Top 5 shows of the weekend


Autumn is finally here! And while we may be in for a fairly wet and grey weekend, I’m ready for some more moderate temperatures. I’m not so ready for the inevitable bug I seem to have picked up, so let’s not waste anyone’s time here, music is a healer.

5) Lower Dens, Ornament at Pioneer Works
According to the band themselves “LOWER DENS is preparing a wholly different kind of performance for this event than we’ve done previously. This will be an experimental, improvised performance.performance.”, the show will also be performed in an inflatable, these are details that will decide how you feel about the prospect of the show itself! I personally like to see bands doing different things. Friday 8pm

4) Buzzcocks, Residuels at Irving Plaza
Buzzcocks are on their 40th anniversary tour, which brings them to Irving Plaza on Saturday night , expect all the favourites like Ever Falling In Love and Boredom. I’ve seen the band enough times to feel like skipping the shows in recent years (they might be the most frequent visitors of all the original UK bunk bands), but there’s little denying their influence and legacy. Saturday 7pm

3) Russian Circles, Helms Alee at Warsaw
I just saw Russian Circles at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco while on holiday and the three-piece post-metal instrumentalists put on a hell of a show. Don’t miss openers Helms Alee, who just put out a pretty good grunge album earlier this month called Stillicide. Of course, don’t forget to pick up some pierogies at the venue. Friday 8pm

2) The Legendary Pink Dots, Orbit Service at Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Over 35 years and more than 40 albums strong, it’s hard to know where to start with The Legendary Pink Dots, suffice to say if you have any interest in anything remotely psyche or avant-garde, you should have crossed paths with the band at some point in your life. If you haven’t (I haven’t seen them since The Middle East in Boston in 2004), Friday is your chance. What kind of show will it be? I haven’t the foggiest, although their latest album, Pages of Aquarius, had an electro-goth flavour. Friday 8pm

1) Luna at Rough Trade
Luna play two shows at Rough Trade this weekend, with Saturday being a “regular” Luna set. On Sunday, however, the band will play their best album, Penthouse, in full. Released in 1995, the eleven-track record is certainly one of the best from the decade. Both shows sold out pretty quickly, the band can play much larger venues, afterall, so those lucky enough to have tickets should get a nice, intimate experience. If you can, try to pick up the 6LP box set that Captured Tracks recently put out, it’s rather beautiful. On Saturday (doors at 8, show at 9), Sam Evian will open the show (who sounds like he grew up worshiping the headliners), while Cut Worms will do the honours on Sunday (doors at 7, show at 8).

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