Happy memorial day weekend! This has already been a great week for shows, with Courtney Barnett on Tuesday and TV On the Radio on Wednesday already setting things up nicely. If you’re away travelling, you’ll be missing some outstanding music!
5) Priests, Greys, Skating Polly, Done at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar hosts shows for the last time at its Greenpoint location this weekend, with the penultimate lineup featuring Free Williamsburg favourites, Priests. The Washington DC quartet are a fixture in this column if they’re in town and this weekend is no exception. The rest of the bill is suitably noisy, with Canadian punks Greys, Oklahoma’s Skating Polly and locals Done. Friday 8pm
4) Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Pill, The Blackouts at House of Vans
You should probably know the drill by now for shows at House of Vans. RSVP, line up early, be patient, line up for free beer, see some good bands. On this occassion you’ve got our very own Parquet Courts, who, if there is such a thing as “quintessential” New York Band, surely hold that title at the moment. Saturday 7pm
3) Kaki King, Glockabelle at Rough Trade
Kaki has featured in this column before, but this time she is bringing her show, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, to Rough Trade, and it is one of the most visually stunning shows I have ever seen. I would be doing it as disservice trying to describe it, and having been blown away at the performance premier at BRIC house last year, I’m eager to repeat the experience. Thursday 8pm
2) Vaadat Charigim, Dead Heavens, Wildhoney, Cabana Kids at Baby’s All Right
Another spillover from Austin Psych Fest sees Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim roll into town. They sing in Hebrew, so I have no idea what they’re actually saying, but the music is fantastic and the vocals have an otherworldly quality as a result. While they wear their influences on their sleeves, the clothes fit terrifically well! Friday 8pm
1) Follakzoid at Rough Trade & The Bunker
Santiago is home to the best bands around right now in my opinion, the Chilean psych scene is a melting pot of inspiration, and you have a chance to see one of the big hitters this weekend as Follakzoid play at Rough Trade on Saturday and The Bunker on Friday night. Their third album (helpfully titled III) has moved away from their krautrock sound a little bit into a more trance-like area, they lock into a groove and it is just mesmerising. The band played my favourite show in 2012 when they were last here and judging from their set at Austin Psych fest last week they have gotten even better. In addition, if you are interested in something a bit arty next week then Nitehawk is screening Partir to Live on the 26th, featuring a live score by Follakzoid guitarist Domingo Garcia-Huidobro, who also directed the film. The show at Rough Trade also features Jim Jarmusch’s band SQURL (doors at 10:30pm).