Since the last “Top 5 shows of the weekend”, we’ve crossed the first official day of summer, I’ve somehow managed to survive another full orbit of the sun, and best of all, finally made it out to Hometown BBQ. It hasn’t all been good though, just to add to the rotten run of form 2016 has been on, The Acheron is also closing down soon. Finally, by the time this goes out, you’ll only have a couple more days to make a final purchase at Other Music before it closes on the 25th, so do make some time for that in between catching some great shows.
Summer was well and truly ushered in this last weekend as the Northside Festival concluded its 8th year. With a 400+ roster of bands among dozens of venues, there was no shortage of entertainment; Free Williamsburg staff made a credible stab at doing as much as possible, and our thoughts are below – the best sets, what we sadly missed, and looking to the future. All photos by Chris Quartly
While we’re still dealing with rollercoaster weather patterns, one can’t help but feel that summer is threatening to happen eventually… we’ve had the schedules for Celebrate Brooklyn, Summerstage, 4knots and more. So enjoy today’s sunshine and deal with the rain at the weekend… it can’t last forever! It has been a good week, with La Sera’s fantastic show at Market Hotel last night, an invigorating Secret Science Club lecture at the Bell House on Tuesday, and some great options to look forward to right now. I also want to point out two music-related events that aren’t shows this weekend – the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on Saturday, now in its 9th year, and a screening of the Damned Documentary, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead at Rough Trade on Sunday.
I’ve seen Nada Surf twice this week, so it has already been a successful one (You Know Who You Are came out on the 4th of March via Barsuk Records, get it!). The weather this weekend is going to be quite delightful so make sure you get out during the day before slinking off into the night for (mostly) DIY shows, a perfect combo if you ask me.
Ranking the year’s best albums is always a stressful process argued over many beers, and if we’re at it long enough, many whiskeys. This year, there were many whiskeys, and we ended up with a… different list than a lot of the ones you’ve been reading over the past month or so. We’re proud of that. These are the albums we truly enjoyed most in 2015. The entire internet will tell you to check out the new Kendrick, Grimes, Tame Impala and Sufjan records. We’ve got some of those, but not all of those. Some of our omissions may draw the ire our readers. To paraphrase FDR, “We welcome their ire.”
Just kidding. We’re not VICE.
Summer is officially OVER everyone, get over it. Autumn is upon us, time to break out the jackets and embrace more comfortable temperatures (who am I kidding, this might be the warmest September on record). Don’t forget it’s Brooklyn Pour this weekend as well, so you can celebrate/commiserate the change of seasons to your heart’s content. The pope is in town, unfortunately, and while he has said some nicer things than recent popes (I’m setting the bar low), until he comes out and does something truly progressive that can save lives, like supporting contraception and women’s rights, he’s little more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing (perfect example – their position on climate change). Great use of public money and resources, guys. One way of avoiding a man who has to have his testicles fondled before he can take up the job is to enjoy a show instead, and there are some great ones this weekend!
Slonk Donkerson are one of my favourite acts these days, and they are set to release their third record, The Lunar Martini Motorbike Club and Their Respective Destinies, this Friday. The band are celebrating with a record release show at Baby’s All Right on Saturday the 26th of September, with a supporting cast of Bueno, Simon Doom and The Gradients.
You can stream the new record in full and read an interview over on Stereogum (the interviewer was certainly not the only one to hear the Rush influence). While most of the bands on the DIY circuit tend to play garage rock or post-punk, Slonk Donkerson’s keen sense of melody and finely crafted, ambitious tunes, have set them apart in the last few years.
Good news everyone, NASA just discovered Keplar-452b, a bigger, older cousin to Earth, I can’t wait for the tripadvisor reviews. A little closer to home, so far this week we’ve talked craft beer pubs, smelly Greenpoint, and the Forecastle music festival, and some of the FW music team will be heading out to a ballgame. Well, it seems like a good excuse to drink outside. In any case, the weekend is going to be scorchio, so once again, stay hydrated, remember sunscreen, and avoid direct sunlight by drinking beer indoors when the opportunity presents itself. Here are the top 5 shows of the weekend…