Top 5 shows of the weekend

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While we’re still dealing with rollercoaster weather patterns, one can’t help but feel that summer is threatening to happen eventually… we’ve had the schedules for Celebrate BrooklynSummerstage, 4knots and more. So enjoy today’s sunshine and deal with the rain at the weekend… it can’t last forever! It has been a good week, with La Sera’s fantastic show at Market Hotel last night, an invigorating Secret Science Club lecture at the Bell House on Tuesday, and some great options to look forward to right now. I also want to point out two music-related events that aren’t shows this weekend – the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on Saturday, now in its 9th year, and a screening of the Damned Documentary, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead at Rough Trade on Sunday.

5) Peach Kelli Pop, Fern Mayo, Flower Girl, Yucky Duster at Palisades
There is certainly no shortage of summer-infused garage pop from the West coast, but few have the out and out songwriting hooks of Peach Kelli Pop. Now touring as a 5-piece, expect a heavy sugar rush at Palisades on Friday. With fellow jangle-enthusiasts Fern Mayo, Flower Girl and Yucky Duster in tow, this will be the place to politely nod your head in melodic appreciation this weekend. Friday 8pm

4) Slonk Donkerson, Haybaby, Total Slacker, Lazyeyes & more at ALPHAVILLE
For what sounds like the final time, Giggawatts are putting on a couple of shows this weekend. On Saturday you can see the likes of Dances and Dead Stars, while Sunday hosts Free Williamsburg favourites Slonk Donkerson. I’m favouring the Sunday line-up here for that reason alone, but you can also buy a ticket for both days for a bargain $10 (single day tickets are still a steal at $8). As an aside, now seems as good a time as any to mention that the burger at nearby Fritzl’s Lunch Box is fantastic (I’m sure the food at Alphaville is great too). Sunday 6pm

3) Robbie Fulks at Union Hall
I’ve mentioned Robbie before (which was also at Union Hall), the art of captivating an audience not just with your songs, but with what you do and say in-between, seems to be a lost art, and not many are better at it than Mr Fulks. Whether he’s in a country, bluesgrass, folk, or any other mood that takes his fancy, you can go into one of his sets completely ignorant of his work and come out a fan. Able to jump between poignant and hilarity is no mean feat either, and his new album, Upland Storiesis another fine addition to a vastly underrated discography. Saturday 7:30pm

2) Slaves BC, Blackest, Thera Roya, Pants Exploder at The Acheron
This One Goes to Eleven only brings you the finest metal, and you can witness that first hand at The Acheron, rather fittingly on Friday the 13th. Read the preview, check in on Facebook, buy tickets, and remember, dear responsible-gig-goer, bring along those earplugs, this is going to be a loud one. Friday 8pm

1) The Posies at a Secret Location
The Posies have had a bit of a rough time lately, to say the least, including tragic deaths to band members and divorce. The band have come through that to deliver their eigth album, Solid States, and are on a tour of pop-up shows throughout the country. It’s a curious tactic since the band haven’t toured the US fully since 2010, and can surely command decent size rooms, alas, the show sold out pretty quickly, but I wanted a chance to say that they have one of the strongest power pop discographies of all time, including possibly the best single album in the genre, 1993’s Frosting on the Beater. Messrs Auer and Stringfellow combine like few others and if you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets for this, I hope for your sakes it’s not another 6 years until they’re back. Thursday 7:30pm

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