Another week down, another week of depressing Trump-related theocratic idiocy, at least there are a few fun things to do this weekend in amongst the necessary protests and rallies. Thanks to Peter for stepping in last week, I can say that doing a 70-hour working week with a fever is not terribly fun, but is a good way to lose weight if you’re still carrying those extra lbs from christmas. Anyway, here we go…
5) Washer, Patio, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and Spit at Palisades
If you’re in the hunt for some good ol’ fashioned indie rock, then Palisades has the show for you this weekend. Washer don’t really sound anything like Slint, but in my mind, they take their name from the hushed Spiderland track of the same name. Their songs are more conventional; clearly more indebted to the legendary Louisville band’s contemporaries Pavement and Superchunk, but their name certainly evokes the era of indie rock they’re operating within. They’re one of the most promising bands on the venerable Exploding In Sound Records, with two solid splits to their name this past year (with Big Ups and Flagland.) Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Spit and a a new band, Patio open.
It’s March and everything is still horrible, the only question on my mind at the moment is when will the slush puddles become sentient and destroy us all? It’s hard to say, but if we keep feeding them organic matter as more and more New Yorkers succumb to their ambiguous depths it’s only a matter of time. Let’s not dawdle but rather enjoy what time we have left on this frozen rock with your best options this weekend.
Congratulations, everyone, we survived another week. Yeah, great, go us. In a bid to winnow the abominable chasm of nihilism from the wonderful glee of aural orgasm, here are some recommendations for the weekend.
5) Mineral, Into It. Over It. At Bowery Ballroom
The whole 90s reunion thing has proven to be a pretty successful booking template over the course of the past 16 months or so, with the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Slint, and American Football all selling out multi-night stints in and around the tri-state. This weekend, Texas emo icons, Mineral, become the latest to join the nostalgia party, with a four (yes, four) night NYC stand at both Saint Vitus (Thursday) and Bowery Ballroom (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). The former is our pick of the litter based on size and sound system alone, but since it doesn’t technically fall within the weekend parameters, we will default to its Friday night cousin, which is also more than worth a trip to the ol’ Stub Hub well for.
Friday, doors at 8pm
Saturday will be a good time to finish up your holiday shopping. You can reward yourself when you’re done at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with two really fun bands: So So Glos and California X. The So Sos are a Brooklyn staple and their live shows are always fantastic. California X released their tragically underrated self-titled debut this year and its one of our favorites of 2013. We’re looking forward to catching them live.
So So Glos – Lost Weekend
California X – Spider X