Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Seems like a fairly normal week, local institutions announcing that they’re closing, crazy people making crazy threats, and maybe some good news with the opening of a new music venue. Plenty of great options this weekend and it’s going to be a cold one so what better way to get through it than with a few shows?

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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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Top 5 shows of the weekend

DwightTWilley

I’d like to think I’ve got a decent track record of recommending shows or bands that might normally fly under the radar, and that might still be somewhat true this week, but what you are getting are established, tried and tested greats, with a healthy dose of “wow, they’re still playing?”. As proved last week, nostalgia is no bad thing, and the older acts, more often than not, still teach everyone else a lesson.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

follakzoid

Happy memorial day weekend! This has already been a great week for shows, with Courtney Barnett on Tuesday and TV On the Radio on Wednesday already setting things up nicely. If you’re away travelling, you’ll be missing some outstanding music!

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FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Photo via BK Mag

2014 will be a year bookended by loss in Williamsburg. When 285 Kent closed its doors in January, it was like a shotgun blast through the heart of the local music community. While it was true that Williamsburg had been condofying for years, and spots like Monster Island, Secret Project Robot, Zebulon and Galapagos had been long shuttered, it was first of the area’s “last stand” to fall. Death By Audio followed months later, and in a little more than a week, Glasslands will follow to close out the year.

“DIY” in Williamsburg may be a dead concept, but it’s important to remember that independent music venues are always transient. It’s particularly depressing that everything closed in the blink of an eye, but there are still lots of venues keeping it real in and around Williamsburg. Times change and places close, but great music never goes away, and the twenty-five albums below prove that.

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Parquet Courts, Sugarhill Supper Club and the power of narrative

parquetsugarhillLight Up Gold, Parquet Courts’ amazing breakthrough LP, proved that the Brooklyn-via Denton, Texas band were going to be more than just another faceless post-punk act faithfully churning out punchy two-and-a-half minute sing-a-longs. While the immediacy of the songs may be the most instantly appealing characteristic of the record, the band’s sharp wit and thoughtfully penned lyrics elevated them above other bands of their ilk. Not only could they write catchy hooks, they understood the power of narrative. On their third full-length album, the recently released Sunbathing Animal, Parquet Courts are looking to cement their place in one of music’s great narratives, the romanticized lineage of great New York guitar bands.

“I like to think of ourselves that way,” [frontman Andrew] Savage said before running through a list of benchmark New York acts whose names he’d like to see Parquet Courts counted among one day: Velvet Underground, Thugs, New York Dolls, Ramones, Talking Heads, Suicide, Sonic Youth. [NY Times]

It takes more than great records to earn a spot in New York City’s imposing rock cannon. Not only are all of the bands Andrew Savage rattled off above responsible for some of the most innovative and influential records in music history, they also managed to personify their unique time and corner of the city. So, if you’re a Ridgewood, Queens-repping band trying to cement your legacy in post-Bloomberg New York, where better to play your big hometown record release show than an authentic soul food restaurant and disco on the outskirts of post-gentrified North Brooklyn? A mid-sized Bowery Presents venue just wouldn’t have been the same. [Read more…]

Parquet Courts played The Acheron

Buzzing louder than a broken mic (read Letterman), Parquet Courts kicked off their current tour with an intimate and über sold-out show at The Acheron last night. If you weren’t amongst the lucky ones that made it in, here’s your chance to watch the whole thing from the comfort of your couch or office chair.

4Knots Festival to Include Kurt Vile, Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern and Many More

This is shaping up to be a great festival and now the Village Voice is adding to the already stellar line-up by adding local favorites The Babies, Heliotropes and more to the ticket. For more information check out their website.