Thursday, May 26, 2011

Upcoming Shows: Big Freedia, Zs + more

Tonight!! Thursday, May 26

Big Freedia, Javelin @ Mercury Lounge * LES, Manhattan
Big Freedia is the (drag) queen of New Orleans "bounce" music.  A form of dirty-south rap, bounce is accompanied with a dance that is, essentially, the fastest booty-shaking humanly possible. With song titles like "Azz Everywhere," Big Freedia has brought the queer microgenre "sissy bounce" attention in the national media.  Like go-go in 70's DC, booty bass in 80's Miami and juke in 90's Chicago, sissy bounce is particular to a time (now) and place (New Orleans).  This is the moment and it probably won't last long so check it out.  [video]

Other Shows
Darlings (ramshackle, catchy indie) @ Death By Audio ($7)
Dinowalrus (danceable psychedelic synth and guitar music) @ Cameo ($8)

Tomorrow!! Friday, May 27

Pterodactyl, Screens, Zulus @ Death By Audio * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * $7
Pterodactyl are a noise rock band.  They play fast and yell some and sing some.  Screens are another experimental band who are really good with noise and grooves and tunes that come off all disjointed (in a good way).  Zulus play loud, heavy, fast post-hardcore.  [old ptero video] [screens musik video]

Dum Dum Girls (solo acoustic), Crocodiles (solo acoustic), Woven Bones (full band acoustic) @ Glasslands * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * $10
I was way more psyched about this show before they announced the "acoustic" part of it.  These are three lo-fi, reverby bands of the sort that are so in vogue.  Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles (whose front-people are married to each other) are two of the best.  [dum video] [croc video]

Other shows
Dustin Wong (crazy Ponytail guitarman), The Sky (mem USAISAMONSTER) @ Monster Island Basement ($7)
Fang Island (lots of big guitar) @ Brooklyn Bowl ($5)

Saturday, May 28

Big Freedia @ Broooklyn Bown * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * $5
See above.

Memorial Day! Monday, May 30

Mattress, Brick Mower @ Silent Barn * Ridgewood, Queens * $7
Fucking awesome New Jersey punks. [mattress video] [brick video]

Tuesday, May 31

Man Man, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * Sold out!
I don't care about Man Man but Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers are opening at MHOW Tuesday.  Shilpa Ray is like a petite, post-modern, desi Janis Joplin from the future. Her music is rock'n'roll with bluesy gritty and punk swagger.  She plays a hand-powered harmonium.  I cannot express how very badass she is. [video]

Wednesday, June 1

Zs @ Silent Barn * Ridgewood, Queens * $7
Zs are a highly experimental noise outfit.  They are among the best of their genre, blending avant garde influences in a way that's brutal and harsh, but also beautiful. [video]

The long view...

Liturgy (black metal crossover), Sightings (experimental/noise) @ Knitting Factory
Stiff Little Fingers (late 70's UK punk) @ Europa ($20)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Silk Flowers, R. Stevie Moore @ Irving Plaza ($20)
Fiasco (mathy posthardcore) @ Shea Stadium

Against Me!, Screaming Females, Lemuria (first and last = BEST pop punk; Females = just plain BEST) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Against Me!, Screaming Females, Lemuria (see above) @ Webster Hall

Bush Tetras (original early 80's experimental post punk funk by ladies) @ Le Poisson Rouge ($12/$15)

Pygmy Shrews, Pop 1280, White Suns (post-hardcore/experimental/
noise) @ Death By Audio ($7)

TSOL (one of the best original SoCal hardcore punk bands) @ Santos Party House ($12)
R. Stevie Moore (inventor of lo-fi indie pop, looks like Santa) @ Bell House ($10)

Japanther (arty poppy punk), Shellshag, Heavy Cream @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Northside Festival: Atlas Sound (Deerhunter side project) @ St. Cecilia's ($15/$17)
Northside Festival: Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow (punk-inflected indie pop) @ Bruar Falls
Swervedriver (original shoegaze) @ Irving Plaza

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 (slowcore shoegaze), Vacant Lots @ Bell House ($15/$20)
The Books @ Prospect Park
Northside Festival: Surfer Blood, Eternal Summers, Grooms, Xray Eyeballs @ Knitting Factory ($12/$14)
Northside Festival: Woods @ St. Cecilia's ($12/$15)

Northside Festival: Guided By Voices (original line-up), Wavves, Surfer Blood, The Babies @ McCarren Park
Northside Festival: Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces, see above) @ St. Cecilia's ($15/$17)

Northside Festival: Mount Eerie (aka Microphones, the best lo-fi noise folk since Neutral Milk Hotel) @ St. Cecilia's ($12/$15)

Talib Kweli @ Red Hook Park (free)

The Bronx (punx) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises

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
Art Brut, Reptar (meta art punk) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chairlift, Telepathe @ Glasslands ($10)

Special guest (it definitely is a big deal and involves ladies, so make your guess), Coathangers, Religious to Damn @ 285 Kent

Archers of Loaf (one of the best 90's indie bands) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
Jeff the Brotherhood (finest young psych rock) @ 285 Kent

Archers of Loaf (see above) @ Webster Hall

Thermals, Big Troubles (noise pop/punk) @ Bell House ($15)
Nobunny, TV Ghost, Shellshag @ Knitting Factory ($10/$12)

Shellshag, Fiasco, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Silent Barn

The Wake, Weekend @ South Street Seaport

Animal Collective @ Prospect Park (sold out)
Cold Cave @ Knitting Factory

Gary War, K-Holes, Pop. 1280 (noisy post punk and post punky noise) @ Union Hall ($8)
tUnE-yArDs @ Riverrocks (free)

Radio Dept., Asobi Seksu (shoegaze/ambient pop) @ South Street Seaport

Kool Moe Dee (one of the first and best rappers of all time) @ Queensbridge (free)

The Feelies, Real Estate, Times New Viking (post punk, lo-fi) @ Prospect Park

Black Lips @ Bowery Ballroom

Sugar Hill Gang (first commercially successful rap act) @ Tappan Park (free)
Sufjan Stevens @ Prospect Park

Cold Cave @ Bowery Ballroom

Friendly Fires, Cults @ Central Park (free)

The Kills @ Terminal 5

Sonic Youth @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Streets, El-P @ Terminal 5

Rakim, EPMD (two of the greatest rap acts of all time, pivotal in hip-hop's transition from old school rap to more rhythmically and lyrically complex hardcore) @ Central Park (free)

Deerhunter @ Webster Hall

Wavves @ East River Park (free)

TV on the Radio @ Williamsburg Waterfront ($48)

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