The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Oh My Rockness Presents Wavves + Mac DeMarco + Tame Impala + Kurt Vile + Waxahatchee + Alex G + Yo La Tengo + Stars + The War on Drugs + Luna + Twin Peaks + Sun Kil Moon + Lucero + Mew + The Dodos + More Dope Bands
Written by Patrick McNamara
It's a good week for shows in New York City. Should we talk about it some? Just let me know if you wanna.
Well, since I haven't heard from any of you I'm gonna go ahead and take that as a sign that you're really interested in talking about the good shows this week. Fantastic.
Let's do it.
Monday - October 5, 2015 A.D.
Stars play Bowery Ballroom (and tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg) and whenever this fine Canadian pop band play NYC I always post the same old song of theirs and I will continue to do this. Forever and Ever. Amen. (Geographer opens. They're from San Francisco. Hope this helps)
Or, you can check out the Terry Riley Festival at the brand new non-profit Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust (w/ Matmos + John Zorn + more). This spot has been open a mere few days. So consider going so that one day you can say to a random stranger, “National Sawdust? I first went there when it was open a mere few days!" And then that stranger to would nod and smile and slowly back away.
Tuesday - October 6, 2015 A.D.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. We're presenting the Wavves + Twin Peaks + Steep Leans show at Irving Plaza tonight! Come hang out with us and listen to the sounds of three good bands and never feel sad about anything ever again. Maybe we'll even put out a few free Oh My Rockness pin + earplugs packs too. GAME CHANGER.
Or, if you don't want to come to the show we're presenting, fine. Whatever. I don't care. Go see Tame Impala at Radio City instead even though they're also playing tomorrow at Terminal 5 and you probably could shift some plans around to accommodate both. But no big deal. It's cool. More free Oh My Rockness pins and ear plugs for me. All good. You do you. It's your journey, man.
"Have you heard the new Kurt Vile album?"
"No, but I LOVE it."
- music industry small talk
If you don't like Tame Impala and you don't like coming to shows we present, you could always go see Kurt Vile and Waxahatchee at Webster Hall, it's like I'm not going to stop you, that's a good show too, but like Tame Impala, Kurt Vile and Waxahatchee are also playing again tomorrow and it just takes a few phone calls to switch some things up, but it's no real problem either way. We won't be at this one because we'll be at the Wavves + Twin Peaks + Steep Leans show we're presenting that will have free Oh My Rockness pins and ear plugs, NBD.
Other notable shows (that we're not going to be at) = Chris Gethard at Union Hall + FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) at Terminal 5 + Drowners at Rockwood Music Hall + Stars at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday - October 7, 2015 A.D.
The War on Drugs plays a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg but hang on to your fedora because you gotta sign up for a service before you can maybe go. You can do harder hitting investigative research concerning the ins and outs of this. I just blob here. For a less complicated time, see them at Radio City tomorrow night. Alll you need to get into that one is money.
Swirling post-Galaxie 500 dream popsters Luna (they're from a time called the '90s!) has reunited and it feels….. no, I'm not going to say that…. everybody says that….. start looking for “blah blah blah has reunited and it feels so good" and you'll start to notice it everywhere, minus the blah blah blah part, of course. Anyway, what? Luna plays Bowery Ballroom tonight (and tomorrow too and Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg). In summation, the '90s.... when I used to hop to school on my pogo ball.
Matthew Friedberger plays Mercury Lounge. He was in The Fiery Furnaces. They'll reunite someday. You can bet on that. How much do you want to bet? I can go as high as risking Park Place and maybe one of my railroads. You might also be interested to know that his sister plays BAM Cafe on Saturday. Fun for the whole Friedberger family this week.
Thursday - October 8, 2015 A.D.
Summer is over but they still have free House of Vans shows sometimes. One of those times is tonight and Television + Lower Dens + whatever Viet Cong is going to change their name to play. Kind of a strange lineup but isn't life, dear Rockness reader? Isn't.... life?
Can u still feel the butterflies????
Alex G plays Baby's All Right. This dude is going to be famous someday soon. I mean, not real famous. I'm talking like Kurt Vile famous. He'll sell-out a bigger shows, for sure, but it's not like he's gonna go to a restaurant and get mobbed or anything, pretty sure he'll be able to eat his fries in peace. He plays Baby's All Right tonight. Also playing: Ronald Paris (Porches) and Forth Wanderers. Be sure to click Forth Wanderers name because I just wrote a really good band profile on them because they're a really good band.
Good old Lucero plays Emmanuel Lewis Hall tonight. Here's a good old song that reminds me of those forgotten days, man.
Other notable shows = The War on Drugs at Radio City + Luna at Bowery Ballroom + The Roots at Central Park Summerstage + FABLE at Knockdown Center + David Dondero at The Grand Victory + MS MR at Terminal 5
Friday - October 9, 2015 A.D.
Sun Kil Moon plays Town Hall. I really like Mark Kozelek's music and I also really hope I never ever meet the guy.
England's The Zombies has been a band (File Under: Good) for fifty-four years. You may know The Zombies from such hits as "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" and that one episode of The Wonder Years when Kevin has a realization about growing up. You can see these popster legends at Society for Ethical Culture if you wanna. Why wouldn't you wanna?
Teen Daze and Heavenly Beat and Mister Lies play Baby's All Right. If this is the right good show for you, press 1.
You have selected Teen Daze and Heavenly Beat and Mister Lives. Rrrrrrrrrated R.
Other notable shows = Luna at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Alex G at Silent Barn + Javelin at Palisades + FABLE at Knockdown Center + Ed Schrader's Music Beat at Alphaville + Lilys at Baby's All Right + Saintseneca at Mercury Lounge
Saturday - October 10, 2015 A.D.
Yo La Tengo (I got it!) has been a good band for approximately forever. They play acoustic at Kings Theatre (a place with heavy curtains and golden tassels). Nick Lowe opens. Not Nick Cave. Not Elvis Costello. Nick Lowe.
“Watch Mac DeMarco eat popcorn and play Jenga while juggling six packs of cigarettes and holding a puppy in a tiny rowboat."
Denmark aliens Mew and California's The Dodos (real band, not imaginary birds) play Emmanuel Lewis Hall tonight but if you've got other plans for the evening and don't care about The Dodos (they're good but I'm not going pass judgement should you feel otherwise) you can go see Mew (and only Mew) earlier today at Rough Trade in a “purchase the album to get a free ticket" type job. Cool? We good? Terrific.
This is The Aquabats Super Show!
Other notable shows = A Place To Bury Strangers (and Sannhet) at Saint Vitus + Slothrust at Shea Stadium + Dillinger Four at Music Hall of Williamsburg + FABLE at Knockdown Center + Eleanor Friedberger at BAM Cafe + Computer Magic at Baby's All Right
Sunday - October 11, 2015 A.D.
I'll just tell you the names of some of the bands playing tonight and you can decide what do with them.
Now play this excellent Lilys album before going to see them play at Baby's All Right tonight.
Good luck! Stare at your phone like a champion out there!
Watch Mac DeMarco share a plate of poutine with Betty White in a tiny rowboat.
You're still here?
But it's over.