5) Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Dating someone from Buffalo for three years gives you a certain appreciation for much of Western New York, including but by no means limited to Lemuria. The indie punk trio, in addition to putting on a tight live show, have been steadily cranking out overlooked LPs for years now, earning the right to more attention than they’ve received, but such is the nature of the music industry. Consider this weekend’s headlining slot at Brooklyn Night Bazaar then, a just due. It’s free as always and sure to be packed to the ping pong tables with holiday cheer, so make sure to get out there and have some fun before “quality” family fun comes calling.
Saturday, doors at 7pm
4) Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, Mother Brain at Saint Vitus
Like awesome band names? Into grindcore? Looking for the craziest pit in the tri-state? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, then this Cannabis Corpse and Mammoth Grinder headlined throwdown is for you. If not, at least get up to Vitus for some seasonal cheer (upside down crosses, booze) and Christmas shopping (hoodies, t-shirts, coozies, and pint glasses) for that special hesher on your list.
Friday, doors at 8pm
3) Com Truise, Figgy, Night Moves at Glasslands Gallery
With Glasslands–the last of the South 2nd venue musketeers–set to permanently close its doors in less than two weeks, I don’t need to tell you to that now is the time to go if there ever was one. Portland producer Com Truise headlines the late night slot on Saturday, handily taking south Williamsburg’s coolest dance party crown (apologies to The Woods), so make sure to get out there and get down in whatever way it is that you get down. Oh, and while you’re at it, pour a little out for the dearly departed, would ya?
Saturday, doors at 11:30pm
2) Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon at Shea Stadium
Pop punk shows at Shea Stadium aren’t exactly newsworthy events, but when it’s Aye Nako, well, stop the presses. Alongside the likes of Joyce Manor and The Menzingers, the Brooklyn songwriter is one the last true practitioners of the dying art, weaving in elements of ramshackle DIY and noise in order to create a sound entirely her own. If you haven’t seen Aye Nako yet, this is time and certainly the place to do it. If you have, well, then you don’t need me to tell you what to do.
Saturday, doors at 7pm
1) Champagne Jam featuring The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, Craig Finn, The So So Glos, Chris Gethard, and more at Webster Hall
Here’s a novel idea for you: Assemble a bunch of killer bands (who just so happen to be friends) and stick them all in Webster Hall for a one-day mini-fest of easily accessible proportions. How this doesn’t happen more often is beyond me (probably a logistical and booking nightmare) but if this weekend’s Champagne Jam–featuring sets from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, Craig Finn, and more spread across Webster’s Grand Ballroom, Studio, and Marlin Room–is as awesome as it appears on paper, then chances are we will be seeing more shows like it in the very near future. It’s not going to be cheap, but as long as you stay away from the bag check and make sure to pregame at one of those 1st Ave dives, this one will remain a pretty solid deal.
Sunday, doors at 5pm
Because I Looked It Up And There’s Already A Rapper Named Nicodemus
Ratking at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Thievery Corporation at Webster Hall
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Fat White Family at Baby’s All Right