5) Ipsum Presents Shark?, Doctopus, Couches, Larry and the Babes at Shea Stadium
Shark? should probably be bigger than they are and we should probably hear more from Shea Stadium than we currently do. In the end, though, both the Brooklyn live music staples have firmly and sustainably endeared themselves to us by simply finding a way to hang around, and in our perpetually mutating neighborhood, there’s something to be said for that. Punks and indie holdovers alike will find plenty to enjoy here, so if that ultra-generalized blanket identity fits over your better-tailored version, check it out.
Saturday, doors at 7pm
4) Iceage, Helm, Blues Control, Shells at Bowery Ballroom
While Monday night’s Iceage set at The Acheron (half the size, twice the grime) is unquestionably the show you should be shooting for, this one, hosted by Bowery Ballroom and featuring opening sets from the likes of Helm and Blues Control, offers a pretty solid backup plan. Either way just make sure to check out the free stream of Copenhagen outfit’s latest LP, Plowing Into the Field of Love, which, though more adventurous than their previous and unflinchingly caustic efforts, helps to further cement their reputation as one of the best punk bands going.
Sunday, doors at 8pm
3) Today is the Day, Lord Mantis, Cleanteeth, Swollen Organs at The Acheron
And speaking of The Acheron, the reason Iceage aren’t playing there on Sunday is because Today is the Day are, which is a more than a fitting compromise for Brooklyn’s growing metal militia. One of the most influential noise/punk/metal bands in the post ought era, the Austin-hailing heshers are going to rip the tiny Bushwick lair a new dungeon, aided in part by Lord Mantis, whose recent LP, Death Mask, was widely hailed as the most hideous slab of sludge this side of Newtown Creek when released this past spring. If that’s not enough to convince you this one is worth the $17-20 entry, then I suspect you weren’t going to be caught dead (or, more accurately, alive) there in the first place.
Sunday, doors at 8pm
2) Code Orange Kids, Twitching Tongues, Soul Search at Palisades
First of all, go check out Code Orange Kids’ new LP, I Am King. It’s a stuttering, stomping blast of whatever-core that further blurs the already bleary lines of punk and metal in new, exciting, and highly condensed ways. Once you’ve done that and recovered from the ensuing concussion-like symptoms, come back here and grab tickets to the Pennsylvania quartet’s inaugural Palisades appearance, which goes off tonight with some help from Twitching Tongues and Soul Search. Said tickets are $10 on the web, and $12 at the door, so make your call and get out there.
Friday, doors at 8pm
1) JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Scully, Punani Huntah at Death By Audio
Let’s put it this way. If you haven’t seen Diarrhea Planet live yet, you’re going. If you have seen Diarrhea Planet live, you’re going, because because this one, joining one of the best live bands in existence with one of Brooklyn’s finest, and terminally diagnosed, live venues, is the no-brainer of the weekend. For everyone who still can’t get over the name, set your processing chip to “fun” and go for JEFF the Brotherhood instead, who play riffs you’ll feel like you’ve heard before but probably haven’t.
Sunday, doors at 7pm
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