I want to begin this week by saying goodbye to Death By Audio, which, after many years serving as Kent Ave’s BEST venue, has now entered its final days of existence. Although a punk haven by trade, DBA hosted its share of metal weirdos in the past, so please, when you’re cracking a PBR at Vitus or The Acheron this week, make sure to pour a little out for the DIY icon. As the condo plague continues to spread north and east over the coming months, you’re going to want all the karma you cant get.
5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.
Sunday, doors at 8pm
Well, we survived week one. Not without a head full of Pallbearer thinkpieces, a split eyebrow or two, and some good ol’ fashioned tinnitus, of course, but here we are again–icepack to the temple, coffee in hand–plotting a course for the blackened heart of autumn’s metal release season. And although our news channels are running a little slower today than they have in Tuesday’s past, take some solace in the fact that a quiet week in metal is still apocalypse everywhere else.
Two of FREEwilliamsburg’s newest music bloggers hung out last night (and over email today, seeing as drinks began to flow) and talked about who they’re seeing at Governor’s Ball this year. Check it out, check out the acts we’re excited for, get excited too, and we’ll see you on Randall’s Island! Feel free to join in the conversation in comments.
Carly: Well the last time I saw Run the Jewels they left everyone dead and bleeding on the floor of Music Hall of Williamsburg (and the show was free). That is to say, they were awesome. They’re aggressive, but fun, and I think that’ll be a great way to start the weekend. Plus with Killer Mike on the same day as Outkast? It’s like a nice pregame for “The Whole World.”
After that it’ll be Kurt Vile for me. Quite the transition I know, but who doesn’t want to see that man’s flowing locks blowing in the breeze on a pretty day (daze?).
Megan: I’ve gotta check out Janelle Monae. Talk about a girl who hit the ground running. It’s been a nonstop couple of years for Monae who’s proven to be pretty prolific. She’s dropped three full length albums since 2007. I saw her open for Of Montreal at Terminal 5 back in 2010, and she stole the show. She always brings it with outrageous dance moves, crazy costumes, solid vocals and an enviable sense of style. Can you believe this chick is only 5 ft tall? [Read more…]
Saturday night marked the second to last night for long running DIY spot 285 Kent. It sort of ended like it started, with lots of technical difficulties and delays. One could say, the place went out in style. A style it had cultivated all by itself for many years. On a more positive note, one just gotta love the ‘lawlessness’ of it all (Think 4/20). Below are the full headlining sets by Wolf Eyes and Deafheaven.
Wolf Eyes at 285 Kent
Deafheaven at 285 Kent