Labor Day. A day of rest. A day to honor the working class. A day to nurse your Monday morning hangover. A day to watch bad horror films on Netflix. Have you guys seen “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead” yet?
Fuck that. Labor Day is a day of freedom. Why waste it on delivery and laptop movies, when you can go to a free “Day Off” party with some unreal hip-hop acts? The folks at Fool’s Gold are responsible for today’s debauchery at City Winery, highlighted by performances by French Montana, Danny Brown, Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak and Dave L), Just Blaze, Flatbush Zombies, Party Supplies and much, much more. I’m guessing there’s bound to be some cameos as well. It’s a hip-hop show with plenty of local acts, after all. Oh, and this one is our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show this week, so there’s that too.
This week’s EDITOR’S PICK is unique in that it’s a DJ set. I don’t like to christen a DJ set the “can’t miss” show of the week, but when Thom friggin’ Yorke is involved, all rules go out the window. MoMA PSOne’s “Warm Up” series draws to a close on Saturday with a DJ set from Atoms For Peace, Thom’s side project with Flea and Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich. I’m not sure if Flea or Nigel will be on hand, but I can assure you Thom will, given his penchant for throwing down DJ sets once every blue moon. Even if you take Thom Yorke out of the equation, you’re still left with the perfect swan song for 2012’s warm up series, with performances from Holy Other, whose quizzical album is one of this year’s best, and Maria Minerva, whose upcoming LP may soon boast similar bragging rights. Rustie and Justin Strauss are also on the bill.
Summer is famous for free shows, and while the calendar’s page has turned to September, there’s still a bunch of free shows this week in SoHo thanks to Fashion Night Out, which is this Thursday. Particularly noteworthy this year: Chairlift at Prada, Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters, La Sera and Icona Pop (DJ set) at Helmut Lang, HAIM the band at Topshop, We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Lonely Forest at Rockefeller Center, Rev Run and DJ Ruckus at Piperlime, Azealia Banks and DJ Cosmo at MAC Cosmetics, Dave P at Oak, and Cyndi Lauper, of all people, at Manolo Blahnik. If you’ve been to Fashion Night Out before, you’ll know that these free events generally feature free drinks as well.
Fashion Night Out is generally awesome, but you don’t need to leave Brooklyn on Thursday to catch some great bands. 285 Kent has an absolutely stacked line-up with X-Ray Eyeballs, Dinowalrus, Life Size Maps, Grand Resort and Psychobuildings, and next door, Glasslands welcomes Air Waves, Future of What, Love of Everything and Earthquake Party! to their stage. A couple subway stops away, a baseball movie plays a baseball stadium; Little Big League opens for Liquor Store at Shea Stadium.
Wednesday night’s also pretty jam-packed with shows. The Rapture seem to be staging some sort of comeback this year; they play Music Hall with JD Samson (and also play the following night, same time, same place.) Around the corner, Brooklyn buzzband TEEN are playing their album release show at Glasslands with Acrylics, Bizi Gara and Fabric. TEEN is the new project of former Here We Go Magic member, Teeny Liberson, and their excellent LP, In Limbo just came out a couple days ago, which is highlighted by production work from Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom and Better, one of the best jams of the summer.
I can’t not mention a show at The Living Bread, especially when Ava Luna, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Lost Boy?, and Indian Rebound are playing. Don’t miss out on this one, Friday night.
ALSO this weekend…
FRIDAY: Husker Du, Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park; Xeno & Oaklander, Ike Yard, Led Er Est at 285 Kent; Shark? Hippy, The Weather Ballons, What Next? at Shea Stadium.
SATURDAY: Exitmusic at Maxwell’s; The Dig and Jangula at Brooklyn Bowl; Ladyhawke and Computer Magic at Bowery Ballroom.
SUNDAY: Divine Fits and Sean Bones at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Maps & Atlases at Maxwell’s.
CREED IS PLAYING THE WELLMONT THEATER ON SATURDAY. FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE I JUST SAID. REST UP ALL WEEK, EMERGE FROM THE DARKNESS SATURDAY, TAKE NJ TRANSIT TO MONTCLAIR, NJ, AND UNLEASH YOUR FURY WITH ARRRRRRMSSSS WIDE OPENNNNNNNEAAHHHH!
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TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Girls & Boys @ Webster Hall w/ Rustie, Flosstradamus, Brenmar, Alex English, rekLES, Girls & Boys
Friday, September 7th at 10:00pm – 19+, $15 -> tickets
9. Divine Fits @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Sean Bones
Sunday, September 9th at 8:00pm – 18+, $22.5 -> tickets
8. Chairlift @ Prada w/ Fashion Night Out 2012
Thursday, September 6th at 6:00pm – all ages, FREE!
7. Bob Dylan @ The Capitol Theatre
Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
6. Odd Future @ The Paramount
Tuesday, September 4th at 8:30pm – all ages, $25 -> tickets
5. Soundplay Game Jame @ New Museum w/ Chromatics, Oneohtrix Point Never, Soundplay Game Jame
Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE! -> tickets
4. Azealia Banks @ MAC Cosmetics w/ DJ Cosmo, Fashion Night Out 2012
Thursday, September 6th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE!
3. Riot Fest @ Williamsburg Park w/ Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, The Menzingers, Screaming Females, Larry and His Flask, Riot Fest
Saturday, September 8th at 2:00pm – all ages, $42.5 -> tickets
2. Atoms for Peace @ P.S.1 w/ Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Justin Strauss, Warm Up
Saturday, September 8th at 2:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
1. Fool’s Gold Day Off @ City Winery w/ French Montana, Danny Brown, Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak & Dave 1), Just Blaze, Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, Nick Catchdubs, Ricky Blaze
Monday, September 3rd at 2:00pm – all ages, FREE!
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