Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Since the last “Top 5 shows of the weekend”, we’ve crossed the first official day of summer, I’ve somehow managed to survive another full orbit of the sun, and best of all, finally made it out to Hometown BBQ. It hasn’t all been good though, just to add to the rotten run of form 2016 has been on, The Acheron is also closing down soon. Finally, by the time this goes out, you’ll only have a couple more days to make a final purchase at Other Music before it closes on the 25th, so do make some time for that in between catching some great shows.

5) Bill Callahan at Baby’s All Right
Another June-baby, Callahan just turned 50, and with 16 albums under his belt is well on the way to national treasure status. Due to play 6  sold-out shows at Baby’s over the course of 3 days (starting Sunday), the venue has a penchant for having a few extra tickets at the door, so keep an eye on their twitter feed  and hope for the best if you missed out. Sunday 6pm & 9pm

4) Pissed Jeans, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Richard Papiercuts at Knitting Factory Brooklyn
It has been just over a year since I last went to the Knitting Factory, I don’t know what happened with their bookings in the last couple of years, but they have pulled out a real ace in the pack for Friday night with Allentown’s hardcore punks, Pissed Jeans. That’s not all though, No-Wave legend Lydia Lunch and her band, Retrovirus will prove a tough act to follow. Friday 6:30pm

3) Slonk Donkerson, Sweet Baby Jesus, Human People at The Glove
Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but you should know the drill by now. I don’t know how many different ways I can say that Slonk Donkerson are one of the best bands in New York. I haven’t seen a show at The Glove yet, which is a fairly new venue in Bushwick, we certainly need all the venues we can get at the moment. Friday 8pm

2) Mark Lanegan at Gramercy Theatre
Mark Lanegan has one of the most iconic, whiskey drenched vocals in rock, with a formidable discography to boot – between Screaming Trees, The Gutter Twins, and solo albums that include a genuine every-home-should-have-one record, Bubblegum, there aren’t many better. This show is billed as an Evening With, so expect plenty of discography highlights. Lanegan doesn’t do a whole lot on stage, but he doesn’t need to with that voice, and there is something oddly magnetic about the guy, possibly moreso due to him planting himself in one exact spot for an evening, gripping the microphone like his life depended on it. Just try and take your eyes off him. Thursday 7:30pm

1) Sleep, Battles at House of Vans
House of Vans have surpassed themselves with this one, stoner-metal extraordinaires, Sleep, only manage sporadic tours since their reunion in 2009 (though they are said to be working on a new album). Responsible for genre-defining record, Dopesmoker, with more sludge than the Gowanus Canal, perhaps the venue should be handing out free bongs as opposed to free beer. Before the band hit the stage however, you’ve got to do some maths homework in the shape of Battles, whose polyrhythms require a grey matter workout.  Thursday 7pm

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