5) Washer, Patio, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and Spit at Palisades
If you’re in the hunt for some good ol’ fashioned indie rock, then Palisades has the show for you this weekend. Washer don’t really sound anything like Slint, but in my mind, they take their name from the hushed Spiderland track of the same name. Their songs are more conventional; clearly more indebted to the legendary Louisville band’s contemporaries Pavement and Superchunk, but their name certainly evokes the era of indie rock they’re operating within. They’re one of the most promising bands on the venerable Exploding In Sound Records, with two solid splits to their name this past year (with Big Ups and Flagland.) Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Spit and a a new band, Patio open.
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Saturday, 8 p.m.
4) Screaming Females, Potty Mouth and Aye Nako at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Odds are, I don’t need to tell you that Marisa Paternoster puts on a goddamn guitar clinic every time Screaming Females decide to load up the van for a ride up I-95 for the city, but her band is worth seeing every time. It doesn’t hurt that two of the best pop-punk bands going today, Potty Mouth and (especially) Aye Nako are also on the bill. Besides, what else are you doing on Sunday?
Sunday, 8 p.m.
3) Kindling, California X, Infinity Girl and Clean Girls at Suburbia
For the low, low price of just $5, the fine folks at Bushwick’s Suburbia are offering up a top quality punk show at a cut-rate price on Saturday night. It’s Kindling’s album release party, but the real draw, for me, is Amherst’s California X, who are one of the better bands to follow in J. Mascis’ footsteps. The Screaming Females bill is a bit stronger top to bottom, but this one is nearly as solid, its price point is unbeatable and the vibe of Suburbia elevates the Cali X show above their Don Giovanni stablemates in the rankings. Plus, there’s a decent enough chance that Screaming Females are crashing somewhere nearby Saturday night and show up for a surprise set, right? RIGHT? Probably not, but fortunately, label devotees can easily swing both shows.
Saturday 8 p.m.
2) The Hotelier, Runaway Brother, Oso Oso and Spirit of the Beehive at Studio at Webster Hall
I’m a product of late 90’s/early aughts New Jersey, so I’m all about quality emo. There are a lot of great bands working the so-called “emo revival,” but none have put out a records as strong as The Hotelier’s Home, Like No Place Is There, at least from a pure songwriting perspective. It’s an album that stands up to lyrical titans of the genre like Jets To Brazil’s Orange Rhyming Dictionary or well, anything put out by Owen. Doors are at 6:30 for this one, so grab a happy hour drink and head over to Studio at Webster.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
1) Wolf Eyes, Yellow Tears and Dreamcrusher at Trans Pecos
This weekend’s best show is the only show guaranteed to:
1) scare the fuck out of White Stripes fans.
2) celebrate the most important musical trend since seapunk.
3) make you want to fight and/or hug one of the performers.
4) feature a band that is named after, and writes their songs about urine.
How was anyone going to beat that?
It’s Wolf Eyes, man. They’re going to blow your mind, your eardrums and someone might shit their pants.
Saturday, 8 p.m.