After a disappointing Manhattenhenge, the recent pictures of Pluto (still not a planet) have shown just what staggering things humans can achieve when they put their minds to it. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when faced with the stupendous, staggering scale of the cosmos, I like to rein things in a little bit and contemplate the comforting purposelessness of it all with a show or three, so let’s get right to it.
5) Mitski, Elvis Depressedly, Eskimeaux at Palisades
Mitski’s endearing record, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, was released on Don Giovanni last year, and it’s a nice mix of sad indie-pop songs, though she rocks things up a lot more as a live act. Support comes from Eskimeaux and Elvis Depressedly, who both released nice, twee lo-fi records recently. This show, and another one at Shea Stadium on the 19th, are both sold out, and I haven’t known such clamouring for a small DIY show in quite a while. Friday 8pm
4) Summer Scum 4 at Trans Pecos
Over the course of two days, Trans Pecos plays host to a relentless lineup, with Sacred Bones’ noisemaker Pharmakon being the highlight, headlining on Sunday. With close to 50 sets on offer, it’s sure to be a test of endurance, but one that should be rewarded. Saturday from 4pm and Sunday from 1:30pm.
3) Robbie Fulks at Union Hall
We’re going to have a bluesgrass diversion this week as Robbie Fulks comes to town, he’ll be performing as a duo with Redd Volkaert. Artists who can mix up comedy with heartache should be celebrated and Fulks’ literate powers should have attendees laughing and sobbing in equal measure. Thursday 7:30pm
2) Baked, Two Inch Astronaut, Stove, Wing Dam, Palm at Shea Stadium
Local favourites Baked are regular performers at Shea Stadium, and there’s something comforting about that. The band’s debut album, Debt, was released last year on the ever-reliable Exploding In Sound label. Shea will be at its garage-rocking best on Saturday with Two Inch Astronaut, Stove, Wing Dam and Palm all causing a beautiful racket. Saturday 8pm
1) Dälek, Azar Swan, cleanteeth, Final Boss at Saint Vitus
Industrial/experimental hip-hop act Dälek are back after a few years on hiatus, reuniting with original DJ rEk in place of Oktopus. Over the years Dälek have opened for the likes of Tool and collaborated with Faust, which might go some way of explaining how all-over-the-map they can be; the group’s dense sound should sound fantastic on Vitus’ PA. Cleanteeth‘s bombastic doom metal will add a more familiar sound to proceedings and shouldn’t be missed, while Azar Swan compliments the experimental side of the bill. This is hands-down the place to be on Friday night (8pm).