Wanna be where all the cool hardcore kids will be? Legit a grand lineup of who’s who in NYC hardcore and punk right now is taking over Silent Barn to honor the release of L.O.T.I.O.N.’s (members of Dawn of Humans and Nomad, duh) new LP on Toxic State, Digital Control and Man’s Obsolescence. Judging by their previous release, it’s going to be some dissonant, evil-ass, earbud-shredding stuff.
No lighter on the nasty is Murderer, a band that we’re a little less familiar with. But their brand of stompy punk is a nice counterpoint to Mommy, a band that we’ve been looking for another excuse to go see since they made their killer appearance at Palisades a couple of months back.
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Here’s to hoping you took this past weekend to cram your butt, beach umbrellas, and coolers full of malt liquor onto the A train, also known as the Express Train to Beach Salvation. Lord knows nearly all of Brooklyn decided this was the way to go. I’ve got the bite marks to prove it. If you didn’t get your Rockaway kicks in along with the rest of us, chances are you’re gonna miss out big time on a weekend of epic gigs on the horizon. Trust us, this is the time to play hooky, because how else are you possibly going to realize your Best Summer Ever without skipping out on your earthly responsibilities? You’ve really dug yourself a hole, haven’t you? Here are the shows happening this week that’ll get you out of it.
Welcome back to IRL. Here’s to hoping you had a good one being equal parts proud to live in a country where you don’t have to think too hard about what went into your readily available Apple phone and palm oil snacks, and all “pshhh” about the whole affair. We’re also fingers-crossed that you didn’t go too DIY on fireworks after a failed reconnaissance mission ‘cross the Pennsylvania border (really, you gotta know a guy to get anything close to decent fireworks ’round these parts)– because fingers and toes are maybe more valuable than even the most awe-inducing homemade mortar blast or Roman candle to your unsuspecting friend’s face. In the interest of such things, maybe you didn’t get your kicks, but fear not, there are better, much safer ways to get your thrills via rock n’ roll. Take this week to scoot your butt to some shows and allow yourself to revel. Believe us, it’ll make up at least a little bit for this increasingly less-explosive holiday.
It’s hard to imagine how Title: Point productions crams not only an audience of up to 40 people into a tiny room (now known as Vital Joint, a black box theater) adjacent to the more familiar space at Silent Barn but also an entire cast, multiple sets, lighting, and crew. Well, things get a little creative. “They stuck me in a hole,” Spencer Thomas Campbell, co-writer of the current production, explained. “I spend the entire show in a hole.” But the challenges of a small space also contribute to keeping things interesting around here. I mean, at what other (serious) play is there a distinct possibility that the audience could get splattered with blood or maybe even puked on?
Hey you! There are a bunch of shows worth checking out all over town this weekend and beyond. Things are getting down to the wire at Death By Audio, so definitely make your way over there while you still can.
Halloween approacheth y’all, and now that Ebola has hit NYC it’s time to nix that costume you knew was a terrible idea in the first place, which leaves you little time to figure out where you’re gonna be guzzling treats on the big night. Thank Hades we’ve got you covered with a list of bands playing as other bands. And jah, Kurt Cobain is amongst them.
After graduating from journalism school, Liz Pelly found herself working for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly paper much like the ones that exist in every state throughout the nation. “But I thought it was a very strong one in comparison to a lot of other alt weeklies,” Pelly explained. “It had been around since the ‘60s and it had a really cool history, and there were lots of inspiring people working there, and editors who I learned a lot from.” The paper was known for its particularly strong ties with Boston counterculture.
Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
The LOT LIC Music & Film Series, an eight-week summer party, makes its debut in Long Island City this weekend. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are Sinkane, Takuya Kuroda and DJ D-Felic. 43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturday, August 2 from 3-9 p.m., tickets free
Roses are a Brooklyn-based rock band with a lead singer whose voice you might recognize because he was formerly at the front of Deer Tick. They call on influences like Velvet Underground, and do a cover of “Sweet Jane” that’s lo-fi fun at its finest. They play three shows this weekend in Brooklyn. Silent Barn, Bushwick, Sunday, August 3 at 8 p.m., tickets $10
Liam Walsh is leaving his internship at Babycastles, where, three days a week, he fires up the gallery’s indie video games and shows visitors how they work. He’s resigning to attend summer camp in Maine.