Ah, the infectious opening line, “Hey Boy, where’s your girlfriend?” Magic Boys are almost sickeningly adorable, but still have plenty of well-deserved street cred to their names. The Memphis group’s 2010 album, Memphis, didn’t earn quite as much critical praise as I thought it might have, but for a band that lives in the spaces of sugary melodies, they’re still pretty damn good. They’re also adorable to watch. If you make it out to this Mercury Lounge show, you have the added bonus of Cults, the as of yet one-hit-wonders and authors of last year’s summer single, “Go Outside.”
Ugh, I’m sure you already know that this week is LCD Soundsystem’s last run of shows ever of all time, and I HATE T5, but it’s kind of been a slow week for shows. If you’ve never seen LCD before, do it this week. You really should. Even if you only like them a little bit or know a few songs. I feel relatively certain that this will be one of those bands your future kids will think you’re pretty cool over when you say you saw them when. Back in the day. And this is your last chance ever. An LCD show is a life-affirming, heart-touching EXPERIENCE. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll dance some more. Hopefully the drunk girl on ecstasy next to you won’t barf on your shoes. If that doesn’t happen, and even if it does, you’ll have a great time. So go on Craigslist, do whatever you need to do, and get tickets to at least one of these shows this week.
Recommended Saturday Show: Las Robertas, Sweet Bulbs, Sunny Ali & The Kid, and Telenovelas at Shea Stadium
I don’t mean to be all “Las Robertas all the time,” but this is THE show to be at this Saturday night. This new group called the Pita Gods have started putting together shows, and this is a helluva show to start off with. It’s a who’s who of upcoming Brooklyn talent (seriously, Sweet Bulbs, Sunny Ali & The Kid, and Telenovelas are three bands that are going to be in the next crop of Brooklyn exports, in a big way, even if that way is a bit overhyped) plus a really, really sweet out of town band. And if it’s a new promoter’s first show, it’s definitely going to be a party. All of their friends will show up ready to have fun. I don’t really understand why you’d be anywhere else this Saturday night.
I wrote a review of K-Holes’ self-titled new record for Impose. It’s a pretty good record- definitely worth a listen or two, especially if you’re looking for ferocious saxophone rock. I don’t mean to reduce it to that, because it’s an all-around cool record, but that’s what makes it stand out. Read the review over at Impose.
This is a pretty unusual show for me to recommend, especially when there’s things like The So So Glos at 285 Kent. But let’s be honest- how many Friday nights have we spent in basements seeing the So So Glos? Personally, quite a few (if your answer is none, then I vote you go to 285 Kent this Friday, regardless of this post’s title). I could recommend J Mascis and Kurt Vile. I could also recommend PC Worship. I could also popularly recommend Jacuzzi Boys, who are in town this weekend from Florida. They’ve been getting mad buzz lately, but unless they’ve gotten quite a lot better than the last time I saw them at Cake Shop, I’m not totally sure what all the fuss is about. So, instead of all those, something different. White Out is an improvisational noise group that puts out records on Thurston’s (of Sonic Youth) label, Ecstatic Peace. He will be performing with them at The Stone. But the REAL reason I’m forsaking all my typical bands for this show (other than to tell you about something a little different and potentially cool) is the incredible new song Thurston just released. It’s called “Benediction;” you can download it below; I hope you fall for it as hard as I have.
The Twerps are from Australia, and they have been getting a good deal of buzzzzz on the better blogs for the past month or two, and now they’re on an American tour. In terms of current bands, they’re like one part Strange Boys and one part Girls and one part 70s NYC punk band. It’s all jangly with whiny vocals, but the songs have a laconic casualness to the them. They’re the chillest punk songs I’ve heard in awhile. I like ’em a lot, and I think you will, too. And Big Troubles are always fun to catch, plus each time I see them, they’re more precise in their sound.
The drought is over! The prodigal music industry employees return! While they’re all nursing their hangovers (both from alcohol and tacos) and sleeping all day because they had a 6AM flight back from Austin on Saturday night, we will jubilantly rejoice at the first good shows in what seems like a long, long time. Take this Wednesday night at Union Hall. Las Robertas are from Cost Rica, so you’re not going to get a lot of chances to catch these guys. Their fun mix of punk and 60s girl group inspired music will make for a FUN Wednesday night. Plus, you get to see The Beets! The Beets! I can think of few bands that so many people agree are grade A guaranteed good times. Any why not throw Beachniks in there? They’re not going to be Earth shattering, but they’re cute. Definitely try to make it out to Union Hall this Wednesday.
It’s that time of year again- SXSW. The entire music industry picks itself up and crowds itself into Austin, Texas, where people get drunk on free booze, eat a ton of tacos, and walk around seeing band after band until they pass out. I know from experience, that is both the best and worst thing in the world. Sadly, I will not be joining the masses in Austin this year, but I think a year off is probably a good move for me. Unfortunately, this means no coverage of it on the blog this year.
SXSW also means that every single band there ever was (EVER, seriously, I heard Jim Morrison was going to be the surprise guest at Fader Fort this year) is in Austin. Which leaves NYC a tad devoid of shows. Thus, I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. Everyone needs a vacation, and there ain’t much to write about from New York this week besides.
There are a few good shows happening, though, which I will now list. Tonight is James Blake at MHOW. Tuesday’s actually pretty good, too, with The Babies at Monster Island Basement and Future Islands at Santos. You wouldn’t go wrong with either of those shows. And you wouldn’t go wrong seeing any night of Titus and The Pogues at T5, except for they’re at T5. Aaaaaand that is it. That is actually it. Except for a killer show on Sunday, which I will describe to you in detail on Saturday. Until then, au revoir! Have a great SXSW, even if that means you stay in NYC, work your desk job, and actually get some sleep for a change.
I think I’m starting to say this a lot, maybe it comes with the territory of having been blogging for a few years now, but I remember last year on the last night of SXSW, my friend and I somehow made it way, way out to East Austin to this Mexican bar that somehow ended up hosting indie rock shows. We went to see Fang Island, and in the midst of some pretty bad screamo bands, I saw one of the most joyfully celebratory and altogether ridiculous shows I’ve ever seen.
Songs in Spanish played on the jukebox in between sets, tall boys of PBR were $3, and the bartender laughed at me when I exclaimed how inexpensive they were. $3 was a huge markup for the rich white kids coming into town. Everyone seemed to be happy, and Fang Island encapsulated the energy of Saturday at SXSW, with their now so familiar screaming bro guitar rock.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they’re headlining a big NYC venue- they really are quite good, and the music they play caters directly to college-aged boys who grew up on a steady diet of Weezer, (the most-marketed to sector for the indie rock industry). Still, it feels good that almost exactly one year after one of my most favorite nights of all time, that same band is going to be playing for so, so many more people.
Are you kidding me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You were even considering doing something other than going to this show? That’s, honestly, stupid. First and foremost, you’ve got your Ty Segall, who put out one of the very best albums of 2010. Not only that, but his live show is fantastically grungy and energetic, and you’d silly not to go see him this Thursday. Before you know it your only chance to catch him will be at Bowery and Music Hall. Then there’s the heavy-hitting trio of Heavy Cream, Liquor Store, and Home Blitz. Holy garage rock! That’s a lot of half blown-out amps, scuzzy loud power chords, and adorable guitar playing boys flailing around onstage. Seriously, there’s nothing not to love about this show.