The Best Concerts in NYC This Weekend: Mastodon + The Afghan Whigs + Tokyo Police Club + Javelin + The Faint + Panda Bear + Lily Allen + Lykki Li + more weekend show goodness!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Did you know that 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of Oh My Rockness? We should throw a party or something, right?
So…. anyone have ideas about what we should plan for that birthday? Because right now we’ve got nothing. We have been too busy listing the live musical concert shows and blobbing. Maybe you have some thoughts? If so, send them our way. No 10 year party suggestion will be immediately rejected. Unless it includes Mark McGrath on a boat.
October (something or another) is the official 10 year date. So we still have some time. I’m sure together we’ll think of something amazing to celebrate. We already know what the invitations will say though.
"Oh My Rockness: just fucking around since 2004."
Now whattya say we now blob about some good shows happening this week?
(and whattya say you follow me on Twitter - ‘cause I be stupid there too.)
Thursday - May 15th, 2014 A.D.
The good shows are endless tonight. At least that’s the way it seems. To me now. Let’s quickly chit-chat about just a few. You can view all the rest of the musical goodness yourself. You know what to do. I believe in you.
Cibo Matto + Javelin + JD Samson of Le Tigre/MEN play a FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight. And you know we have that huge Free Summer Shows in NYC list, right? This show is on it. So are lots of other good shows. Lots and lots and lots and lots.
I tell ya. We could blob about free summer shows alllllll day.
The Afghan Whigs play Brooklyn Bowl tonight. This is one of the best late night band performances of the last 25 years. And while I don't know if this casual and reckless statement is really true, my heart seems to be leading me to type it. I’ll take my #heart over my #head anytime.
(btw, this is when people like Conan were still believing that bullshit story about how The Afghan Whigs met in jail - simpler times, indeed.)
Speaking of simpler times, Tokyo Police Club play Webster Hall tonight and I remember seeing them when we were all just a bunch of fresh faced kids with grand hopes and dreams (September 23rd. 2006. Studio B. Brooklyn. RIP). Eight years later, it turns out Tokyo Police Club needed to dream bigger and I needed to economize mine.
Lily Allen plays Highline Ballroom tonight. She’s one of those “is she or isn’t she a pop star” type of person. And has been so for awhile. I haven’t heard much from her lately. But then again, I haven’t really been listening. Calls to the UK aren’t exactly cheap*. I do enjoy watching her brother on Games of Thrones though.
(*they're free in #2014 I think.)
Atlanta metal masters/thunder makers Mastodon play Terminal 5 tonight. There’s going to be a whole lot of body bumping and headbanging in that big old place. Wear your long hair pretty for me and take care of each other in the pit, alright?
Tonight at The Westway (in the West Village) is a special show that benefits Fountain House, a leading treatment program from people with mental illness in New York City. There will be good artists, bands, DJs and art installations. Click this link to learn more. Then consider going. Good causes are always chill.
And it’s Night #2 of the pre-Brooklyn Half Marathon party at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Oberhofer + Radical Dads + Chaos Chaos. Like Night #1, this show is FREE. Remember. Whoa My Blobness is running this race. And we’re gonna win it.
Friday - May 16th, 2014 A.D.
Like Thursday night, it’s tough to narrow down tonight’s good shows to only a select few. But I’ll try. With God on my side, so help me God, I’ll goddamn try.
If you like punk, Death by Audio is where you should be at tonight. The lineup is full of the really good up-and-coming punker rockers. Greys. Flagland. HSY. The Beverlys. Most of those bands are from Canada. Except Flagland. They’re from Brooklyn. But all these bands bring the heat. All their names wouldn’t be linked like that if they didn’t.
Those punky New Jersey-ians known as Screaming Females and jangle haze Philly popsters Bleeding Rainbow lead a good free lineup at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. By a funny coincidence, this show is also on our Free Summer Shows in NYC list I already so deftly linked to previously. But I’m linking to that list again. And again. Again. AGAIN. Because I’m #punk #rock. And the people need to know one and only one thing this summer. YOU. SHALL. NOT. PAYYYYY!
Brooklyn hazy psych-y easy breezy rock heads Woods + Boston hippy dippys Quilt + twee posters Frankie Cosmos (a band that seems to be on this thing every week - why do you think that is?) play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Go. And smile on your brother.
It’s Night #3 of the pre-Brooklyn Half Marathon FREE party at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with performances by Body Language and DJ sets by Jukebox the Ghost and Sinkane. And God made Whoa My Blobness for a purpose. But he also made us FAST. And when we run we feel his pleasure.
Oh. Almost forgot. The Spin Doctors play Bowery Ballroom tonight. So…. there’s that. Also playing. Somebody called "Dumpstaphunk." So.... there's that.
Other notable shows tonight = Walter Martin of The Walkmen at Joe’s Pub + Black Marble at Baby’s All Right (late) + Breton at Glasslands + Jeffrey Lewis at Shea Stadium + Unstoppable Death Machines at Palisades + Tim Hecker at Knockdown Center + Elbow at Webster Hall + Blondes at this hot new club called the American Museum of Natural History.
Saturday - May 17th, 2014 A.D.
Like Frankie Cosmos, I do seem to talk a lot about Porches on this thing. Maybe it’s because the main dude of Porches, Aaron Maine, is also the drummer in Frankie Cosmos? Nope. Just a total cosmic coincidence. I think it’s because they are both good bands. See Porches play Shea Stadium tonight. See Frankie Cosmos at that place I already said they were playing earlier in the week. Scroll back. You’ll find it. I know you will. I believe in you.
Swearin’ and Radiator Hospital play the free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar night. Click those band names to read more of my dynamical original words. But for our purposes here, let’s just say A.) both bands are from Philly and B.) both bands are good.
After over a decade now of living 100% alt, Chromeo keeps Chromeo-ing along. You can see these two Canadian electro alts at Terminal 5 tonight. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t think this band would stick around to see 2006. I was wrong.
Beverly (Frankie Rose + Drew Citron, who sometimes played a Pain in the Pure Heart, + their upcoming debut is coming out on Kanine soon + just thought you’d like to know) + Las Rosas + Moon Dudes play Death by Audio tonight. Those three solid up-and-coming rockers rock in their own various rock ‘n roll ways. #rock
Other notable shows tonight = The Faint at Webster Hall (as per our earlier convo - no The Faint - no Oh My Rockness) + Built to Spill at The Stone Pony (we’ll talk more about them next week) + Talib Kweli (free) at Rough Trade (we’ll see).
Sunday - May 18th, 2014 A.D.
Lisbon by way of Brooklyn by way of Baltimore’s Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox a.k.a Animal Collective) play Warsaw tonight. And I do believe it’s been awhile since that creative musical artist played these parts. First pre-show pierogi at Warsaw on me. And by that I mean I’ll eat yours.
If you are a super original alt and Panda Bear isn’t “experimental” enough for you, Swans play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Michael Gira and his revolving door crew of members have been getting straight crazy since the early ‘80s. Whatever happens at this one, you know things are going to happen. Bring earplugs. And maybe even protective eye gear. Who knows. A good punk always prepares.
(*"experimental" is the most cited word in The Blob Bible and that means it’s the most important.)
Louisville post-rock-math-punks (or however you want to describe them) Young Widows + Seattle’s Helms Alee (same) + Highness (featuring members of Darkest Hour and Christie Front Drive) play Saint Vitus tonight. There will be shreds.
That's it! Thanks for reading The Best Shows This Weekend!
Don't forget to let me know if you have any thoughts on our 10 year birthday celebration!
And look out for Whoa My Blobness at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday!