This wretched month will finally come to an end by the time the weekend is out, but February does leave us a nice parting gift in the form of some fantastic shows that should get you out of whatever hopefully warm abode you call home.
In a fit of domestication (and, in this case, transparency), I spent this past Sunday assembling IKEA furniture for my girlfriend. And as anyone who has ever spent their weekend assembling IKEA furniture can tell you, the only thing it makes you want to do is throw on something caustic and smash that pile of Swedish voodoo back into the splinters from whence it came. So here’s to that caustic something and the perhaps foolhardy hope that I can find solace in sonic destruction alone.
Greetings, let’s cast aside these tenebrific last few days and look to that which brings the most effulgent of feelings: the weekend. I can’t say I’m being terribly helpful at this point, given that three of the best five options are already sold out, but I don’t make the rules.
Now in its second year, Grand Street Restaurant Week is already a Williamsburg tradition. From February 16th-22nd enjoy two course lunches from $8-$10 and/or three course dinners for $18-$30 at these Grand Street establishments: Chuvoys, Williams & Bailey, The Grand National, Dar, Le Barricou, Desy’s Clam Bar, Lily Thai, The Grand Bar & Grill, The Sandwich Shop, Bahia, Los Primos, Grand Morelos, Masha and the Bear, Lula Bean and Sky Bar and Grill.
For full menu listings and prices please visit grandstbklyn.com.
I was pretty pissed off when I found out Metz were one of the secret bands playing Death By Audio’s swan songs a few months ago, because I couldn’t make it out that night. I wasn’t pissed for long though, because I knew it meant that they were probably working on a new record. Not that it meant that it’d be out anytime soon; the Toronto noisepunks played their first shows in 2007 and didn’t release their debut until 2012, but it inspired hope. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait five years for the followup, because earlier today, the band announced that Metz II is out on May 4 internationally and May 5 in North America via Sub Pop. You can stream the first single, the blistering “Acetate” below. [Read more...]
Alright head count time, I just want to make sure everybody survived the one-two gut punch that was Valentine’s weekend and an Ulver-approved polar vortex. We all good? Hearts, minds, and frostbitten fingertips still intact? OK, alright, awesome. Now let’s get down to business.
I suspect it’s not uncontroversial to say we’re all fed up of winter, but sometimes a record comes along that gives us hope for sunnier times (let’s conveniently forget it’s summer down under). Twerps’ latest album, Range Anxiety, is a spring record if ever I heard one and is out now on Merge Records. Needless to say, if you enjoy guitars set to jangle with an unabashed Flying Nun influence, have your wallet at the ready. Tour dates and songs below the jump.
Josh Tillman, formerly of Fleet Foxes (and a solo run as J. Tillman), received critical acclaim as newly-monikered Father John Misty in 2012 with Fear Fun. Since then, a lot has happened to the man and his alter ego, including meeting and marrying his wife Emma. Thus comes I Love You, Honeybear, his cheeky, self-deprecating, romantic sophomore album.
I Love You, Honeybear has also received much critical acclaim this past week (it was officially released on Tuesday) and I couldn’t agree with the reception more. This album, as Stereogum’s Tom Breihan put it, knocked me flat on my ass. I haven’t made it a day since I received it in my inbox without listening to it at least once. [Read more...]