I’m not sure what’s up this week, but it feels like EVERYONE is here in the city. Some days are so stacked that they warrant their own MOST BLOGGED post, and a teleportation device to shuffle from event to event, in between sets. I can’t help you out with either of those, but I can tell you about THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOWS this week.
Two of them are brought to you by yours truly; yours truly being My Social List. On Thursday night, we’re taking over the Ran Tea House for some DIY insanity in a non-traditional space in tandem with (who else) John Rambo and Todd P. The lineup? A who’s who of North Brooklyn. Oberhofer headlines, with support from Darlings and Lazyeyes… and then things get crazy. Your friends from Night Manager (RIP) and Total Slacker have teamed up as “Astral Locket,” and not to be outdone, members of Friends have teamed up with members of Small Black as “Kissing is a Crime.” Cassie Ramone, of Vivian Girls and The Babies, is in the booth in between sets, and may or may not be serving green tea during them (may not.) Try winning a pair of tickets to the tea house here.
Save some energy for Friday night, because our dear old friend Kristina Tequila has outdone herself and booked the My Social List party of the year at Public Assembly; PERMANENT SOUND. It’s part of the venue’s Et Cetera Festival, which consists of “mostly free” art shows, talks, panels, shows and parties, and while ours isn’t “free,” it’s certainly “free-ish” and “awesome.” Doors open at 8, and the live part of the party gets started with sets from Total Slacker, Indian Jewelry, Black Marble and Plastic Flowers, with John Pena of Heavenly Beat DJing in between sets. Don’t show up too late; there’s a half-hour vodka open bar at 10. At midnight, we open up the doors (for free), the lights dim and the dance party begins, with DJ sets from Pictureplane, Creep, The Death Set and Le Sphinxx, which should wrap up sometime around, oh, 4 AM or so.
The MOST BLOGGED SHOW this week? Well, it just so happens that it is a festival; All Tomorrow’s Parties, I’ll Be Your Mirror, to be exact. This is probably the best booked festival in the city this year, which is saying a lot, considering there seemed to be one going on literally every weekend of the summer. Both days are well-balanced and eclectic. Here’s my picks for CAN’T MISS ACTS:
FRIDAY: Frank Ocean, Philip Glass, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo
SATURDAY: Afghan Whigs (curators), The Roots, The Antlers, Emeralds
SUNDAY: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees, Lee Ranaldo Band, The Album Leaf, Braids
You don’t have to wait until Oberhofer on Thursday to catch some bloggable shows, in fact, you must merely wait a few hours. We think they’ll miss Teeny Lieberson, but Here We Go Magic play Brooklyn Bowl tonight, and a couple stops away, Delinquency are throwing another of their now infamous free-alcohol shitshows with Shark? Dinosaur Feathers, Caged Animals and Eula; maybe the best lineup they’ve put together in the short time they’ve been in existence.
Danny Brown brings his Bruiser Brigade to Bushwick (or East Williamsburg, depending on who you ask/you are a real estate agent) on Thursday with the super-buzzed Flatbush Zombies and cutesy-bloghaus rapper Kitty Pride; an intimate venue for some rappers who won’t be playing intimate venues for much longer.
No ATP tickets? No problem, you can still catch Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent on Thursday night. Well, if you managed to get tickets, that is, because it’s sold out. One of the best live experiences in all of music, right there. One of my personal favorite slept-on acts play Big Snow on the same night, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, with strong support from Sleepies, Heaven’s Gate and Butter The Children.
I haven’t really even touched on the weekend, outside of ATP and our shows.
We’re not the only quality publication throwing some parties this week. Our friends over at Impose Magazine are celebrating their 10th anniversary at one of our favorite spots, Shea Stadium on Friday night, with Smoke DZA, Heems (of Das Racist), Meyhem Lauren, Children of the Night and Ratking.
Two amazing and very different electro acts play a bunch of venues this weekend, so kudos to you if you scored tickets to Gang Gang Dance at Public Assembly, Cameo Gallery and/or 285 Kent (we recommend 285, for the atmosphere and Prince Rama) or Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom and/or Music Hall of Williamsburg. In other electro-goodness, Laurel Halo plays 285 Kent Saturday night, with Ital, Magic Touch, and M. Geddes Gengras of Sun Araw, and indie-electro-pop throwbacks Stars are in town with Diamond Rings and California Wives to support their new LP at Webster Hall.
Some of us still like music with guitars, and there’s a lot of that this weekend too. The Babies, K-Holes (!!!) and Sundelles play Death By Audio on Friday, and NOBUNNY and Bad Sports play around the corner from me at Living Bread Deli. If you have yet to check out The Well, then Saturday is your best chance, because they’ve booked Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and K-Holes (!!! again.)
On the chill front; Laetitia Sadier will play an intimate set at Mercury Lounge Friday with Orca Team, and on a much, much larger stage, Bon Iver plays a mini-residency at Radio City Music Hall. Oh, and he’s looking for a new tattoo.
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TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Band of Horses @ House of Vans
Tuesday, September 18th at 8:00pm – all ages, $14.99 – $29.98 -> tickets
9. Purity Ring @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Evian Christ, Headaches
Friday, September 21st at 8:00pm – 18+, SOLD OUT
8. Bon Iver @ Radio City Music Hall w/ Polica
Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00pm – all ages, $40 – $50 -> tickets
7. Scion A/V presents Open Mic @ The Paper Box w/ Bruiser Brigade, Flatbush Zombies, Kitty Pryde, Scion A/V presents Open Mic
Wednesday, September 19th at 10:00pm – 21+, FREE! -> tickets
6. Santigold @ (le) poisson rouge w/ Diplo
Thursday, September 20th at 10:00pm – 21+, FREE! -> tickets
5. Sasha Gohard @ Santos Party House w/ LE1F, Mess Kid, 2 Chainz, Farrington G
Thursday, September 20th at 8:00pm – 18+, $5 -> tickets
4. Stars @ Webster Hall w/ Diamond Rings, California Wives
Saturday, September 22nd at 6:30pm – 18+, $29 – $34 -> tickets
3. The Afghan Whigs @ Pier 36 w/ The Roots, Jose Gonzalez, Mark Lanegan Band, Chavez, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl
Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm – all ages, $75 – $199 -> tickets
2. Grizzly Bear @ Radio City Music Hall w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Monday, September 24th at 7:00pm – all ages, $40 -> tickets
1. Frank Ocean @ Pier 36 w/ Philip Glass, Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Hannibal Buress, Edan, All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror
Friday, September 21st at 6:00pm – all ages, $60 – $199 -> tickets
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