Top 5 shows of the weekend

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The week started off pretty well for shows and as usual we’ve got some great options with which to end it. Maybe just like all that snow and slush, our troubles can melt away, in our case with the aid of a gig or five! Before I start the list I’d like to note that you should get out to Cloud City (85 North 1st Street) as the RIP DIY exhibit ends on the 15th of March. More information can be found here.

5) Ex Cops, My Midnight Heart, Heat, Heaven at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Ex Cops have been in the news a bit lately for (rightly) calling out McDonalds about not paying anyone at their SXSW showcase, but they’re still on home turf at the moment and headline a typically dynamic Brooklyn Night Bazaar lineup. The bill also includes Heat, who probably couldn’t sound more like latter-day Jesus and Mary Chain if they tried, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Friday 7pm

4) Haunted Hearts at Saint Vitus Bar
Haunted Hearts are Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon Welchez from Crocodiles. They are also partners and run the Zoo Music label, so forming a band almost seems like the order of things has been reversed! They don’t stray too far from home based on the songs they have released so far, but I’m a fan of both already and like what I hear. Saint Vitus doesn’t normally host indie pop  so this could be an interesting fit all round. Friday 8pm

3) The Church at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade
Australian legends The Church have been going for 35 years and are back in New York for a couple of shows at The Bowery and Rough Trade. Their 17th (I think?!) album, Further/Deeper came out last year and I’ve always found the band to be one of those groups that just can’t seem to put out a bad record. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t post one of my favourite tracks of all time, The Unguarded Moment; if you haven’t heard this song before then you’re welcome and yes you can buy me a beer. Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Rough Trade on Saturday.

2) Girl Band at Baby’s All Right and Mercury Lounge
Ireland’s girl-less Girl Band play their first ever US shows this week, the band’s abrasive noise would be more at home on the stage of any venue celebrated in the RIP DIY gallery I mention above, they’d completely tear up 285 Kent or DBA. Alas,life goes on, and you should head out to either fine venue and see what I’m talking about. In the meantime you can listen to song De Bom Bom, below. Baby’s All Right on Thursday (8pm) and Mercury Lounge on Friday 10:30pm

1) Twerps at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge
I have told you about these shows before… and with the feeling that spring is finally just around the corner it seems perfectly apt that these Aussies are here to serve up some sunshine. Rough Trade on Friday and Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

 

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