A rapper from the Marcy Projects is playing eight nights at a professional sports arena on Atlantic Avenue. A North 11th street bowling alley and concert venue is opening a second location on the Vegas strip. This could be the lead for yet another “Brooklyn has arrived” piece for the NY Times. Instead, it’s a lead for a neighborhood blog whose weekly concert recommendation post is contextually two parts existential-crisis and one part bemused excitement.
I refuse to pen yet another “Brooklyn has arrived” hype piece, or conversely, a “Brooklyn is over” takedown; though it’s serendipitous that the most blogged about shows this week are the very same notions personified.
Animal Collective play our most blogged about show for the week, and they’re bringing their enigmatic live show to the very same stage Counting Crows played earlier this summer, on Friday night. Flying Lotus has become the standard-bearer of electronic music here in 2012, and he plays Bowery Presents’ grandest stage on Sunday.
My Morning Jacket shows up in our top ten for the week at the IZOD Center (Wednesday.) M83 is at the Hammerstein Ballroom (tomorrow.) Crystal Castles are playing the Roseland (Wednesday.) It goes on and on like some sort of beautiful dream, or cruel nightmare, depending on which narrative you’re comfortable with.
Election season is in full swing, so I choose to continue this post walking on a diplomatic indie tight-rope. I am going to skirt the issue and/or non-issue here, and instead offer my picks for the best shows of the week (other than the aforementioned.)
Dum Dum Girls just dropped their latest EP, End of Daze, which has been the rightful recipient of all sorts of critical acclaim. If you missed them last night at Europa, never fear, they play a free instore tonight at Other Music, though I’d advise you to arrive a bit on the early side. I’d guess there’s going to be a huge crowd on hand for this one.
285 Kent has an eye for rising talent (we’ll forgive them for Kitty Pryde this past week), and that holds true this Thursday, with Weekend. I managed to catch them last week at Cameo Gallery (I recommended that one as well), and was thoroughly impressed by their post-punk inspired jams (which skew a bit poppier in person.) Welcome to the neighborhood; now why don’t you convince the similarly awesome supporting act Cold Showers (whose record release party is Wednesday at Home Sweet Home) to follow your lead and move here too?
Around the corner, and a few tabs further down the rabbithole, Public Assembly has welcomes the legendary psychedelic outfit Silver Apples to their stage, with some more than worthy supporting acts; Xeno & Oaklander, Man Forever and La Big Vic.
Speaking of legends, Afghan Whigs are in town this weekend for a couple of sold out shows; Terminal 5 on Friday and a more intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday. Perhaps they should follow Weekend’s lead as well and move to town once the weekend is up. They must feel right at home, especially after curating the well-received All Tomorrow’s Party: I’ll Be Your Mirror festival last week.
ALSO: Django Django and Lemonade at Bowery Ballroom (Tuesday); Tennis, Wild Belle at Maxwells (Tuesday) and Bowery Ballroom (Wednesday); Heliotropes, Cloud Eater, Grandfather and Fan-Tan at Glasslands (Tuesday); X-Ray Eyeballs, Sisu and The Numerators at Death By Audio (Tuesday); RZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Wednesday); Guardian Alien, Horse Lords, Loud Objects, Cloud Becomes Your Hand at Death By Audio (Thursday); Oneohtrix Point Never at The Kitchen (Friday.)
Remember, you can pick up tickets to our OFFICIAL CMJ Showcase at the Marlin Room of Webster Hall with Thieves Like Us, Teen Daze, Delicate Steve and much, much more here.
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TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Sleigh Bells @ The Capitol Theatre w/ Araabmuzik
Friday, October 5th at 6:30pm – 18+, $25 -> tickets
9. Dum Dum Girls @ Other Music
Monday, October 1st at 8:00pm – all ages, FREE!
8. Weekend @ 285 Kent Ave w/ Cold Showers
Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm – all ages, $12
7. Miguel @ Bowery Ballroom
Monday, October 1st at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
6. Crystal Castles @ Roseland Ballroom w/ HEALTH
Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:00pm – 18+, $45 – $55 -> tickets
5. M83 @ Hammerstein Ballroom w/ Sun Airway
Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
4. Love for Levon @ IZOD Center w/ My Morning Jacket, John McCauley, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allmen, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin
Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:00pm – all ages, $46.5 – $241.15 -> tickets
3. Jay-Z @ Barclays Center
Monday, October 1st at 8:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
2. Flying Lotus @ Terminal 5 w/ Thundercat, Teebs, Jeremiah Jae
Sunday, October 7th at 7:00pm – all ages, $30 – $35 -> tickets
1. Animal Collective @ Williamsburg Park
Friday, October 5th at 8:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
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