Top 5 shows of the weekend


I go away for a couple of weeks and look what happens… it’s like forgetting to lock your door but still being surprised when you find out all your stuff has been stolen. Between Brexit and Trump this year, you’d be forgiven if “the will of the people” merely leads you to the bottom of many a bottle. Alas, if for a couple of hours each night, you can try and forget reality with some great music.

5) Sheer Mag, Kaleidoscope, Sick Head at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Do note the change of venue for this show, which was originally scheduled to be at the Knockdown Center, but is now at (the still new enough to call it new) Brooklyn Night Bazaar. For anyone needing a no-frills classic rock pick-me-up given recent events, then Sheer Mag are you best option this weekend. Don’t miss NYC hardcore act Sick Head, who kick the night off. Friday 8pm

4) Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift at City Winery
It feels like there aren’t many people left deserving of the term national treasure, but Robyn Hitchcock has certainly earned that tag back in England. I was lucky enough to see him last time he played at City Winery, which you can listen to here via NYCTaper and you have two chances on Saturday with an early show and a late show.  With an extensive discography stretching from the Soft Boys to his twenty solo album, expect some hilariously bizarre stories between songs as well. Saturday 7pm & 10pm

3) Caspian, The Appleseed Cast at Music Hall of Williamsburg
It has been a pretty good year for post-rock shows and that trend continues when Music Hall Williamsburg play hosts to Caspian, the band released Dust and Disquiet in September last year and have been touring fairly solid since. I’m probably more looking forward to seeing The Appleseed Cast again, having been impressed last year at Webster Hall Studio and it’s probably a good bet that they’ll be playing up their own post-rock leanings to boot (they go on at 8pm, so turn up early). Thursday 7pm

2) Fly Ashtray, Wooing, Talsness, Loveydove at Cake Shop
Formed in The Bronx in 1983, Fly Ashtray must surely be one of New York’s most under-appreciated bands, if you like your jangle-infused melodies to come with a side of something a little more experimental, then Cake Shop is the place to be on Friday night. This is also noteworthy for being the band’s album release show for We Buy Everything You HaveFriday 7pm

1) Fear Of Men, Weaves at Baby’s All Right
This is the fourth time that Brighton’s Fear of Men have played New York this year, and each time they end up at number one in this column so there isn’t really a whole more to be said at this stage. Needless to say, Fall Forever is one of the year’s best records and for one that has such an unconventional use of melody, the band always pull the songs off live superbly. Sunday 8pm


  1. Love the percussion on Darkfield by Caspian.

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