The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Tame Impala + Tom Verlaine + Trans Am + Alvvays + DJ Shadow + Body/Head + Bill Cosby + Deerhoof + PUP + Iron Chic + The Menzingers + more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Happy November! Hope you’re raged up, blissed out, and ready to chill in darkness for the next 6 months or so. Helllll, yeah. Can’t wait. Really looking forward to that. Big fan of turning back the clocks and making everything worse. This is 2014 A.D. Don't most farmers have outdoor lights and glow in the dark robots to grow their shit now? Someone's gotta change this tradition, man. If they can strip Pluto of planet status we can totally defrock Turn Back The Clock. Vote #TURNBACKNO
Alas, we press on and forge ahead. Whattya say we talk about good shows this week? Who knows, maybe this dynamic digital feature will give off a little flicker of light in an otherwise shady start to a heavy season. #PARTY
Thursday - November 6th, 2014 A.D.
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Andy Warhol Films starts a three night run at BAM. This is exactly as it sounds and the players involved include Dean Wareham + Martin Rev + Tom Verlaine + Bradford Cox + Eleanor Friedberger. You know the bands these people are/were also in, right? OK. Cool. So I don't have to get into it. That's what I figured.
Kim Gordon + Bill Nace = Body/Head = Union Pool tonight (and again tomorrow). Go. Don’t go. Kim Gordon is just a living punk legend and an icon to many. So either way. This goodness is what it is.
PC Worship play Trans-Pecos. I like this band and told you as much. (I remember writing that way back on September 3rd, 2014. - those were different days, my friend). Go see main man Justin Frye mash some shit up and make it sound cool.
Another very intimate, small show of note. Stevie Wonder will play “Songs in The Key of Life” at Madison Square Garden tonight. And like Mac DeMarco, what can be said about Stevie Wonder that hasn’t already been said? “I don’t know what to say! I don’t know what to say! Baby. Bbbbbbbaby. Baby.”
(*this will only make sense if you watch the video below - but let’s face it - how many of you really do?)
Remember when I said Deerhoof was playing 3 nights at Baby’s this week? Well, that’s still happening and on this particular night Trans Am (that profile is so old it's older than the so old joke I made to open it) is opening. This “Post-Rock” band was one of the musical bridges that helped me cross over from liking shitty music to liking good music. Thanks, Trans Am. I owe you one. Here’s a great song. Those who actually stream things are gonna love it.
And tonight’s the start of the NY Comedy Festival. Did you know we also list comedy shows in NYC? It’s true. I would never ever lie to you about something so important.
(Posting the same video twice. Because I have punker rock DIY principles.
Friday - November 7th, 2014 A.D.
Well, this is clearly the best night of the entire week. Here are a few good things. But there are a LOT more where this came from.
IT’S PUNK POP NOT POP PUNK. The Menzingers and Spraynard lead a really good punk pop one at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Like almost always, it’s free. And spacious. In a good way. Speaking of good here is my favorite Menzingers song because I’m a sucker for those dueling vocals tho and POP PUNK IS NOT A DIRTY WORD YOU GUYS.
Speaking of punk-pop-pop-punk, PUP + Chumped are also really good at making that. See this pretty punk 1-2 pop punch at Mercury Lounge tonight. It’s going to be FUN. (I will now cease writing the word “pop” and desist typing the word “punk” for the remainder of this dynamic digital article - so help me blob.)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival starts tonight. Go ahead and click their name and it’ll circle you right back to a different portal of our website where you’ll find out who is playing and why they are so awesome and how much and where.
And such as. And so forth. On and on this dynamic digital article goes.
Allison Crutchfield + Waxahatchee + Radiator Hospital play Asbury Lanes. I vouch for all three. That’s why their names are linked like that. I feel as if we’ve been over all of this before. But I can’t be sure. You see, there are no rear view mirrors here at Whoa My Blobness. That is why in 10 years I have never updated a band profile to better reflect their current embrace of styles, influences, and chill new sounds. It's a punker thing. You wouldn't understand.
Other notable shows = Hannibal Buress at Town Hall + Cold Specks at Rough Trade + Marc Maron at NYU Skirball Center + Peter Hook & The Light at Irving Plaza + Excepter at Death by Audio + Stepdad at Brooklyn Bowl + Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films at BAM
Saturday - November 8th, 2014 A.D.
LI’s Iron Chic + PA’s Beach Slang lead the way at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. I really like Iron Chic. They are 1000% fun. Do you remember one of my many Golden Rules? It goes a little something like this. BANDS: when YOU have fun up there WE have fun down here. This one is free. WORTH IT.
(btw, Beach Slang keep putting out great EPs and what's up with that???)
Philly’s Restorations play Mercury Lounge. File Under: Good Band. I told you more about them once. If you missed it, good news, life is full of digitally dynamic second chances. The goodness is there, ready for your embrace. It’s easy. It’s all in the click.
Toronto’s Alvvays + Toronto’s Absolutely Free + Toron... no... Brooklyn’s Baked play Rough Trade. That’s a 3-for-1 triple crown prime time trifecta right there. I would totally go to this show. But I’m not. Because I’m going to see…. (please wait until after the video)
….Bill Cosby at Carnegie Hall! Dr. Cos. Cliff Hux. The Pride of Hillman College himself. Yes, I am finally going to see Billy Cosby do standup. Boom goes the bucket list. Please enjoy the following classic film below. I laughed and laughed and laughed along to this when I was a little kid. I just watched it again. I'm pleased to report it 100% stills holds up.
Other notable shows = The Dismemberment Plan at Bowery Ballroom + Screaming Females at Asbury Lanes + FKA Twigs at Terminal 5 + Nick Offerman at Beacon Theatre + Fort Romeau at Glasslands + Joey Bada$$ at Irving Plaza + Dream Police at Saint Vitus + MillionYoung at Shea Stadium + Mark Lanegan at The Studio at Webster Hall
Sunday - November 9th, 2014 A.D.
Australia’s Tame Impala + New Jersey’s most famous guitar heroes Delicate Steve (it’s a “Butterfly” thing - you wouldn’t understand) play Beacon Theater. Should be some good psych shreds. Tune in, turn on, drop out.
Longtime post-something indie rock vets Versus (born circa 1990) play Rough Trade with a bunch of solid peeps. And making their triumphantly loud return after a long quiet is perfect punksters, The Rogers Sisters. In my mind, that band invented Brooklyn cool circa 2000 A.D. I was there. I lived it. I’m glad to see them back.
Or, you can get into the garage and cozy up in your fuzz mobile with Pujol and Shellshag + a Special Guest (please be Michael Jordan) at Death By Audio. As mentioned, not too many shows left there. So consider getting into this fast fading goodness while you can. No regrets. One world. One love. Imagine. Hope.
Other notable shows = Bob Odenkirk at Gramercy Theatre + I wonder if “Better Call Saul” is going to be good + I mean it will probably be good but will it be GREAT + Let's cross our fingers and hope for the best
Third posting of the same video. #punkrock #DIY #boredom #depression #death #PARTY