I’m dreading the day where I’ll have to announce a holographic show. By now you’re well aware of the meme that is holographic 2Pac. If you’re not, check the blog post below. And while I hate to contribute to the memeification of the internet… this one is pretty relevant here.
Because… it’s probably coming.
Detox? Fuck, Dr. Dre wasn’t hauled up for the past decade working on rap’s version of Chinese Democracy. He was potentially ushering in the next era in the live music. Or… I hope not. It’s a multi-pronged problem. Is the era of holographic concerts upon us? Will artists need to tour anymore? Will we see a series of bastardized “revivals” or “resurrections” as musicians and record labels attempt to cash in on this hyper-futuristic, post-modern craze?
Cost is a big factor; the holographic 2Pac reportedly cost Dre and Snoop a cool four-hundred grand, so us indie-minded individuals are probably safe. I don’t think Matador has the cash (or desire/questionable ethics) to book a Jay Reatard hologram tour, but how far away are we from Kurt Cobain fronting a Nirvana show with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic? Will Peter Hook try to go on tour with a holographic Ian Curtis in a big “fuck you” to the rest of New Order? I’m unquestionably bordering on paranoia here – especially with Cobain (Hook is more likely, see the Unknown Pleasures and Closer tours), but hey, anything can happen. I just hope Courtney Love doesn’t get any wild ideas.
I think I’ll jump off this slippery slope for now and dive into the MOST BLOGGED shows this week. Refused’s own RESURECTION at Terminal 5 is our most blogged show, and not surprisingly, is sold out. Ceremony open for the Swedish hardcore-punk legends on Monday, and if you’re sans-ticket, you can stay downtown and catch Ceremony over at Mercury Lounge later in the night.
This week’s EDITOR’S PICK could have easily been Refused, but I thought I’d go with something that still has tickets available; and that’s the absolutely unreal show Shea Stadium has Saturday night. Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai is bringing his Lynchian surf punk to Bushwick for the Newtown Radio Launch party which ALSO features sets by a couple of other favorites, Widowspeak, Black Marble and Family Portrait. UNFORTUNATELY, I’ll be in Atlantic City for a bachelor party, but if you’re not tied up by pre-marital celebrations I’d strongly suggest checking this one out.
Julia Holter, Jenny Hval and Julia Kent kick off the first night the experimental Unsound Festival tonight at Issue Project Room, and that’s just $15. It seems like Holter’s on this list every week lately; with good reason – her latest, Ekstasis is one of the best releases of the year.
Nite Jewel is on the rise, she headlines Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday with Mac DeMarco and Sophia Knapp. Her voice is truly something to behold in the live setting, and you absolutely owe it to yourself to experience it.
Chillwave LEGEND (uhh, if there are legends of chillwave) Washed Out returns to Brooklyn for a sold out set at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday night. The dreamy Memoryhouse open in support of their excellent Slideshow Effect.
LASTLY: Questlove takes a night off from Bowl Train this week with a more experimental set at BAM tomorrow night in what is being described as an “immersive” musical experience. He’s enlisted Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson, Reggie Watts, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Deerhoof, Gray and some others for Shuttle Culture in which the artists will perform a free-flowing playlist. I’m not really sure what that means exactly, but it sounds CONCEPTUALLY strong (and there’s some awesome talent in there), so I’m sure it’s worth a night in downtown Brooklyn.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Yeasayer @ Cameo Art Gallery w/ Twin Shadow, Suckers
Friday, April 20th at 11:45pm – 21+, $7
9. Washed Out @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Memoryhouse
Monday, April 23rd at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
8. Nite Jewel @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Mac DeMarco, Sophia Knapp
Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30pm – 18+, $13 – $15 -> tickets
7. Miike Snow @ Terminal 5 w/ Penguin Prison
Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
6. Newtown Radio Launch Party @ Shea Stadium w/ Dirty Beaches, Widowspeak, Black Marble, Family Portrait, Weird Magic, Newtown Radio Launch Party
Saturday, April 21st at 8:00pm – all ages, $12 -> tickets
5. Julia Holter @ Issue Project Room w/ Jenny Hval, Julia Kent, Unsound Festival
Wednesday, April 18th at 9:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
4. Ceremony @ The Mercury Lounge
Monday, April 23rd at 10:30pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets
3. The Vaccines @ Webster Hall w/ The Drowners, Porcelain Raft
Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm – 18+, $20 -> tickets
2. Shuffle Culture @ BAM w/ Questlove, Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson, Reggie Watts, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Deerhoof, Gray
Thursday, April 19th at 8:00pm – all ages, $25 – $45 -> tickets
1. Refused @ Terminal 5 w/ Ceremony
Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK:
Thursday, April 19th at 10:00am
Friday, April 20th at 10:00am
Friday, April 20th at 12:00pm
The Avett Brothers @ Rumsey Playfield on 09/18 – $42.5 – $45
Sigur Ros @ Prospect Park Bandshell on 07/31 – $42 – $45
Bloc Party @ Terminal 5 on 08/08 – $35 – $40
Delicate Steve @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/17 – $10 – $12
Porcelain Raft @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/01 – $10 – $12
Anna Haas @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/20 – $10 – $12
Phedre @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/09 – $10 – $12
M. Ward @ Prospect Park Bandshell on 08/07 – $35 – $37
Japandroids @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 06/28 – $16
Ed Sheeran @ Bowery Ballroom on 06/11 – $18 – $20
Ed Sheeran @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 06/12 – $18 – $20
Harper Blynn @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/08 – $10
Tycho @ Webster Hall on 07/14 – $20
Freelance Whales @ Bowery Ballroom on 06/01 – $18 – $20
Bombay Bicycle Club @ Webster Hall on 07/30 – $25
My Best Fiend @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/31 – $10 – $12
The Ketamines @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/22 – $10
Fishdoctor @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/14 – $10
Friday, April 20th at 4:20pm
Friday, May 4th at 12:00pm