Top 5 shows of the weekend

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So glad we got to spring forward into this glorious weather we’ve been having. If you want to avoid all the St Patrick’s Day nonsense (why people think this is any better than Santacon I don’t know…), here are a few chances to avoid people pretending to be Irish, leprachauns, or generally broing out.

5) Jacuzzi Boys, Alexander F, Grim Streaker at Baby’s All Right
Florida trio Jacuzzi Boys took to LA to record their fourth album, Ping Pong, which came out last year on their own label, Mag Mag. The record is a little more hard hitting and fuzzier in tone than their previous efforts, and it really feels like they have hit their stride. Thursday 8pm

4) And The Kids, Kalbells, Alex Toth at Factory Brooklyn
I first saw And the Kids opening for Mac McCaughan in 2015 and was instantly impressed, the Northamption trio’s influences are a little over the place in a good way, with interesting rhythms coupled with that classic 80s indie treble guitar. A portion of ticket sales will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund who “provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it’s time to give a little back!”, seems like a great cause. Saturday 8pm

3) Dungen at BRIC House
Swedish psych band Dungen will be playing two shows at BRIC House on Thursday, but this isn’t a regular show (the 7:00pm show is sold out but tickets remain for 9:30 at the time of writing). The band will be playing their own original score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a German 1926 silent movie. The soundtrack is the group’s first instrumental release (called Häxan), it’s a pretty varied piece as you’d expect for the soundtrack of a silent movie, and at 40-minutes long you’d expect a few fan favourites to be thrown in afterwards for good measure. Thursday 7:00pm and 9:30pm

2) Mint Field, Memo Boy, Mia Alma, Judas el Desgraciado at Trans Pecos
Mexican shoegazers Mint Field will be making their New York debut at Trans Pecos this Saturday after playing a bunch of shows at SXSW. Their EP from 2015, Primeras Salidas wears its influence on its sleeve but is a wonderful collection of songs, and the trios latest singles suggest they’re really going into some Slowdive territory in the best possible way. Don’t miss Mia Alma either, whose 2016 record Triassic, was delicate and delightful. Saturday 8pm

1) Sunn O))), Big Brave at Knockdown Center
You’re going to want your earplugs for this one, let’s just get that out of the way. How to describe Sunn O)))… they might be the heaviest, and slowest band around, if you were to miss the first few minutes of a show, you might miss one note. Chances are if you’re into drone of any kind, you already have tickets and know what you’re getting into. For the rest, good luck, this is not for the faint of heart, but fans will be greatly rewarded. Friday 8pm

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