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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Now that we’ve survived the storm that wasn’t… hopefully everyone can look forward to a weekend of great shows. Including my favourite New York band, and not in the sense of predicting 12″ of snow and delivering maybe 1″, sometimes hyperbole is justified.

5) Malignancy, Immortal Suffering, Fliege and more at The Kingsland
Out in East Greenpoint you can catch a pretty stacked metal show on Saturday with at least five bands on offer, including FreeDubya’s own Fliege,  for which this serves as an official release of their debut EP. Note the early start time because there’s no such thing as too much metal. Saturday 6pm

4) Darkwing, Clever Girl, QWAM, Twiga at Rose Gold
Hopefully you like chunky, fuzzed-out and treble-heavy guitars because you’re getting both of them in abundance at Rose Gold on Friday. For the former, headliners Darkwing haven’t released anything since 2015’s Lameonia, but promise new music soon; joining them on the grungier end of the spectrum is QWAM. For the pretty-guitar lovers, both Clever Girl and TWIGA should more than hit the spot. Friday 7pm

3) Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mal Blum and the Blums at Mercury Lounge
If you like your jangle-pop with a healthy dose of melancholy then Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s new album, Sorry Is Gone may just be the record for you. Released last September via ATO Records, recorded by John Agnello, whose credentials include Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth (indeed, drummer Steve Shelley appears on the album too), and Dinosaur Jr to name a few. Mercury Lounge should be a particularly great setting for this kind of set, not to mention Mal Blum and the Blums are perfect openers. Friday 9pm

2) Pill, Macula Dog, Public Practice at Baby’s All Right
It was only a couple of weeks ago where Pill were last featured in this column, playing a set at MoMA, but this is the record release show for their latest EP. You can hear a snippet of one of the new songs via a Live at Third Man Records 7″, a show I was fortunate enough to be at on a visit to Nashville. Openers Public Practice include members of Beverly and Wall. Saturday 8pm

1) Nada Surf at Brooklyn Steel
There should be a consensus that Nada Surf deserve to be considered among New York’s all-time finest acts. With a pristine power-pop discography, including Let Go, for which the band are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of its release by playing it in full (though it’s possible, like me, you are far more intimate with the 2002 European release rather than the 2003 US version… indeed, the first time I managed to see the band live was at the Borderline in London in 2002). After years of legal wrangling with their record company following 1998’s The Proximity Effect (the underrated gem of the discography), Let Go felt like a band with a point to prove and lost time to make up and if they were ever going to do the whole play-a-whole-album thing, this seems the most appropriate choice. Without an opener on this tour, the band will not only get to celebrate a classic album, but play an additional set of perfect songs. They’re the band I have seen more than any other and, for all intents and purposes, grown up with them; I hope everyone has their own Nada Surf. Thursday 8pm

Chris Quartly: Chris is an unsightly English man who likes to go to shows and eats too much food. Please don't be afraid to say hello but he may be too afraid to say hi back. Can also be found on Twitter or Instagram