Top 5 shows of the weekend

windhandgramercy

We’re in the home stretch of this wretched orbit, where end-of-year lists could read more like obituaries. Let’s try and be optimistic for a few minutes at least, and marvel at the stupendous options we have to entertain us this weekend.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Lunabellhouse

Autumn is finally here! And while we may be in for a fairly wet and grey weekend, I’m ready for some more moderate temperatures. I’m not so ready for the inevitable bug I seem to have picked up, so let’s not waste anyone’s time here, music is a healer.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

NadaSurf

There really is a fantastic run of events this weekend, and what made the cut was put ahead P.S Eliot/Ought at Market Hotel, Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right, and The Album Leaf at Littlefield to name a few. Slightly out of town is the excellent Don Giovanni-led New Alternative Music Festival out in Asbury Park. Finally, the 2016 Vendy Awards are at Governor’s Island on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets available at the time of writing, it’s always a great event, especially if you’re a fan of street food (2015 review here).

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Built to Spill playing Irving Plaza and Brooklyn Bowl

Built to Spill

Idaho’s finest, Built to Spill, will be touring as a trio this Autumn which sees the band make two stops in New York. First off is a show at Irving Plaza on the 16th of September, and they’ll be back on the 5th October at Brooklyn Bowl. Both shows, rather tantalizingly, are with Alex G and Hop Along in what promises to be a fine triple bill. More details and video below the jump.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Drive Like Jehu

Who said summer was supposed to be nice anyway… with thunderstorms forecast for much of the weekend, you might as well spend it inside somewhere watching bands! Let’s not beat around the bush, here are some recommendations…

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Kvelertak make metal fun again at Irving Plaza

kvelertaknattesferdPlenty has been written about metal’s Machiavellian renaissance over the past 5 years, and with good reason: It is perhaps the least likely, most prolific, and best sustained musical movement since grunge (which, paradoxically enough, authored metal’s first extinction in the early 90s). As this coalition of disparate sub-genres has congealed and grown, however, a pattern—at least in listener-facing media—has emerged.

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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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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

0006214634_10I’m gonna level with you guys: It’s been a shitty couple of weeks in the music world. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to live in a world without Lemmy, without Bowie, without rockstars—a world where the arbiters of “cool” are PR-approved cardboard cutouts and the escapes on offer to high school kids in desperate need of meaning aren’t off-planet, but simply downtown. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot to be done about the ravages of time (and too much coke), so for now let’s turn our attention to what you all came here to do—listen to new metal—and hope beyond the black stain of space that something can grow in these ashes.

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