Top 5 shows of the weekend


I hope everyone made the most of the long weekend (if indeed you had Monday off) and the  perplexing yet glorious weather that came with it. No time for chit-chat, here’s some help for you to plan your weekends.

5) JEFF The Brotherhood, Tweens at Sunnyvale
Nashville two-piece Jeff the Brotherhood always put on a fun, no-frills rock show and are always worth seeing. However, the real draw for me to this show is Tweens, of whom I’ve been a fan since CMJ 2013. The band’s self-titled debut album is one of the most infectious trash-pop records you can hear, it’s coming close to being three years old so perhaps there will be some new material in the works on their current tour. Friday 8pm

4) Mega Bog, Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions, Sheer Agony, Potted Plant at The Glove
Mega Bog 
are a bit hard to pin down, but there is a cinematic quality to the songs that set them apart from many acts at the moment. The band’s latest album, Happy Together, was just released a couple of weeks ago on Nicey. The only thing that is apt about Sheer Agony‘s name is that I keep missing them whenever they are in town, and while their 2015 album Masterpiece, isn’t quite true either, it’s a delightful album that flew rather unjustly beneath most radars. Sunday 9pm

3) Vagabon, Mal Devisa, Jelani Sei at Baby’s All Right
Vagabon is the moniker of Lætitia Tamko, who is set to release her debut album, Infinite Worlds, via Father/Daughter Records. Armed with an enchanting voice, the record’s quieter moments excel in particular, but fans of anything on the indie and folk spectrum will find something exciting. Friday 8pm

2) William Bell at The Appel Room
William Bell
is one of the essential but lesser-celebrated Stax artists, releasing classics like I’ll Show YouCrying All By Myself, Who Will It Be Tomorrow, and dozens more. After a period of, shall we say, material that doesn’t quite match those heady days, 2016 saw a welcome return to form with This Is Where I Live, back on Stax Records, it even won a Grammy in the “Best Americana” category. The Appel Room should be a great setting for his soulful voice both visually and acoustically and might be one of the most pleasant shows you’ll see all year. Friday 8:30

1) No Joy, Mercury Girls, Journalism at Sunnyvale
This is the record-release show for No Joy‘s latest EP, Creep, and is the band’s first on Grey Market, a new LA-based label which has so far released a few 7″ singles by Oko Tygra, Presentable Corpse and Ave Negra. The EP sounds like the band’s most confident work to date, shifting to a more classic-shoegaze direction from their heavier sound you might be used to, you can hear Califone below and Brooklyn Vegan recently posted a good interview. Also on the bill are Free Williamsburg favourites Mercury Girls, who are finishing up their debut album, and Journalism, whose 2016 album Faces was a forgotten treasure. This show was originally at Shea Stadium (which is thankfully open again), but those who stumble to the wrong place won’t have too far to walk, just don’t miss any of the bands! Saturday 8pm


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