Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Upcoming Shows: FRIDAY @ Monster Island Basement

December 4 @ Monster Island Basement

Shellshag - "The White Stripes on steroids and crack" (Jersey Beat 2007) [MySpace] [Official Site]

Big Troubles - "Big Troubles is Ian and Alex, two guys from Ridgewood, New Jersey looking to give you a sonic shoulder rub if you can stand it. Just as their fellow Ridgewoodians Real Estate tend to dunk theirs underwater, Ian and Alex blanket most melodies in loads of fuzz and distortion. Lots of kids are doing it these days, few are doing it as well as these two." (The Tripwire) [MySpace] [Official Site]

Sisters - "The Brooklyn duo Sisters pull nineties alternative rock into the twenty-first century, skillfully tempering Gen X slacker aesthetics with an earnest optimism and youthful vigor." (The New Yorker [!!!]) [MySpace] [RFR Review]

The Sundelles - "The band's sound is as classic garage as you can get and there is something reminiscent of Sid Vicious in the singer's voice. This track is filled with youthful exuberance and defiance. Definitely mixtape worthy!" (Rock Insider) [MySpace]

It's at Monster Island Basement a.k.a. Secret Project Robot art gallery a.k.a. 210 Kent Ave., at the corner of Kent and Metropolitan. Doors at 8 PM, costs $7.
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[Upcoming Shows Playlist]

Wednesday, December 2

Werewolves @ Glasslands | Williamsburg, Brooklyn | $5
I wouldn't hold my breath because the Werewolves have cancelled the last two times I tried to see them. But assuming they are going to do the show, you should be there. Werewolves manage to still the best of pretty much every variety of psychedelic music, from 60's rock and roll to shoegaze to noise. Hazy sounds, great melodies and squalling noise combine to make some of NYC's best music. [RFR Review] [MySpace]

Thursday, December 3

Young Boys @ Shea Stadium | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | $7
Young Boys are a badass noise pop duo who sound like an even drunker, even more nihilistic Jesus & Mary Chain. Everything is minimal, from the simple vocal melodies to the untamed, feedbacking guitar to the programmed keyboard beats. It's fucking great. [RFR Review] [MySpace]

Friday, December 4

Shellshag! Sisters! Big Troubles! Sundelles! See above!

Saturday, December 5

The Nymphets @ Dead Herring | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Nymphets are a minimal punk duo from Canada. Their music is simplistic and raw, their songs instantly lovable and their attitude badass but endearing. Check it. [RFR Review] [MySpace]

Monday, December 7

Jeff the Brotherhood, Dinowalrus, Sisters, Coin Under Tongue @ Mercury Lounge | LES, Manhattan | $8
Um, only four of the best bands on the scene right now, plus a DJ set by a fifth great (my recent obsession Stupid Party). Jeff the Brotherhood play raw psychedelic punk. Dinowalrus make experimental music that rocks hard but with complicated rhythms and unusual sounds. Sisters write enthusiastic, lo-fi pop songs. Coin Under Tongue yell all post-hardcore/thrash style into the microphone while making mammoth, distortion-laden riffs. However you look at it, this is a dream line-up. [JtB RFR Review] [JtB MySpace] [DW RFR Review] [DW MySpace] [Sisters RFR Review] [Sisters MySpace] [COT RFR Review]

[Upcoming Shows Playlist]

The long view...

Reagan Youth @ Trash Bar

Fiery Furnaces @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Forgetters (mems Jawbreaker, Against Me) @ Market Hotel

Fiery Furnaces @ Bowery Ballroom

Blank Dogs + Silk Flowers @ Monster Island Basement

The Slits + Sisters, Sundelles @ Highline Ballroom

The Antlers @ Bowery Ballroom

Raekwon @ The Fillmore

The For Carnation @ Knitting Factory
Black Dogs, Led Er Est @ Death By Audio
Pterodactyl @ Cameo

Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom

Gang Gang Dance, DJ/Rupture @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery Ballroom

Dinosaur Jr @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cheap Trick @ The Fillmore

Mission of Burma @ Bowery Ballroom

Residents @ Webster Hall

Magnetic Fields @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

[Upcoming Shows Playlist]

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