The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Mac DeMarco + Battles + Jamie xx + AFROPUNK + Porches + Kool Keith + Basement + LVL UP + Adventures + Palehound + Pile + Big Ups + Krill + Day Wave + Sannhet + All Dogs + lots more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Thank you for taking time out of your busy procrastination session to spend a little time on this little old local music blob. I hope I waste just the right amount of it.
Would you like to talk about the good upcoming shows this week? Because I'd like to tell you all about some of them if that's cool with you.
BOOM goes the dynamic content.
Monday - August 17, 2015 A.D.
Check out how I'm gonna start this thing out this week. Oh My Rockness (that's us) Presents: Basement + Adventures + LVL UP + Palehound at Gramercy Theatre tonight. Starting out this thing with our own show. That's how I do. You want to come? You totally should. All four of those bands playing are really good and I've said as much in the past. That's why their names are linked like that. Anyway, if you want to come you should come. Get tickets here.
Or, fine. Go see Mac DeMarco at Bowery Ballroom instead. I don't care. He's good too and you do you. It's your journey, man. At least we're both united in our belief that music is the best and that's all that matters as far as this little old local music blob is concerned. But I would be remiss if I didn't also point out that he's playing three other times this week. And twice in October. Just throwing that out there, baby.
Other notable shows = no way that's where I draw the line I'm not going to give you even more show options tonight you either come to our show or you go to Mac DeMarco and that's final
Tuesday - August 18, 2015 A.D.
To me, Tara Jane O'Neil is one of the legends of indie rock. She was in Rodan (if you don't know that band, know your history) and Retsin and The Sonora Pine and has collaborated with tons of fine bands like Come and Ida and Mount Eerie. She's legit. And I'll stop listing her past achievements because now is the now and tonight she plays solo at Union Pool and it should be a good show.
I already talked enough about Mac DeMarco on this thing (“watch Mac DeMarco and Shamir Play Jenga, Eat Popcorn") but I just wanted to point out that Delicate Steve is opening his show at Webster Hall tonight (tomorrow too) and Delicate Steve is a fantastic band. It's a “Butterfly" thing. Some of you understand.
Leverage Models play Baby's All Right. I once described them as playing “retro futuro dance 'n b pop wave" and I still stand by that, man. Abdu Ali + ZGRT + Stash Marina also play. This is Audiofemme's end of summer fling thing. Is summer really ending already? I can't I won't! Well, we'll always have that one day it wasn't disgusting outside.
Wednesday - August 19, 2015 A.D.
Day Wave (Oakland's Jackson Phillips writes/records everything but live he has a crew) play Mercury Lounge tonight and this is the band's first ever NYC show. I've been listening to the song* below a whole lot lately. Give it a stream. I think you might like it. Especially if you like Wild Nothing. And maybe it'll make you want to see their first ever NYC show but I guess I already mentioned that.
(*the first dozen times I thought he was singing “I'm such a total dummy" even though he's not and the song is called “Total Zombie")
Northampton's And The Kids play catchy, noodle-y power indie pop with super good vocals and a fine dose of twinkle jingle jangle. Think early _________ meets late ____________ and you'll be on the right track (sorry, I can't think of anyone else this band sounds like right now). See them do their own delightfully singular thing at Knitting Factory tonight. But in the meantime please enjoy these fine songs.
Thursday - August 20, 2015 A.D.
Exploding in Sound is one of the finest DIY labels around. I like many, many bands on their roster. Their multi-day festival starts tonight at Baby's All Right and Porches and Pile and Grass is Green and Two Inch Astronaut and Washer and Special Guests and while I can't vouch for the Special Guests because I don't know who they are (I just blob here) I can vouch that every band I've mentioned in this post rules. Hard. Same sentiments apply for Friday at Palisades and Monday at Shea Stadium.
The mighty BATTLES (all caps MY OWN) play Saint Vitus tonight and they've been such a solid band for so many years that it's easy to take their goodness for granted in a strange weird sort of way and then you see them play live again and you watch all the crazy technically precise shit they do and you take them for granted no more. Oh, yeah. This show is sold-out. Sorry. Next time maybe.
The lyrical legend with the finest flow of his time plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight. No, I'm not talking about ________ or ___ ____ or ___ ___. I'm talking about Kool Keith. You don't agree with my opinion that he is a lyrical legend with the finest flow of his time please call my offices at 1-800-PP51-DooDoo. We're here to help.
Friday - August 21, 2015 A.D.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die just released a new song that's easily one of my favorite songs of the year. I write all about it here. It's so so good. The band plays Asbury Lanes tonight with (among others) Turnover and I've told you this before but Turnover released one of my very favorite records of the year, without a doubt. I've listened to that thing probably 100 times this summer. Please note. If you live closer to (le) poisson rouge than Asbury Lanes (and I think you might) you can see both bands there tomorrow night (with Pianos Become the Teeth and Take One Car) instead if that's easier for you.
*the following song is the The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die song that's so good and after that is my favorite song from that fantastic Turnover record
L.A.'s No Parents is a totally 100% fun punk band cause they do not fuck around up there, son. You'll get shredded by super quick and tight songs about snakes, sex toys, and Satan or something. Your parents may hate it. But your kids are gonna LOVE it. See them at Elvis Guesthouse tonight or tomorrow at Baby's All Right. You'll be glad you did. Bet.
Sannhet headlines Saint Vitus Bar. I've told you more than once about the goodness of this band so I thought I'd keep with the positive pattern and tell you again. Sannhet are loud, brutal, beautiful, and good. Really good.
Other notable shows = Exploding In Sound Fest Night 2 at Palisades + Literature at Shea Stadium + Cheerleader at Fulton Stall Market (free) + Lazyeyes in Bryant Park (free) + Team Spirit at Alphaville
Saturday - August 22, 2015 A.D.
The two day AFROPUNK FESTIVAL starts today at Commodore Barry Park and it's always a good time. Please note: I don't want to make your pants explode or anything but this fest used to be free but now it's not and I guess that's what happens when you get Lenny Kravitz interested in your thing. Lots of talented peeps play this fine festival and you can check out the entire lineup here.
You know what is free, though? Mykki Blanco (and Princess Nokia) at Riis Park Beach Bazaar. That's what's free. Worst part of the beach is the sun and the sand. Otherwise, it's a top notch place to be.
All Dogs and The Sidekicks are two good bands. The end. Oh, wait. Not the end. Both bands play Silent Barn tonight. I knew I was forgetting something. But what was I saying? Oh, yeah. All Dogs and The Sidekicks are two good bands.
And a bunch of dance bands and DJs buds are playing this party at the South Red Hook Grain Elevator but I've only really heard of Amtrac and that's fine because that fact now gives me the great excuse I needed to post this excellent remix he did from a few years back. After all these years. This song. Still good. So so good.
Also. Carly Rae Jepsen is playing Rough Trade. SAY WHAAAAAAAA? I'm not going. And you're probably not going. I just thought I'd mention because it's not every day a person like Carly Rae Jepsen (she's famous, right? but was never a mickey mouse clubber, correct?) plays a place like Rough Trade. Tee Hee.
Other notable shows = Frankie Cosmos at Shea Stadium + Social Distortion at Stone Pony + Psychic Twin at Rough Trade + Colleen Green at Cake Shop + Escort at Rocks Off Concert Cruises + Slingshot Dakota at Maxwell's + The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die at (le) poisson rouge + Earl Sweatshirt at Best Buy Theater + No Parents at Baby's All Right + Julianna Barwick at Bearsville Theater
Sunday - August 23, 2015 A.D.
Jamie xx leads the lineup at 50 Kent tonight. Consider going if you like big dance parties outside in a pretty idyllic urban Brooklyn setting. Tickets are $60 if this information helps you make your decision either way (there's also an after party at Verboten late and Jamie xx will be there too and it's half the price just saying).
Colleen Green + Mannequin Pussy + Tweens + Larry and the Babes = the solid lineup at Palisades and you should go if you like seeing good artists and bands. Punk. Crunch. Haze. Gaze. Jingle. Jangle. Slop. Pop. This one has it all.
Of Montreal play Asbury Lanes. That's in New Jersey and I keep telling you this band is from ATHENS how much longer are we going to deny the truth about what's really going on. But yeah, they're good. Go see them. Or, not. Whatever. You do you. It's your journey, man. Dust in the wind, dudes.
That's it. I'm out. See you when I see you. In the meantime, be excellent to each other and