The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Dinosaur Jr + Superchunk + Neko Case + The World Is A Beautiful Place... + Car Seat Headrest + We Were Promised Jetpacks + John Waters + Spencer Moody + Rocket From The Tombs + LOVE EVERYBODY
Written by Patrick McNamara
What's up, NYC. Did you have a sweet t-day? Cool cool cool. Glad we've finished talking about the past. Let's now concern ourselves with the very near future and spend a few moments talking about the good shows happening this weekend.
Things are pretty chill out there.
Thursday - December 3, 2015 A.D.
Superchunk (1989 - ????) plays Baby's All Right. If you were paying attention you may have noticed these indie "college" rock legends also played the Ground Control Touring thing at Webster last night. I'm not sure if there are tickets still available to this or not. It's not my job to tell you which shows are sold-out or not you're going to have to put forth a little effort on your own if we're going to make this relationship work.
Speaking of indie "college" rock legends, Dinosaur Jr. (1984 - ????) start their string of seven consecutive shows at Bowery Ballroom. That's a lot of shows! Everything else still cool with you since you started reading this great article? Glad to hear it.
Not only do The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die play Music Hall of Williamsburg but their big time jam also kicked off my really good "15 Best Songs of 2015" article. Here's the song I'm talking about. Love it now.
Friday - December 4, 2015 A.D.
Neko Case (of The N_w Porn___ers) plays the Apollo Theater. This show was originally at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. But they moved it. Thanks for listening. Got any other plans this weekend?
Jesse Ruins is an atmospheric synth pop band from Tokyo and I told you they were good wayyyyy back in 2013. Tonight, they play their FIRST EVER U.S. SHOW at Cake Shop. But if you miss it, that's cool, because tomorrow you have the chance to see their SECOND EVER U.S. SHOW and you can lie to your friends in the future and say you were at the first if you want to I won't tell.
There is a "Vocal Fry" happening at Alphaville with music being provided by Pile and words being slung by Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz and other peeps. What is a "Vocal Fry?" No idea. Let's keep talking about more good shows this week!
Saturday - December 5, 2015 A.D.
Car Seat Headrest played like twenty-five shows (rough estimate) at CMJ this year, remember? I sure do. Who do you think listed them all? (Claire.) The forever prolific Will Toledo (he's recorded a dozen albums already…. most recently for Matador…. and he's only twenty-two …. asshole…. just kidding!) and his crew are back to play Baby's All Right and it'll be good. So help me blob.
We Were Promised Jetpacks play Warsaw. The future couldn't give this really good Scottish band what they were looking for but how about driverless cars instead as a nice compromise.
Haybaby open the action at (le) poisson rouge. Please enjoy these really great words I just wrote about Haybaby's goodness. Or, just play this good Haybaby song. Whatever you want. This is Oh My Rockness Your Way.
Cyndi Lauper does her annual holiday show at Beacon Theater and I don't really care one way or another about that I just wanted to use this as an opportunity to once again tell you that "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is one of the best pop songs of the last thirty years. And I mean that, man.
Sunday - December 6, 2015 A.D.
The only thing I really want in life is to someday hang out with John Waters because John Waters is the best (chilling with Michael Jordan and creating immortal works of art would be cool too). His Christmas show is tonight at City Winery and it's being billed as "Holier & Dirtier." And how!
Spencer Moody (vocalist of Seattle's Murder City Devils) plays a solo show at Saint Vitus Bar with Love as Laughter and Space Merchants. Do you like Murder City Devils? Me too! We should totally hang out sometime.
'70s era Cleveland rockers Rocket From the Tombs still kick it from beyond the grave from time to time and that time is tonight at Baby's All Right. -- File Under: Proto RIYL: Punk
Other notable shows = Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom + Landlady's Holiday Spectacular at The Bell House + Kid Cudi at Terminal 5 + Arm Candy at Shea Stadium + whatever chill show you'd like to stream on your TV I think I'll choose Nathan For You
Thanks for chilling again this week. Say hi to your friends who never visit Oh My Rockness anymore because they're "old" and don't really go to "shows" anymore. Tell them we miss themmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.