Thursday, June 23, 2011

Upcoming Shows: Bush Tetras, Coathangers, Jeff the Brotherhood + more!

Tonight!! Thursday, June 23

Art Brut, Reptar, Miniboone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Art Brut are an arty/"meta" sort of catchy punk band from the U.K.  Sometimes the band is a little too clever for their own good, but mostly, they're good fun. Reptar have been getting a fair amount of hype lately.  As for Miniboone, if you can imagine the Minutemen as produced by Phil Spector, you might get some idea what they're all about.  They're the perfect opening act for this bill of big, rowdy, cerebral pop. [brut video] [minivideo]

Dinosaur Jr (playing Bug and interviewed by Henry Rollins), Fucked Up @ Terminal 5 * Midtown West, Manhattan
Well this is certainly a weird show.  Dinosaur Jr, the band that brought guitar heroics back to indie music, inspired the entire shoegaze movement and set the tone for what would be known as "Alt Rock" a decade later, will be playing their classic album, Bug, live at Terminal 5 tonight.  (Bug is not their best album, but it's up there.)  Henry Rollins from Black Flag is apparently going to be there not to perform but to interview (?!).  Opening is Fucked Up, the greatest punk band of the last decade.  Fucked Up are hardcore superheroes who've reinvented the genre with their sheets sound and ambitious but never weighty concept albums (including their very recent rock opera, David Comes to Live).  It's all very good, but it is at Terminal 5, which has the worst acoustics of any venue ever made (probably).  It's a huge place and their shows are overpriced.  However, they do have candy in the bathrooms. [dino video] [fucked up video]

Talk Normal @ Union Pool * Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Talk Normal are make avant garde/noise music, but they've got melodies and songs and all that stuff too, more melodies all the time.  They're rad enough to open for Sonic Youth and Teenage Jesus which means their about as rad as possible. [video]

Other Shows
Bob Mould @ 92YTribeca ($25)
Chairlift @ Glasslands ($10)
Tape Deck Mountain, Grooms, Dinowalrus @ Knitting Factory ($8/$10)
We Are Scientists, Milagres @ Red Hook Park (free!)

Tomorrow!! Friday, June 24

Bush Tetras, Coathangers, Religious to Damn @ 285 Kent * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * $10
Along with ESG and Liquid Liquid, the Bush Tetras were one of the original funk-punk bands that came out of the tail end of No Wave in New York City in the late 70's and early 80's.  Featuring Pat Place of the Contortions, the Bush Tetras are a female-led group of funky post-punkers whose music echoes the bleak, nihilistic culture of late 70's NYC. Coathangers are one of the best new(ish) punk bands in ages and they will fuck your shit up. [tetras video] [coathanger video]

Other Shows
Sic Alps, Spectre Folk, Weekends, Phillip Seymour Hoffman @ Death By Audio ($8)
Strange Boys, White Fence, Babies @ 92YTribeca ($10/$12)

Saturday, June 25

Coathangers, Teen Witch @ Cake Shop * LES, Manhattan * $8
See above, yo.

Secret Guest, Jeff the Brotherhood, Iceage @ 285 Kent * Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The secret guest headliner for the Jeff show on Saturday is quite intriguing because it's apparently someone more impressive than Jeff the Brotherhood, and that's not easy to accomplish.  The show's worth attending just for the other two acts, rock'n'roll heroes Jeff the Brotherhood (who just released an album) and heavily hyped Danish punks Iceage, who will soon be very famous. [jeff video]

Other Shows
K-Holes @ Union Pool (free afternoon show!)
Archers of Loaf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out!)
Zulus, some other band featuring ex-mems PC Worship @ Bruar Falls (free!)

Sunday, June 26

Unfact (David Wm. Sims of Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid, Rapeman), US Girls @ Bruar Falls * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * $8
I don't know the music of Unfact, but I do know the music of David Wm. Sims, who played bass in three of my favorite bands.  (Three!  Count 'em!)  These three bands, all hailing from Chicago (sort of), are three of the nastiest, heaviest, most abrasive post-hardcore bands that ever existed - and three of the most influential as well. [video]

Other Shows
Archers of Loaf @ Webster Hall ($30)
My Teenage Stride @ Fulton Stall Market (free!)

Tuesday, June 28

Mariachi el Bronx @ Brooklyn Bowl * Williamsburg, Brooklyn * Free (with RSVP)
I don't think I'd recommend this show if it weren't free.  Bronx are a good hardcore band and sometimes they turn into a mariachi band (really) and call themselves "Mariachi el Bronx." [video]

Funkmaster Flex & Guests @ Soundview Park * Soundview, Bronx * Free!!
This is one of the less impressive of NYC Parks Department's series of hip-hop shows this summer - or I'm guessing it is.  The other shows feature old school and early hardcore legends like Eric B, Rakim and EPMD.  On the other hand, this is free and you never know - the guest could be someone amazing.

The long view...

Fiasco @ Death By Audio ($7)

Dinowalrus, Total Slacker @ Monster Island Basement ($6)
Cro-Mags @ Bowery Ballroom
Ceremony @ Death By Audio
Nobunny, TV Ghost, Shellshag @ Knitting Factory ($10/$12)
Thermals, Big Troubles @ Bell House ($15)

Shellshag, Fiasco, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Silent Barn

Panda Bear, Ducktails @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out!)
Ringo Deathstarr, the Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo @ Shea Stadium

Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship + many more @ Shea Stadium

Ladybug Transistor, Beets @ Knitting Factory ($12)
Zs @ Public Assembly

Liquor Store, Ex-Humans, The Fucking Ocean @ Death By Audio ($7)

The Wake, Weekend @ South Street Seaport

Ted Leo @ South Street Seaport (free!)
Grooms, Pterodactyl @ Death By Audio ($7)

Animal Collective @ Prospect Park (sold out!)
Cold Cave @ Knitting Factory ($15)
Slick Rick @ Crotona Park (free!)

Tune-Yards @ River Rocks (free!)
Marly Marl @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Gary War, K-Holes, Pop. 1280 @ Union Hall ($8)

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

4 Knots Festival: Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Obits, Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) + more
Pygmy Shrews @ Union Pool

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

Talk Normal @ Glasslands ($10)
Torche @ Music Hall of Williamsubrg

Funkmaster Flex, Nore(aga) @ Queensbridge (free!)
Gang Gang Dance @ Rocks Off Cruises

Death From Above 1979 @ Williamsburg Waterfront ($43)

The Feelies, Real Estate, Times New Viking @ Prospect Park (free!)
Heartless Bastards (acoustic) @ Mercury Lounge (sold out!)

Heartless Bastards (acoustic) @ Mercury Lounge

Walt Mink (great 90's indie band that split up over 10 years ago) @ Bell House

West Memphis Three Benefit with Dez Cadena @ Southpaw
Black Lips @ Bowery Ballroom

Sugarhill Gang @ Tappan Park (free!)
Sufjan Stevens @ Prospect Park

Cold Cave @ Bowery Ballroom
Crystal Antlers @ Glasslands ($10)

Friendly Fires, Cults @ Central Park (free!)

The Kills, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place to Bury Strangers @ Terminal 5

The Kills, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place to Bury Strangers @ Terminal 5

Sonic Youth @ Williamsburg Waterfront ($40)
*CANCELED* Streets, El-P @ Terminal 5

Rakim, EPMD @ Central Park (free!)

Deerhunter @ Webster Hall

Deerhunter @ Webster Hall

Wavves @ East River Park (free!)

TV on the Radio @ Williamsburg Waterfront ($48)

The Descendents @ Roseland Ballroom

Swans @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

X @ Irving Plaza

X @ Irving Plaza

The Horrors @ Webster Hall

Wild Flag (ex-Sleater-Kinney) @ Bell House

Wild Flag (ex-Sleater-Kinney) @ Bowery Ballroom

The Damned @ Irving Plaza

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) @ Town Hall (sold out!)

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