I’ll be taking over this column from Coleman, who has admirably been handing you better plans than you had for the weekend for quite some time now. Your ears might get a bit more of a break from time to time (please, always bring earplugs), but as someone who goes to 150-odd shows a year, I’m hoping you will find the quality of recommendations remain high.
5) Dave Gorman at Subculture
I’m throwing a bit of a curveball to start things off, with a comedy show at Subculture. Dave Gorman is a British comic, and I’m always a bit wary of our humour getting lost in translation (as the saying goes, “a common language separated by two countries”), but Gorman is nerdy and niche enough to hopefully pull in more than just an expat crowd. I went last night and thought he was hilarious. There will be a powerpoint presentation…
Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 9pm both nights (and another 6 performances at the same venue next week).
4) The Besnard Lakes and USA out of Vietnam at Rough Trade
Montreal’s Besnard Lakes excel at creating lush, pretty and dare I say, almost prog-like songs. It’s all very nice. Well, they are Canadian afterall. Their latest record, Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, is perhaps the most well-produced to date. Fellow Canucks, USA out of Vietnam open and are well worth turning up early for. The band recently released the ambitious Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, which is 5 tracks and clocks in at an hour, usually the kind of talk to either excite or horrify attendees.
Saturday, 8:00 pm
3) Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes in Fiction, Fissures at Palisades
Palisades hosts what is a single release party for Ricky Eat Acid’s new song, Context. If electronic soundscapes with the occasional freakout is your kind of thing, check it out. For this show, I’m particularly recommending Foxes in Fiction, who creates quite lovely and layered songs with the treble turned up high. Don’t take my word for it though, I’m putting the whole album below. Fissures is the solo project of Yvette drummer Dale Eisinger and is suitably noisey!
2) Zola Jesus at Saint Vitus
Considering Zola Jesus recently played the 1500 capacity Webster Hall, it was inevitable that her two-night run at Saint Vitus would sell out fairly rapidly. While the guitars will get a rare night off at the Greenpoint venue, the performance should be no less intense or brooding.
1) Couch Slut at Saint Vitus
There has been plenty of love for Couch Slut on the site this week (here, here and here), and the added bonus of the band celebrating the release of My Life as a Woman at Saint Vitus makes this choice a no-brainer. It’s a record that demands to be teased apart and dissected, it’s a perfect marriage of brutal sounds and inventive playing, but there is also a lot of subtle flourishes to their songs. The rest of the bill include Microwaves, TILE and Chain Gang Grave, all 5 of your senses are getting a work out at this show. See you there!
No honourable mentions this week, I’m feeling pretty good about the selection above.