Top 5 shows of the weekend

Mountain Goats

At the time of writing, it’s supposed to be a pretty gorgeous weekend (Saturday and Sunday, at least), which should hopefully make a good impression as there are a lot of bands from out-of-town in the column this week.

5) Tyvek, Laced, Honey and B-Boys at Silent Barn
Tyvek make the trip from Detroit  Support comes from local bands Laced (who I recently saw supporting Moon Duo) and Honey, but make sure you don’t miss openers B-Boys, who I saw at Death By Audio last year and was hugely impressed, and mightily frustrated that I haven’t seen them around since, but I did track down a bandcamp track below. In fact, there’s something about this show that doesn’t quite seem right that it’s not at DBA… Saturday 8pm

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4) Philip Selway at Le Poisson Rouge
Oxford comes to town again in the shape of Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, who is promoting his second solo album, Weatherhouse, which came out last year. It’s probably fair to say that drummers from major bands don’t always make the best solo artists, but Philip definitely breaks the template. Note the slightly earlier-than-normal time for the show. Friday 6pm

3) Public Service Broadcasting, Kauf at Bowery Ballroom
The British duo of J. Wilgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth have been serving up dance-tinged indie/electronica that has earned them a reputation as one of the best live bands around at the moment. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but am looking forward to their set at the Bowery on Friday night. With an album called The Race for Space, which is filled with great samples from a time when the general public seemed to give a damn about science (humankind’s greatest endeavour), I’m on board already. Tickets are still availableFriday 8pm

2) Upset, Colleen Green, Charly Bliss at Shea Stadium
It’s the West Coast’s turn to get in on the act now, with Upset and Colleen Green rolling into Shea Stadium from LA. While Upset are undoubtedly the headliners and main draw for this show, all eyes should be on Colleen Green, who just released her third record, I Want to Grow Up, this February; she will be the diamond in the rough between the two pop-punk sets after Charly Bliss open things up. Friday 9pm

1) The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall & City Winery
Three years seems an age between records for The Mountain Goats, but John Darnielle has once again crafted a compelling narrative in his latest body of songs, which centres around professional wrestling on Beat the Champ (their 15th album to date). There’s a worry that some of the intimacy of their material may get lost in the rather grand Webster Hall that may suit the City Winery shows a little more, but on the flipside the former will suit their more bombastic moments, leaving the latter to sit clench in their uncomfortable chairs elbow to elbow with those either side of them. Despite the limitations of each venue, The Mountain Goats are still hands down the number one show this weekend. Thursday 4/09 plus City Winery on 4/11 and 4/12 (all shows SOLD OUT)

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