Greetings, please don’t forget to vote today (and if you still don’t know what’s going on, perhaps this handy guide can help). You can reward yourself afterwards by making plans for a show.
5) NY Philharmonic “Art of the Score” at Lincoln Center – David Geffen Hall
Opening with something a little different this week, the New York Philharmonic will be performing live scores alongside a screening of There Will Be Blood on Thursday night (please note that Jonny Greenwood will not be conducting, as some sites have reported), and 2001: A Space Odyssey on Friday and Saturday. Fancy!
4) EYEHATEGOD, The Obsessed, Tombs, Unearthly Trance at Brooklyn Bazaar
Last week we had the pleasure of fellow New Orleans’ sludge greats Thou being in town and this time out it’s EyeHateGod who get to pummel your eardrums, with singer Mike IX’s health problems hopefully behind him, having had a successful liver transplant at the end of 2016. The Obsessed released Sacred in April 2017, their first record since 1994 and it’s like they hadn’t been away. Friday 7pm
3) Ash, Lost Boy? at Mercury Lounge
I have to say that I’m shocked that this hasn’t sold out (at the time of writing), though perhaps I’m just remembering 1977 as one of the best britpop albums released (22 years ago… now I’m feeling old). The trio released their seventh album, Islands, back in May and this may be the most no-frills fun you could have this weekend. As if that wasn’t good enough, you get a perfect opener in the shape of Lost Boy?, who would have made this list on his own accord. Friday 7:30pm
2) Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Deeper, Clean Machine at Bowery Ballroom
Aussies have a long history of jangle-pop and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever do their country proud on their Sub Pop-released debut album Hope Downs. The comparison to the Go-Betweens will be obvious but let’s not pretend that is anything but a compliment. Another excellent band on this bill is Chicago quarter Deeper. Saturday 8pm
1) David Byrne, tUnE-YaRds at Forest Hills Stadium
I would have put the Sunday show at the spectacular Kings Theatre as #1 this week but since it long sold out (as is his show there on Monday), it seemed better to put the show for which you can still get tickets, even if it’s a bit of a trek. David Byrne‘s seventh album, American Utopia, was released in March. tUnE-YaRds opens the show and is promoting her fourth full-length album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, which was released in January (she also composed the score for the excellent movie Sorry to Bother You, which you should check out). Saturday 5:30pm