This column is somewhat awkward to write today because I’m not quite sure how much “week” there is in “The Most Blogged About Shows This Week,” what with the apocalypse tentatively scheduled for sometime on Friday night. I’ve made the editorial decision to shun the Mayan overlords and side with the venues, bands and promoters who have elected to book shows after the mystically-prescribed “end of the world” and talk about shows that have been booked for Saturday and Sunday night in addition to those being held before the world ends in the sort of fury I’d imagine was only previously reserved for Michael Bay masturbation sessions.
The MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week somewhat arrogantly scoffs at the Mayans, choosing to celebrate a Christmas that may never come with an angelic sing-a-long lead by none other than Sufjan Stevens on Friday Night at Bowery Ballroom. The prolific singer-songwriter recently dropped a crazy Christmas box set which consists of three hours of Christmas music spread across five discs, temporary tattoos, posters, stickers, an 80+ page booklet, ornaments, a coloring book and probably a copy of Home Alone on VHS; a self-indulgent yet decadent package to find bow-wrapped beneath a Douglas Fir on the morning of Christ’s Birthday Observed.
Apocalypse Night actually has a host of bloggable shows worthy of your final hours on the planet. Guardian Alien headlines the “Official World’s End” party at Shea Stadium with a host of experimental acts to lull you into a hypnotic and unknowing trance as the walls begin to collapse around you. Fucked Up and Parquet Courts play the Warsaw, worthy accompaniment for a final bender. Prince Rama and DicPic (Pictureplane and DJ Dog Dick) play 285 Kent, Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles headline Glasslands and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar continues with JD Samson and MEN. If the world is ending, Brooklyn will toast to it.
Regardless of the outcome on Friday night, those with a pulse all have the opportunity to attend this week’s EDITOR’S PICK (if you RSVP’d that is,) and that’s the free show going on tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which just so happens to feature two of my favorite bands of the past year; King Tuff and Metz. If you missed out on the RSVP, Metz are playing a free in-store tonight at Generation Records over in the Village.
Duck Down Music and Javotti Media apparently know a thing or two about hip-hop. Their holiday party is tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the bill is headlined by hyper-local legend Talib Kweli, with support from the underrated Pharoahe Monch and up-start acid-rappers Flatbush Zombies (who also play SOB’s on Thursday.)
If we’re all still here on Saturday, Pains of Being Pure at Heart side project and 2k13 band to watch, Ice Choir are headlining Cameo Gallery and… that’s about it. It’s the holidays. Monday and Tuesday are off days.
Hope to see you next week.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Lydia Lunch @ The Bowery Electric w/ Thurston Moore, John Moloney
Monday, December 17th at 7:30pm – all ages, $15 -> tickets
9. Bomb the Music Industry @ Public Assembly w/ Hop Along, Franz Nicolay
Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets
8. Prince Rama @ 285 Kent Ave w/ Pictureplane, Dj Dog Dick
Friday, December 21st at 8:00pm – all ages, TBD
7. Duck Down Music & Javotti Media Holiday Party @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif n Wessun, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, DyMe-A-DuZiN
Tuesday, December 18th at 8:00pm – 18+, $20 – $25 -> tickets
6. Fucked Up @ The Warsaw w/ Parquet Courts
Friday, December 21st at 7:00pm – 21+, $20 -> tickets
5. Chairlift @ Glasslands Gallery w/ Twin Sister, Empress Of, Slowdance, Jason McMahon, Ice Choir
Monday, December 17th at 8:30pm – 21+, $20 -> tickets
4. Dum Dum Girls @ Glasslands Gallery w/ Crocodiles, Sapphire Mansions, Vorhees
Friday, December 21st at 8:30pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets
3. Converse Rubber Tracks Live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ King Tuff, Metz, Sean Bones, Devin, Converse Rubber Tracks Live
Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
2. Solange Knowles @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Sinkane
Tuesday, December 18th at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
1. The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Sufjan Stevens, Sheila Saputo, The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long
Friday, December 21st at 8:00pm – 18+, $20 -> tickets
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