We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar.
POWER POP NUGGETS AT THE BOWERY BALLROOM
Two of the most influential power-pop bands of all-time will share a bill this weekend at the Bowery Ballroom. The Flamin’ Groovies got their start in hippie-infested ’60s San Francisco, and while they may or may not have been taking the same drugs as everyone else, they were definitely making different music than their folk and psych influenced peers.
With big, dumb, sugary guitars that leaned heavily on ’50s rock-n-roll and a heavy bottom-end, the Groovies anticipated the melodic power-pop movement of the ’70s that produced bands like Big Star, Badfinger, The Raspberries, and their openers on this bill, The Beat. That band is now known as Paul Collins’ Beat after the demise of Collins’s previous band, The Nerves (“Hanging on the telephone…”). Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, Saturday at 9 p.m.
SNARE DRUM OF HOPE, HI-HAT OF LIFE
The two-piece Mississippi rock band Bass Drum of Death pound out tuneful, scuzzy garage-rock at breakneck speeds, with doo-wop “oooweeoohh”s and frenzied guitar melodies swamped in pedal-driven effects. It’s pretty standard fare as far as this surf-rock/garage-rock stuff is concerned (you’ll hear echoes of Wavves, Ty Segall and Oblivians) but it’s still fun. They’ll play at Shea Stadium with Wild Yaks, Las Rosas and ILLS on Monday, and at Glasslands with Shea Stadium owners The So So Glos the following night. Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow Street, Williamsburg, Monday at 9 p.m. AND Glasslands, 289 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Tuesday at 9 p.m.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING ALTOGETHER UNIQUE
Shugo Tokumaru is a Japanese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who makes eccentric, homespun pop songs that usually feature as many as twenty different instruments. His music sounds more like melodic collage than traditional verse-chorus-bridge fare. Feels like he should soundtrack a Michel Gondry film.
For his latest album, In Focus?, Tokumaru literally locked himself in his bedroom to record and layer the hundreds of sound snippets that make up the album. It was then mastered at Abbey Road. He’ll be performing in NYC for the first time in almost five years, so don’t miss it. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, Thursday at 9 p.m.
BEST OF THE REST:
–Legendary UK electronic musician Squarepusher will play back-to-back dates at LPR next week. Recommended if you like mind-bending Intelligent Dance Music. (le) poisoon rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 pm.
–More power-pop(ish)! The no-frills feel-good tunes of Brooklyn classicists Nude Beach nod to the Replacements, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty. Catch them at the Knitting Factory tonight. Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, tonight at 9 p.m.
–And here’s an excuse to travel outside the B+B sphere: Frankie Rose, who’s done time in Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls, will play cuts from her upcoming third solo record, Herein Wild, at the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays concert series, which is free. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights, Saturday at 7 p.m.