MoMA PSOne may take home the bloggable gold once again this week with Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, Danny Brown, The Stallions and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend) at Warm Up on Saturday, but there’s no fewer than four more hip-hop shows this week we’d say are up to snuff with that one. The best part about them is that they’re all FREE (except for warm up, which is just $15), and they’re all on different days.
The legendary Pete Rock appropriately gets things started on Wednesday at East River Park with a free show with DJ Premiere. THEN Action Bronson plays Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren and Tanya Morgan.) Nas released his first decent album in about a decade last week (or more, depending on who you ask), and he plays tribute to the city that made him a star with free one at the iHeartRadio Theater on Friday night. Cap it all off this weekend with the FREE Afropunk festival; which is hip hop heavy with Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Ninjasonik, and Spank Rock, PLUS TV On The Radio, Toro Y Moi, Body Language, Cerebral Ballzy and much, much more.
If it’s not a hip-hop week, then it’s Teengirl Fantasy’s week. Their highly anticipated LP, Tracer, is out tomorrow, which features guest spots from Panda Bear and Laurel Halo (to name just a couple) and they’re appropriately all over our buzz list for this week. And why not start with tonight? Teengirl Fantasy are part of a FREE show at Summerstage which gets going at 6 PM with none other than Araabmuzik. Flosstradamus and Nick Hook are also on the bill, and you don’t even have to go uptown for it either – this one’s down at East River Park. Too last minute for you? For just fifteen bucks, you can catch them on Thursday ON A BOAT, with Lemonade and Gatekeeper on the latest Rocks off Cruise.
We’re really excited to be a part of the show in the back room of Public Assembly THIS Wednesday, because our good friend Kristina Tequila was awesome enough to book one of our favorite buzzbands of the year in a LAST MINUTE show; Splash. The latest band from former Real Estate drummer Etienne Duguay is breathing a refreshing breath of danceable lo-fi glam into the Brooklyn scene and their live show is one that shouldn’t be missed. If you caught them with Friends over the past couple of months… you’ll know what I’m talking about. Psychobuildings, Grand Resort and Lingerie open, and there will be a DJ set from Le Sphinxx to keep things going in between sets. Splash also opens for Puro Instinct at Glasslands on Friday.
It turns out Public Assembly is keeping it real all week this week. They’ve got the Yo Eskerrik Asko NYC festival this weekend, and if your purchase a $35 pass, you’ll be treated to a weekend of music from the legendary Glenn Branca, whose influence on modern day rock music is impossible to quantify, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Charalambides, Colin L. Orchestra, and much more.
If you missed the Unstoppable Death Machines pre-album release party that we hosted on Saturday at XPO 929 (in which they filmed a music video), their second album release party is Thursday night at Shea Stadium with their good friends Japanther headlining.
I can’t not mention an awesome show at Cheap Storage… the enigmatic Avan Lava will somehow bring their wild stage show to the loft space on Saturday, with my friends in Osekre and the Lucky Bastards and Gunfight! on the undercard. It’s an Aputumpu event… so you know what that means. FREE Brooklyn Brewery beer.
It must be revival week at Bowery Ballroom; Quicksand have sold out their Friday night show (and possibly Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg), but there’s still tickets for Sebadoh on Wednesday night. I guess post-hardcore is more en vogue than lo-fi these days? Sign of the times.
ALSO: Diamond Rings at Le Baron (tonight); Jungles, Friendly Knowledge, Eprosounds and Barnyard Noises at Trash Bar (tomorrow), The Drums and Chairlift at Brooklyn Bowl (Wednesday), Conveyor, Abadabad, Y/Y at Glasslands (Wednesday), Nite Jewel, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Chrome Canyon playing Krautrock classics at (le) Poisson Rouge (Thursday); Phone Home, Life Size Maps, What Model Citizens, Ravenous at Big Snow (Thursday); Peanut Butter Wolf plays your lunch break at Le Bain (Friday), Ski Lodge at Fulton Stall Market (Sunday)
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SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK:
10. Tim Hecker @ Public Assembly w/ Oneohtrix Point Never, Charalambides, Colin L. Orchestra, Grasshopper, Opponents
Saturday, August 25th at 8:00pm – 21+, $22 -> tickets
9. Lemonade @ Glasslands Gallery w/ Shawn Reynaldo
Thursday, August 23rd at 11:55pm – 21+, FREE! -> tickets
8. Teenage Bottlerocket @ Santos Party House w/ Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches
Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00pm – 16+, $10 -> tickets
7. Afro-punk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park w/ TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, Gym Class Heroes, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Phony Ppl, Body Language
Sunday, August 26th at 12:00pm – all ages, FREE!
6. Afro-punk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park w/ Erykah Badu, The Cannabinoids, Das Racist, Alice Smith, Toshi Reagon, The Memorials, Sinkane, Joe Jordans Experiment
Saturday, August 25th at 12:00pm – all ages, FREE!
5. Araabmuzik @ East River Park w/ Flosstradamus, Teengirl Fantasy, Nick Hook, Summerstage 2012
Monday, August 20th at 6:00pm – all ages, FREE!
4. iHeartRadio & P.C. Richard & Son Present @ IHeartRadio Theater w/ Nas, iHeartRadio & P.C. Richard & Son Present
Friday, August 24th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE! -> tickets
3. Converse Rubber Tracks Live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren, Tanya Morgan, Converse Rubber Tracks Live
Thursday, August 23rd at 8:00pm – 18+, FREE!
2. Teengirl Fantasy @ The Harbor Lights – Rocks Off Cruises w/ Lemonade, Gatekeeper
Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00pm – 21+, $15 -> tickets
1. Just Blaze @ P.S.1 w/ Nick Catchdubs, Danny Brown, The Stallions, BAIO, Warm Up
Saturday, August 25th at 2:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
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