The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Oh My Rockness Turns Ten Fest + Animal Collective + Ducktails + Richard Reed Perry of Arcade Fire + Karen O + Lorde + Tom Petty + Widowspeak + Deafheaven + Swans + more sublime musical goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Hi, Alts! Thanks again for choosing to spend some time with this dynamic digital copy. I’ll really try my hardest to blob my best for you guys. And also for all the people who were told they could never blob. If I can blob - YOU can blob - EVERYBODY CAN BLOB.
Let’s get into the show goodness.
Thursday - September 11th, 2014 A.D.
Matt Mondanile of Ducktails (and also some band called Real Estate) plays a solo show at Baby’s All Right. I really like Ducktails. They take me to Mars. So come join me at this show as we take a cosmic trip through space and time.
Museum of Love is Pat Mahoney (DFA + drummer of LCD Soundsystem) + Dennis McNany (DFA + founder of Run Roc Records). Watch them bust out the dance funk at Verboten. Please remember to wear loose, breathable clothing. Stay hydrated. And move rhythmically responsibly.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play PNC Bank Arts Center. I think I’ve heard of them. Are you going to go to this? Cool. Let me know how it is. Stadium shows aren’t really my scene. But if you get any tips about Tom Petty doing a secret after party at an abandoned roller rink or a little used kickball field, please let me know. Text would be the quickest way to reach me.
Friday - September 12th, 2014 A.D.
Today is day 1 of the Basilica Soundscape Fest in Hudson, NY. I hear it’s really alt up there now. Richard Reed Perry of the exceptionally attired Arcade Fire leads the lineup. But a bunch more people are playing too. Check it out. And please note. Day #2 is better. I just call 'em like I see 'em. This blob plays it like it lays.
Animal Collective does a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl. I hope they take requests. I’ve been jonesing to hear “Cotton Eyed Joe” for awhile now. If that’s too deep of a cut for them to source, perhaps they’d consider “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. I just love when that song comes on! It really gets me in the mood to celebrate.
Danielson play Glasslands. I’ve been a fan of this eccentro-pop* artist for years. In fact, I even liked him when he played his songs while stuck inside a giant tree. Now that’s what I call alt. Go see him do something crazy and wonderful and lovely.
(*still trying to launch that genre into the Zeitgeist - still failing)
Easy breezy Australia/NYC band Shorts play Shea Stadium. They’re good and feature a member of some band called Real Estate (echo….echo….). Here’s a pure pop hit that will instantly set you adrift on memory bliss.
Other notable shows = Karen O at (le) poisson rouge + Lemonade at Baby’s All Right + Sylvan Esso at Bowery Ballroom + DARKSIDE at Brooklyn Masonic Temple + Sustain-Release party at Camp Lakota + Shannon and the Clams at Palisades + White Denim at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Fletcher C. Johnson at Union Pool
Saturday - September 13th, 2014 A.D.
IT’S NIGHT #2 OF THE OH MY ROCKNESS TURNS TEN FEST! Sorry for the all caps. I’ve had a decade to learn that is most annoying. But I still do it sometimes when I'm particular excited about typing. Tonight. Pinback + Tera Melos is our guest at Irving Plaza. That band is also celebrating their own 10 year anniversary of sorts. In 2004 “Summer in Abaddon” was released. It’ll be Good to Sea them.
Hang with us! And be sure to get there early for the sweet sounds of DJ Whoa My Blobness. I promise to spin nothing but the hits. Celebrate good times COME ON and the YMCA tip.
Remember when I was talking about Basilica Soundscape and how Day #2 was the better day? Well, I really knew what I was blobbing about. Because today Swans + Deafheaven + White Lung + Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy + more play. You see? I told you it was the better day. I should blob more often. How about ten more years?
Mutual Benefit is Jordan Lee’s warm and super sublime synth folk pop project. The Boston lad and his band play Bowery Ballroom and I almost guarantee you’ll leave with a peaceful easy feeling. Please note. This band sounds nothing like The Eagles. That band sucks. Except for the songs “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Take it to the Limit.” Those are good songs. But “Desperado” and “The Best of My Love” and “I Can’t Tell You Why” and all those other Eagles songs give me the howling fantods.
Now, for truly one of the last free summer shows of the season. Widowspeak play The Lot in Long Island City today. It costs nothing. It will probably be pleasant out. You’ll graze about and look wonderfully alt as you listen to sweet sounds. And then you won’t be able to do it again for 8 months. So enjoy it, alts. Enjoy it.
Sunday - September 14th, 2014 A.D.
San Francisco’s Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (with No Joy). So if you didn’t feel like driving all the way up to Hudson to get your ears destroyed, you can come that much closer to deafness by going local tonight. Good thing this noise is completely 100% emo. This band soars, man. They soar. (All that being said. Here's a No Joy song. Because I already have a Deafheaven song available for stream in this dynamic thing. This has been this week's edition of Behind The Local Music Blob.)
New Zealand’s Lorde (I think I’ve heard of her - I believe she works for the Kansas City Royals organization in some capacity) + Montreal’s Majical Cloudz play Pier 97. And this will be one of the last paid outdoor shows of the season. Those are a little bit easier to say goodbye to than the free ones. But it’s still hard. The only thing that's going to get you through this....is time.
Thanks for reading. I hope I blobbed good.
And I hope you come to at least one night of the Oh My Rockness Turns Ten Fest. So we can be bff bb bae bae boo boos in real life too.
I luv u.
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