It’s March and everything is still horrible, the only question on my mind at the moment is when will the slush puddles become sentient and destroy us all? It’s hard to say, but if we keep feeding them organic matter as more and more New Yorkers succumb to their ambiguous depths it’s only a matter of time. Let’s not dawdle but rather enjoy what time we have left on this frozen rock with your best options this weekend.
5) Couch Slut, No Way, Bardus, Grizzlor at The Acheron
This show got some love on the week’s metal roundup, but it’s more than worthy of further praise. The Acheron has pulled together a lineup that is shall we say, unsubtle, but in all the best ways. Headlined by FW favourites Couch Slut, the music never lets up as No Way, Bardus and Grizzlor all test The Acheron’s structure to the limit. There will not be a louder, more intense show this weekend. Friday 8pm
4) Annual US Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall
These benefit shows usually boast a plethora of stars and this year is no different, featuring the likes of Phillip Glass, The Flaming Lips, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Devonte Hynes and many more, I’m pretty sure that’s all I need to say. Thursday 7:30pm
3) Gang of Four at Irving Plaza
The influence of Leeds’ Gang of Four is wide-ranging and long-lasting, and while the current incarnation features Andy Gill as the only original member, they are still producing quality material. Having said that, attendees will surely be hoping to hear classics from Entertainment such as Damaged Goods and I Found that Essence Rare. Saturday 7pm
2) California X, Darkwing, Ovlov, IYEZ at Saint Vitus Bar
I recently saw California X at one of the recent Don Giovanni showcases, but Saint Vitus should be an even better setting for their sludgey-pop. All the bands compliment each other well so get there early!
1) The Infinite Monkey Cafe at the Skirball Center
The Infinite Monkey Cage is a radio show broadcast in the UK on BBC Radio 4, bear with me here… it’s a popular science/comedy discussion show which typically pits a couple of comedians with a pair of scientists, hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. Now onto it’s 12th series, the hit show regularly features a who’s who of science and comedy such as Richard Dawkins and Chris Hadfield to Stephen Fry and Patrick Stewart. The NYC show includes the one-and-only Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is basically America’s version of Brian Cox, so who knows what happens when the two of them occupy the same space and time… the rest of the panel includes Janna Levin, Lisa Lampanelli and Tim Daly. Be prepared to be entertained and hopefully learn something as well. At the time of writing there are still a few tickets left. Thursday 8pm