This week is pretty refreshing. It feels like the old days. After taking a couple of months off of playing pretty much every day, at every venue known to man, DIIV are back, Pitchfork “Best New Music” sheen and all.
They’re part of our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show this week, opening for buzz queen Bethany Cosentino’s Ali Koehler-less Best Coast (speaking of the old days) at Terminal 5, also with Those Darlins. That one is next Tuesday, and there’s still tickets left for this all ages show at the cavernous waterfront midtown venue. It seems that Best Coast’s buzz may have died a bit after The Only Place’s mixed reviews, but the Cosentino led act still manages to top our list, possibly in part to her recent spread with Wavves in SPIN (in which she looks absolutely amazing, by the way.)
Anyway, back to DIIV, who hold the rare distinction of being a part of both our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show and my EDITOR’S PICK; as they’re the opener for the VERY recently announced Cloud Nothings show at 285 Kent tomorrow. That’s two of my top ten albums for the year in one bill, at one of my favorite venues. Tickets are going fast (if they’re still there when this is posted) so jump on this one.
HOWEVER, as awesome as that sounds, this week is a SPLIT EDITOR’S PICK, and one that presents a very interesting conundrum, because alllllllll the way across the East River and the isle of Manhattan, on the Hudson River at Pier 84, there’s my second EDITOR’S PICK, which is also tomorrow night, and that’s a FREE Dan Deacon and John Maus show; two guys who quite honestly are can’t miss live acts (Maus’ divisiveness and all.) That one starts at 6, and 285’s doors are at 8. Is it possible to see them all? I’m not sure, but I’m going to give it a shot.
To further complicate matters, DIIV also plays a FREE show at The Hester’s opening party in Chelsea before their set at 285 Kent. Doors for that one are at 7 PM, which may hold the key to my Thursday night plans… even if DIIV plays AT 7 PM, they gotta schlep across Manhattan to 285, unload and set up. 285’s sets usually start a little late anyway, so maybe we’ll all be all right?
Irving Plaza has been killing it with incredible hip hop shows lately, and Friday night is no different as they welcome El-P, Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafucking eXquire to their stage. Closer to home, 285 Kent’s got another great show on Friday with Widowspeak, Total Slacker (who just added Night Manager’s David Tassy to the fold), Husky and Parquet Courts; and Shea Stadium’s hosting some of their favorites, So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Hard Nips, Grass Giraffes and Desert Sharks.
Saturday should draw you back to Manhattan, as the Village Voice’s free 4Knots Festival returns for a second go-around at South Street Seaport with an impressive lineup headlined by returning 90s indie rock legends, Archers of Loaf. The undercard features a couple of bands seemingly influenced by the Archers; Crocodiles and Bleached, along with a couple of great pop acts; The Drums and Hospitality. Afterwards, there’s a $15 afterparty at Beekman’s Beer Garden fronted by Black Lips, Kid Congo and Pink Monkey Birds. On the other side of Lower Manhattan, Oneohtrix Point Never is ALSO playing a free show at World Financial Center with David Lang and A Far Cry at 7 PM. So you’re pretty much guaranteed an awesome FREE Saturday, weather permitting.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Widowspeak @ 285 Kent Ave w/ Total Slacker, Husky, Parquet Courts
Friday, July 13th at 8:00pm – all ages, $10
9. Terrence Parker @ P.S.1 w/ D3, Ron Morelli, Jeremie Delon, Steve Summers, Professor Genius, Warm Up
Saturday, July 14th at 2:00pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
8. Oneohtrix Point Never @ World Financial Center w/ David Lang, A Far Cry, Ecstatic Summer
Saturday, July 14th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE!
7. The Hester Opening Party @ The Hester w/ DIIV, The Hester Opening Party
Thursday, July 12th at 7:00pm – all ages, FREE! -> tickets
6. Dan Deacon @ Pier 84 w/ John Maus, River Rocks
Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm – all ages, FREE!
5. 4Knots Music Festival @ South Street Seaport w/ The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse, Archers of Loaf, Team Spirit, Doldrums
Saturday, July 14th at 1:00pm – all ages, FREE!
4. VANS Warped Tour @ PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, The Used, New Found Glory, Streetlight Manifesto, Yellowcard, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong
Friday, July 13th at 12:00pm – all ages, $36.5 -> tickets
3. Cloud Nothings @ 285 Kent Ave w/ DIIV
Thursday, July 12th at 8:00pm – all ages, $12 -> tickets
2. El-P @ Irving Plaza w/ Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Despot
Friday, July 13th at 7:00pm – 16+, $25 -> tickets
1. Best Coast @ Terminal 5 w/ Those Darlins, DIIV
Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00pm – all ages, $20 – $25 -> tickets
SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK:
Thursday, July 12th at 12:00pm
Friday, July 13th at 12:00am
Friday, July 13th at 10:00am
Jay-Z @ Barclays Center on 09/29 – $29.5 – $282.75
Jay-Z @ Barclays Center on 09/28 – $29.5 – $282.75
Jay-Z @ Barclays Center on 09/30 – $29.5 – $282.75
Texas Is The Reason @ Irving Plaza on 10/11 – $36.5
Chain Of Strength @ Irving Plaza on 10/12 – $36.5
Chain Of Strength @ Irving Plaza on 10/13 – $36.5
Into Another @ Irving Plaza on 10/14 – $36.5
Friday, July 13th at 11:00am
Friday, July 13th at 12:00pm
Simian Mobile Disco @ Webster Hall on 12/06 – $20
Vision of Disorder @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/24 – $20
Frightened Rabbit @ Bowery Ballroom on 10/08 – $25
Passion Pit @ The Apollo Theater on 07/23 – $39
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers @ Webster Hall on 11/24 – $20 – $22
Sixpense None The Richer @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/07 – $15
Tyvek @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/05 – $10
Young Man @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/14 – $10
Erika Spring @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/15 – $10
Black Bananas @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/17 – $10
Breton @ Bowery Ballroom on 09/06 – $15
Bell X1 @ Bowery Ballroom on 09/26 – $25
Amanda Palmer @ Webster Hall on 09/11 – $25 – $27
NEEDTOBREATHE @ The Wellmont Theatre on 09/28 – $25 – $30
2 Skinnee J’s @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/24 – $20 – $25
Hank & Cupcakes @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/10 – $10
Young Man @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/14 – $10
Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/06 – $10
Hurray for the Riff-Raff @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/26 – $10
The Chevin @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/30 – $10
Jojo Mayer’s NERVE @ The Mercury Lounge on 09/14 – $12 – $15
Heather Christian @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/08 – $12
Alabama Shakes @ Terminal 5 on 10/04 – $26.5 – $30
Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom on 08/30 – $15
Patrick Watson @ Bowery Ballroom on 09/07 – $18 – $20
Pistol Annies @ Terminal 5 on 09/13 – $32.5 – $35
Lucinda Williams @ Bowery Ballroom on 08/06 – $35
Lucinda Williams @ Bowery Ballroom on 08/07 – $35
Lucinda Williams @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/09 – $35
Lucinda Williams @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 08/10 – $35
Stars @ Webster Hall on 09/22 – $29 – $34
Deerhoof @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 09/17 – $17
The Liza Colby Sound @ The Mercury Lounge on 08/08 – $10
Michael Kiwanuka @ Webster Hall on 09/18 – $25
Mike Watt + the missingmen @ The Bell House on 10/12 – $13
Lord Huron @ Glasslands Gallery on 10/12 – $10 – $12
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