The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Warpaint + Patti Smith (free) + Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + The Hold Steady + White Lung + Dave Chappelle + The Front Bottoms + Crystal Stilts + Beverly + more imminent musical goodness.
Written by Patrick McNamara
Welcome to the first official week of summer. Make the most of it. Go see shows. Or, chill at something else. Whatever it is you were planning on doing when this season came around, well, it’s time for you to just do it, man. Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Oh, Captain, my Captain. And all that.
Please note. You gotta play while you can. Because summer’s light is already fading. Oh well. Sic Transit Gloria. Glory fades. At least we still have today. And tomorrow never really comes.
These are The Best Shows This Weekend. Boom. For real.
Thursday - June 26th, 2014 A.D.
Sweet ‘n hazy LA band Warpaint (Emily! Theresa! Jenny Lee!) play Prospect Park tonight for Celebrate Brooklyn! It’s FREE. And that means you don’t have to pay anybody any money to get in, man. Please note. I live pretty close to Prospect Park. So you’re free to use my bathroom if the port-o-potties (or whatever cute name like “Royal Flush” or “Gotta Go Potties” or “Drop Zone” we’re using) are too jammed up. Good rates available. I charge $1 for 1. $20 for 2. And $50+ if we’re not sure.
By the way, check out our massive Free Summer Shows List we made for you and nothing bad will ever happen to anybody ever again.
Peter Matthew Bauer plays Rough Trade. He used to be in this band called The Walkmen and I bought a car because of those guys. PM & B is solo now and he will be playing Walkmen-esque jams from his debut album “Liberation!” out now on Mexican Summer.
(And by the way. There’s no way in HELL The Walkmen aren't getting back together at some point. Bet.)
If late night dancing is how you unwind before waking up and ending your work week really tired, The Juan Maclean and Tim Sweeney of DFA do DJ sets at Verboten in Brooklyn. Go for it. Don’t worry about all those unanswered emails and pending meetings and shoddy TPS reports due tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Carpe Diem and Seize the Day and Oh Captain, my Captain and all that.
And now ladies and gentleman! Please welcome to the stage Mr. Michael McDonald!!!!!!!!
Friday - June 27th, 2014 A.D.
Well, it just wouldn’t be a Best Shows This Week thing without a Frankie Cosmos mention, now would it? The 13 of you regular readers may now answer, “No, Whoa My Blobness. It wouldn’t.” What can I say, 13? I like me some good indiepop and Frankie Cosmos gots it in spades and everything is coming up roses and sunshine and puppy dogs and ice cream. This fine band play Shea Stadium tonight. With some other bands too. You’ll figure it out.
Heavenly Beat play Rough Trade (opening for White Hinterland). Can anyone command a smoother groove and swirl up the good pop vibrations better than these guys? I don’t know, man. When I experience the chill I’m not thinking who might be chiller out there. Although I do sometimes engage in dialogue with myself. But that’s a whole different sitch.
Crystal Stilts play Baby’s All Right. They were one of the late-aughts alts at the forefront of the “Crystal” band naming movement. You might remember this era came shortly after the “Bear” and “Black” craze, and near the “Wolf” and “Ghost” craze, but before the ‘all caps’ and ‘vowel-less’ BND NM days.
Saturday - June 28th, 2014 A.D.
Beverly play Baby’s All Right. And that is so weird because I JUST wrote about this really good band. It’s like I planned that shit or something! This show comes highly recommended if you like beach music with a little bit of bite. Also recommended if you like songs that sound good. Not suggested for humans who like stuff that sucks.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play Music Hall of Williamsburg. You want to hear something seriously messed up? Their famously self-released debut album is now 10. Years. Old. The same age as Whoa My Blobness! Is there any doubt that history will remember CYHSY (like when New Kids on the Block switched their name to NKOTB) as the very first breakout blog band? Who else would even be in the conversation? Voxtrot? I think not.
The Hold Steady certainly have (held steady). They play The Paramount tonight in Huntington, NY. Google tells me this town is 57 minutes from NYC but, as of this writing, 2 hours and 8 minutes in current traffic. Ouch. Wrong Island is right.
Say Anything + The Front Bottoms + The So So Glos + You Blew It! play this super alt DIY punk club called Best Buy Theater (come for the bands - stay for great prices on high definition entertainment systems and $22 compact discs). Oh and by the way, EMO IS NO LONGER A DIRTY WORD YOU GUYS!!!!!
Other notable shows = Teengirl Fantasy at 88 Palace + Psychic Twin and Future of What at Mercury Lounge + Young Magic and Doe Paoro at Rough Trade + Primus at the Stone Pony + Sam Sparro at Central Park Summerstage (free) + Bear Hands at The Surf Lodge
Sunday - June 29th, 2014 A.D.
Did you know we made a Free Summer Shows list? Oh, I mentioned this already? Oops. Well, don’t worry. It’s cool. I’ll go back and fix the double mention in post. Yep. I’m totally 100% definitely for sure going to do that. NOT! (have you seen the smash hit movie “Wayne’s World” yet?)
Speaking of free, the legendary Patti Smith plays a free show at Fort Tilden beach in Queens for Rockaway Arts Fest. Clothes not required - if the naturalistic alts of Fort Tilden have anything to say about it.
Rat Fist feature members of No Age (Randy Randall) and Pissed Jeans (drummer Sean McGuinness). They play Cake Shop tonight. If you think this band sounds like scuzzy fuzz punk - you’d be right. But only if you didn’t already press play on the song below. That would, like, totally be cheating if you did before guessing.
And oh brother I guess you can see Mother at Baby’s All Right. That’s Penn Badgley’s band. I guess. I never got into the “Gossip Girl” scene. But he was absolutely wonderful on “The Young and the Restless” as Phillip Chancellor IV. Did I spend precious moments looking up Penn Badgley’s prior work just to have something - anything - to say about this dude? You’ll never know.
Thanks for reading The Best Shows This Week again, guys. Pretty soon the regular 13 readers will snowball into 14 or 15. I just know it. But these things take time. You can’t expect 1-2 more people to read your shit overnight…. or after 16 months…. patience, steadiness, and working at a relaxed pace... that’s what makes the world go round.
Embrace the chill out there. And get into the goodness.
Forever and Ever.