Good Shows

No Comments

Minks Returns, But Not to ‘Kill Everyone Now’

MINKS

By the Hedge, the 2011 debut by Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Minks, was one of that year’s quietly underrated records: a languid, sumptuous guitar-rock record that cribbed sounds and textures from the U.K. bands who’d called Creation Records home two decades prior. We haven’t heard much from Minks since then. Turns out, that’s because lead singer/songwriter Sean Kilfoyle wanted to move away from that dense, shoegazer approach, toward something more musically direct.
More →

No Comments

The Depreciation Guild Brought Back Its 8-Bit Shoegaze at Glasslands

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

“I can’t believe we’re here,” said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years.
More →

No Comments

Depreciation Guild Returns, Plus Lots of Good Small Shows

Depreciation Guild's Facebook.

Depreciation Guild’s Facebook.

IN HER GENTLE JAWS
Pretty light week for super attention-grabbing shows in our neighborhoods this week — seems like all the big ticket items are in one or another of our fine city’s public parks. Nevertheless, there are a wealth of quality smaller shows to choose from, starting with The Depreciation Guild‘s return(!) at Glasslands on Saturday.
More →

1 Comment

Watch the Melvins Cover the Butthole Surfers With Sir Gibby Haynes Himself

The Melvins played House of Vans in Greenpoint last night and we still haven’t recovered our hearing. Among the reasons: Dale Crover, looking half his age thanks to a Justin Bieber haircut, was joined on the double drums by newcomer Coady Willis (well, relative newcomer: he’s been drumming with the Melvins for some years, but we’re talking about a band that’s been pummeling audiences for three decades. Kurt Cobain drove them to shows back when Nirvana was something only Buddhists talked about.)
More →

No Comments

Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
More →

1 Comment

Pure Love’s Jim Carroll Has Nothing But Love For These 5 Greenpoint Spots

Frank Carter (l) and Jim Carroll in Edinburgh (Photo: Pure Love's Instagram)

Frank Carter (l) and Jim Carroll in Edinburgh (Photo: Pure Love’s Instagram)

Before Pure Love goes on tour to support their debut album (Anthems was released by Mercury Records earlier this year) they’ll play their very first U.S. show tonight at Saint Vitus.

You might recognize frontman Frank Carter as the Londoner with the neck tats, who often got bloodied up during his performances with Gallows. He probably won’t leave the stage needing stitches tonight: Pure Love’s rock sound is more refined — but no less energetic, thanks in part to guitarist Jim Carroll, who also boasts a punk pedigree via his stints in Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File.
More →

No Comments

Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
More →

No Comments

Shows, Yo: Odd Future Plays a Birthday Party, Smith Westerns Remember the 90s

OFWGKTA

On Saturday, Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future will headline Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg’s second annual birthday concert, in Williamsburg Park. The prolific agitators have come a long way since the days of uploading dozens of mixtapes to their Tumblr. With the acclaim and sales that accompanied the April release of ringleader Tyler, the Creator’s second album, Wolf, and the hotly anticipated, long-awaited debut of Earl Sweatshirt dropping later this summer, Odd Future have stormed the castle walls of mainstream critical and commercial rap success and reshaped it, ever so slightly, in their image.
More →