Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Happy National Pizza Day, everyone. Hope you’re all having a good snow day, unless of course you had to trek into the office anyway (like me) and also made reservations at Rubirosa weeks ago for tonight (like me), then sympathies all around. Anyway, despite the snow and the inevitable slush-show tomorrow, there are plenty of rewards for anyone braving the elements. 

5) Iggy Pop & Thurston Moore “I’ve Got Nothing But My Name” at Rough Trade
This isn’t a show, but Rough Trade are hosting a free screening of I’ve Got Nothing But My Name, a 60-minute conversation between Iggy and Thurston. Almost seems rude not to go. Sunday 6pm

4) Black Marble, Uniform, YOU at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Four years after debut album A Different Arrangement and a switch of coasts later, It’s Immaterial doesn’t stray too far from Black Marble‘s previous material, but it does refine it, the songs seem more realised and confident. Synth pop band YOU will  be great openers, while Uniform (who featured on last week’s TOGTE) will be a gut punch to anyone thinking they were going to have a nice evening of clean synth sounds. Unfortunately the show has sold out, however. Thursday 8pm

3) Suuns, Brian Case at Saint Vitus Bar
Montreal four-piece Suuns‘ third album, Hold/Still was rather criminally overlooked on the 2016 roundup (including by us), but not by the punters at Saint Vitus, who promptly sold the show out before a late show was added. If there was a more mesmerising track in 2016 than Translate then I didn’t hear it. Saturday 8pm 11:30pm 

2) Bob Mould at City Winery
Anyone who has seen Bob Mould and his band rip through sets the last few years will know that he is at the top of his game. Perhaps these solo electric shows will be a little more mellow, but Mould could recite the phone book with more intensity than most artist’s best performance. With two performances (Thursday and Friday), he’s bound to run the gauntlet of his discography. Thursday and Friday 6pm

1) +/- , Jason Lowenstein, Flower at Union Pool
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formed in 2001 by Versus members James Baluyut and Patrick Ramos and have released 5 records, with the latest being 2014’s Jumping the Tracks (which is possibly their best). The draw here, however, is cult NYC band Flower, who rarely play these days (in fact, their last show might have been on my birthday in 2014 at Cake Shop where I took the featured image). Formed in 1986 by Ed and Richard Baluyut, Andrew Bordwin and Ian James, Concrete Sky must be one of the most underappreciated releases from New York. It seems like the band are about to release some new material too. To add to the cult-appeal of this show, Jason Lowenstein of Sebadoh is sandwiched in between.  Friday 8pm

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