Top 5 shows of the weekend


Hopefully everyone had a nice thanksgiving, even better if you’re off work today too. There is a nice mix of shows this weekend, and since you’re probably still struggling to digest yesterday’s food, we’ll keep this to the point.

5) Greg Proops at The Bell House
The Bell House plays host to Greg’s Smartest Man in the World podcast recording, which is a regular venue for him. I’ve been a fan of Proops since he first appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (not the US versison… it doesn’t count if it isn’t hosted by Clive Anderson with Richard Vranch at the piano), but the format of this show is more conversational rather than all-out comedy. If you need someone to help you articulate your anger at current events, Proops is very good, Friday 7:30pm

4) The Menzingers, Hemming, The Bella Vista Social Club at Knitting Factory Brooklyn
If you like your pop-punk leaning more towards the melodic side then chances are you will like The Menzingers, who are about to release their 5th album, After the Party, early next year, so expect to hear plenty of new songs at the Knitting Factory this weekend. Saturday 8pm

3) Carolina Oliveros y la Nación at Silent Barn
Hailing from Barranquilla in Colombia, Carolina Oliveros moved to New York in 2013 and released a splendid afrobeat record called Monte, back in April this year. Carolina has a fiery, passionate delivery, but with a soulful masterclass underneath the funk. Saturday 8pm

2) Zoe Keating at The Hall MP
Billed as a “one-woman orchestra”, Zoe Keating is a master cellist. I remember the first time I heard Sun Will Set, the composition blew me away and it’s still one of my favourite pieces of music. She also plays at Highline Ballroom on FridaySaturday 6pm

1) Mutoid Man, Endon, Summoner at Saint Vitus Bar
Whether you’re amp’d up from having had some time off or need to blow off steam after a torrid family meal, Mutoid Man will be serving up more riffs at Saint Vitus on Saturday than all the turkey on Thanksgiving. If that’s not enough to entice you, then Boston’s own riffmasters, Summoner, are opening the show. Sandwiched in-between, Japanese grindcore/thrash/black metal band Endon might make everyone else sound like Simon and Garfunkel by comparison. Saturday 8pm,

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