5) Daylight, Ratking, Young Male, and More at Europa Club
Featuring pop punk, art-rap, and DIY techno, this Saturday night highlight at Europa Club—which, contrary to rumors, is still alive and well—is one of the most diverse bills of the weekend, and that’s before we even get to the laundry list of local DJs/party purveyors who will be spinning tracks between sets. And although the scene is sure to be a fucking hipster Golden Corral, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. This is North Brooklyn, after all, you better be used to it by now.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
4) Echo & The Bunnymen at Irving Plaza
You know all those pretty shoegaze bands Pitchfork tells you and your girlfriend to like really like? Yeah, well they’re still paying rent to Echo & the Bunnymen, who hit Irving Plaza this weekend for the perfect pilgrimage opportunity. Know your roots, respect your elders, and get your ass off the couch on Sunday night, because the Saturday edition of this one has been sold out since Jack Black first name-checked the band circa Y2K (see: High Fidelity).
Sunday, doors at 7pm
3) Propagandhi, War On Women, RVIVR at Webster Hall
Ok, ok. I get it. Webster Hall and crust punk aren’t a match made in booking heaven; not with the $8 bag check fees, overpriced Budweisers, and rampant first-show etiquette tarnishing what is otherwise an awesome room, at least. With that said, this one is surely enough to pull many of my closest (and possibly backpatch addicted) friends out of their isolated Brooklyn ecosystems on Sunday for a night of spitting beer at the ceiling, shouting along with every fucking chorus, and other celebratory behavior one rolls out when Propagandhi are in town. Be there, and/or be a square.
Sunday, doors at 8pm
2) The Men, Purling Hiss, Honey, Friend, DJ Toy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
While I firmly believe that The Men are owners of the best live showing in NYC at the moment, there is one (because, per universal truths, there always has to be) catch: You can never be sure which Men you’re going to get. I’ve seen the Brooklyn shape shifters in an array of configurations over the years—horn-splashed neo E-Sreet, triple Gibson shred fest, lap steel-soaked country noir, and, most recently, the Allman Bro’s-approved dual drummer beat down—and although each has been just as stellar as the last, you never quite know what you’re going to get. With Philly psych poppers Purling Hiss opening and Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s requisite free entry rolling on, however, this one is a can’t miss no matter which Men manifestation show up.
Friday, doors at 7pm
1) Converse Rubber Tracks Presents High on Fire, Blackest at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Since Ticketmaster’s faceless goons somehow managed to gaff the ticket buying process to this free Converse Rubber Tracks rager, I’ll ease up on my usual “if you’re not there, you’re fucking up” rule of thumb. Whatever you do, however, don’t mistake that leniency for a lack of enthusiasm, as High on Fire are one of raddest/baddest live bands on earth and you, self-respecting metal fan, are still expected to be out in force on Friday night, whether through bribery, forgery, or Music Hall of Williamsburg’s air conditioning ducts.
Friday, doors at 8pm
Bring a Fluorescent Axe
Neon Trees at Rockefeller Center
Condo Resistance HQ
Parasites, Shellshag, Flamingo Nosebleed, and more at Death By Audio