pecos + Richard Thompson at Town Hall
Saturday - June 27th, 2015 A.D.
Morrissey plays Madison Square Garden tonight (assuming he doesn't cancel at the last minute like he's wont to do). Please wear your finest leather and furs and bring extra hot dogs to share!
David Byrne and a bunch of his famous friends and casual professional acquaintances (Blood Orange! Nelly Furtado!* How To Dress Well! tUnE-yArDs! St. Vincent! Ad Rock! More!) play Barclays Center tonight (and tomorrow too) for Contemporary Color. Take it away, press release! “Ten of the country's elite color guard teams—the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts"—sync steps with musical luminaries at Barclays Center for a bacchanalia of beats and sabre-spinning orchestrated by David Byrne." Sounds sweet to me.
*speaking of Nelly Furtado and Andrew Bird (I was a few days ago - scroll back to Thursday if you don't believe me), the other Andrew Bird joke I almost always make when discussing Andrew Bird is this: “I'm like Andrew Birddddd I can fly awayyyyyyyy!" It's a real gas.
Los Angeles psych popsters, Allah-las, play a FREE show at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Guess who's never been to Montauk? THIS GUY. Please check out our Summer Show Guides for other places I have never been. (New Jersey? I think I've heard of it...)
Legendary classical composer, Philip Glass, plays David Zwirner Gallery and a ticket to this can be yours for a cool 300 bones. A steep price, for sure, but I'll tell you what, the music of Philip Glass will be remembered long after any of the other bands I've mentioned on this thing this week. Bet.
Other notable shows = The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die at Amityville Hall + Alex Calder at Cameo Gallery + Museum of Love (DFA) at Good Room + Tigers Jaw at (le) poisson rouge + Washer at Palisades + Marc Maron at The Paramount + Destruction Unit at Union Pool
Sunday - June 28th, 2015 A.D.
Philadelphia's Mannequin Pussy play Palisades and make punk rock of the finest order. You should go to this show and have a really good time and I should mind my own business.
Porches and Frankie Cosmos play Storm King Art Center. Where's that? Consult this. If you don't need to consult that because you've been to Storm King before and you agree with me that place is super sweet, cool, looks like we already have the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.
Other notable shows = Broken Water at Elvis Guesthouse + They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Ariana Grande at Pier 26 + whatever's on TV on Sunday nights...True Detective 2? Is that a Sunday night show? Not sure. Only the gods of the couches know.
Thanks for listening. Out of everybody (13 peeps) who reads this dynamic article every week, I like you best. And that I don't back down from.