The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Real Estate + Ariel Pink + Lykke Li + Small Black + Liars + Stars + DJ Animal Collective + lots more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Let’s discuss the good shows this weekend as we slide into October - that wonderful transitional month before we slip, stumble, and fall into seasonal despair.
Thursday - October 2nd, 2014 A.D.
Real Estate play Terminal 5 tonight. Damn. I can’t believe that. Does anybody remember this show? But it’s not like they don’t deserve to play such a big space. Real Estate is a damn good band and everything they put out I like better than the thing before which I already liked a lot.
Ariel Pink plays Baby’s All Right. And this video is the best. The end.
Hercules and Love Affair play Verboten. This dance project from the mind of DJ Andy Butler came out with a new album recently and I’m sure it’s wonderful but remember this big time jam from six (!) years ago? I try to sing it in the shower at least a couple times during each calendar bathing year.
Black Flag play The Grand Victory. But I don't know which offshoot of Black Flag this is, who are the players, what's involved, so I can't 100% recommend this unless I spend hours digging for answers which let's face it isn't going to happen because I am but just one music blob. Sorry, Black Flag. You did this to yourselves.
(UPDATE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. GOOD.)
Other notable shows = LVL UP at Silent Barn + Danny Brown at Sonos Studios + A Great Big Pile of Leaves at The Studio at Webster Hall + Rakim at Stage 48 + Krill at Shea Stadium + Heeney at Palisades + Delta Spirit at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday - October 3rd, 2014 A.D.
DJ Animal Collective play Brooklyn Bowl. Normally, I wouldn’t include a DJ set on this dynamic weekly feature but last week Panda Bear played the Oh My Rockness Turns Ten Fest Night #3 (RIP) and he had a ton of visuals, man. And that’s just one dude from the band. Imagine the cosmic rays of light the whole collective is going to produce when they DJ for us.
Mr. Twin Sister play Baby’s All Right (and tomorrow too) and I have heard some chill synth pop things since the name change. They now sound more loose and free to be the band they have always wanted to be. Good for you, Sir Sister.
Other notable shows = Richard Reed Perry at Sonos Studios + A Great Big Pile of Leaves at Asbury Lanes + Asgeir at Bowery Ballroom + DJ Juan Maclean at Cameo Gallery + Life Size Maps at Palisades + Weird Womb at Shea Stadium + La Roux at Terminal 5 + Nude Beach at Union Pool
Saturday - October 4th, 2014 A.D.
(*please note - this band didn’t really meet in jail - oh those funny publicists)
The Downtown Festival continues tonight at Webster Hall. I think I forgot to mention it previously. Oh well. Just click the link. Anyway, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks play tonight. You’ll remember I was just talking about his buddy Panda Bear a few paragraphs previously. Other bands playing = Atlas Sound + Tobacco + Computer Magic + Tobacco. How 'bout that.
Hamilton Leithauser (he was a Walkman once) plays Brooklyn Night Bazaar. It’s free. He’s good. And it will tide you over until the day The Walkmen play again. That day will come. You can count on that.
The two-day Modern Sky Festival starts today at Central Park Rumsey Playfield and it looks to be excellent. Tonight celebrates the music of William Onyeabor and includes sets by Liars (yes) + The Blood Brothers (yesss) + others. I’ll tell you about tomorrow’s lineup later.
Sweden’s sublime songwriting singing indie popster Lykke Li plays a club called Radio City Music Hall - a place perhaps most known, if it all, as being the location where Daddy Warbucks takes Annie to the movies in the movie “Annie.”
Sunday - October 5th, 2014 A.D.
Small Black play Brooklyn Flea. It’s free. They're good. I’m going. Be there. Or, I’m just going to stand there and talk to myself - the same mentality I take when approaching this dynamic weekly feature that 13 of you regularly read.
*the following song is still a big time jam and has aged like a fine wine - so I would assume - I stick to blends that come in magnums
Oh yeah. Modern Sky Festival. I told you I was going to talk about Day #2 which happens today. I almost forgot. Cat Power and Stars lead the way. But there’s more. Feel free to peep the entire lineup if you want. But I bet I either had you or lost you at Cat Power and Stars.
Finally. Let’s shut down this week with some super solid punk that’s a much welcomed blast from the past. The Blood Brothers play Warsaw. I saw them at the old Knitting Factory once. I believe it was 2003, the exact year this band was the best band in the world.
That’s it. I’m out. Now let’s all stop staring at our screens and go out there and enjoy early October. It’s beautiful out there. Live in the now. And enjoy it while you can, man.