5) Weird Womb Record Release w/ Slavve, Tape Deck Mountain, Gondoliers at Shea Stadium
Anybody who was lucky enough to catch Titus Andronicus ripping through a free Newcastle-fueled set at Cake Shop on Monday night, was also hopefully smart enough to catch Weird Womb and their scuzzy collection of In Utero-indebted Anthems, which set the evening off on the appropriately raucous sneaker. That was just a throat-clearer, however, as the local punks are set to hit Shea Stadium tonight to celebrate the release of their new record, Laziness, with Slavve and Tape Deck Mountain. If you know Shea Stadium, then you already know what this is all about—supporting the Brooklyn DIY scene, killer bands, social right of passage blah, blah. If not, well, then this is the perfect way to find out.
Friday, doors at 7pm
4) Screaming Females, Pujol, Mal Blum at Knitting Factory
It’s been awhile since Knitting Factory gave us something musical to talk about, but Saturday night changes all of that, if only temporarily, with yet another entry in the tri-state’s 12-pound encyclopedia of Screaming Females ragers. Support for the Jersey-exported, Don Giovanni-backed garage punks is provided by the likes of Pujol and Mal Blum, so make sure to get out there and party like its 2011.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
3) Bayside, I Am The Avalanche, Seway at Music Hall of Williamsburg
The punk/emo traveling high school reunion rolls into town again this weekend with Queens-bred favorites, Bayside, who haven’t been spotted around these parts in what feels like an eternity of rolling over onto the cold, empty other side of the mattress. The band hits Vitus on Monday night (which is really the set you should be trying to see), but since our purview ends Sunday at 11:59pm, we may as well pretend this sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg precursor—featuring appearances by I Am The Avalance and Seway—is the only option.
Saturday, doors at 7:30pm
2) Danny Brown at House of Vans
Backed by the Zumiez of my youth, Pac Sun, and hosted by free show grand high overlords, House of Vans, this gratis Danny Brown set is sure to be one of the wildest of the weekend. Like the Cro-Mags above, the Detroit MC has his own cult following, who have played, umm, a pivotal role in some pretty controversial on-stage moments in the past year or two, and like the Cro-Mags, that is half the appeal. The other half, however, is all Danny Brown (the goofball charm, slinking rhymes, general filthiness etc.) so make sure to get out there and enjoy it.
Friday, doors at 8pm
1) Cro-Mags, Heavy Chains, The Wilding Incident, Ache at Saint Vitus Bar
Even if you’re not a Cro-Mags fan, this one is worth it just for you the chance to observe that dangerous breed in their natural environment, i.e. a state of perpetual gang initiation. And while getting your ass kicked by a bunch of frustrated NYU juniors with friends who have tattoo guns may not be your kind of good time, just remember, this is the crustcore legends’ very first appearance at Saint Vitus, making it one of the weekend’s few must-see offerings. Now double-knot those laces and get in the pit.
Friday, doors at 8pm
The Ayatollah of Rock n’ Rolla
Fozzy at The Gramercy Theatre
Yogurt Brain at The Acheron
I WAS IN THE POOL!
Nude Beach at Union Pool