The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Merchandise + Zola Jesus + Caveman + Jimmy Eat World + Diarrhea Planet + Xiu Xiu + The Orwells + The Twilight Sad + lots more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
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Let’s start the week with a super solid space-cowboy garage-rock good time. White Fence + King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard + Juan Wauters play Baby’s All Right. It’s going to be one helluva melodic trip to Mars, man.
Shredful psych garage duo JEFF the Brotherhood (they’re really brothers! like how the cast of “Friends” were really friends!) and Diarrhea Planet play Santos Party House. Please remember. This is Diarrhea Planet’s world - we’re all just pooping uncontrollably in it.
Ramona Lisa is the chill new electronic pop project of Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. See her set everything adrift on memory bliss tonight at (le) poisson rouge. Things are about to get peaceful, y’all.
Other notable shows = Wyatt Cenac at Littlefield
The lovely Baby’s All Right is turning 1. They are hosting several good shows this week to celebrate their graduation from size 3 diapers. Pretty soon they’ll be wearing pull-ups. They grow up so fast. But yeah. NYC’s Young Magic play tonight. This band’s smooth synth sound feels really good right around the heart area. I’ll tell you about the rest of Baby’s birthday shows later when it’s a more appropriate time and place.
(*still trying to get eccentro-pop as a term to take off and I’m still hopeful as it’s only been 10 years so far.)
Tampa’s pop noir post-something punks Merchandise play Music Hall of Williamsburg. They’ll have merch for sale in the back.
Philly’s Beach Slang (ex Weston dude and his friends) play Saint Vitus (with some other bands - there’s really no need to get into it here). Have you heard this band’s new EP? It’s pretty good. You heard it here FOURTH. Go to this if you like “Guitar. Bass. Drums. Played Loudly.”
Chicago garage popsters The Orwells + NYC popster punkers Skaters play Irving Plaza (and Friday at Asbury Lanes). How do you think the Chicago Bulls are going to do this year? If you said, “go all the way” you’d be correct and we should really hang out and watch a game together sometime because I like who you root for and your optimism in all things Chicago athletics.
Caveman play Baby’s All Right. To celebrate the venue’s 1 year birthday. Good shows all this week, basically. Remember? If not, you can scroll up a little bit. It’s cool. I’ll wait. Just let me put on Caveman to keep me occupied in your absence as I find this easy-going pop band makes time pass very delightfully.
Minus the Bear play Saint Vitus (and Friday at Gramercy Theatre). I never fully immersed myself in this math-rock band’s back catalog, but many of my imaginary friends love these guys. The following was their big breakout album, right? I’ll blast it now and consider getting into them. 12 years late is never too late.
Other notable shows = Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt) at The Bell House + Flying Lotus at Terminal 5 + Life Sized Maps at Shea Stadium + Nina Persson of The Cardigans at Webster Hall (Marlin Room) + Black Francis at Club Helsinki but that’s up in Hudson, man
One band whose back catalog I am VERY knowledgable about are The Appleseed Cast. Definitely one of the most underrated of the 1.5 Wave emo bands. See this veteran Kansas crew at Irving Plaza (with Mewithoutyou and Hop Along) and be prepared for them to sling some serious goodness your way. I’ve never seen them do a bad show. In summation, the following is one of my favorite songs…. of ALL TIME.
Scotland’s The Twilight Sad play Rough Trade. They get climactic. I’m sure Scotland has produced plenty of bad bands over the years but I can’t name one. I really can’t. That country slings nothing but the hits.
Rat Fist = No Age’s Randy Randall + Pissed Jeans’s Sean McGuiness. And the word “Jeans’s” just doesn’t look right. But I think they changed the grammar rules on how you deal with the possessive ‘S’ since I last cracked open a book. Anyway, these two punks play Death by Audio (and Friday at Palisades). You should go. And I should mind my own business’s.
Frankie Cosmos plays delightful indiepop. I’m glad they are a band. And I just saw Porches and they reminded me of early Sea & Cake. That’s a compliment. Guess what? Both Frankie Cosmos and Porches play Baby’s All Right (and tomorrow too) because BABY’S ALL RIGHT IS TURNING 1.
Jimmy Eat World play The Capitol Theatre because their album “Futures” is turning 10. You know what’s not a bad album? “Futures” by Jimmy Eat World. Here’s my favorite song from that record. What’s yours? Same one? Neat. Let’s hang out. I like your taste in 10-year-old albums.
Other notable shows = Wampire at Baby’s All Right + Nicholas Nicholas at Cameo + Germans at Glasslands + Minus the Bear at Gramercy Theatre + Roses at Mercury Lounge + Com Truise at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Dope Body/Rat Fist/Bambara at Palisades + Oneida at Secret Project Robot
Xiu Xiu play Glasslands. I don’t think this band has played these parts in quite some time. Sometimes when I’m at the crowded gym I like to sing the following song to myself in the mirror. I get real close and sing it real quiet. People clear out pretty fast. Oh, well. More workout space for me.
Bill Cosby plays two shows at The Paramount. I wish I could make one of them. But I already have my ticket to see him at Carnegie Hall on 11/8. I’m excited. He’s one of my heroes. Speaking of heroes, I wonder if he really does hide hoagie sandwiches up his fireplace to try and trick his wife, Camille. I bet he does. Also. Cockroach really should have let Theo have the Soul Train ticket.
Icelandic (by way of Australia) composer Ben Frost and the celestial being disguised as human Julianna Barwick play The Wick tonight. Things are going to get real ethereal real fast.
Radiator Hospital (click that) + Allison Crutchfield (click that) + Girlpool (click that) play Silent Barn and I really like all three. Damn. I don’t know who should get the video treatment. How about all three? I can do whatever I want. I’m punk rock and it’s my music blob. Click that. Click that. Click that.
Zola Jesus plays Webster Hall. Her new album is going to make her huge. For serious. Have you heard any of it? You’re going to want to take a listen. She’s figured it out.
Olga Bell plays MoMA PS1. Expect a sublime time but settle for musical transcendence.
Other notable shows = what? Those three I mentioned above aren’t good enough for you?
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