It seems like Spring decided to show up just as Summer officially started, and those with outdoor plans such as Governors Ball are set to perform all the anti-rain dances they can muster. Rain or shine, like Maru the cat, we do our best. Here are the top 5 shows of the weekend.
5) Dead Stars at Alphaville, Cake Shop and Riis Park Beach Bazaar
You have three chances to see Dead Stars this weekend, starting tonight at Alphaville, which serves as a single release party for their new song Calm Punk, which you can listen to below. There’s no denying the comparisons to the likes of 90s stalwarts Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and Teenage Fanclub, which is fine by me. Also on the bill at Alphaville are Charly Bliss, Dances and Jangula. You could hit up Cake Shop on Friday and also catch Pet Sun, Monograms and The Glazzies. Finally, the team at Brooklyn Night Bazaar haven’t wasted any time with their latest venture, Riis Park Beach Bazaar and the band play a show there on Saturday which includes Tribe Society and Toy Cities. Note the earlier start time on Saturday where things kick off at 2pm, so plan travel accordingly. Alphaville on Thursday and Cake Shop on Friday both get things started at 8pm.
4) Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Hollis Brown, Damien Escobar at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
While the idea of travelling out to deepest Queens for 4pm on a Sunday may not seem like the best idea in the world when you could be sleeping, Charles Bradley is always a fun time. One of the key players in the soul revival of the last decade, driven largely by Daptone Records, Bradley pours his heart out on stage and has a great backing band to boot. At the time of writing, the weather is supposed to come good on Sunday, so you’re going to want to do something outside! Sunday 4pm
3) Color Me Bushwick
Now in its third year, Color Me Bushwick is a free, three-day event featuring an array of local talent including the likes of Sunflower Bean, Boytoy, Such Hounds, Whiskey Bitches, and more. Check the event website for the full schedule. Friday through to Sunday
2) Governors Ball
You’ve already had some fine advice from the FW team about the festival this year. So I’m going to be slightly lazy and refer you to the following posts! Friday through to Sunday
Reasons to get to the island early
Late night shows announced from Harlem to Brooklyn
1) Ride, Ash at Terminal 5
I saw Ride at Music Hall Williamsburg on Monday and the Oxford legends brought their A-game despite the jetlag (they’d been held up in Barcelona airport for 2 days and only landed the afternoon of the show). It’s not often I’ll be excited about going to Terminal 5, but they are a bucket-list band for me. This show was actually on sale first, and promptly sold out long before they announced the show at the Music Hall. At the time of writing some tickets have been made available so I can only recommend that you pick up tickets if you are uncertain. They will play everything you’d want them to play, and do it brilliantly. Support comes from Ash, who I haven’t seen play since 2002, and despite releasing their first album as Ride were releasing their last, seem a bit more like a “blast from the past”. Thursday 7pm
Featured image – Ride at Music Hall of Williamsburg by Chris Quartly