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.
2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.
While we’re usually anticipating what to do at the CMJ Music Marathon around this time of the year, we’ll just have to find something else to do instead. Fear not, however, because a regular weekend is obviously still packed with things to do and this one is no exception, which is especially well-timed given the political circus and “killer clowns” (maybe they’re the same thing?) stinking up the air.
Enjoy a host of bands, great food, and beer at the two-day Out In The Streets Fest, which will take over the stately grounds of Ridgewood/Bushwick’s Onderdonk House with multiple live stages. Local legends So So Glos are topping the bill, along with Frankie Rose, Potty Mouth, Beverly and more. The artisan-style Ridgewood Market will be at the festival, too, giving you plenty of morning shopping options before the music kicks off each day.
Full line-up below: [Read more…]
This is the first weekend in which David Bowie no longer exists (and now, also tragically, Alan Rickman); still a hard concept to process. As the great man said, “I know when to go out, and when to stay in”, might I suggest the former this weekend. I’m not giving you much chance to put on your red shoes and dance with these suggestions, and you might get the blues, but if you decide the stay in, and get things done, perhaps the strange ones in the dome can lend us a book we can read up alone.
New York City’s best post-hardcore band, Big Ups, will release the follow-up to their criminally underrated debut LP Eighteen Hours of Static, entitled Before a Million Universes on March 4 via Exploding In Sound Records.
They quietly released the record’s first blistering single, “Capitalized” a month ago. It’s a great track, but the bass-heavy “National Parks,” which came out earlier this week, is what really has me psyched on the new record. It sounds like it’d be right at home on Double Nickels on the Dime, if only it were more playful. According to the presser, it’s the album’s “emotional and musical core, a song that [frontman Joe] Galarraga wrote as a tribute to the sacrifices his mother made to raise him.”
I’d say that’s right on the nose. It sounds like a more emo retread of “Justice.” Stream both new tracks below, and definitely pick up a ticket to see Big Ups open for METZ tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last I checked, there were still a few left. See you there. [Read more…]
Chris Quartly is headed down to Austin Psych Fest this weekend for three days of peyote-fueled vibing to the likes of The 13th Floor Elevators, Jesus and Mary Chain and Lightning Bolt, so I’ll be filling in for this week’s edition of “Top 5 Shows of the Weekend.” I promise 84% more emo/pop-punk and two good reasons to start your weekend a little early. [Read more…]