The Best Shows in NYC This Week: CHVRCHES, M83, Cloud Nothings, Blonde Redhead, DJ Shadow, White Lung, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Teenage Fanclub, Preoccupations, Boys Noize & more cool NYC concert goodness yeah!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Let's talk about some good shows happening in NYC this week!
There are a bunch!
Monday - October 10, 2016 A.D.
Chicago's Whitney (ex-Smith Westerns) play Music Hall of Williamsburg (and tomorrow at Bowery Ballroom and Wednesday at Baby's All Right). They're good! Go Bulls! (Go Cubs would be more relevant/timely but I'm a White Sox fan and I just can't do it).
Please note: Hoops is also playing this show. They're from Indiana and they're good too but maybe not quite as good as Jimmy Chitwood's silky smooth jump shot that took the Hoosiers of Hickory all the way, but then again what was.
Slingshot Dakota play Aviv and this lo-fi duo has been slinging indie synth pop gold for over a decade now.
Go see them and watch your mood improve.
It will be a post psych / post punk post _____ / good time.
Tuesday - October 11, 2016 A.D.
Cloud Nothings return to the scene of their very first show EVER (the year was 2009 A.D.) tonight at Market Hotel. This band rules. Hard. You're gonna want to be at this one.
(UPDATE: THIS SHOW HAS MOVED TO VILLAIN OK SEE YOU THERE THEN)
This show should sound just like heaven.
Wednesday - October 12, 2016 A.D.
Go appreciate the ache and love the glow.
Joan Baez plays NYCB Theatre at Westbury and you may or may not go (as of this writing, Westbury is 2 hours and 4 minutes away from NYC in current traffic) but it's a good excuse to post this song and she's a legend no matter what you do.
(but perhaps her performance tomorrow at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY which is only 1 hour and 9 minutes from NYC in current traffic might be workable for you and if not there's always her show on Saturday at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ which is only 1 hour and 4 minutes from NYC in current traffic NOW we're talkin')
Boys Noize does Music Hall of Williamsburg and this dude holds the highest degree possible in Dance Jam Mastery. He really cooks the bacon.
I know the song I'm about to post is a few years old (editor's update: try 9 years old, blob) but it's still a straight rager and this is my music blob I can post whatever I want.
Thursday - October 13, 2016 A.D.
This will be a good show. You will have a good time. This I promise you. Cross my heart and hope to blob.
Going to this wouldn't be the wrong move.
Holy Ghost! play Terminal 5. Hallelujah!
Dance moves mandatory. Speaking in tongues optional.
Other notable Thursday shows = Kal Marks at Shea Stadium
Friday - October 14, 2016 A.D.
Guess who's coming?
Guess who's coming?
DJ Shadow. Back again.
Who is he?
Just yo favorite DJ savior!
(When I was in college I went to an in-store he was playing at and I asked him some awkward flummoxed question about something or another and he was so chill about it and when I leaned in for a handshake he shook it like we were best bros from back in the day.)
M83 play Terminal 5 (and tomorrow too). Anthony Gonzalez, you my only friend. This is one of the most popular upcoming shows on the blob!
Here's some fun trivia: as of this writing (3:30 PM in the Year That I'm Writing This) both of these shows are still somehow impossibly improbably NOT sold-out. But don't snooze - they will be soon.
Scott & Charlene's Wedding make a rare NYC appearance* (their onetime home) at Alphaville. So take advantage and go punk yourself out, Australia style.
File Under: Good Band!
Saturday - October 15, 2016 A.D.
White Lung play Market Hotel and if you didn't already know these Vancouver punks totally rule, I suggest you go to this show and you'll figure it out pretty quick.
CHVRCHES play Radio City Music Hall (and Sunday at Terminal 5). But seriously, how could NBC not use their big time feel good jam “Make Them Gold" during this summer's Rio Olympics? You know, for the winners montage they always run at the end? When they show all the great American heroes who won gold medals? Come on, NBC! It would've been perfect!
Too perfect, I guess.
2 good 4 TV.
Cymbals Eat Guitars play Shea Stadium and listen up they're one of the best live bands in the game and I just saw them play like two weeks ago they rocked my face so I think I know what I'm blobbing about.
If you don't know this album from 1991 A.D. now's as good of a time as any to start the next 42 minutes of the rest of your life.
Sunday - October 16, 2016 A.D.
Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos plays solo at Trans-Pecos. She rules. Please enjoy this performance from when she was 10.
(“Squid and the Whale" -- the film this clip is from -- is a great movie and still absolutely holds up. Jeff Daniels is perfect and William “That's Some Song, My Brother" Baldwin puts in the best Baldwin performance of any Baldwin ever.)
Thanks for reading!
Told you there were a bunch of good shows this week!