This week’s post introduces a new feature: WORTH SCALPING, which is a run-down of this week’s sold out shows that are worth arranging to meet a stranger at a specific time, which is convenient to neither party, at a vaguely described landmark in a part of the city you never go to just to get some pretty crappy seats.
5/6 @ 12 noon: Cold Cave play the Bowery Ballroom on August 6th. Tickets are $18.
5/6 @ 12 noon: Everyone’s favorite innocuous Brooklyn duo, Matt & Kim are at Music Hall of WillyB on May 25th. Tickets are $26.50.
5/6 @ 12 noon: Party like its 2003 with The Kills at Terminal 5 on August 8th. Tickets are $30.
5/6 @ 12 noon: The Northside Fest just added another venue and four shows to this year’s lineup, and the hits just keep on coming. Atlas Sound, Woods, Fiery Furnaces, Mount Eerie and more bring it to Greenpoint’s St. Cecilia’s Church that fateful weekend. Tickets will be available here for the below shows:
June 16: Kranky Records presents Atlas Sound with special guests
June 17: Woods (album release show) with special guests
June 18: Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), Ida, Rebecca Gates (of The Spinanes), Spectre Folk (Pete Nolan of Magik Markers)
June 19: Mount Eerie, Nicholas Krgovich (of No Kids), Wyrd Visions
5/6: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s new album is pretty dang enjoyable. Squeeze in with the rest at Webster Hall.
5/7: Yuck are so not. Get it?! They play Bowery Ballroom.
5/10: The IAMDONALD Tour, with Donald Glover (great one-liners on Community or the greatest one-liners on Community?) and something/someone called Childish Gambino, stops at Bowery Ballroom.
5/11-5/15: CSS and Sleighbells are playing a handful of shows around the boroughs, and all of ’em are sold out.
SHOWS THIS WEEK
5/6: In celebration of their new album, Burst Apart (which is hopefully more of an upper than their last album — which was based on cancer), The Antlers play a FREE show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn at midnight. If you don’t get in, tickets are still avail for their May 19th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
5/6: “The annual Strawberry Festival gathers students, staff and faculty in celebration of … strawberries” and Brooklyn indie pop! Lightning Bolt, Ducktails, Pterodactyl and The So So Glos (another show? Are they the new Drums?) play the free, Washington Square Park fest. Come for indie cred, stay for NYC’s longest strawberry shortcake!
5/7: Javelin have a hysterical song about STDs that my old roommates and I used to play loudly for unsuspecting house guests. They DJ at Brooklyn Bowl in between a set from Class Actress. Tickets are only $5.
5/7: Cake Shop celebrates six years of hosting bands you’ve never heard of! The Beets, Surf City, Conversion Party, Holy Shit, Fanuelle and Ariana Reines all play for only $8. Expect DJs, drinks and rowdiness.
5/7: It seems your NYC museum ain’t worth shit if it doesn’t have a regular new media/new band showcase to get all those cultured hipsters through the doors. Museum of the Moving Image brings it on Saturday with Signal to Noise #2, an all-night to-do including an augmented reality game show, a competition to see who is best at You Tube, and sets from The So So Glos (see, told you), Shark?, Bubblyfish and The Shortsleeves. Tickets are $15.
5/7: Reggie Watts, comedian slash crooner, and Tommy Smith “create absurd experimental comedic theatricals for modern performance spaces”. My initial reaction is to say, “Oh, come on”, but this Radio Play event at PS 122 could very well be, dare I say, interesting and worthwhile. Running now through May 22, tickets are $25.
5/9: Are you going to that John Maus show at Glasslands that I told you about last week? I’m going. Tickets are $12.
5/12: Cass McCombs brings his new album, Wit’s End (note the distinction, word nerds!), to Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are $18.
5/12: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. close out my list. They play The Rock Shop in ol BK. Tickets are $10.
And there you have it.