Some Brooklyn Electronic Festival shows would have made the cut this week, but I’m recusing them from this post because our very own glo stick-wielding correspondent Megan Venzin already did a fine job covering that for ya right here. It’s a pretty stacked weekend for live music – I had a tough time whittling this down to just five shows and that’s without even considering BEMF, so that’s really saying something. The fact that a free show from perhaps the best and most important pop-punk band in the game today, The Menzingers comes in at #5 here further echoes that sentiment. The show catches the Scranton, PA quartet at the tail end of their Rented World tour, the admirable follow up to 2012’s genre-redefining On the Impossible Past.
Friday, doors 8 pm
Yeah, I know they just played our CMJ showcase a couple of weeks ago, but as I said when I broke my “don’t hype your own shows” rule in my CMJ picks, “I can’t in good conscience not hype up an Excepter show whenever the experimental Brooklyn noise act decide to play.” Especially when they’re playing their dissonant electro-noise in their natural environment, within the dingy, crumbling walls of Death By Audio. Harvey Milk/Uniform’s Stephen Tanner’s sludgy solo project Music Blues and hazy psych-rock mainstays The Dreebs are also on the bill. This is one of the best and most venue-defining shows Edan Wilbur and Co. have cooked up for their twilight run on South 2nd Street, so if you’re looking for one last Williamsburg DIY hurrah, you could do worse.
Friday, doors 8 pm
Ladies, we have a feeling you’ll be screaming with glee when the special guest hits the stage for this Sunday bash at Death By Audio. It’s all ages, even if you still have your Baby Teeth. There’s cool murals at Death By Audio. I wonder who painted them?
😉 😉 😉
Sunday, doors at 8 pm
The tacos are pretty good and I’ve had my share of great times there throughout the years and all, but yeah man, it’s 2014 and things have changed. I usually spend my Friday nights trying to avoid Union Pool like the
plague ebola, but if there’s one night I’d wade through the J Crew ubermench bros fresh off the L looking to bring back “one of those hipster chicks back to Murray Hill,’ it’s tonight, because KIM GORDON WEEEEEEEEEEEEE. It shouldn’t be too bad. The impenetrable walls of noise the godmother of indie makes with Bill Nace in Body/Head should repel that crowd from the back room like Slate rant from a feminist white knight, leaving us all free to drone on in peace with a cheap Bud in hand.
Friday, doors at 8 pm
Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi play in a little band known as The Men, aka the best goddamn live band this side of the East River, and they’ve got a new band called Dream Police. I’m not sure if the name is a reference to 1984 or the Cheap Trick album of the same name, but their synth-tinged single “Hypnotize” certainly makes some subtle allusions to the sounds of the 1980s. It’s not full on new-wave or post punk, but there’s some sky-gazing synth and drum machines mixed in with what sounds like a stripped-down cut from Open Your Heart. I haven’t heard the rest of the record yet, so this show is something of a curiosity, but Perro and Chiericozzi have the chops (plus strong support from 90s throwbacks Pampers) to bring home the gold on a stacked weekend.
The Show to End Hulkamania
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