You don’t need me wasting your time with chit-chat, there are weekend plans to be made, this time we bring you some site favourites and something out of left field. Enjoy!
5) Nots, Pill at Silent Barn
Memphis 4-piece Nots played their first New York show on the penultimate night Death By Audio was open almost 2 years ago, along with Metz and Protomartyr, which is not a bad gig to get! Since then then the band have released their second album on Goner Records called Cosmetic. While they have retained their punk energy, they’ve evolved to a more textured, drawn out sound and certainly one of the better records I’ve heard in the last few months. If you can’t make this show, the band also play at Baby’s All Right next Tuesday (the 11th), or go to both! Sunday 8pm
4) Diarrhea Planet, Western Medication at Bowery Ballroom
There probably aren’t many more ways we can describe a Diarrhea Planet show that we haven’t used before, suffice to say if you’ve gone through the last few years in New York without seeing a Diarrhea Planet show then I’m not sure we’re doing our jobs correctly. You should know the drill by now, 4 lead guitars, fist pumping tunes, overly-enthusiastic rock cliches that really shouldn’t work but somehow everything clicks. The band released their third full-length album, Turn to Gold, in June. Just go. Thursday 8pm
3) Sigur Ros at Kings Theatre
After Explosions In the Sky played the same venue last week, I’d be all in favour of Kings Theatre becoming the go-to place to see post-rock shows. Similarly to Explosions in the Sky, I haven’t much thought about Sigur Ros in close to a decade (I’ve seen the band once, in London in 2008), but stripping themselves down to a three-piece and using these shows primarily to road-test new material is the kind of move that makes this a near-essential show. As per usual at Kings Theatre, the band themselves will be competing with the venue itself for your attention, but that should make them raise their game even more. Thursday and Friday 8pm
2) Warpaint at Warsaw and Bowery Ballroom
I haven’t actually seen Warpaint since they played in Oxford in support of their first album in 2011, and while they haven’t exactly been off the radar I can’t say I’d been thinking “I can’t wait for a new Warpaint album”, especially after the good-but-safe self-titled second album from 2014. However, the band have just released their third album, Heads Up, and now I do find myself excited about hearing new material. The four piece play two shows this weekend, on Friday they play Warsaw in Greenpoint and on Saturday they play at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are currently listed as sold out but check on the day of each show just in case any are released last-minute.
1) Glenn Branca at Roulette
This is premier of “The Light (for David)”, a tribute to David Bowie. Although they never really worked together (save for one collaboration in 2000), it’s hardly surprising that they were big fans of each other’s work. In addition to this tribute, the performance will also feature a revised version of The Third Ascension, which was performed earlier in the year. I suspect the tribute for Bowie will be somewhat of a deconstruction of his work, given Branca’s compositional style, though perhaps not for the feint of heart, and certainly not diehards or those wanting something more straightforward. Saturday 8pm