I’m going to try and get all the shameless self-promotion out of the way in the first two paragraphs here, but we released the new version of My Social List quietly over the weekend. It features an all-new blog, where you can read even more of my incoherent ramblings. Our “Official Grand Opening” in which we take over the blogosphere is TBD, but the door’s open for you to come on in and poke around now.
SHAMELESS PLUG TWO: We have another show scheduled for TONIGHT with our good friend Kristina Tequila featuring Anasazi (record release party), Dream Affair, Religious to Damn (last show) and Nao Katafuchi. I’m looking out my window now and it’s a total Factory Records day out there; perfect because these bands would have fit right in on the label in the late 70s. Read our preview here.
THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week is The XX at Terminal 5 tomorrow night. No surprise, the UK buzz darlings have sold out the cavernous venue in spite of the negative press their first single has received; but if you missed out, Jamie XX is performing at MoMA PS1’s Warmup on Saturday with Lemonade (who DJ late night at Glasslands for free afterwards with Rewards), Pearson Sound, Sinjin Hawk and Jora Jones. If you haven’t been to Warm Up yet this year, this is the perfect one to start with.
House of Vans really has stepped it up this year with their free shows. You better get on line early as hell tomorrow, because the Washed Out, Chairlift and the aforementioned Lemonade queue will probably stretch all the way down to… I don’t know; Turkey’s Nest or something, if the line I bailed on for The Rapture and Tanlines last month is any indicator. Of course, everyone IS going to get in; but if you don’t feel like waiting, Xeno and Oaklander are playing down on North 6th at Cameo Gallery with Laurel Halo, a slightly more conventional stage than the maze at Secret Project Robot’s “YOU ARE HERE” festival, which both headlined very recently. In keeping with the electro-theme of Thursday, Gold Panda and Shigeto bring some of the finest electro-beats around to Bowery Ballroom just across the Williamsburg Bridge.
After an electro-Thursday, I know I’ll be ready for something guitar-driven, and who better to satisfy that need than Wild Flag? I don’t know… the legendary MISSION OF BURMA? That’s right, Celebrate Brooklyn’s booked ‘em both at Prospect Park’s Bandshell for Saturday, and some guy called “Ted Leo” is opening; don’t know if you’ve heard of him. This ultra-authentic indie lineup is yours for an ultra-authentic indie price: FREE.
It’s tough to have a discussion about “ultra-authentic indie” without bringing up Death by Audio, and they’re all jangly on Saturday with Ruby Fray, Air Waves, Heaven’s Gate and The Great Valley. Glasslands keeps it experimental around the corner with AU, Tun Fawning and St Willow (early) and Blood Diamonds, Le1f and Gobby (late.) Next door, EVERYONE’S FAVORITE VENUE 285 Kent have glam-rockers Splash and the mega-buzzed Friends along with Janka Nabay, Helado Negro and Uumans (who’s act shouldn’t be missed, caught em at Secret Project Robot last week.) If the past couple of weeks are any indicator… who the fuck knows WHO ELSE is going to show up at 285 Kent on Saturday?
It’ll be a loud one a couple stops away at Shea Stadium; they’re welcoming a couple of my personal favorite experimental rock acts, Guardian Alien and Rhyton, to their stage; also on Saturday.
All of these guys will have to wake up early and hopefully not too hung over on Sunday, because the DIY Jam basketball tournament will pit teams from all of your favorite DIY venues against each other in a quest for the gold. Fuck the Olympics, this is REAL entertainment, AND there will be barbecue. I think I’ve got my money on Shea, those bastards play dirty.
For the more EDM/electro-inclined, The Mad Decent Block Party will be going on (for free) at the same time at Williamsburg Park, with Major Lazer, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Reptar, Bosco Del Rey and some other characters on Diplo’s label.
One last thing, make sure you get your Tame Impala tickets on Friday at noon; they’re playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday. Glad to see they’re playing Brooklyn this time around.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK
Thursday, August 2nd at 10:00am
Friday, August 3rd at 7:00am
Friday, August 3rd at 10:00am
New Order @ Roseland Ballroom on 10/18 – $59.5
ASAP Rocky @ Roseland Ballroom on 09/27 – $31 – $55
Electric Guest @ Irving Plaza on 10/20 – $19.5
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall on 09/29 – $40 – $90
Brandi Carlile @ Beacon Theatre on 10/28 – $40
Brandi Carlile @ Beacon Theatre on 10/29 – $40
Friday, August 3rd at 11:00am
Friday, August 3rd at 12:00pm
Colleen Green @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/05 – $10
Public Image Ltd. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/09 – $45
Matt & Kim @ The Wellmont Theatre on 11/17 – $24 – $28
Matt & Kim @ Terminal 5 on 11/15 – $24 – $28
Major Lazer @ Terminal 5 on 10/27 – $25 – $35
Public Image Ltd. @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 10/13 – $45 – $50
Lianne La Havas @ Bowery Ballroom on 09/11 – $15
The Sheepdogs @ Bowery Ballroom on 09/22 – $15 – $18
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/09 – $10
The Mynabirds @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/01 – $10 – $12
Chrome Cranks @ The Mercury Lounge on 10/13 – $12 – $15
Chamberlin @ The Mercury Lounge on 11/13 – $10
Black Prairie @ The Mercury Lounge on 11/10 – $10 – $12
Will Johnson @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/23 – $10 – $12
Ewert and The Two Dragons @ The Mercury Lounge on 10/26 – $10 – $12
Matthew E. White @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/20 – $10
Primus @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 10/19 – $45 – $75
Yeasayer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/15 – $32 – $35
Tame Impala @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/07 – $20
The Mountain Goats @ Bowery Ballroom on 10/15 – $25
The Mountain Goats @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/14 – $25
The Hood Internet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 09/14 – $12 – $15
Jackie Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/31 – $16 – $18
Os Mutantes @ (le) poisson rouge on 12/08 – $20
Os Mutantes @ (le) poisson rouge on 12/09 – $20
Junip @ (le) poisson rouge on 10/10 – $25
Crime & The City Solution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/22 – $25
Nick Waterhouse @ Bowery Ballroom on 10/06 – $15
Circa Survive @ Starland Ballroom on 10/27 – $20
Divine Fits @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 09/09 – $22.5
Flobots @ Highline Ballroom on 10/23 – $15
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