Free weekend show: Catch the Dirtbombs at a Tribeca block party

The Detroit garage-rock band’s new album, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!, comes out on Tuesday, and the group performs in NYC this Saturday.

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The Dirtbombs

The Dirtbombs Photograph: Vanessa Kitzerow

They finally did it. After joking about it for years, the Detroit garage-rock band the Dirtbombs actually made their very own “bubblegum pop” album. Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! is set to be released next Tuesday, but you can stream the record now via SPIN. “This album is sort of my tribute to Saturday morning cartoons,” frontman Mick Collins told SPIN. “My childhood was watching bands on TV. And the music on Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! is what those bands sounded like, or as close as I can get them to with the Dirtbombs.”


The group hasn’t announced any tour dates in support of the new album, but we’ll do you one better. The Dirtbombs will be in NYC this weekend! The band will perform at a free block party this Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Shinola flagship store in Tribeca. It’s no wonder the boutique-café asked the Dirtbombs to play—it also hails from Detroit.


The shindig starts at noon at 177 Franklin Street and lasts until 4pm. Even if you’re not into the swanky watches or bikes that Shinola specializes in (and why wouldn’t you be?), the entertainment should be enough of a draw. In addition to the Dirtbombs, New Jersey bluegrass outfit Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and DJs Roctakon and Austin Peters will exhibit their talents as well. Plus, there will be plenty of food, including barbecue, popcorn and ice cream. Don’t miss out.



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