The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Julian Casablancas (free) + Lower Dens + James Muphy + Hum + Van Halen + Cayetana + You Blew It! + Sorority Noise + Pictureplane + Andrew W.K. + Iron Chic + Gates + The Hotelier + Ricky Eat Acid + Chumped + lots more!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Alright. There's much show goodness to discuss down below. So why are we wasting time up here? I don't know. I thought you did. Anyway, how have things been going with you lately? Everything still on the up, up, and away? Terrific. Glad to hear it. Same for me, pretty much, thanks so much for asking. Just recently, I had the most amazing egg sando it had bacon and just the right amount of……
Oh, yeah. Shows. Bands. Nightlife. Stand. Dance. Rage. Everything's a party. OK. Right. Get ready Rocknessssserrrrrs cause here we goooooooooooooooooo!
Thursday - August 13, 2015 A.D.
Julian Casablancas is a Stroke but tonight he's just hanging and playing with his Voidz. This free show (w/ RSVP) is one of those House of Vans jobs. Cherry Glazerr opens. Remember when I was just totally saying nice things about them? You can scroll back up if you missed it the first time. It's OK. These things happen. But yeah, good show. I hope you can get in. And I mean that, man.
Baltimore's Lower Dens play MoMA (MoMA Nights, to be specific) and they're terrific. You need to buy museum admission to get in and that's $25 now. When I worked there it went up to $12 and people were PISSED. Not Tom Waits, though. When I sold him a membership he asked me what a zip code was. I've told you this story before. You know who else I sold a ticket to? The Boss. Bruce. It's totally true. He was so boss about everything too.
If you have no money, insomnia, and you feel like dancing maybe go to Elvis Guesthouse late tonight because Luke Jenner of The Rapture and Tim Sweeney of DFA are playing and you can move as the bass goes BOOM, explosions, overpowering.
Or, shit man just go see Van Halen at Jones Beach and jump you just go ahead and jump. Jump for everybody who ever said this band could stay dead.
Other notable shows = Hum (fine, and Failure) at Webster Hall + Cayetana at Asbury Lanes + Quarterbacks at Baby's All Right + NOFX at Gramercy Theatre ( < Das EFX) + HITS at Mercury Lounge + Oneida at Secret Project Robot + Doubting Thomas Cruise Control at Shea Stadium
Friday - August 14, 2015 A.D.
You know him for LCD but his best work was for SPEEDKING. James Murphy DJ's at Output tonight. More importantly, how's his wine bar and new subway turnstile symphony sponsored by skunk beer going? Cool cool cool that all sounds real good, every music blob, thanks for your judicious reporting on all activities of James Murphy.
For a popster punkster kind of time I recommend you go to see You Blew It! (why haven't I written a profile on that band yet? - because I'm stupid) + Sorority Noise (there's your profile) lead a really good lineup at Shea Stadium tonight. Sing along if you want to because I'm gonna and not to make you feel bad or anything but I have a lovely voice.
Pictureplane play Palisades tonight and if you can't have a nice time at a Pictureplane show (those beats tho) well I just don't know…. I just don't know….. but I haven't given up on you yet. Go to this and you'll feel better when it's all said and done. Don't worry about dancing if you don't feel like dancing. The dancing will come in time.
Neck Deep play Rough Trade. Check out this "official" description of Neck Deep as found on the venue's website.
"Every now and then - and it happens less often than you might expect - a band comes along with the power, precision and indelible heart to capture the zeitgeist of a generation. Wrexham's Neck Deep are, beyond any shadow of a doubt, one such band; a bona fide phenomenon whose remorselessly effervescent pop-punk bounce has already achieved what all rock music aspires to - striking a chord with kids all over the world."
Holy shit, laying it on a bit thick about a popster punkster band, aren't we? How about we just say Neck Deep is "pretty catchy" and leave it at that.
Saturday - August 15, 2015 A.D.
Philly's Cayetana + NYC's Chumped + Philly's Thin Lips are three good bands and they're all playing the same show. I love when this happens. See them rock the singalong songs at Baby's All Right tonight. Get there early and stay until the end. OK, I'll stop telling you how to live your life now.
Update: Worriers has been added to this show and wouldn't you know it they're good too
If you decide you want to see how hard Patchogue, NY parties (that's 2 hours and 4 minutes from NYC in current traffic says Google), today would be the day to find out because good peeps like Andrew W.K. + Iron Chic + Gates and a bunch of other bands I'm vaguely familiar with play Today's Mixtape Festival. You can also find out on Sunday because this is a two day job. Thanks for listening.
If you're broke and want to go to the beach consider going to Riis Park Beach Bazaar (double i's and double a's used in the name of the same place? - now I've seen everything, man) and see Ricky Eat Acid + Foxes in Fiction lead a good lineup. It's free.
Other notable shows = FLEM Fest in Flemington, NJ + Excepter at Trans-Pecos + Title Fight and Basement at Starland Ballroom + Safety at Suburbia + Nine of Swords at Shea Stadium + Container at Palisades + High on Fire at Irving Plaza + Van Halen at Jones Beach
Sunday - August 16, 2015 A.D.
The Hotelier play a free popster punkster intoxicatingly emotive show at 50 Kent today during the Brooklyn Flea. Their really good album is called "Home, Like Noplace There Is" and it would be cool if they toured with DIIV whose upcoming album is called "Is the Is Are" because that way they could call it "The Is the Is Are Home, Like Noplace There Is Tour." Imagine all the merch they'd move.
Remember when I was talking about You Blew It! and Sorority Noise earlier? Sure you do. You cherish every carefully crafted word on this thing. You have another chance to see these two good bands today at the beach for free and the worst thing about the beach is the sand otherwise it's a pretty great place.
Thanks for reading. Have a good week. Hope you see some good shit and have the chance to eat and egg sando like the one I just ate. It was runny but not too runny and the cheese was perfectly….. well, I'll tell you more about some other time. You probably have much more important shit to do like procrastinating by reading other very important music blobs. Take care. Be excellent to each other. Welcome to Costco. i LuV u.