Top 5 shows of the weekend

Kristin Hersh SDOMA Still


Here we are, most likely the final “top 5 shows of the weekend” post of 2016 (I feel like scrooge at christmas when it comes to new years eve…). The weather is going to be as bitter as Donald Trump, so wrap up warm, have your earplugs ready, and make the most of it.

5) Patio, Text Message, Energy Guide, Phyllis Ophelia, Chimneys at The Footlight
There’s definitely a bit of a slacker vibe going on at Sunday’s show at The Footlight, with Brooklyn’s Patio headlining a supporting cast of Washington DC’s Guided-By-Voices-esque Text Message and Energy Guide from California, who might bring some much needed sonic-sunshine. Sunday 7:30pm

4) Dead Tenants, Drome, Think Tank, Alien Trilogy at Sunnyvale
Dead Tenants and Drome are releasing a split-EP together which you can pick up at Sunnyvale on Saturday (you can hear a track from that on bandcamp). While the former are hardly conventional, never straying too far away from Fugazi-territory, Drome are far more Avant Garde by comparison, which will probably pair well with Think Tank; Alien Trilogy will open with their blend of synth/punk noise. Saturday 8pm

3) Turnip King, Deadbeat Club, Human People, The Meltaways at IDIO Gallery
This is a benefit show for Planned Parenthood, who I assume are going to need all the help they can get fighting a Trump administration in 2017… I haven’t managed to see Turnip King since 2012 at Death By Audio, but Laika is one of the best shoegaze albums of 2016. Also on the bill are angular post-punks Deadbeat Club from Massachusetts, while New York’s The Meltways and Human People open, you can also enter a raffle to donated goods from the likes of Generation Records, Nitehawk Cinema, The Levee and more. Saturday 8pm

2) The Front Bottoms, Screaming Females, Brick and Mortar, Diet Cig, Jank, American Trappist, The Big Easy, Dollys, Hodera, at Webster Hall
The Front Bottoms’ annual holiday party usually has a good lineup and it’s hard to go wrong when any show involves a set by Screaming Females, while Diet Cig and LVL UP in particular are excellent bonuses. The show takes over all three rooms at Webster Hall and is also sold out, but do note the early start time as doors are at 4pm with the show starting at 5pm. Sunday 4pm 

1) Kristin Hersh at Rough Trade
Not many songwriters can lay claim to having such a distinguished discography and style as Kristin Hersh, with over twenty albums between Throwing Muses50FOOTWAVE and her solo career, I’m slightly amazed there are still some tickets left for this show at the time of writing. Her latest offering is Wyatt at the Cayote Policea double-album and book, with typically personal lyrics, Rough Trade will provide an appropriately intimate venue for the source material. Saturday 7:30pm

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