5) Black Wine, Brick Mower, The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints, Tim Duffy, Brett Davis at Death By Audio
While our resident Don Giovanni specialist and Death By Audio wallflower Chris Quartly already told you all you need to know about this one earlier in the week, there’s no reason not second his sentiment: For $8, this record release bash for Black Wine—featuring an opening set from Brick Mower (whose new album also rules), stand-up comedians, and more—is by far the bargain of the weekend.
Friday, doors at 7pm
4) The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Chumped at Saint Vitus
I’ll argue for any punk show at Saint Vitus, if only because they give Brooklyn’s most vital non-metal scene the perfect excuse to experience one of its best venues. This one, however, comes with the added benefit of a killer bill featuring Ohioan Punks The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, and local openers, Chumped, who, if you’re reading Stereogum (and, like, who isn’t?), you’ll already know are poised from some pretty cool things.
Friday, doors at 8pm
3) Earthless, The Shrine, Mirror Queen at Saint Vitus
And if you’re going all the way up to Vitus on Friday night, you might as grab a hotel room (just kidding, it’s not THAT far…G shuttlebus notwithstanding) and hang out for this SoCal stoner spectacular hosted by Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen. I already touched on this one in the debut of our new weekly metal roundup, This One Goes To Eleven, on Tuesday, but—given that it boasts the weekend calendar’s highest riffs-per-capita—is well worth an encore appearance here.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
2) Afropunk Fest: Day 1 at Commodore Barry Park
Just when you thought summer festivaldom’s rampaging blob of crushed wayfarers and blood-matted bucket hats had oozed off to warmer hunting grounds for the winter, the beast is set to unhinge it’s yawning, technicolor jaw one last time for Afropunk Festival this weekend. Of course, as anyone who has checked out Saturday’s diverse line-up—Shabazz Palaces, clipping., Trash Talk, Bad Brains, and, yes, even Body Count—can probably tell you, getting caught up in this free feeding frenzy probably isn’t the worst way to spend a Saturday afternoon in August. It all starts at noon, but make sure to RSVP here for line-skipping privileges.
Saturday, doors at 11am
1) Liturgy, Wreck And Reference, White Suns, Kyle Eyre Clyd at Pioneer Works
After the success of last year’s The Men-headlined mini-fest, Issue Project Room is back at Pioneer Works art collective for another afternoon of mixed-media goodness. Booking this time trends to the metallic end of the spectrum, with local noise boys White Suns and genre-bending post-metalheads Wreck and Reference opening for the rarest sighting of the weekend: Liturgy in their full Aesthetica line-up glory. Rumor has it the Brooklyn black metal paradigm pulverizers have a new LP on the way in 2015, so if you’re into that sort of thing, get down to a Red Hook on Saturday and welcome them back to planet earth.
Saturday, doors at 3pm
Arcade Fire at Barclays Center
No Pizza, Still Underground
The Macaulay Culkin Show w/ Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and More at Shea Stadium