The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Caribou + Waxahatchee + The Antlers + Johnny Marr + Javelin + Stars + Speedy Ortiz + Alt-J + more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
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Monday - November 10th, 2014 A.D.
Waxahatchee and Allison Crutchfield and Radiator Hospital play (le) poisson rouge. Careful Rockness readers will notice I wrote about all three of these peeps last week. You remember last week’s piece, right? You printed it out and taped it to your Frigidaire because it was so awesome? Cool. So I don’t have to get into the goodness again then.
(the following song made our Top Songs of 2014 list - just thought you should know)
Ambient sound slinger Daniel Lanois and post-indie-pop-present-emo-rocksters (or something - I dunno - YOU try it) The Antlers lead a good lineup at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The show is called “Antithesis” and it celebrates “forward thinking music.” Aint’ nobody looking through their rear view mirror at this one, man. Hell, they’re not even checking their sides. Hope they get wherever they’re going safely.
Toronto’s Stars play Music Hall of Williamsburg. And every time I talk about Stars I posted the same goddamn song. You know, the one that’s now 10 years old? But it’s such a good sweet sad song. Goddamn it, I’m going to do it again. I don’t care. I am #PUNK #DIY #ROCKSTER
Tuesday - November 11th, 2014 A.D.
Speedy Ortiz (click that) + Hunters (clack it) + Palehound (clickitty clickitty clack) lead the solidness at Death By Audio. All three bands we nominate for the Good Band Award and the results are in and they all win.
New Jersey guitar hero Andrew Cedermark and his friends and casual acquaintances and quite possibly strangers I don’t know play Knitting Factory. Should be good if you like music that’s good. (and the logic it goes ‘round and ‘round as the painted ponies go up and down on the carousel….of time)
Hip rap hopper Joey Bada$$ plays Irving Plaza. Here’s another old song (what was 2012 even LIKE, man?) I always post when blobbing about Joey Bada$$. I guess I should get groovy with the present time. But it’s such a good song.
Wednesday - November 12th, 2014 A.D.
Caribou at Webster Hall is the #1 most saved show on Whoa My Blobness. Caribou at Webster Hall is also the #2 most saved show. That guy just can’t seem to get out of his own way. If this confuses you, good. Confusion is the first step towards progress. You have two chances this week to see this composing Canadian sound lord. I knew him when he was Manitoba. But he had me at Dan.
Speaking of the same old songs I always post when blobbing about a band, Toronto’s Electric Youth play Music Hall of Williamsburg and hell yes I’m going to post their song from “Drive.” I can’t remember how many years ago that movie came out and I’m certainly not going to look it up. But I am going to enjoy blasting this song one more time. IT’S SUCH A GOOD SONG.
Toronto indie power rock popsters Sloan (formed circa 1991) play Bowery Ballroom. They have put out a bunch of albums - a whole lot. 20+ years is a long time. People like them here. But they’re bigger in Canada. Aren’t we all…..aren’t we all.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play Brooklyn Bowl. I think I’ve heard about this band on the World Wide IntraSphere.
Thursday - November 13th, 2014 A.D.
Remember how I just told about Mitski? I said she was really good? If by some slim chance you missed my kind words just go ahead and click her name and get acquainted with this goodness. It’s cool. I”ll wait. Did you do it? You like it, right? I knew it. Even better news for you. The band (yes, live it’s a band) play Silent Barn tonight.
Cult of Youth play Trans-Pecos. I already tried to explain this goodness once and barely got through the experience. Post-industrial neo-folk isn’t in my sweet spot but I still think it’s my cup of tea. I just don’t know why. I’m sorry. I have failed you. FATHERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!! (that's from Superman II)
Friday - November 14th, 2014 A.D.
Brooklyn synth post-key popsters TEEN play a free show at the Apple Store in SoHo. What will those geniuses think up next? On a related note, do you want to read my brave yet cautionary tale about how my iPhone broke and so I had to actually go to a show without one? YOU CAN.
Post-dance twiddler wigglers Javelin play Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This one is also free. And you can freely move about if you want to, too. I don’t know what post-dance means. I thought you did.
Foxes in Fiction play Shea Stadium. The following song is also included (see: Crutchfield - Allison) on Our Top 14 Songs of 2014 List. It’s a really great list and you should check out the other 13 winners immediately or whenever you’re done reading this interminable article, whichever comes last.
Other notable shows = Caribou at Webster Hall + DJ Animal Collective at Brooklyn Bowl + O’Death at The Bell House + Sannhet at Saint Vitus + Dustin Wong at Palisades + Bent Shapes at Muchmore’s + Say Hi at Mercury Lounge + Yumi Zouma at Glasslands
Saturday - November 15th, 2014 A.D.
Johnny Marr was in this band called The Smiths with this guy named Morrissey. They still keep in touch and love each other very much. However, Marr is perhaps best known as being the guitarist in Modest Mouse for three years during their post-good albums era. JM plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. I hope you’ll be there. Because if not...There Will Be Blood. Oh wait, that's Jonny Greenwood. Nevermind.
‘80s L.A. band The Dream Syndicate were one of the original Paisley Underground alts. You can read all about that scene on my favorite website. They recently reunited and you can see them play their first NYC show since at least 19988 at Rough Trade tonight (and tomorrow too). Expect many songs from their debut full-length “The Days of Wine and Roses” which is also a really great Jack Lemmon movie (he plays an alcoholic) that you should see immediately if you haven’t already.
And Fred Falke plays Cielo. He is a legit #1 leading DANCE JAM MASTER. As long as we’re posting the same old songs this week why don’t I go ahead and post this old Fred Falke song that I always post when I blob about Fred Falke because it’s a really good song. Coooooool.
Other notable shows = Ryan Adams at Carnegie Hall + Dustin Wong at Cake Shop + The Big Sleep and Devin and friends at Brooklyn Night Bazaar + Monogold at Glasslands + Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Bowery Ballroom + Tei Shi at Baby’s All Right + Fletcher C. Johnson at Baby’s All Right
Sunday - November 16th, 2014 A.D.
Pattern is Movement play one of last remaining shows at Glasslands. That makes me sad. Not that Pattern is Movement is playing. They’re a good band. I’m sad Glasslands is closing. Fucking Giuliani. Embrace the goodness there while you still can.
Fiasco play Death by Audio. I saw them play Union Pool 7 years ago because I asked them if they would. I have fond memories of that show - in particular Pin the Mustache on Carlos D. Ah. Those were the salad days. I’m glad these punks are playing again.
Finally. Alt-J play Beacon Theater. They’re really alt.
That’s it. I’m out of time. Thanks a lot. You guys have been great. Expect more of the same old song postings same time next week. The very good emo band I Sprouted Wings To Sail With The Sighs Of The Wind is up next!