Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Happy National Pizza Day, everyone. Hope you’re all having a good snow day, unless of course you had to trek into the office anyway (like me) and also made reservations at Rubirosa weeks ago for tonight (like me), then sympathies all around. Anyway, despite the snow and the inevitable slush-show tomorrow, there are plenty of rewards for anyone braving the elements. 

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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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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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

bastardsapling-608x603Well, we survived week one. Not without a head full of Pallbearer thinkpieces, a split eyebrow or two, and some good ol’ fashioned tinnitus, of course, but here we are again–icepack to the temple, coffee in hand–plotting a course for the blackened heart of autumn’s metal release season. And although our news channels are running a little slower today than they have in Tuesday’s past, take some solace in the fact that a quiet week in metal is still apocalypse everywhere else.

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Thurston Moore playing Union Pool on Saturday

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If you don’t want to shell out the cash to see DIIV and Mac DeMarco this one is free:

Put on your floaties and stake out your spot early ’cause Union Pool will undoubtedly be packed to capacity this Saturday. Continuing its Summer Thunder series of free, daytime shows in the backyard along with the El Diablo Taco truck and the outdoor bar (which has stellar frozen margaritas), this Saturday features Sonic Youth founder/Chelsea Light Moving frontman and experimental guitar genius Thurston Moore, most likely performing a loud noise set, and the unclassifiable Daniel Higgs, who fronts the Dischord band Lungfish, doing his own set of surprises.

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Retromania: Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008

Here’s a little Sonic Youth diddy called “Silver Rocket” from when they played Battery Park on 4th of July back in 2008.

Thurston Moore+Loren Connors played The Stone

A bit of a belated post, but on July 14 Thurston Moore & Loren Connors played The Stone in Manhattan as part of Spy Fest. Watch about half of the performance below. That day I was convinced, this would qualify for ‘hottest show of the year’. Needless to say, I hadn’t been to the Trash Talk/Odd Future outing at 285 Kent yet.