The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Battles + Mac DeMarco + AFROPUNK + Exploding In Sound Fest + Turnover + Jamie xx + All Dogs + The Sidekicks + Colleen Green + Of Montreal + Carly Rae Jepsen (?) Earl Sweatshirt + Julianna Barwick + Sannhet + No Parents - Oh My Rockness

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August 20, 2015

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 weekend? Because I'd like to tell you all about some of them if that's cool with you.


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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.

Other notable shows = Mac DeMarco at Warsaw + The Sidekicks and All Dogs at Asbury Lanes + Literature at Cake Shop + Regal Degal at MoMA Nights + The Teen Age and Dinowalrus at The Gutter


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





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