The weekend's must-see shows
Fri May 20 2011
Friday + Little Scream at Bowery Ballroom
Local indie-rockers the Antlers take the stage at Bowery Ballroom tonight, playing on the heels of their sophomore LP, Burst Apart. Check out TONY's interview with frontman Peter Silberman here. Montreal's Little Scream opens.
+ Eileen Myles + I Feel Tractor at of Wiliamsburg
Sonic Youth singer, Ecstatic Peace cocaptain, underground booster and so-much-more-man Thurston Moore (pictured above) headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg, with a brand-new solo album out on Matador: Demolished Thoughts. Poet Eileen Myles reads ahead of Moore—just think of tonight as "a Stone grows in Brooklyn."
Real Estate + Julian Lynch + Big Troubles + Family Portrait at the
Ridgewood bands collide tonight for this gig in Gowanus, which features the washed-out indie pop of Real Estate, the experimental haze of Julian Lynch, and the dreamy pop textures of like-minded acts Big Troubles and Family Portrait. (Catch Real Estate at Maxwell's on Saturday as well.)
Blip Festival 2011 at Eyebeam
According to Jeremiah Johnson, a.k.a. Nullsleep, this festival features "music made using early-generation video-game consoles and home computers." It's a collective movement that encompasses the looping, machine-tooled patterns and utopian spirit of Kraftwerk, highly industrial sonics and to-the-point energy (read TONY's preview here). The festival continues through Saturday.
Matana Roberts at Salt Space
Renowned saxophonist and history buff Matana Roberts hits Salt Space tonight. Click here to read our preview of the Chicago native.
Adele + Plan B at the United Palace Theatre
Preternaturally self-possessed young English singer-songwriter Adele is not just some retro knock-off: She's a genuinely soulful vocalist whose lyrics reflect a rare emotional maturity. Opening is U.K. rapper-turned-R&B-crooner Plan B, whose new work suggests Amy Winehouse and Raphael Saadiq.
Tune-Yards + at Music Hall of Williamsburg
How cool is this bill? One-woman band Tune-Yards stars Merrill Garbus, whose recent sophomore album, w h o k i l l, is one of the year's best indie-rock records. Meanwhile, local art-pop duo Buke and Gass plays customized implements, including a baritone ukulele and a hybrid guitar-bass.
Garage a Trois at Brooklyn Bowl
Since parting ways with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2007, instrumental four-piece Garage a Trois has become a full-on rock unit, raring to riff and bash where it used to jazz and funk. Their magic lies in deep, compact writing, and the power of playing like you mean it. Read our preview here.
+ Moss of Aura + Janka Nabay + Friends at 285 Kent Ave
Electro-populist Dan Deacon headlines this Todd P bill, which also features Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay, a purveyor of minimal beats and surprisingly joyous hypnotic talk-singing.
Esperanza Spalding at the
It's been a heavy half-year for bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, including a high-profile live date with Prince and an upset win in the Best New Artist category at this year's Grammy Awards. Feverish Bieberites notwithstanding, Spalding's win confirmed that once in a while, Grammy recognizes big, bold talent. Catch her tonight in the Theater District.
Our Band Could Be Your Life at Bowery Ballroom
Tonight's ten-year birthday party for Michael Azerrad's landmark indie-rock tome Our Band Could Be Your Life traces the subjects' legacies, featuring young acts trying on the songs of his old subjects. Click here to check out our preview of the affair.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters at Beacon Theatre
Elvis Costello kicks off a three-night stay at Beacon Theatre, reviving his "Revolver" shows, in which a giant spinning wheel determines the night's set. And thus, we discover the old punk's true inspiration: Ms. Vanna White.
Laura Gibson at Ace Hotel
Laura Gibson, a young singer of with a dreamy sense of melancholy evocative of classy movie soundtracks and urban sunsets, rolls into town for a pair of shows: in the Ace Hotel tonight (for free!) and Rock Shop next Wednesday.
Amor de Dias + Damon & Naomi at the Knitting Factory
Damon & Naomi were playing ethereal folk-rock with psychedelic trimmings for years—long before anybody knew what the hell a "freak folk" was. They have great, adventurous taste, showcased on a new disc, False Beats and True Hearts. Indie-pop duo Amor de Dias shares the bill.
Gamelan Dharma Swara with the Momenta Quartet and Shahzad Ismaily at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Based at the Indonesian Consulate in Manhattan, Gamelan Dharma Swara maintains Balinese traditions that date back for centuries, while also playing contemporary works. Tonight the group schleps nearly 1,200 pounds of bronze down to LPR for a collaboration with adventurous string ensemble the Momenta Quartet and protean multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily.