5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.
Sunday, doors at 8pm
4) JanSport Bonfire Sessions feat. Ducktails, Atlas Sound, Mas Ysa at Greenwood Park
Given last year’s sunset-tinged celebration of free backpacks, gratis booze, fire pit-roasted s’mores, and Parquet Courts, JanSport’s Bonfire Sessions deserve slightly higher esteem in the free concert world, where the price paid in terms of actual user experience often amount to more than the zero sum of your admission savings. Hopefully the pack moguls keep everything just as chill this year when Real Esate ancillaries, Ducktails, hit Greenwood Park (in South Slope…yeah, I had to look it up and I once lived five blocks away) for a perfect summer send off that is up against an admittedly unfavorable forecast for things such as perfect summer send offs. Keep your fingers crossed and eyes on the sky for this one.
Saturday, doors at 5pm
3) Bastard Noise, Anthony Saunders, Andrew Hock, Chris Pitsiokos, Weasel Walter, and more at Trans Pecos
Ok, so this isn’t the cheeriest weekend show rundown ever, I’ll concede that, but when you have one headlined by sonic torture legends Bastard Noise at a still (relatively) under the radar DIY in Ridgewood, it’s always going to make my twisted little list. This is going to be close to the loudest thing you’ve ever heard, there’s no arguing that point, and the usual Trans Pecos crowd is definitely going to trend toward the crustier side of the mean, but as long as you’re down for that, this eardrum destroyer is a total go.
Saturday, doors at 8pm
2) Basilica Soundscape with Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Guardian Alien, and more at Basilica Hudson
For the second fall running, some of the music industry’s finest purveyor’s of both rock and rhetoric are set to descend on Hudson, NY (an about an hour due north of Manhattan by train/car, for the geographically challenged) for a finely curated blast of performance, poetry, and atmosphere headlined by Swans, Deafheaven, and White Lung, and featuring poetry readings from Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves and White Lung’s Mish Way. Not sure whether that sounds too good to be true, or too true to be good, but the bill, in combination with a killer autumn setting, make this one an ideal weekend escape for metropolis-bound music fans across the Northeast. Pack a lunch (and your pretensions, something tells me you’ll need them) and be there.
Saturday, doors at 5pm
1) Brooklyn Vegan and Red Bull SoundSelect present White Lung, Power Trip, Sick Feeling at Palisades
Late shows are always a give/take proposition. Headlined by hard-to-see bands playing unusual one-offs and influenced by early am hi-jinx, they are predictably crazy but inevitably accompanied by the knowledge the entire following day will be spent in the personal ICU, flushing the chemical/interpersonal indulgences still coursing through your system out into the white hot light of day. Thankfully Austin thrash heathens, Power Trip, and White Lung—whose latest LP, Deep Fantasy, made every other 2013/14 femme-fronted punk band sound like Haim—make your decision on this one easy: You’re going and, if you jump on the RSVP like now, you’re going for just $3. See you on Sunday, zombies.
Friday, doors at Midnight (so technically Saturday)
High School Musical 5
The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World, Against Me! at PNC Bank Arts Arena
Dancing In The Dark
Chromeo, Big Freedia at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Head Toward The Light (RIP DBA)
Heavens Gate at Death By Audio