You know… I was going to lead this with the whole “free” angle this week, but then I realized I did that last week. I’m going to do it anyway… it’s appropriate, because once again, there’s a bunch of free shows dominating the blogosphere. That’s summer in NYC for ya.
The most blogged about show this week isn’t free, but it’s pretty cheap at fifteen bucks, and worth it for admission to the museum and a look at the winning installation, and that’s Floating Points, Jacques Greene, Secret Circuit and Hieroglyphic Being at MoMA PSOne Warm Up on Saturday.
This week’s editor’s pick, however, IS FREE, and that’s over at the House of Vans. The Jersey kid in me is pretty much foaming at the mouth at this week’s show which is co-headlined by the pride of Glen Rock, Titus Andronicus, and Cursive (not from NJ, but justtttttttt emo enough to be pigeonholed here.) Titus just announced their new LP will be released on October 23 (my birthday, btw, thanks guys), so there will likely be some new tracks to hear for the first time, and who can resist the tone-deaf screech of Tim Kasher’s vocal assault? Love as Laugther and Joyce Manor are also on the bill.
Before I get to some free stuff, there are TWO My Social List shows this week; first on Wednesday with Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Graffiti Monsters and Chron Turbine, and then a very special one on Saturday at XPO 929 with Unstoppable Death Machines, Filthy Savage, The Psyched, Eula, Big Ups, The Numerators and Yeah Well Whatever.
Both shows will be high energy punk affairs, the former featuring a band described as “Nick Cave without the Elvis fixation and Fugazi without the moral compass,” (Freshkills) and a Les Savy Fav side project (Violent Bullshit) and the latter is Unstoppable Death Machines record release party. Their upcoming album We Come In Peace is their most fully-realized project yet, encompassing the violent spontaneous fury of their live shows and their song-driven melodic capabilities in a total package of awesomeness. Oh, and some of my own personal favorites are on the bill, most notably Eula. If that’s not enough, you need to come out and see XPO after its remodel ANYWAY. More on both of these as it develops (including an interview with Unstoppable Death Machiens ) on our blog.
Back to the free stuff; Nude Beach play a free one in support of their anthemic new release, II, tonight at Other Music. Summerscreen may have its best free musical performance yet this week at McCarren Park, and that’s Matt Mondanile of Real Estate’s bedroom project (which has long moved out of the bedroom), Ducktails. The Hudson River seems to be the backdrop for a lot of the best free shows this summer, and that continues on Saturday with Converse City Carnage at Pier 63, featuring The Kills, Black Bananas (who also play a highly recommended show at Mercury Lounge with Bosco Del Rey and Wild Yaks on Friday) and Viva Viva.
ONTO PAID STUFF…
If you feel like staying a bit closer to home than Other Music tonight and don’t mind paying a couple of bucks (15, to be exact), White Denim play Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Why not grab some fried chicken and chill out? Its Monday… you deserve it.
Yeasayer are back home this week after previewing their upcoming album, Fragrant World last week in an online scavenger hunt. They sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (all the more reason to come to Public Assembly.) Also on Wednesday; Gary War, Anima Dang and Forma at 285 Kent and “Shark Week” at Shea Stadium, featuring Shark?, my friends Desert Sharks and Lost Boy? Screaming Females had to cancel their Northside Festival dates, but they’re back this Thursday with two excellent opening acts, Hunters and Heliotropes over at 92Y Tribeca.
Last but certainly not least; the legendary Q-Tip will be at Irving Plaza on Friday. Hoping for some Tribe tracks.
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10. Nicki Minaj @ Roseland Ballroom
Tuesday, August 14th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE!
9. Sleepies @ Dead Herring w/ Mr. Dream, Eula
Friday, August 17th at 9:00pm – all ages, $5
8. Chicago @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater w/ The Doobie Brothers
Saturday, August 18th at 7:30pm – all ages, $70.5 – $150.5 -> tickets
7. Nude Beach @ Other Music
Monday, August 13th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE!
6. Erika Spring @ The Mercury Lounge w/ Tiny Victories, Tezeo
Wednesday, August 15th at 9:00pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets
5. Screaming Females @ 92Y Tribeca w/ Hunters, Heliotropes
Thursday, August 16th at 9:00pm – all ages, $12 -> tickets
4. VANS House Parties @ House of Vans w/ Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love as Laughter, Joyce Manor, VANS House Parties
Thursday, August 16th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE! -> tickets
3. My Morning Jacket @ Williamsburg Park w/ Shabazz Palaces
Sunday, August 19th at 6:30pm – all ages, $49.5 -> tickets
2. Yeasayer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Daedelus
Wednesday, August 15th at 8:00pm – 21+, SOLD OUT
1. Floating Points @ P.S.1 w/ Jacques Greene, Secret Circuit, Hieroglyphic Being, Warm Up
Saturday, August 18th at 2:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
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