By Coleman Bentley of My Social List
Even with the Coachella fun/sun loving officially dominating blogosphere bandwidths from Milwaukee to Moscow, our fair city's music scene remains relatively un-phased, tipping its hat and stocking its venues, as if to say "anything you can do..." So keep your Sublime t-shirts, thong-kinis, and buzz-bands, California; us New Yorkers will stick to good music, simple drinks, and gritty warehouse spaces (though, honestly, I probably wouldn't mind the whole thong-kini thing).
Capturing virtually every gamma of the punk spectrum, this Bowery Ballroom beast has something for every loud, fast, heavy, hooky music fan in the five-borough. Looking for some catchy slacker, chick-fronted hardcore, or Scandinavian avant-punk? Then Parquet Courts, White Lung, and Iceage have you respectively covered, earning our MOST BUZZED show of the week crown in the process.
It's pretty much a NYC given, like the Mets sucking and Bloomberg buying stock in Splenda: When Flatbush Zombies are on a bill, that bill makes our MOST BUZZED honor roll. It didn't happen by accident either, as the Brooklyn MCs have been one of the hardest working bands in the city over the past year, dropping mixtapes, turning in guest verses, and gigging like the music industry were ending tomorrow (which it very well might be). If it's not, however, make sure to get yourself to Gramercy Theater on Wednesday for this Joey Bada$$ headlined hip hop have-to.
Rhye, the mesmerizing R&B duo of musician/producers Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh, are not only owners of one of the year's most beautiful (and best reviewed albums) in Woman, but also this week's most intimate gig; a mid-week appearance at NYU-area hotspot, (le) poisson rouge. A perfect date option and an ideal find-love-offline opportunity -- considering Rhye's origin story, where in Hannibal and Milosh collide in LA while pursuing women who later come to serve as muses for their serotonin-wrenching soundscapes -- this one has something for every hopeless, music-adoring romantic.
When the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bama songwriter known as Phosphorescent dropped his latest album, Muchacho, last month, the rock n' roll community collectively raised their 2 p.m. shades, coughed up their whiskey hangovers, and listened. Adding a MOST BUZZED show to a resume that already includes Pitchfork's Best New Music distinction, Phosphorescent's get-by-and-especially-high-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends brand of song-craft is a must-hear and his Wednesday night Bowery Ballroom set, therefore, a can't-miss.
Like Hardy Boy novels, secret admirers, and those white Airheads, a good mystery is something to be savored, and 285 Kent obviously agrees, rolling out an awesome one on Wednesday night. If you're the type of person whose delicate disposition just can't handle the thrills, chills, and spills of a good ol' fashioned surprise, however, don't worry; while the headliner at Brooklyn's biggest/baddest DIY is still a secret, the rest of the bill, featuring the likes of Sleep Over and Splash, is fully known and totally worth the leap of faith (i.e. $10).
I'm not entirely sure when it happened (although I entirely blame The Strokes), but indie has become uncool. Sometime in the past calendar year The Killers and Phoenixes of the world, while still retaining mass-popularity, plummeted off blog writer's name-check quotas, replaced instead by a glut of pretty-faced producers and pretty-drunk punks. If indie is to make a critical resurrection, however, it's infinitely catchy, retro-leaning outfits like Widowspeak who the cool-kids will surely champion as saviors. Headlining this home-borough show at Knitting Factory on Friday night, the Brooklyn duo get the comeback started with one of our favorite MOST BUZZED shows of the week.
I've waxed poetically on Don Giovanni Records in a variety of recent editorial lately, gushing all over their DI your damn Y ethos and punk rock proclivities like a used-car salesman on a '03 Volkswagen with low miles. Journalistic integrity (ROFL) be damned, however, because as long as the Jersey label keeps putting on shows like this Maxwell's 4/20 concert -- featuring Brooklyn's next-big-thing in Shellshag, backed by one of the tri-state's most revered punk bands in Screaming Females -- the love will keep on coming.
File this one in the make-you-feel-old show-of-the-week drawer, as hot-shit production duo TNGHT have already done as much in their 25 or so years on earth -- guesting with Kanye at Music Hall of Williamsburg, evolving away from vowel usage, etc. -- as you are likely to do in 50. That's OK though, because not everyone can or wants to headline Webster Hall, as TNGHT will tomorrow, inadvertently providing a perfect turn-the-back-clock option for your Kevin Costner-loving, three-beer buzzing self.
Like Hansel circa 2002, Canada is so hot right now. With Drake still topping the Top 40, KEN Mode going amateur Tyson all over everything in their weight class, and METZ headlining a totally awesome show at Shea Stadium tonight, hockey-land has been killing it in the sonic department of late and this Bowery Ballroom appearance by Montreal's Born Ruffians is just one more example. And while Canada has yet to fully make up for giving birth to Nickleback, consider this MOST BUZZED bestowment our first step toward forgiveness.
ALSO BUZZING: William Tyler of Silver Jews at The Mercury Lounge (Tonight); Safe, HEEMS (of Das Racist), BLKKATHY at 285 Kent Ave (Tonight); METZ, Odonis Odonis at Shea Stadium (Tonight); METZ, Odonis Odonis, The Soupcans at Bowery Ballroom (Wednesday); The Joy Formidable, Blood Red Shoes at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Wednesday); Ava Luna, Lushlife at Brooklyn Museum (Thursday, FREE!); The Devil Makes Three, Johnny Fritz at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Thursday); Pat Mahoney (of LCD Soundsystem), Alex English at WIP (Thursday, FREE!); Talib Kweli DJ Set at Brooklyn Bowl (Thursday); Opeth, Katatonia at The Wellmont Theatre (Friday); Killing Joke at Irving Plaza (Friday); Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, High on Fire, Holy Grail at Irving Plaza (Saturday); Light Asylum, Rewards, Silent Drape Runners at The Mercury Lounge (Saturday); Colleen Green, Habibi, Pop Zeus, Juniper Rising at Death By Audio (Sunday); The Vandelles, The Ne'er Do Wells at Glasslands Gallery (Sunday)