Don’t forget that L train has forsaken us this weekend (and for the next 5 weekends afterwards). Fret not, for once that crushing realisation subsides you can perk up in the knowledge that any efforts to battle this inconvenience will be rewarded with some fine entertainment.
5) The Album Leaf, Drop Electric, The Tablets, Han Demo at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Jimmy Lavelle came onto my radar two years ago after his excellent collaboration with Mark Kozelek, but he has been releasing ambient/electronic/post-rock records as The Album Leaf for over 15 years. I don’t know how much The Album Leaf tours, but this seems like a bit of a coup. Saturday 8pm
4) Buzzcocks, Residuels, Otherworldly Things at Irving Plaza
There’s really not that much to say about this show, punk legends Buzzcocks are in town, playing all the classics, and probably some new ones too. If you haven’t seen them before then you should probably rectify that. Thursday 7pm
3) Slonk Donkerson, EGO, Vamos, Bluffing at Aviv
Call me predictable, but you may have noticed that Slonk Donkerson appear regularly in this column, that’s because they’re one of the best bands on the circuit, playing with an intensity of early SST acts coupled with Classic Rock hooks and musicianship (I hear Moving Pictures-era Rush every time I listen to Watching Every Channel at Once). Below you can listen to a new track, Painted From Memory, which will be on their third album, due later in the year. Ego and Vamos are both travelling in from Chicago to give some out-of-town flavour, while locals Bluffing open. Thursday 8pm
2) Kim Gordon (book signing), Dresden Dolls, Lord Raja, Howlin’ Rain, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and more at Rough Trade
Rough Trade were always going to pull something out of the hat for Record Store Day. It was already looking like a good bill with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fire‘s don’t-give-a-shit fist pumping anthems, Howlin’ Rain‘s twee Americana, and the previously mentioned Buzzcocks wandering around the store. But on top of all that will be a reformed Dresden Dolls, a rare “WTF” moment that is sure to attract an insufferably large crowd, but promises to be a good show. If you stick around after that you can also meet Kim Gordon, who will be signing copies of her book, Girl in a Band. Set times can be found here. Saturday 12pm – FREE.
1) The City and Horses, My Favorite, Mercury Girls, Gingerlys at Black Bear Bar
I’m going to stick my neck out a little bit as my number one show is for a band who only have two demos out to date (which you can download for free), but Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls just sound like the perfect C86-esque band that I want to see right now. It probably won’t be a huge surprise to hear that the band features two members of Literature (guitarist Kevin Attics & drummer Chris Schackerman). Don’t miss fellow indie-poppers Gingerlys who go on fairly early at 8pm, Mercury Girls are next on the bill before things get a bit synthy with My Favorite and headliners The City and Horses. Friday 8pm