If you’re anything like me you’re sick to death of the overwhelming amount of washed out, bland electronic music coming out of the Brooklyn music scene, and have horrible luck when it comes to planning ahead for the moments when officially cool bands roll in to town. I don’t even want to tell you how much I paid for a ticket to see Parquet Courts and Protomartyr on June 11 at their sold out show.
But don’t fret because we’ve got you covered for upcoming shows that will (most likely) not sell out and will certainly not deprive you of a week’s worth of food, but are still totally worth checking out if you’re a fan of the ol’ rock and roll, lo-fi, and punk nastiness. Even if you’re not schooled in feedback, we here at B+B encourage you to try something new — embrace the noise, you might even like the feeling of getting hit in the head by a flying beer can or bleeding out your ears.
May 31: Sex Tide will be playing Cake Shop for $8. The band put out a pretty solid 7” last fall called Flash Fuck. Also they’re from Ohio — the epicenter of fuzzy gross punk right now — which is reason enough to go see them. The Midwest knows how to shred.
June 3: Um, if you somehow miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see underground sensations Soundgarden at Webster Hall in the East Village, and if challenging your friends to see which one of you can suffer through the band’s entire set without swallowing a Molotov cocktail seems far too grave for a Monday night, worry not because two killer bands are playing the following night at Cake Shop. Doors open at 9 p.m. for DC punk band Priests and NYC hardcore outfit In School. $10 only and way fewer teenagers.
June 6: Kurt Vile and the Violators are playing at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are sold out, however you might be able to snag one at the door if you show up early enough. But why go to all the trouble to see a nice boy play strum delicate tunes to lull you to sleep? ZZZ. Eschew this snooze rock and go get your Black Metal on at The Acheron. Syphilitic Lust, Belus, and Anicon will be playing what are sure to be three really depraved sets at 8 p.m. on Wednesday for the cost of your depressing Whole Foods lunch, $10.
June 8: Oh look it’s another sold-out show by another band that has been everywhere as of late — Toronto natives Fucked Up are playing the Bowery Ballroom at 8 p.m. If you don’t already have tickets and can’t stomach paying a month’s worth of rent for one night at the Ballroom, check out Death By Audio on Sunday, June 8, for a show chock full of fuzz punk featuring the spaced-out psych tunes of Dasher, Degreaser, and noise weirdos Cyanide Tooth.