Top 5 shows of the weekend


We return to our regular schedule after last weekend’s Northside Festival. Happy weekend everybody! It’s a truly wonderful day… and that’s probably only because England just beat Wales in the European Championships… as a result, this entry will be brief, but it’s all about the quality of the acts anyway!

5) Violent Femmes, Kristin Hersh at Prospect Park Bandshell
Here’s a nice freebie for you. Violent Femmes returned with their first album in 15 years with We Can Do Anything, but the main draw for me would be former Kristin Hersh (though it would be even better if she was performing with 50 Foot Wave). While her last solo album was 2010’s Crooked, she has been working on a new record for few years now. Prospect Park’s bandshell is a lovely place to spend an evening watching a show, even more so when you don’t have to pay a penny to get in. Saturday 7:30pm

4) Burger Beach Bash at MCU Park
Seemingly everyone’s favourite record label, Burger Records, is taking it to the minor leagues on Saturday as they throw a bit of a party at MCU Park, home of the Coney Island Cyclones. The lineup includes the likes of Andrew W.K., GZA, Pentagram, Fucked Up, Har Mar Superstar, Cotillon, Mr. Twin Sister, The Mystery Lights and more, it all kicks offat 2pm . It’s also worth noting that the Mermaid Parade starts at 1pm, so either turn up early to catch some of it, or just be aware that it will be busier than normal. Saturday 2pm

3) Wreckless Eric at The Grand Victory
With the news that The Grand Victory is closing at the end of July, you don’t have many more chances to visit what was one of the most under-appreciated of venues in New York. All the more reason to see cult hero, Wreckless Eric, take the stage on Saturday. Most people would link to the widely known (and fantastic) Whole Wide World at this point, but that would be doing a disservice to what is an articulate and varied career. Saturday 7pm

2) Blonde Redhead at Coffey Park
The Numero Group is just about to re-issue Blonde Redhead’s long out of print early material, which has been out of print for a while as a 4LP/2CD set called Masculin Féminin. The trio are set to play a free show in Red Hook’s Coffey Park on Thursday which is more than worth hopping on a ferry, taking a bus, or any such relatively inconvenient way to get all the way out to Red Hook. Thursday 7pm

1) The Cure, The Twilight Sad at Madison Square Garden
I’m not sure how The Cure still manage to do what they do, playing for hours upon hours and leaving no discography stone unturned on a tour. If you’re a fan at all you simply can’t be let down. There are still a few tickets left and although expensive, they’re one of the few acts that are worth a triple-digit cost. Saturday & Sunday (and Monday, even) 8pm

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