The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, Andrew Bird, Chairlift and lots more musical goodness!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Let's talk about some good shows happening in NYC this weekend.*
*April 7th, 2016 - April 10th, 2016 A.D*.
Let's not worry about the sucky shows.
The sucky shows can worry about themselves.
I'm sure they haven't slept a wink in weeks...tossing and turning and wondering why they suck so much.
But again we're not going to worry about that.
Get ready for musical goodness.
Here come the HITS.
Thursday - April 7, 2016 A.D.
Andrew Bird plays Kings Theatre (and tomorrow at Terminal 5) and really what more can be said about Birdman and his violin that hasn't already been said. He leaves me and his uncle Larry back in French Lick, Indiana completely speechless.
Other notable Thursday shows = DJ Questlove at Brooklyn Bowl
Friday - April 8, 2016 A.D.
Post ____ punks Parquet Courts play The Bell House. They're good. You heard it here fifteenth.
(you know, Andrew Bird's uncle Larry used to play on parquet courts...)
TEEN play Baby's All Right. They are a good band.
Do you know who Dwight Twilley is? Well, besides a lifetime of doing other things he also wrote this classic power pop cut in 1975 (blast it below). Maybe he'll play it at Berlin tonight, a show co-presented by Burger Records. Maybe not. Only the gods and Dwight Twilley knows.
Other notable Friday shows = Cloud Cult at Bowery Ballroom + Future Punx at Silent Barn + The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (yeesh) at Barclays Center (double yeesh) but at least this gives me an excuse to post this song again so no complaints
Saturday - April 9, 2016 A.D.
Indie post ____ legends Yo La Tengo play Loews Jersey Theatre. Fun Fact! The year this band formed film lovers in America just couldn't get enough of "Gremlins" and "Ghostbusters" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "The Karate Kid" and "The Terminator" and "Beverly Hills Cop" (you put a banana in the tail pipe?!) and, damn, 1984 was a pretty good year for movies!
Baltimore's Wildhoney play super solid LOUD post ___ indie pop. See them at Cake Shop tonight (and tomorrow at The Acheron) if you like going to see good bands. If you like going to see bad bands this show will not interest you in the slightest please do not go.
London producer Sophie creates dance fire at a "secret location" tonight and if they don't announce the venue soon this show will be so intimate it will feel like nobody's there!
Sunday - April 10, 2016 A.D.
Chairlift play two shows (the first one at 4:00pm - weird) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Try to go to one or both (if you can get a ticket - no promises) and end the week STRONG.
Those are this week's HITS.
Hope this helped lead you towards the light.
Have fun out out there.