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40 Good Shows To See in NYC in May

Animal Collective, Tycho, The Black Lips, Slowdive, Father John Misty, Wavves, The Feelies, Buffalo Tom, Midnight Oil, Jesus & Mary Chain, Perfume Genius, Real Estate, Ty Segall, The xx, Thurston Moore, Make-Up, Deerhunter, Pixies, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Afghan Whigs, (Sandy) Alex G, Charly Bliss + more!

May 1, 2017

Written by Patrick McNamara

There are a bunch of good shows this month.

But these 40 right here are the best ones.

Please note: the numerical value assigned is based on the date on the show / not how dope it is.

All 40 of these shows are equally dope.

Forever and Ever.


40 Super Good Shows To See in NYC This May

1. Tycho play Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 4th.

2009 Me: Tycho rules

2017 Me: Tycho rules

The chillest band in the land play two shows at new venue Brooklyn Steel.

In summation, Tycho rules

2. The Black Lips play Webster Hall on Friday, May 5th.

Atlanta's The Black Lips consistently blast one of the best live shows in the live music game.

Few bands do grimy garage better.

So help me blob.

3. Slowdive play Brooklyn Steel on Monday, May 8th / Tuesday, May 9th.

"Slowdive! Take it easy!" - song from Foghat's shoegaze album.

The legendary lush 'n dreamy band from Berkshire (born-on-date: 1989) is releasing their first new album in 22 years.

Hit Movies The Year Slowdive's Last Album Was Released:

Toy Story / Braveheart / Seven (what's in the box, bro?!) / Clueless / The Usual Suspects / Heat / Tank Girl

4. The Hum at various venues in May.

THE HUM brings together women who make music in New York City and beyond for evenings of collaborative performances.

Artists participating include = Erika Spring / Sadie DuPuis / Angel Deradoorian / The Blow / She Shreds & lots more.

See the full schedule of goodness here!

5. Father John Misty play Kings Theatre on Wednesday, May 10th and Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, May 11th / Friday, May 12th

Have you seen this movie?

It's creepy, man.

6. Wavves play Bowery Ballroom on Friday, May 12th / Sunday, May 14th.

If you havven't punked out at a Wavves show in a bit you'vve got two chances to fix that wrong right quick because this vvery good band plays two nights at Bowery Ballroom.

Post Animal opens. You know who's in that band? "Steve" from Stranger Things aka the new Ferris Bueller.

Matthew Broderick should do a Papa John's commercial and be like "I'm the real Ferris Bueller just like Papa John's is the realest pizza."

7. The Feelies play Rough Trade on Friday, May 12th / Saturday, May 13th / Sunday, May 14th.

The Feelies have crazy rhythms.

They're also the band in this clip from Something Wild.

*a good Jonathan Demme (RIP) movie released in 1986, just 42 short years after The Feelies first formed

8. Buffalo Tom play Bowery Balloom on Saturday, May 13th.

Buffalo Tom celebrate the 25 year birthday of their best album.

If you somehow missed out on this band's goodness over the last few decades, the song below will get you caught up in a real hurry.

Larry, I love you so.

*if you want to skip it that's fine too this show is sold-out anyway you snooze sucka

9. Midnight Oil play Webster Hall on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th.

Midnight Oil's first NYC shows in a million years!

The legendary Australian band (born-on-date: the '70s) can rock easy knowing their fans on the other side of the world haven't forgotten them because both of these shows at Webster Hall sold-out super fast, so I hope for your sake you already have your tickets or you have the disposable probably income required to get tickets here or you don't care. Just please be happy!

Also, it would be pretty hard to sleep when your bed was burning. I don't know how people could do it.

10. The Jesus & Mary Chain play Brooklyn Steel on Sunday, May 14th.

A loud band from Scotland.

Hit Movies The Year Jesus & Mary Chain Were Born:

Return of the Jedi / Flashdance / Scarface / Wargames (how about a nice game of chess, bro?) / Risky Business / Superman III (see also: heist plot of Office Space)

11. Perfume Genius plays Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, May 16th.

Perfume Genius rules!

It doesn't take a sweet smelling rocket scientist to recommended this show.

RIYL: Seattle and/or Good Music

12. Real Estate play Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 17th and Sunday, May 21st.

Another 100% chill band playing Brooklyn Steel.

Can't wait to check that place out. I hear it's real good.

Oh whoa whoa whoa oh oh
Oh whoa whoa whoa oh oh
It's real (good)

13. Ty Segall plays Warsaw on Wednesday, May 17th / Thursday, May 18th / Friday, May 19th.

Ty Segall is the #1 most popular upcoming show.

Ty Segall is the #3 most popular upcoming show.

Ty Segall is the #10 most popular upcoming show.

14. The xx play Forest Hills Stadium on Friday, May 19th / Saturday, May 20th.

The best wildly popular band for a store to blast in their fitting rooms, basically.

Both of these shows are sold-out. Suxx.

Oh, well. Go buy yourself some pants.

15. Thurston Moore Group play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 20th.

Can't remember what band this dude was in before this one.


16. The Make-Up play The Bell House on Saturday, May 20 / Sunday, May 21th.

Ian Svenonius and crew play their first NYC shows in 5 years!





17. Deerhunter play Warsaw on Sunday, May 21st.

This movie rules so hard.

Oh yeah. The band does too

18. Animal Collective play Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Just another 100% chill band playing Brooklyn Steel this month.


Here's a video from way back in 2001 A.D. when Animal Collective were young pups loosely formed.

Sounds great, guys. Keep at it.

19. Pixies play Webster Hall on Wednesday, May 24th / Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th.


Just kidding! Here comes your band!

20. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds play Kings Theatre on Friday, May 26th / Saturday, May 27th.

"ehhhh actually I preferred The Birthday Party" - some turd somewhere probably

Hit Movies The Year Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Were Born:

Trading Places / Octopussy / Mr. Mom / Staying Alive / The Big (Netflix And) Chill

Rounding Out The Top 40:

21. Red Bull Music Academy Festival at Various Venues

22. The Afghan Whigs at Apollo Theater

23. NYU Strawberry Festival

24. Vulture Fest at Various Venues

25. (Sandy) Alex G at Park Church Co-Op

26. Charly Bliss at Baby's All Right

27. Vagabon at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

28. Mono at Music Hall of Williamsburg

29. The Black Angels at Brooklyn Steel

30. The Damned at Warsaw

31. Pond at Music Hall of Williamsburg / Bowery Ballroom

32. Meat Puppets at Brooklyn Bowl

33. Tei Shi at Rough Trade

34. Mastodon at Hammerstein

35. Omar Souleyman at (le) poisson rouge

36. Holy Fuck at Bowery Ballroom

37. Sylvan Esso at Brooklyn Steel

38. Com Truise at Warsaw

39. Frightened Rabbit at Brooklyn Steel

40. Pet Symmetry at Baby's All Right



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