Top 5 shows of the weekend

oughtFW

Dilly ding, dilly dong. We can cut the smalltalk, you really have some great options this weekend and the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Beverly, Waxahatchee and a Woods/Ultimate Painting double-header didn’t even make the cut. If you aren’t getting out to see a show, I’m not sure I can ever be any help.

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Ought and Priests play Silent Barn and Rough Trade this weekend

Ought

Two bands perfectly bookended on either side of the punk spectrum bring their tour to Brooklyn this weekend with shows at Silent Barn (5/7) and Rough Trade (5/8). Montreal quartet Ought are still riding high on their last album, Sun’s Coming Down, via Constellation Records in 2015; a triumphant combination of The Fall, Talking Heads and Pavement. Video for the title track is below the jump (or stream the whole album here).

Priests have been a FW favourite for a few years now and are one of the best live bands around these days in my opinion. Having not released anything since 2014′s excellent EP,  Bodies and Control and Money and Powerone might assume they will be playing some new songs. Between Ought’s angular, often technical compositions and Priests political, aggressive delivery, this is one not to be missed.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Bob Mould Williamsburg

It has been a fairly low-key week, and the gagging need to get out there and see something might be why this time around we’re heavy on the early part of the weekend, but that’s fine, Sunday is supposed to be relaxing, I guess. A bit like a couple of weeks ago, this weekend features mostly tried and tested greats, and that might be a reaction to Prince’s death; you only get one life so don’t take any of these acts for granted.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

ScreamingFemales2015

Love is in the air, or not, this weekend; I’ll be able to help with the latter. Hopefully it’s a long one for all, however, with President’s Day on Monday. Forget about the potential -18 degrees Celsius temperatures (come on people, let’s stop using Fahrenheit, it’s so unbecoming and idiotic), wrap up warm and get out of the yawning chasm of nihilism that has been 2016 so far, we’re better than this.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

expert alterations

There are plenty of options for Halloween this weekend, so we’re sticking with the regular format here this week, rather than fill it with bands playing cover sets or other such quirky seasonal stuff. No, if you’ve come this far into the week and still haven’t decided if dressing up as Pizza Rat is the thing to do or not, chances are you just aren’t that into this whole halloween thing anyway. Here we are with some options for those of us looking to keep it regular.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Julia holter

As enjoyable as CMJ is (see our review), being back on a more regular routine is highly comforting. Although as apartment heaters begin creaking back to life, the change of seasons seems to be taking it’s toll on immune systems though, so be careful out there and drink your fair share of hot toddies or scotch to kill all those bugs.

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15 bands to watch at CMJ 2015

cmj2015Though sometimes buried in an avalanche of free pizza, promo beer, and press releases, CMJ Music Marathon’s guiding principal has always been the discovery of new music. In that spirit, we decided to kick off coverage of the mega-fest’s 35th year with a countdown of 15 must-see bands you may have not heard, but need to. So even if your fav Tinder hook up’s lo-fi power pop thing didn’t make the list—sorry, we have 75 venues and 1,000 bands to keep track of here—sit down and give it a skim. Who knows, you might even find something worth seeing. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

jameschance

Greetings. Let’s start off by reveling in Run the Jewel’s performance on Colbert this week (with TV On the Radio as their backing band, no less). Good, now we can move on with our weekend plans. Because “American” football season has just started, I tried to catch some actual football too and saw NYCF vs Toronto last night. Sure, the quality in the MLS isn’t great, but at least they kick the ball with their feet. I would draw an analogy with Indian food here vs in the UK; it’s bearable if you’re desperate, but it’s probably below the average standard I would get back home. That’s a minor gripe however, because we’re here to talk shows, where the reverse is true. So enjoy the Indian summer and catch some live music.

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