The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Islands, Car Seat Headrest, NYC Popfest & lots more good concerts and stuff!
Written by Patrick McNamara
The following NYC shows this weekend (5/19 - 5/23 2016 A.D.) should be good.
So help me blob.
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.