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?
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…
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.
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!
Light 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…]
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.