We team up with doNYC every week to bring you the best shows, these our are Pancake Picks for the week of 4-6.
Amy Vachal @ Mercury Lounge – Her angelic voice and her folk-based music put her somewhere between Norah Jones and Missy Higgins. Weather it’s via guitar or piano, Amy’s simplistic yet carefully crafted style makes for a perfect Sunday morning or business time playlist favorite.
The London Souls/The Skins @ Bowery Ballroom – The power rock trio is back in town celebrating the release of their new album, Here Come The Girls. Their throwback style of fuzz pedals and guitar rock has always made for a great show, and considering one of music’s soon-to-blow-up acts in The Skins are also on the bill, this is easily the best rock lineup of the week.
A Giant Dog @ Cake Shop – The band from Texas come out hot and swinging with their fast-paced guitar music. There’s actually a sense of harmonic beauty behind the madness of their turned up amps and reckless energy.
Fletcher C. Johnson @ Palisades – Their style of rock is almost a bit of a throwback to the 60s where rock could sound a lot like pop music. I really love Brooklyn guitar bands like these guys that can stand out and don’t fall into that overplayed mesh of hipster rock.
Gregory Alan Isakov @ Bowery Ballroom – With the weekend one day away, why not bring things down a notch after a long week with one of music’s best singer-songwriters today. With his songs telling stories of far off journeys, heart break, and inspiring heroes, his songwriting is just as diverse and his instrumentation.
Dances @ Palisades – Dances brings back that 90s alt sound and mixes it with cool sounding modern hooks. Their diversity is another reason they kick ass – give “Rat!” a listen right after “Holy Fool” without having trouble adjusting.
Bright Light Social Hour @ Baby’s All Right – Just a few weeks ago they sold out Mercury Lounge two nights in a row, and thankfully they’re back to make another sold out venue dance their faces off. They can be dreamy and trippy with “Dreamlove” and then break out their Austin roots with “Ghost Dance.” Either way if you want a band to dance to this week this show is your best bet.
Hank & Cupcakes @ BK Bazaar – Celebrating their vinyl release of Cash 4 Gold, this experimental indie-rock duo mixes up drumming, guitars, and vocals to make for a unique signature sound, lead by the powerful vocals by Ariel Scherbacovsky
Vérité @ Webster Hall – Spent a few minutes with this lovely lady last week in the basement/dressing rooms of Mercury Lounge before her kick ass set to a packed venue. She’s back this week for some bigger huntings and will be bringing the same indie-pop/rock style that’s rising her up the ranks and onto the major festival circuit this summer.
Box Of Rain @Brooklyn Bowl – You know you want to dust off your old Grateful Dead tie-dye t-shirt, and see the band that brings the Grateful Dead back to life with their amazing live show!
Article by: Tommy Shackleford