It’s going to be a hot one this weekend. Drink responsibly, use sunscreen and maybe, just maybe, some good shows will be able to make us forget we’re melting, just for a few brief moments. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for you below.
5) Horse Lords, Hans Chew, Eleven Twenty-Nine, Jantar at Trans Pecos
Trans Pecos plays host to another NYC Taper-presented show spearheaded by Baltimore’s Horse Lords, whose blend of krautrock, afrobeat and electronic influences seem like the archetype band for a place like Trans Pecos. You may recognise Hans Chew from playing with the likes of Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger, while Eleven Twenty-Nine will bring a masterful mish-mash of guitar styles and shouldn’t be missed. Saturday 8pm.
4) Femi Kuti, Bombino at Prospect Park Bandshell
The eldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Femi is hugely popular in his own right. Having played in his father’s band in 1986, he has been releasing records himself since 1995, with his latest being 2013’s No Place For My Dream. It’s hard not to have a good time at one of his shows, though as a political activist (and ambassador for Amnesty International), expect some political fire mixed in for good measure. Make sure to turn up for Bombino, an incredible guitarst from Niger, it should be a great combination. Saturday 7:30pm
3) Royal Headache, Career Suicide, JJ Doll, Degreaser at Market Hotel
Having just played a sold out Music Wall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, Royal Headache added a second show at Market Hotel. It took them a couple of songs to hit their stride last night but when they did there was no turning back and they put on a fantastic performance. The Australian quartet released one of our favourite albums of 2015 with the wonderful High, which still gets rotated heavily, but the band are even better live as frontman Shogun is a complete whirlwind in particular. Canadian hardcore group, Career Suicide will give the Aussies a run for their money and psych-blues band Degreaser should kick things off perfectly. Thursday 8pm
2) Panorama at Randall’s Island
New York is becoming quite the festival destination these days and the first Panorama music festival, want some tips? Check out Pete’s 10 recommended acts. If I were going, I’d almost be as excited about what I could eat… Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
1) GOGGS, Surfbort, Cheena at Rough Trade
It can be hard work keeping track of Ty Segall’s output, and his latest project sees him team up with Ex-Cult singer Chris Shaw and Charles Moothart from Fuzz (also featuring Ty, of course). Goggs is Segall’s most straight-up punk project to date, which suits Shaw’s vocals to a tee (he’s always reminded me of Gene October of Chelsea). Things won’t let up all night with openers Surfbot and Cheena both very much indebted to 70s punk. Goggs also play at Baby’s All Right on Saturday with Babes and Monograms. Friday 8pm