Man, I feel like all you hear about these days are band reunions. Not that it’s always a bad thing. I’m just getting the sense that a good chunk of them are cash grabs for bands that were MAYBE semi-relevant a decade ago. Release some new material, at least…
Before I dive into this week’s usual spiel… I have a VENUE ALERT for you.
Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, and have been to a show EVERYWHERE, another new DIY spot pops up. It’s hard to keep track of ’em, but I thought I’d give a heads up to a newer space down in Bed-Stuy called Big Mouth.
The venue, located in the basement of 834 Myrtle Ave, was founded by the owners of Rooftop Shout Records. They originally planned on hosting house parties in the high-ceilinged, over-sized basement, but the space begged for more. A couple months later, someone let them have a PA on the cheap, a street-art crazed friend went nuts all over the walls and now they’re selling out ragers twice a month in the 200 capacity space. Co-founder Rowan Antony Bado envisions utilizing the space for more innovative, conceptual shows.
“Remember when DBA had the maze shows? We’d like to do stuff like that,” he said.
Anyway, this weekend is as good a chance as any to check it out… they’re hosting an Aputumpu showcase Saturday night featuring Jangula, Eula, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Wydye and Bad Weather… OH and FREE BEER from Brooklyn Brewery between 8 and 9.
Onto the shows…
The MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week is The Shins and Chairlift at Terminal 5 on Monday night. UNBELIEVABLY, there are still tickets, but you better act quick, as I’m sure there won’t be any left at the door. Santigold plays down at Bowery Ballroom the same night, which DID sell out.
Jack White has also sold out his Webster Hall show Friday night, but if you’re poor and desperate to see the “guitar virtuoso”, try and flag down his mobile record store… they’re giving away tickets to the show. Looks like a big yellow truck from the photos I’ve seen, so be on the lookout, friends.
This week’s EDITOR’S PICK is WU LYF and Willis Earl Beal TONIGHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Nothing against WU LYF… they’re awesome and all, but the real draw here is Willis Earl Beal. I’ve been kicking myself for missing him at Glasslands a few weeks, as his genre-bending LP (Soul? Check. No wave? Check. Jazz? Check. Spoken Word? Check. Hip hop? Check.) has crept up into my top two or three of the year so far. Don’t miss out.
MAYDAY is upon us and Occupy Wall Street are planning their biggest action yet. After lying largely dormant for most of the winter, next Tuesday’s “Day Without the 99%” General Strike hopes to re-invigorate the movement, and will feature performances by Das Racist, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique and TOM MORELLO with Guitarmy. Bring your guitar: this is an interactive performance. Tom Morello hopes to draw 1,000 guitar wielding guitarists to all play in unison down in Union Square. Should be a trip, come get your activist on.
Sunday night is usually a day of rest, but you won’t want to miss Archers of Loaf reunion show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also has a fairly incredible undercard with the likes of Titus Andronicus and Sun Ladders. I know I led this thing complaining about reunion shows… but this one isn’t one to scoff at, Audiowhores.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. The Weeknd @ Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, April 28th at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
9. WBAR-B-Q XIX @ Barnard College w/ Midtown Dickens, Pete Swanson, Night Birds, Mike Slott, Archie Pelago, Dam-Funk, Forma, Widowspeak
Saturday, April 28th at 2:00pm – all ages, FREE!
8. Lower Dens @ Secret Manhattan Venue
Monday, April 30th at 7:00pm – all ages, $21.98 -> read fine print
7. Archers of Loaf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Titus Andronicus, Sun Ladders
Sunday, April 29th at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
6. May Day Occupy Event @ Union Square w/ Tom Morello and the Guitarmy, Dan Deacon, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria, The New York Labor Chorus, May Day Occupy Event
Tuesday, May 1st at 12:00pm – all ages, FREE!
5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ Prudential Center
Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30pm – all ages, $68 – $98 -> tickets
4. WU LYF @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Willis Earl Beal
Thursday, April 26th at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
3. Jack White @ Webster Hall w/ Black Belles
Friday, April 27th at 6:30pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
2. Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom
Monday, April 30th at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
1. The Shins @ Terminal 5 w/ Chairlift
Monday, April 30th at 7:00pm – all ages, $39.5 -> tickets
SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK:
Friday, April 27th at 10:00am
Friday, April 27th at 12:00pm
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/07 – $12 – $14
Otis Heat @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/08 – $10
Bright Moments @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/22 – $10
Black Box Revelation @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/20 – $10 – $12
Blitzen Trapper @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 07/15 – $18 – $20
Emeli Sande @ Bowery Ballroom on 06/04 – $20
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Central Park Summerstage on 08/06 – $35 – $40
High on Fire @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/02 – $20
High on Fire @ Bowery Ballroom on 08/01 – $20
Lyle Lovett @ The Wellmont Theatre on 07/28 – $40 – $75
Allen Stone @ Bowery Ballroom on 07/25 – $17 – $20
Mishka @ Bowery Ballroom on 06/29 – $15 – $18
Zulu Winter @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/12 – $10 – $12
Cory Branan @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/22 – $10
Great Elk @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/23 – $10
The Mynabirds @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/22 – $10 – $12
Frank Turner @ Webster Hall on 05/30 – $20
The Afghan Whigs @ Terminal 5 on 10/05 – $45 – $50
The Hives @ Terminal 5 on 06/22 – $32.5 – $35
Scissor Sisters @ Terminal 5 on 07/06 – $39.5 – $45
Scissor Sisters @ Terminal 5 on 07/07 – $39.5 – $45
Bloc Party @ Terminal 5 on 08/07 – $35 – $40
Moon Hooch @ Knitting Factory on 06/08 – $10 – $16
Moon Hooch @ Knitting Factory on 06/08 – $10 – $16
Wallpaper @ Bowery Ballroom on 05/22 – $13 – $15
Man Man @ Maxwell’s on 06/04 – $15
Man Man @ Maxwell’s on 05/04 – $15
Saturday, April 28th at 12:00pm