The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Wolf Parade, Parquet Courts, Mac DeMarco, Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, The Kills, James Blake, Islands, Marissa Nadler, Anohni, Field Mouse, Car Seat Headrest, Sharon Van Etten, Louis C.K., Fred Armisen, Forth Wanderers!
Written by Patrick McNamara
The following NYC shows (5/16 - 5/23 2016 A.D.) should be good.
So help me blob.
Monday - May 16, 2016 A.D.
Mac DeMarco plays Webster Hall (aka The Emmanuel Lewis) tonight. Even though he won't be in a tiny rowboat playing songs to puppets or anything wacky like that (although King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are opening) this show should still be good.
Other notable Monday shows = Cage the Elephant at Central Park Summerstage
Oh! Central Park reminds me! For a good time peep our Outdoor Concert Guide - best data entry of your life!
Tuesday - May 17, 2016 A.D.
Wolf Parade play the first of five straight shows at Bowery Ballroom (and their first NYC show since 2010 A.D.). Should be good. (I saw Wolf Parade at Pianos once. Please save your applause for me until the end of this sentence.)
The Kills play a free show (w/ RSVP - which is now totally closed - you're so welcome!) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and even though it's no longer 2004 A.D. this show should still be good. It's free!
Wednesday - May 18, 2016 A.D.
James Blake plays Webster Hall (aka The Emmanuel Lewis) and a bunch of you have saved this show on the blob so I guess that means this show should be good. I'm not so sure myself. though, as I'm really not that much of a tennis man.
Here's a new song featuring Bonny Bear.
Anohni (fka Antony Hegarty) plays the Park Avenue Armory (erected in 1880 A.D. and also known as the Seventh Regiment Armory thanks so much for your help with this, Wikipedia) for Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that this should be a good show.
Other notable Wednesday shows = Wolf Parade at Bowery Ballroom
Thursday - May 19, 2016 A.D.
NYC POPFEST starts tonight (through Sunday) at various venues and if you like that sweet sweet #jingle #jangle I'm here to emphatically tell you that this fest should be good. Scotland's Trashcan Sinatras kicks it off at (le) poisson rouge. God, I love this band. I have 0.000000% doubt that this show will be good. Here's “Obscurity Knocks" from 1989. God, I love this song. #jingle #jangle
Louis C.K. plays Paramount Theatre (important note: that's in New Jersey). This should be a good show and if by some amazing chance he becomes famous I want you to tell everyone about the little local DIY music blob that made his comedy career.
Friday - May 20, 2016 A.D.
NYC POPFEST still going. Still should be good.
Here's a video of the band performing at a show we did with WNYC's Soundcheck way back in 2014 A.D. before mass teleportation was even really a thing.
Forth Wanderers play Shea Stadium and I'm happy about this because their self-released album has been in heavy rotation for months here at Rockness HQ. Somebody sign this band already! (maybe they already have I don't know I just blob here). In summation, this should be a good show!
Saturday - May 21, 2016 A.D.
Car Seat Headrest plays Rough Trade. I'm pretty confident in my prediction that this show should be good.
Islands (that is what they are) play Music Hall of Williamsburg and even though it's no longer 2005 A.D. and this band has given up living in Canada for Los Angeles this still should be a good show. In closing, Michael J. Fox is Canadian as is the city of Toronto.
Lady Lamb and Allison Crutchfield and Field Mouse and Holly Miranda play Market Hotel and I've thought about it a lot and I'm now extra sure this show should be good.
Other notable Saturday shows = Wolf Parade at Bowery Ballroom + a screening of “Labyrinth" and some good bands at Shea Stadium + Dinowalrus at Sunnyvale + Gary Clark Jr. and Albert Hammond Jr. at Webster Hall ("see you at The EL!")
Sunday - May 22, 2016 A.D.
NYC POPFEST. Last night. Should be good.
Sharon Van Etten does a “jam session" (not familiar with this term - will ask Wikipedia later) with Fred Armisen at Milk Studios. It's probably sold-out. Or, not. I don't know. I didn't check. I also didn't check to see if this show should be good or not because I know it will be.
Or…..stay home! Do nothing! Relax! Enjoy yourself! Should be good!
Other notable Sunday shows = maybe your television knows?
I hope you enjoyed reading this.
Go see one or two or three or more of these shows.
They should be good.