5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.
Friday, doors at 10pm
4) Windhand, All Them Witches, Ilsa, Polygamyst at Saint Vitus
Its been just about a year since we saw last saw Richmond doom merchants peddling their cauldron-brewed elixir around NYC, but don’t worry, that recipe, culled from their breakthrough LP, Soma, remains just as potent today as it was then. Nashville-hailing psych masters, All Them Witches, provide support alongside Isla and Polygamyst, making this sold-out séance the perfect kick off to yet another fall full of slasher flicks, candy corn abuse, and high-quality sonic destruction.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
3) The Replacements, The Hold Steady, Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium
While last year’s Mumford and Sons experiment at Forest Hills Stadium was crippled by sound issues, that might–as the joke goes–have been more a function of Mumford and Sons than the legendary (but long-defunct) tennis court’s challenged acoustics. Either way, the problem is sure to be remedied this weekend when your favorite band’s favorite band, The Replacements, headline a memorable one-off with some help from The Hold Steady homies and Providence bar-band extraordinaires, Deer Tick. Tickets are $60 Buzz-your-girlfriend-woof bucks, but as long as you have a kidney you’re willing to sell, this one should be well within reach.
Friday, doors at 6:30pm
2) Brooklyn’s Burning Volume 1 w/ Doom, Hard Skin, Crimson Scarlett, EEL, Kicker, and Nomad at The Wick
Think of hardcore as the music world’s cockroach. Born from the gutters, impervious to everything short of nuclear winter, and absolutely horrifying to your mom, hardcore and its appendages (crust/grind/powerviolence et al.) were here long before you were spit into the world and will be around long after you’re dragged from it, scuttling around grimy warehouses in sketchy neighborhoods, getting by on whatever they find. Thankfully Brooklyn’s Burning Volume 1—a two-day hardcore mini-fest at The Acheron and The Wick—understands that our borough’s growing vermin problem is cause for celebration, not extermination, and have thus put together a killer line-up, including UK crusts Doom, Kicker (feat. Members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia), and local boys, Nomad on Staurday night. Friday’s Lecherous Gaze/Razorheads-supported throwdown is also sick, but if you can only make one (take it from the NFL, multiple concussions in one weekend is not a good thing), make it this Saturday night special.
Friday, doors at 8pm
1) Uninvited with Orchid, The Shrine, Electric Citizen, and more at Nihil Gallery
While we already gave the full rundown on this weekend’s inaugural Uninvited mini-fest—a metal/skate/bike/art pop-up mecca that just so happens to coincide with the Dew Tour’s very first Brooklyn stop—in the latest incarnate of This One Goes To Eleven, if I had to highlight just one of the four riff-laden days, it would have to be Saturday. Packed with righteous sets from the likes of Rozamov, Lecherous Gaze, The Shrine, and Orchid, it is easily one of the best metal bills of the month and an absolute must for any so-inclined hesher looking to spend a rare afternoon in the sun. And if you’re headed to Uninvited from out of town this weekend, don’t worry about navigating; just follow the cloud of weed smoke all the way to Gowanus.
Saturday, doors at 2pm
Back To The Future
Stiff Little Fingers, The So So Glos at Iriving Plaza
Shred Till You Drop
Marnie Stern at Brooklyn Flea