5) !!! at Union Pool
While dance punk faded as fast you’d expect something called dance punk to fade, a few solid bands survived the fallout, including !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk), who recently announced an impromptu four-night stand at Union Pool. Saturday marks the close of that run, and is a must-see for any music fan reared on print Spin’s psychotically grinning post-08 optimism, but Union Pool’s back room (still a source of confusion for the ultra-faded masses, I think) offers the additional cache with good sound, a cool setting, and an intimate cap. If you got sold out of Future Islands, here’s your backup plan.
Saturday, doors at 9pm
4) Boogie Night Blues Dance with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin, and more
Saint Vitus doesn’t stray far from the hesh-approved script too often, but when they do, it’s always to good effect, racking up shows from Against Me, Nirvana (yes, that Nirvana), and Zola Jesus in the recent past and impending future. This weekend’s Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-headlined dance party falls comfortably among those standouts, bringing plenty of boogie woogie to a venue best known for thrash n’ slash and offering yet another opportunity for me to tell you how underrated Jon Spencer and co. truly are. Not only are they a viable post-Van Halen rock band (a virtually extinct species), but a viable post-Halen rock band that has collaborated with everyone from Beck to the Beastie Boys. If that doesn’t get you up to Greenpoint on Saturday–don’t say it’s too cold if you don’t want me to tell you to move back to Silver Lake–then nothing will.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
3) Future Islands, Operators, Wing Dam at Terminal 5
Future Island’s rocket-fueled transformation in the past 18 months has been both a blur and a blast to watch, with the Baltimore quartet going from DBA-approved Art poppers to full-blown indie kings with little more than a flick of the Late Night funky switch (and a stellar LP, of course). They shot for Mars and nearly made it, touching down in Hell’s Kitchen instead for this weekend’s two-night Terminal 5 stand with Operators and Wing Dam. If you want to dance but hate the club, this one is for you.
Friday, doors at 7pm
2) Panda Bear at MoMA PS1
While MoMA Ps1’s cherished Summer Warm-Up series is still months away (damn you, Polar Vortex, damn you), the LIC installation has a nice Sunday surprise regardless, hosting the one-off record release bash for Panda Bear’s upcoming LP, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. The Animal Collective founder has made a name for himself in the electronic community over the past couple years, killing it just as hard onstage as in-studio, so if you’re looking to earn your arts and crafts badge this weekend, PS1 is the place to be.
Sunday, doors at 3:30pm
1) High on Fire, Windhand, Mountain of Wizard at Saint Vitus
The pure, skull-pulverizing insanity of a single High on Fire set at Saint Vitus simply can’t be overstated…and they’re playing twice in one night. In layman’s terms, get ready to kiss your ass and eardrums goodbye. The support won’t offer any reprieve either, with Richmond doom merchants Windhand and instrumental outfit Mountain of Wizard both hoping to fill equally batshit decibel quotas. This is the metal event of the year, and although that doesn’t mean much yet, I have hunch I’ll be saying the same thing come next winter.
Friday, doors at 6pm (early show) and 10:30pm (late show)
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Cancelled: Mayhem, Watain at Webster Hall