Will he, won’t he? Everyone’s wondering if Hurricane Joaquin is going to ruin our weekends. I would recommend everyone stock up on ice cream just in case, maybe I’ll finally finish Breaking Bad… however, let’s plan for good times and getting outside! After working 12 hour days all week, I’ll be keeping this brief…
5) Psychic TV, Haribo, Shilpa Ray, Wetware at Pioneer Works
Experimental veterans Psychic TV are well known for their live shows, both the music and the visuals should be fairly trippy, with lots of light and shade. With over 30 records in the discography, aside from a 10 year gap between 1996 and 2006, the group have been fairly prolific, with 2014’s Snakes, being the most recent. Saturday 6pm
4) Autechre, cygnus, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
It’s hard to overstate Authecre’s influence on electronic music, one of Warp Records’ flagship acts. The duo haven’t released anything in a couple of years, but maybe they will be testing out new material. The show is sold out, so for those of us without tickets, you’ll just have to imagine all the bleeps, bloops and clicks in your head. Saturday 8pm
3) Fiasco, Cuntz, Super FM, Turbosleaze at Palisades
New York has had a pretty good run of Aussie bands this year, and that trend is set to continue as Melbourne’s Cuntz visit for a couple of shows. Hit up Palisades on Friday (8pm) to also catch local favourites Fiasco, who sort-of broke up a few years ago but play the odd show now and again. Their music is intricate, almost math-like, but played with a punk intensity, it’s a potent mix. Fiasco are the headliners on Friday, while Cuntz headline at Cake Shop on Thursday (8pm) with a supporting case of Wilful Boys and Foster Care.
2) Ought at Mercury Lounge and Secret Project Robot
Montreal’s Ought are on tour in support of new album, Sun Coming Down, which was released last month on Constellation Records. The band’s ambitious and angular songs have gotten a bit noisier, which should pair well with LVL Up at Secret Project Robot on Friday. That show has been moved from Silent Barn after the fire last week, we wish them well. The band’s more jangle-tinged material will also pair well at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday (late show), which sees them playing with Adult Mom, so take your pick!
1) Matt Kivel, Zachary Cale, Fraternal Twin at Elvis Guesthouse
We’re going a bit mellow with the #1 slot this week. Matt Kivel is a criminally underrated singer-songwriter, and has a new record, Janus, coming out in February on Driftless Records. His previous two records, Double Exposure and Days of Being Wild are both lovely albums and really should be better known. Thursday 8pm