5) Sludgefeast feat. Naam, White Hills, Blackest, Blackout, Mountain God, and more at The Paper Box
While festival season wilted with CMJ, The Paper Box brings us one last gasp in Sludgefeast, a thoroughly stacked bill of local metal cretins that kicks off 12 straight hours eardrum destruction on Saturday afternoon. Local psych rockers Naam headline what is to be their final show, with killer support from the likes of Blackest (last seen opening for High on Fire’s Rubber Tracks rager), Chimpgrinder, No Way, and the very awesome dudes in Mountain God. If you’re into all things heavy, this one offers the best bang for your weekend buck.
Saturday, doors at 2pm
4) Cult of Youth Final Days Record Release Show w/ Occultation, Mommy, Aischrolatreia at Trans Pecos
Riding high on the Pitchfork hog, Brooklyn post-folk project, Cult of Youth, are, like everyone else apparently, heading to Ridgewood this weekend to celebrate their latest Sacred Bones opus, Final Days. At only $8 and featuring opening sets from Aischrolatreia, Mommy, and Occultation, this one is an absolute must, but if for some reason you can’t make it (life is like that sometimes), don’t worry, as you can catch Occultation headlining our very own This One Goes To Eleven showcase at Palisades next Saturday.
Friday, doors at 8pm
3) Antarctigo Vespucci (Jeff of Bomb the Music Industry and Chris Farren of Fake Problems), Mikey Erg, Hard Girls, Turnip King at Palisades
It’s sign of the dire times that the best punk show of the weekend is headlined by the side project of a guy best known for albums released in the mid-oughts, and supported by Hard Girls, a band (albeit a really good one) born and bred 3,000 miles away. It isn’t all doom and gloom, however, with both Bushwick’s hottest venue in Palisades and a set from nerd punk icon, Mikey Erg, helping to defibrillate a flatlining punk scene in desperate need of more shows like this. If that’s your thing, get out there and show your support.
Saturday, doors at 7:30pm
2) Year of No Light, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis at Saint Vitus
There’s something to be said for shows you simply can’t see anywhere else, and Saint Vitus gets that better than anyone, hosting—on the heels of Virus’ very first pair of US shows—a truly amazing Friday night lineup headlined by French doom auteurs, Year Of No Light. Not content to let the Francophone favorites play only west coast dates on their very first US tour, Vitus lured the band into a final two-night stand in Brooklyn, capping it all off with this slamming, black-metal-centric bill featuring the icy, tremolo-picked blasts of Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. It’s not everybody’s cup of goat’s blood, to be sure, but its place amongst the weekend’s best shows—on exclusivity alone—simply can’t be argued.
Friday, doors at 8pm
1) Special Guest, Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov at Death By Audio
While pretty much any DBA show from here on in is going to be worth a top whatever mention, this one, featuring Yvette, the Brooklyn band of the year in Big Ups, and Shea Stadium vets, Ovlov, is by far one of the best. As many of you probably witnessed firsthand, last Saturday’s Screaming Females send-off featured Ted Leo as the super secret “Special Guest”, and to answer your question, yes, this week comes with it’s own surprise performance. Whoever it is has a lot to live up to—nobody wants to follow a Jersey punk legend onto an NYC stage—but rest assured, it will be a name worth talking about come Monday.
Saturday, doors at 7pm
Songs of Innocence
TEEN at the Apple Store Soho
Wait, Is Mom Drunk?
Styx at The Theatre at Westbury