Top 5 shows of the weekend

CurtisHardingSeems like the year is in full throttle now, even with the handbrake turn that is a leap year, and here we are in March already. This weekend sees multiple bands with new records, anniversaries and one of my favourite artists of the last few years. If there isn’t something to love here then we just aren’t talking the same language.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

umo

I’m still not sure if I thank Washington, Lincoln, both, or none, for the short work week, but here we are, it’s Thursday already. We’re not going to get record-breaking freezing temperatures or 2 feet of snowfall this weekend, so for those who have been hermits the last couple of weekends, this is especially for you.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

jennylewis

January has finally relinquished its death-grip on the world. It has been a rough start to 2016, but hopefully less choppy waters lie ahead, to help facilitate this, I am mostly prescribing a weekend of music that won’t often get out of the middle lane. Sometimes we all need to admit defeat and just slow down a bit. I’m beat. Relax – it’s the weekend.

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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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Top 5 shows of the weekend

sheer agony

Happy New Year! Welcome back! You look… well, we all put a bit of weight on over the holidays. Did you have a nice break? Me too. Any resolutions? No, me either. The important thing is we made it through 2015. New year, same drill, here are the top 5 shows of the weekend!

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Superchunk

After a long weekend we’re back to a regular schedule and I hope everyone had a fulfilling Thanksgiving, whether you were with loved ones or just found a rare moment of tranquility when the city got a little less intense.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Okkervil River

You’ve still got a few days to figure out Thanksgiving plans, which you’ll need because there are plenty of spectacular shows to catch this weekend. Be thankful for all the great music you can see, family plans can wait!

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Cheatahs play at Baby’s All Right tonight

Cheatahs

Cheatahs were one of my top picks for CMJ this year, but unfortunately they had to cancel their trip due to visa issues. Thankfully we haven’t had to wait too long for them to make the trip stateside and the band play at Baby’s All Right this evening (tickets). The London-based shoegazers have just released their second album, Mythologies, via Wichita Recordings and the new record sees a subtle shift in their sound, with less of the Swervedriver-like crunch in the guitars and more emphasis on layers and synths.

Openers Acid Dad were another of our top picks for CMJ alongside Cheatahs, so this is a show not to be missed, headliners Moving Units round off the night. Videos below the jump.

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