The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Radiohead, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (free), Warpaint (free), Sunflower Bean (free), Mitski, Fear of Men, Rocket From The Crypt, Nice As F___, Moon Duo, Swans, Patio, Pouty and more! - Oh My Rockness

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July 25, 2016

Written by Patrick McNamara

Welcome to the last week of July.

Summer is more than half over.

I hope the spinning earth is REAL proud of itself.

Here are some good shows to go see in NYC this week.

Don't sleep.

They will be plenty of time for dozing when summer's done.


Monday - July 25, 2016 A.D.

Sunflower Bean play a free show (w/ RSVP)(echo………………...echo) at the famous YouTube Space NY (no idea, dudes). But here's what I do know. This band is good.

Warpaint play a free show (w/ RSVP) at Baby's All Right. Should be pretty good.

Dead Stars play The Grand Victory. They're good and that's just the way it is.

Other notable Monday shows = the chatter surrounding Mr. Robot was too great for me to ignore any more so I'm giving it some solid streams, I'll let you know my take on things as I get a little deeper in, how does next week in this space work with your schedule?


Tuesday - July 26, 2016 A.D.

The Radio Head plays co-op DIY art space Madison Square Garden tonight (and tomorrow). Good? Naw. They're so fucking special.

...still deciding what to pay for In Rainbows...

Alice in Chains play Beacon Theater. They were good. And then I stopped paying attention. And then he died.

They're showing When Harry Met Sally on a roof at Solar One (Lake Ruth plays before) and that's one of my favorite movies of all time and I want you to know that I never want that wagon wheel coffee table.

“It spoke to you….. and that pleases me."

Other notable Tuesday shows = Lydia Lunch at The Roxy Hotel + Vic Mensa at Webster Hall + Neko Case/K.D. Lang/Laura Veirs at Prospect Park Bandshell


Wednesday - July 27, 2016 A.D.

Mitski (is good) + Japanese Breakfast (is good) + Jay Som (is good) play Music Hall of Williamsburg. I'm not a betting blob but I bet everything I've ever owned that this show will be good.

Sinkane plays a free show at Brookfield Place Plaza. He is good.

So I hear you like free shows. Please check out our free summer shows list. It's good.


I mentioned The Radio Head are playing co-op DIY art space Madison Square Garden tonight too, right? OK cool. Phew! If I didn't I would've have felt like a real creep.

Other notable Wednesday shows = The Besnard Lakes at Mercury Lounge + Bryan Ferry at Beacon Theater + Joey Bada$ at Highline Ballroom


Thursday - July 28, 2016 A.D.

Fear of Men play Silent Barn. This band is good.

Rocket From The Crypt play Irving Plaza. Good is the right word for this band, alright. Good. Is. The. Right. Word.

MoMA is a good museum. I used to work there when I first moved to NYC. I sold tickets to (or helped) the following: Bruce Springsteen, Alanis Morissette, Bailey from Party of Five (big time!), Ralph Fiennes, Susan Sontag, Spike Lee, Adrien Brody, Kevin Kline, Meg Ryan, Clyde Drexler, Tom Waits and I'm gonna stop thinking now because what's in the past is better left there and I have a music blob to run.

Anyway, Moon Duo plays MoMA tonight for their Summer Nights thing (free w/ museum admission which is A LOT more than when I was working there I'll tell you what).

Other notable Thursday shows = Beach Slang at The Stone Pony + James Chance at The Bowery Electric + The Besnard Lakes at Rough Trade + Jaga Jazzist at (le) poisson rouge


Friday - July 29, 2016 A.D.

Swans play Bowery Ballroom (and tomorrow at MHOW). Man, this band is ______ up. In the good way.

Bryan Ferry (née Bryan Roxy) plays Beacon Theater. This song is good. The year is 1975.*

*please note: that band 1975 is not good

And if you didn't want to see them at MoMA on Thursday night because you hate art (“hell my KID coulda done THAT uhhh yuk yuk yuk!") I have some good news for you, Moon Duo play late tonight too. At Baby's All Right. That place is pretty good.

Other notable Friday shows = Brazilian Girls at Baby's (early) + Todd Terje at Studio E Warehouse + Monogold at Rough Trade


Saturday - July 30, 2016 A.D.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays Central Park. This show would've been good anyway, but what if were to tell you that this one was also……………………………………

Would u freak out.

There's a free all-day tribute to Lou Reed (curated by Laurie Anderson) at the bandshell in Lincoln Park today with a bunch of artists / bands. It's part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors: a good festival.

Ian Sweet is a good new band. Pouty is a good new band. Both good new bands play Aviv. Go if you like good. If you can take or leave good perhaps you should sit this one out.

Amtrac plays Output tonight. In honor, let's remember this big time remix.

So. Good.

Digable Planets (reunited and it feels good - real good) play a free show in Prospect Park Bandshell.

Kick it, Butterfly.

Other notable Saturday shows = Boys Noize at Studio E Warehouse + Odonis Odonis at Saint Vitus + Container at Pioneer Works + Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg + MoMA PS 1 Warm Up + D Generation at Irving Plaza + Further Seems Forever at Gramercy Theatre


Sunday - July 31, 2016 A.D.

Nice As Fuck play Rough Trade. They're good as hell.

If you like good up-and-coming punk rock that's what's happening at Shea tonight and Washer (is good) + Patio (is good) + Spit (is good) lead the way.

Other notable Sunday shows = _______________________


Those are the good shows happening this week.

Better get on it.

Summer's more than half over.

Dust in the wind, dudes.


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