The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Of Montreal + King Gizzard + Jamie xx + Jawbreaker Reunion + Angel Haze + Nick Diamonds + Frankie Cosmos + Jackson Browne + Eagles of Death Metal + Chad Valley + Thurston Moore + Joyce Manor + How to Dress Well + more!
Written by Patrick McNamara
So help me blob.
Monday - September 14, 2015 A.D.
Let's start with something modern and classy. Tonight is the premiere of “
Tree of Codes" at Park Avenue Armory. What in the hell is that? Well, it's when “visual art, electro-pop, and contemporary dance intersect in an illuminating new work directed by award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor, artist Olafur Eliasson, and producer/composer Jamie xx." So sayeth “Tree of Codes" and I've totally heard of Jamie xx before.
It appears that the saxophonist (you know, old what's his name) in the video below is wearing stonewashed jeans. Can anybody who watches the video either confirm or deny this because I'm certainly not going to.
Raee'n Rose Wilson plays Baby's All Right but you might know her better as Angel Haze. I hate to trip up anybody's chill vibes but this show is sold-out. So if you don't yet have a ticket for this and want to go you can't. Good talk, Russ.
(where there's a will - there's a pay)
Tuesday - September 15, 2015 A.D.
JAWBREAKER REUNION TONIGHT AT BSP. And by Jawbreaker Reunion I mean that's the name of this good band. Jawbreaker Reunion. This has nothing to do with Jawbreaker reuniting or anything like that. Nope, just a good band looking to have a good time in Kingston, NY. Again, nothing about this show has anything to do with Jawbreaker except.... wait, here's something.... it says here that the opener is Blake....Schwar...zen...bach?
Shit on you, I do not. The singer from Jawbreaker is opening for Jawbreaker Reunion. I hope everybody has a good time.
(UPDATE: Blake Schwarzenbach just cancelled all his upcoming shows including this one - so long, good times)
Jackson Browne plays The Capitol Theatre (he's playing all over the place this week) and listen to me for one second before you rush to judgement either way on this. Will you please just listen to me? I am VERY new to Jackson Browne. I never gave the man a chance because I thought he was just some sad vanilla singer songwriter from the '70s like James Taylor or something (god I hate “Fire and Rain" so much). But then one day I was waiting in line at the market and this song came over the muzak and I said to my digital screen “this is the greatest song I ever heard who is it" and my digital screen said “Jackson Browne." And here it is.
And then I thought, well, if he's got one great song who's to say he doesn't have others? I mean seriously it's like who's to say, you know? Sure enough, I did some digging and learned he wrote one of my very favorite Nico songs which, you put it that way, is really a Jackson Browne song.
And then I discovered this song. This song absolutely breaks the heart. It's the best. Thanks for not rushing to judgement. All three of these shows are sold-out. So Jackson Browne's not sweating it either way.
Nick Diamonds (formerly in The Unicorns and hey what was the result of that band's recent reunion thing are they gonna record some stuff or just let it die again or what because Wikipedia doesn't know) plays Rough Trade (and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge). In summation, he is Canadian.
Other notable shows = Godflesh at Warsaw + Washer at Palisades + Langhorne Slim & The Law at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Os Mutantes at (le) poisson rouge + Rome Fortune and Cakes Da Killa at Knitting Factory for $3
Wednesday - September 16, 2015 A.D.
Madonna plays Madison Square Garden tonight (and Thursday and Saturday too). Like a Virgin. Like a Prayer. Open Your Heart. Borderline. Vogue. Crazy For You. Papa Don't Preach. Who's That Girl. Material Girl. Express Yourself. I'm a fan of her entire catalog I never listen to except when I happen to hear it on the muzak when I'm waiting in line at the market or wherever and I'm powerless to change the channel even if I wanted to so I might as well get into the groove.
Amy Schumer opens.
Eagles of Death Metal is a good band (but I prefer Little River Band of Post Rock). They're playing Bowery Ballroom tonight and Saint Vitus tomorrow no matter what my personal fucking preferences are (wait other peeps can see what I put in parentheses I thought this was only for me). Both of these shows are totally 100% sold-out. Sorry. I didn't do it.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play Music Hall of Williamsburg and those guys be CRAY. Hey, guys. Hashtag #NBABANDS because I gotta real good one. Ready for it? "King Gizzard and the Washington Wizards." Ha ha ha ho ho ho hee hee hee oh man I need to make some friends but yeah man this band be CRAY.
Thursday - September 17, 2015 A.D.
The lovely record label Cascine celebrates their 5th birthday at the Wythe Hotel and a bunch of good artists from their roster are playing, including
Chad Valley + Lemonade + Yumi Zouma + DJ sets by Erika Spring + Jensen Sportag + more goodness. Here's one of the finest pop songs of the last five years and that I won't back down from ever. So help me blob.
The Thurston Moore Band (featuring The and Thurston Moore and Band) play WFMU's Monty Hall tonight in Jersey City (featuring New Jersey). No Sonic Youth requests. That ship has done sailed into the turbulent sea. Sic Transit Gloria. Mono No Aware. Dust in the wind, dudes. Life is but a dream.
Nicholas Nicholas play Silent Barn. Remember how I told you way back in September of 2013 how good this dude's music is? No? That's OK. I don't read your shit either. Listen to these brand new songs and begin to get into this band right now now. Fuck the past anyway.
Other notable shows = Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at The Capitol Theatre + Rancid at Terminal 5 + Helmet at Stone Pony + (Chris) Baio of Vampire Weekend at Rough Trade + Palm at Palisades + Vacationer at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Holly Miranda at Mercury Lounge + Kid Koala at BAM
Friday - September 18, 2015 A.D.
The Fratellis play Webster Hall and those right there were my first words about The Fratellis on this music blob in over 8 years. Here's the last thing I wrote about them. Damn, I must have been in a real bad mood on March 7, 2007 A.D.
How to Dress Well will give you some fashion tips at Baby's All Right tonight but that's cool, bro, because I already know. When it comes to style it's comfort over class every single time. Sweatpants that are shorts. Think about it.
Saturday - September 19, 2015 A.D.
(that was one crazy weekend, man)
Alabama Shakes play Forest Hills Stadium, the former site of the US Open Tennis Championship. Forest Hills hosted the US Open a grand total of sixty times between 1915 and 1977 when it moved to its current home in Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. Forest Hills Stadium also makes a brief cameo in the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Strangers on a Train" which was filmed, in part, during the 1950 Davis Cup where Australia beat defending champions the United States in the Challenge Round.
Sunday - September 20, 2015 A.D.
Glasser plays the last free show outside at Brooklyn Flea this “summer." Just kidding! There's one more after this! There's still some “summer" left, right guys? RIGHT GUYS? THERE'S STILL SOME SUMMER LEFT. ALL OF OUR DREAMS CAN STILL BE REALIZED IN THE THREE DAYS OF SUMMER LEFT.
Speaking of free outside shows and it still being “summer" (again, for three more days so stand on your desk and seize the day, yo) The Feelies play Storm King Art Center today with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks. You should really go up to Storm King if you've never been before it's beautiful and I should really mind my own business.
Remember when The Feelies was the band in this movie? Have you seen "Something Wild?" It's a pretty good 1980's NYC movie. I mean, it's no "Big" or "Romancing the Stone" (definitely counts as an NYC movie you wanna battle me on this let's battle) or "Muppets Take Manhattan" or anything but it's pretty good.
Hannibal Buress comes back to play his old haunt, Knitting Factory. But instead of this being a weekly thing and free like he used to do for seemingly forever this is now $30 and happens whenever his being famous schedule allows. As of this writing (4:20 PM no really it totally is in The Year That I'm Writing This A.D.) there were still some tickets left. Why?