I managed to see my fellow Oxfordians, Radiohead, on Tuesday, so everything else this week may seem like a bit of a Let Down (although I saw them play that 10 years ago too). Still, while the bar has been set high, there are still some fantastic bands in town for the weekend!
5) The Besnard Lakes, Savants at Rough Trade
Montreal psych/shoegaze/proggers The Besnard Lakes released their fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, in January, and while it’s a little more concise and dare I say, poppy, than previous efforts, it’s still very much their sound. Filled with lush, multi-layered compositions, the songs may be shorter, but they’re definitely still playing in the same sandbox. 60s throwbacks Savants should be a well-paired opener. Thursday 8pm
4) Odonis Odonis, Public Memory, ZGRT Saint Vitus Bar
Toronto trio Odonis Odonis might not be your typical band to play Saint Vitus, but they will sure pack as much punch as anyone. Mixing industrial, punk and dance the Torontonians are very much at the forefront of some special acts coming from North of the border these days. Public Memory and ZGRT offer something a little more traditional as far as electronic music goes and may confuse any frequent patrons who just wander in without knowing who is playing! Saturday 8pm
3) Lou Reed Tribute at Damrosch Park Bandshell
There is an all-day Lou Reed tribute curated by Laurie Anderson at the Lincoln Center on Saturday with events starting at 10:45am (full schedule here). There are two concerts at the Damrosch Bandshell, the first starting at 11:30am, featuring a house band that includes Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, and then another at 7:00pm with guests like Mark Kozelek. If you still haven’t had your fill then starting at 10:30pm there will be a documentary on Lou’s 2006 performances at St Anne’s Warehouse. Saturday from 11am
2) Swans, Okkyung Lee at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Swans’ fourteenth album, The Glowing Man, came out last month, and will be the last studio record made by the current line-up. Clocking in at two hours, it’s the intense wall of sound approach that few bands can even attempt let alone master. You’re better spent simply listening to them rather than try and figure out what they sounds like. Alas, these shows are sold out, but if you did score a ticket, remember those earplugs! This is the equivalent for needing factor 50 sun block when visiting the beach… Friday at Bowery Ballroom and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
1) Fear Of Men, Florist, Vagabon at Silent Barn
While Fear of Men played at Bowery Ballroom a mere 4 weeks ago, they’re wrapping up their current US tour with a return trip to the area at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn. Sod’s law dictates that I missed the Bowery show, and will miss this one too, but the band are one of the most interesting “indie” bands to come around for a long, long time. Unconventional melodies fill their latest effort, Fall Forever, and the group have a chemistry that is captivating to watch. Support comes from Florist and Vagabon. Thursday 8pm