It’s going to be a cold weekend, but it’s also going to be a long one so try to get out there and enjoy yourselves. Like above-freezing-temperatures, I’ll practice brevity.
5) Kleenex Girl Wonder, Wild White, Black River Manifesto at Silent Barn
Billed as a “post-love fest” for Sunday, you can get your jangle on at Silent Barn with Kleenex Girl Wonder and Wild White, neither band play particularly often so this is a good double-header. If you like something a bit dirtier and lot more bluesy, look no further than opening band Black River Manifesto. Sunday 8pm
4) Lazyeyes, VBA, Haybaby, Warcries at The Acheron
This is one of those solid-local-band lineups that you sometimes take for granted but really shouldn’t. The Acheron is one of the best-booked venues at the moment so acquaint yourself with the venue if it is unfamiliar. Warcries go heavy on the reverb, if you like your psych music to really soar then turn up early. The band not to be missed is VBA, who will play an intense set while the drummer/singer makes you feel sorry for the kit as it takes a pounding. It’s a little odd to say that things will quieten down a bit for the headliners, but compared to the previous bands, Lazyeyes more meticulous, treble-infused and catchy tunes may come as a welcome relief to some. Friday 8pm
3) Titus Andronicus, Hard Nips, White Reaper, Nonsense at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Considering the cold snap this weekend you’d be forgiven for thinking Hard Nips weren’t a band playing at this show but if there’s one thing to warm me up it’s sugar-coated rock tunes and Hard Nips fit the bill. Similarly, White Reaper’s high tempo garage rock will get hearts pumping. Local favourite Titus Andronicus will no doubt be playing a bunch of new songs as they’re still putting together their fourth record, this one could get busy. Remember as with all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it’s free. Friday 8pm
The indiepop prom has sold out for the third year in a row, which is hardly surprising with a lineup as strong as this. Priests make the trip from Washington DC and should never be missed, I last saw Amanda X supporting The Vaselines and was suitably impressed while a double-Ohio-whammy of garage pop in the shape of Sports and Leggy is also a treat. Friday 8pm