Thursday, April 28, 2011

Upcoming Shows: Songs for Moms, Gang Gang Dance + more

Tonight!! Thursday, April 28

Lightning Bolt, Pterodactyl @ Le Poisson Rouge * Greenwich Village, Manhattan * $12 adv / $14 dos
Both of these bands are named after cool things from the sky.  There are two people in Lightning Bolt and they are both named Brian.  One Brian plays a heavily distorted bass guitar very very very very fast and very very very very loud.  The other Brian plays the drums very very very very very very very fast and yells into a mic that he has in his mouth.  Pterodactyl are not as heavy, but have just as much energy as Lightning Bolt - their manic noise rock is chaotic but tight.  They are one of Brooklyn's best and most unrated bands. [lightning myspace] [ptero myspace]

Other shows
Woods (otherworldly psych-folk) @ 285 Kent ($10)
Grooms (Sonic Youth-y post punk, not headlining) @ Santos Party House ($12)

Tomorrow!! Friday, April 29

Shellshag, Songs for Moms, Landlord @ Silent Barn * Ridgewood, Queens
Shellshag are basically mom and dad to the young Brooklyn pop-punk scene.  They have fun and you will too.  More importantly, Songs for Moms are playing - they are from California and not exactly frequent tourers, so this is not to be missed.  Their album I Used to Believe in the West was #12 on my best of 2009 list.  They are three ladies who play country-tinged punk, but in such a good way, you can't even believe it. [shellshag myspace] [moms myspace]

Other shows
...and You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead @ Bowery Ballroom ($20)

Saturday, April 30

Titus Andronicus, Dinowalrus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * SOLD OUT
Titus Andronicus are a band from New Jersey who play music that evolved from hardcore punk, but tends to be epic, emotive rants about history and moral struggle.  But they rock so hard and mean it so truly that their music never gets weighed down by the size of the emotions and issues their songs tackle.  Dinowalrus are psychedelic as fuck, and very good. [titus myspace] [dino myspace]

Other shows
Japanther @ Brooklyn Fireproof East ($10)

Wednesday, May 4

Gang Gang Dance @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Gang Gang Dance are too cool for words.  They are an experimental dub group from Brooklyn whose music is steeped in hip hop, dub and a thousand rhythmic styles from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.  But they aren't some cheesy world-fusion bullshit, their music is dark, primal and truly their own.  Their frontwoman, who goes by "The LZA" (how cool is that?), is totally wack.  [myspace]

Other shows
Fiery Furnaces (Bluesy pop by WACK bro and sis duo) @ Rockwood Music Hall ($20)
Pterodactyl (see above) @ Silent Barn ($8)

The long view...

Thermals, Twin Shadow, Tyvek (poppy, gritty punk) @ Le Poisson Rouge ($10)
C Spencer Yeh, White Suns, Dainolith (mem. AIDS Wolf) (avant garde/noise) @ Death By Audio($7)
Fiery Furnaces (see above) @ Rockwood Muisc Hall ($20)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (saccharine indie pop with subtly dark lyrics) @ Webster Hall
K-Holes (lady noise!) @ Cake Shop ($8)
Total Slacker (sick sick sick) @ Death By Audio ($7)
NYU Strawberry Festival feat. Secret Guest, Ducktails, Pterodactyl, So So Glos

Yo La Tengo (inventors of noise pop) @ Bell House (Sold Out)

Yo La Tengo (see above) @ Bell House (Sold Out)
CSS (ultra hip crazy dance pop with punk attitude from Brazilian ladies), Sleigh Bells (ultra hip duo with danceable heavy hip-hop beats + girly vocals + metal/hardcore/industrial sheets of guitar noise + some screaming) @  Webster Hall (Sold Out)
Vaz (noise) @ Cake Shop

CSS, Sleigh Bells (see above) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Sold Out)

CSS, Sleigh Bells (see above) @ Bowery Ballroom (Sold Out)
Hunters, Yvette @ Death By Audio ($7)

The Antlers (sad noisy music) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Antlers (see above) @ Bowery Ballroom
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), I Feel Tractor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Pterodactyl, Screens, Zulus @ Death By Audio ($7)

Stiff Little Fingers (late 70's UK punk)

T.S.O.L. (original SOCAL hardcore) @ Santos Party House ($12)

Dinosaur Jr (late 80's/early 90's loud proto-alt rock, performing their classic album Bug), Fucked Up (wall of sound meets hardcore/thrash meets best thing ever) @ Terminal 5

Archers Loaf @ Webster Hall

Animal Collective @ Prospect Park

Sonic Youth @ Williamsburg Waterfront
The Streets @ Terminal 5

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