Of course the one weekend when I decide I’m going to take a break from indie-rockdom and get out of this city is the weekend that someone decides to pack every sweet band into all at once. Doesn’t it always seem to work that way? If your 4th of July plans aren’t taking you away to a friend’s parentless, pool-graced house in suburbia, then I suggest you check out one of these shows. I’m going to be taking a blogging break until Monday, but I’ll break it down day by day so as not to leave you high and dry.
Friday. This is, by far, the most difficult night of the week. It’s the first night of the Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival. Sonic Youth (pictured above) are playing at the United Palace Theater, if you have $40 to spare. If you don’t have any money to spare, Here We Go Magic is playing at South Street Seaport for free. BUT, if I could only recommend one show, it would be Grooms (ex-Muggabears), The Beets, Air Waves, and Real Estate at Bruar Falls. Why this show? Because I know for a fact that both Air Waves and Real Estate are excellent bands. I’ve seen the Muggabears, but not since their name change and small line-up change. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about The Beets, but haven’t gotten a chance to check them out yet. This makes for a great show: I can guarantee some great music, but there’s still some mystery and excitement about the remaining bands!
On Saturday you could go see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley band for free at Battery Park. However, I would suggest that you don’t waste your time (that album was absolutely DREADFUL), and instead go to the wonderful, amazing second day of the Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival. Holy cannoli is this a great lineup! If you missed them the night before, Real Estate and The Beets will play, along with Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Kurt Vile, Woods, Tyvek, Dum Dum Girls, and Ganglians. There are a few more bands that I’m unfamiliar with. You may not be totally familiar with all of these bands either, but they’re all on the cutting edge of the indie lo-fi scene, and it should just be a great day of really nice music on the 4th. I won’t go into detail about each band, but I can promise you that this will be a worthwhile event, if not just for the hipster watching.
Sunday is a little more cut and dry. I think the obvious choice is to spend the day at BAM’s afro-punk fest. I don’t know most of the people playing, but it’s free and is sure to be a good time. Plus, Earl Greyhound is headlining, and even if you think their music is a little too 1960s derivative, you can’t argue that they always put on a rocking show. I’m also a little biased towards them because their drummer once told me I was the hostest with mostest. But regardless of that, this is the perfect, fun, carefree way to end a weekend totally jam-packed with great live music.
Here are some really great tracks from a few of the artists I mentioned that I think you will enjoy for the weekend: