Top 5 shows of the weekend

big-ups

While some of the major players have already announced their summer festival lineups (Panorama / Govball), which admittedly doesn’t seem too far away with today’s high of 15 degrees C, but let’s stick with the present. We only have one more weekend until an orange clown has the nuclear codes, so maybe we should just enjoy ourselves while we’re still here.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

thechills

No reason for wanton circumlocution this week, we’re going to get right down to it. Have a great weekend, everyone, hopefully enhanced by the fine options below.

5) Bambara, Ritual Humor, One Prayer One Sin, Decorum at ALPHAVILLE
While Bambara have been bashing out distorted, Birthday Party-esque noise for half a decade, the band’s latest offering, Swarm, manages to retain their intensity whilst allowing the songs (and vocals) to shine through from whence they were previously buried. It’s not so much a case of taking a commercial turn, the record isn’t remotely poppy, more a confidence in the material that has been set free. Friday 8pm

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

theposies

While we’re still dealing with rollercoaster weather patterns, one can’t help but feel that summer is threatening to happen eventually… we’ve had the schedules for Celebrate BrooklynSummerstage, 4knots and more. So enjoy today’s sunshine and deal with the rain at the weekend… it can’t last forever! It has been a good week, with La Sera’s fantastic show at Market Hotel last night, an invigorating Secret Science Club lecture at the Bell House on Tuesday, and some great options to look forward to right now. I also want to point out two music-related events that aren’t shows this weekend – the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on Saturday, now in its 9th year, and a screening of the Damned Documentary, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead at Rough Trade on Sunday.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

oughtFW

Dilly ding, dilly dong. We can cut the smalltalk, you really have some great options this weekend and the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Beverly, Waxahatchee and a Woods/Ultimate Painting double-header didn’t even make the cut. If you aren’t getting out to see a show, I’m not sure I can ever be any help.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

OPN

Today is St Patrick’s Day… fantastic… now everyone in the city who ever saw a picture of a four leaf clover or had a pint of Guinness is apparently Irish. I might just curl up in a ball and hide, but that would be a mistake, because if you can avoid all the green pavement pizzas en-route to where you’re going, there are some great shows to be seen.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

soda

If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving another week. As a reward, there are some excellent shows to be seen this weekend, free of invented “buzz”, just hands-on DIY venues and bands doing what they love.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

milkncookies

January always seems like a slow month gig-wise, but things are starting to pick up the pace. Ok, so there might be a snowstorm – deal with it, and consider how lucky we’ve been this winter as it is. Regardless of what the elements have in store, you’ll be well rewarded for any efforts made this weekend (although 8 inches of snow is enough to justify that netflix marathon, granted).

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15 bands to watch at CMJ 2015

cmj2015Though sometimes buried in an avalanche of free pizza, promo beer, and press releases, CMJ Music Marathon’s guiding principal has always been the discovery of new music. In that spirit, we decided to kick off coverage of the mega-fest’s 35th year with a countdown of 15 must-see bands you may have not heard, but need to. So even if your fav Tinder hook up’s lo-fi power pop thing didn’t make the list—sorry, we have 75 venues and 1,000 bands to keep track of here—sit down and give it a skim. Who knows, you might even find something worth seeing. [Read more…]