The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Louis C.K.

Louis CK.  That is all.

No, but seriously.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or if you just woke up, and in that case, I am jealous), you already know that Louis CK is playing THREE TEN DOLLAR shows, tonight at Bell House.  If you’re like me, you’re wayyyyy too far away from Gowanus right now to have any chance of getting tickets, because they’re only available at the venue’s box office.

Relax.  You should know by now that I’m here to console you with incredible shows that you actually CAN attend.  Like Train and Mat Kearney tonight in Central Park.

Just kidding.  Serious salt in the wound there, soul sister.

Our most BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week is Rock The Bells, though I’m not sure how consoling I’m being because the festival decided to skip over New York City this year in favor of the PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey.  But hey, if you don’t mind the schlep, you’ll be treated to a weekend of high-quality and eclectic hip-hop; everything from trailblazers like Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty By Nature to 90s throwback acts like the Ruff Ryders (specifically, DMX, Jadakiss and Eve) and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, heavyweights like Nas, Method Man, Redman and Ice Cube, indie legends like Deltron 3030, Common, Immortal Technique, huge mainstream acts like 2 Chainz, Pusha-T and Curren$y and some of our favorites, like Action Bronson and Schoolboy Q.  While the lineup may pale in comparison to some years, it deserves major props for diversity.  Plus, Mixmaster Mike will be there.

Back in New York… Xiu Xiu, Talk Normal and Les Bon Hommes play Bowery Ballroom at Thursday, because who doesn’t love weirdcore electro-punk?  I know I do.  If you don’t, I highly recommend heading over to Union Pool, because for just five dollars, you’ll be treated to a show headlined by the legendary Lee Ranaldo (formerly? Of Sonic Youth), with some solid openers in Spectre Folk and Chris Lee.  Ranaldo has managed to keep things fresh all these years, as have The Vaselines, who also play on Thursday night at The Bell House with Schrwervon! (the exclamation point is part of the band name, not that I’m NOT excited for the show)

We (meaning My Social List) have another awesome show this Wednesday at Public Assembly with Kristina Tequila.  We thought the perfect way to end the summer was with the psych-surf of The Vandelles, so they’ll be headlining, with support from shoegazers Cool Serbia.  Jump Into The Gospel changed their name to HITS earlier this year, and decided to infuse some more electronic sounds into their music.  They’ll go on before Cool Serbia, and Brooklyn artist, Daniel Abary’s bedroom project, Four Visions will get things started beforehand.

The Rock Shop is reppin’ Park Slope HARD tomorrow night, with Telepathe, So So Glos and Blonds.

As for the weekend: Zambri seemed to play everywhere just a few months ago, but I haven’t seen them around lately.  Thankfully, they’re back at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night with The Suzan.  Mercury’s bigger brother, Bowery Ballroom has got an equally incredible show just around the corner on FRIDAY night, with Julia Holter, Hundred Waters and Moon Diagrams, and on the same night, back in Brooklyn there’s a free Hospitality show at Brooklyn Bowl, and some of our favorite bands, Eula and Life Size Maps play Shea Stadium with Caddywhompus, Milk Dick and I’m Turning Into.

ALSO: Naomi Punk, Nude Beach, Sleepies and Shoxx at Death By Audio (Wednesday); Beirut at Summerstage (Wednesday) and Celestial Shore, Strange Shapes, Leapling and Half Waif at Muchmore’s (Saturday.)

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10. David Guetta @ Randall’s Island w/ Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, A-Trak, Congorock, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom
Friday, August 31st at 11:00am – all ages, $299 -> tickets

9. Meek Mill @ Irving Plaza
Monday, August 27th at 6:30pm – all ages, $39.5 -> tickets

8. Julia Holter @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Hundred Waters, Moon Diagrams
Friday, August 31st at 9:00pm – 18+, $13 -> tickets

7. Angel Haze @ SOB’s
Tuesday, August 28th at 7:30pm – 18+, $10 -> tickets

6. Naomi Punk @ Death By Audio w/ Nude Beach, Sleepies, Shoxx
Wednesday, August 29th at 8:00pm – all ages, $7

5. The Power of the Riff East @ The Warsaw w/ Pentagram, Agnostic Front, Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, The Power of the Riff East
Saturday, September 1st at 5:00pm – all ages, TBD -> tickets

4. Riff Raff @ Santos Party House w/ Meyhem Lauren, WCKids, Farrington G
Thursday, August 30th at 10:00pm – 21+, $15 -> tickets

3. Tiesto @ Randall’s Island w/ Skrillex, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Dash Berlin, Zeds Dead, Tommy Trash, 3LAU, Pierce Fulton
Sunday, September 2nd at 11:00am – all ages, $299 -> tickets

2. James Holden @ P.S.1 w/ Kassem Mosse, Om Unit, Silent Diane, Warm Up
Saturday, September 1st at 2:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets

1. Rock The Bells @ PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Nas, J. Cole, Big Sean, Jadakiss, DMX, Eve, Common, Method Man
Sunday, September 2nd at 8:00pm – all ages, $125 – $250 -> tickets

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  1. Not really into Louis CK. He seems like a miserable piece of crap. Which could be funny, but it’s not.

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