Happy labour day weekend everyone. While many may be fleeing the city for a break, those of us who remain can enjoy a little more elbow room for a few days, and you can enjoy some excellent shows while you’re at it.
5) Yoink, Netherlands, Bangladeafy, Marateck at Sunnyvale
I know what you’re thinking, sometimes this column isn’t math-y enough, well let’s fix that right here with Yoink‘s show at Sunnyvale this Friday. The headliners will have their work cut out for them though, your brains might have already done all the time-signature counting you can handle in a night by the time Bangladleafy and Marateck are done. Friday 7pm
4) Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Rozwell Kid, Kississippi, Retirement Party at Market Hotel
Albany’s Prince Daddy & The Hyena released their second album, Cosmic Thrill Seekers in June and if you want a 90s throwback pop-rock show this weekend then this is your best bet, especially when you throw in Rozwell Kid, Kississippi and Retirement Party. Saturday 8pm
3) Big Business, A Deer A Horse, Part Chimp at Saint Vitus Bar
LA duo Big Business released The Beast You Are back in April and it’s a fine dose of sludge, all the more surprising that they perform as a bass and drums combo in a live setting. The band you don’t want to miss this evening is Part Chimp, who have been shaking foundations for almost twenty years now. Local act A Deer A Horse released an excellent EP in June called Everything Rots that is Rotten. You’ve got two chances to see this show though with different openers, the aforementioned Part Chim play on Thursday (tickets) and Rebreather open the show on Saturday (tickets).
2) Future Islands at White Eagle Hall
It has been three years since The Far Field was released and Future Islands are “road testing” some new material at White Eagle Hall this weekend. At the time of writing, the show on Saturday has sold out, but there are some tickets still available for Friday night. It’s always fun to see a band try out some new material, and even better when it’s in a much smaller room than they’d usually play. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm
1) Yowler, Dark Tea, Outer Spaces, James Matthew VII at The Broadway
I remember seeing Maryn Jones as her solo moniker Yowler (featured image by Julia Leiby) in 2016 promoting her solo debut The Offer, which was a delectably sparse and vulnerable songwriter’s album. To say follow-up Black Dog In My Path is a joyous effort by comparison would be inaccurate, but it’s certainly more confident. Dark Tea offer an alt-country twang, Baltimore’s Outer Spaces just released a really nice record in June called Gazing Globe and if a country artist on Burger Records sounds like your jam then James Matthew VII is the opener for you. Thursday 8pm