Top five shows of the weekend

12Buzzcocks35) 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

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

NR090_YOB-ClearingThePathtoAscendWhile the rest of the world slogs through post-holiday depression and mourns beside the final embers of summer, metal nerds the universe over have joined in celebration of one of the biggest release days of the year, knowing damn well that as long we can still wear black after Labor Day, everything will be just fine.

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Video: Fucked Up perform “Magic Word” at 285 Kent on its last nite

Fucked Up, Title Fight and Hop Along played House of Vans

The first installment of this year’s free summer shows at House of Vans last night had Fucked Up headline an emotionally charged rock bill that also included Title Fight and Hop Along. Much like in previous years, all bands played to a packed house. By the time Title Fight took to the stage, the room turned into one big ocean of crowd surfing human matter. With Fucked Up’s singer Damian Abraham being in the pit nonstop himself, it was the same scenario for them. An all around mayhem filled fun night . Watch out for upcoming events at House of Vans. Dates are posted below, along with video edits of last night’s performances.

Title Fight at House of Vans

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House Of Vans Line-Up 2013 – Toro Y Moi, The Melvins, Fucked Up & More

Check back here to RSVP. 

June 27 – Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop Along
July 11 – 
Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
July 18 – 
!!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
July 31 – 
The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
August 15 – 
Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin’
August 29 – 
Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week


The holidays are over, and so is the live-music dead zone that is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s always nice to start these most-blogged-about-shows posts with something free, so it’s my pleasure to present to you “Live From Tribeca,” tomorrow night at the Tribeca Grand, with sets by Dive and DJs The Horrors and Ilirjana.

There are some other good opportunities to check out buzz bands in the next seven days, as well.  King Krule is playing Mercury Lounge next Wednesday.  The same night, Buraka Som Sistema and Brenmar are playing Bowery Ballroom.  Also, don’t miss Keepway’s record-release show at Glasslands Gallery on Tuesday with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Dracula’s Dick (great name!) and a Das Racist DJ set.

Finally, for those looking for something more tried and true, there’s the Indelible Festival at Highline Ballroom – a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Gordon Parks & Jimmy Scott.   The show is TONIGHT and has an all-star lineup with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Jimmy Scott, Questlove, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Cecil Taylor, Gary Bartz and Derrick Hodge.

On to the top 9* shows for the next 7 days…

10. Steve Earle @ City Winery w/ Allison Moorer
Monday, January 9th at 8:00pm – 21+, $45 – $65 -> tickets

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The Most Blogged About Shows of the Week

Fucked Up

Planning out your next 7 days of music will be tough: From Madison Square Garden to 285 Kent in Williamsburg, it might be tricky–and expensive–to see all of the most buzzed shows. Before we get to that, however, a brief point regarding a show we saw last week:  !!!/Friends at 285 Kent on Sunday night may have been our favorite show of the year.   Watching Nic Offer of !!! casually enter the venue (which lacks a back stage) and spend 20 minutes stretching as his band got ready provided a great prelude to an incredibly high-energy set. We are hoping he had a cramp-free Monday.

Tonight you may already have tickets for My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses at MSG. And we hope you made it on tomorrow’s RSVP list for Diplo at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, as it is now closed; if you missed out, hip up Ducktails, Amen Dunes and Big Troubles at the 285 Kent holiday party instead.

This weekend, see the debut of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg, including three shows from the likes of the Hold Steady, Fucked Up, James Murphy and many more contributing acts.  We’d like to highlight the $10 ticket price for the Fucked Up show and the fact that it is STILL ON SALE.   That is only the first of the BrooklynVegan Presents shows this weekend; on Saturday, you can see Twin Sister, Widowspeak and Ava Luna at Bowery Ballroom for $8 (also not sold out).

On to the top 10 shows for the next 7 days…

10. Smoke and Mirrors @ Eyebeam Art and Technology Center w/ Diplo, Smoke and Mirrors
Thursday, December 15th at 9:00pm – 21+, FREE! – RSVP Closed

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Fucked Up playing David Comes to Life in its entirety

Usually to have the pleasure of seeing a band play a classic album live, you need to wait years after the album is released and it’s had some time to marinate in the collective conscious. Fucked Up don’t want to wait that long. Nor should they! This year’s David Comes to Life is big enough, epic enough and already gunning for classic album status.

On November 14, the band will play all 18 songs from David Comes to Life for the first time, live and in the round, at Le Poisson Rouge. Joining them will be fellow ambitious post-punk rockers Titus Andronicus. Get tickets here. This is one of the most exciting shows happening in 2011.