Looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend in parts, but that’s ok as you can spend plenty of time indoors at various concerts. If we don’t have anything blue (skies) then at least I can recommend something old, something new, and something borrowed, in this week’s column.
5) Warthog, Tenement, Big Zit, Ivy, Nancy at The Acheron
At this year’s Don Giovanni showcase at the Knitting Factory, the band who wowed me the most (no mean feat given who was on the bill) was Tenement, and the band have just released their latest album, Predatory Headlights. The Wisconsin trio are the classic-rock filling in a fairly punk sandwich as Warthog, Big Zit, Ivy and Nancy all make a suitable racket. Thursday 8pm
4) Diet Cig, Heathers, Gingerlys, Mercury Girls at Cake Shop
If you want guitar pop, Cake Shop has got it in spades on Friday night. Guitar and drum duo Diet Cig make rather delightful and bouncey tunes, but rock a bit harder as a live act. The treble gets turned up to 11 with Heathers, their latest track sounds like a lost-tune from a John Hughes soundtrack. Gingerly’s make similar upbeat powerpop and the real jewel in the bill is Mercury Girls, who I waxed lyrical about a few weeks ago. Friday 8:00 PM
3) Girl Band, Guerilla Toss, Monograms at Rough Trade
Ireland’s Girl Band were here recently for the Northside Festival, but they’re back for a headline show at Rough Trade (to whom they’re also signed) and are one of the most exciting bands to come from the other side of the Atlantic, with their chaotic and inventive sound making rivals seem pedestrian. Thursday 8pm
2) Ty Segall (solo acoustic), Christian Peslak, Cory Hanson at The Bell House
Taking over New York somewhat this week is Ty Segall, who is on an intimate acoustic tour that sees him play at Baby’s All Right (yesterday), The Bell House, Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge. Of course all shows are sold out. I’m highlighting the show at The Bell House because it’s the one I’m going to, and that’s because The Bell House is probably the best music venue in New York (RIP DBA), with easily the best beer selection at a music venue as well. Thursday 8pm, also Mercury Lounge (7:30pm) and Rough Trade (10:30pm) on Friday.
1) Rush at the Prudential Centre
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the fact that Rush are the greatest band of all time. The trio are celebrating their 40th anniversary (though it’s really their 41st…) with what appears to be their last large tour. It’s not often (or probably ever again) I’ll have you crossing the Hudson in this column, but any Rush show in travelling distance is just going to be number 1 by default. The band roll into Madison Square Garden on Monday the 29th, which seems like the best way to start any week. With Geddy Lee’s acrobatic bass playing (and singing, and keyboard playing, and general beyond human skills he possesses), undoubted greatest ever drummer Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson’s guitar wizardry, there is a career-spanning set on offer, probably for the last time. It’s enough to make you forget the rather extortionate ticket prices…