Now that the Pope is gone, and the UN Summit is over, the city feels back to normal and a good reason to check out some shows. Here’s our Pancake Picks: the best shows of the week in NYC.



Bully @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – The alt rock band from Nashville is currently on tour in support of their first full-length album, Feels Like. Still new to the scene, the band fits right in with contemporaries like American Wrestlers, Meatbodies, and Courtney Barnett.



CHVRCHES @ Central Park SummerStage – Fall is officially here and Central Park SummerStage 2015 takes its leave with the cooler temperatures. There’s still one great final show under the night sky this year with CHVRCHES hot off their recent album release in Every Open Eye. 


Marian Hill @ Bowery Ballroom – The second date of Marion Hill’s 2015 fall tour, the duo bring an indie-electro sound that’s taking over the festival circuits these days. Marian Hill is an act that’s emerging into the mainstream.



Rudimental @ Warsaw – A two night stand in NYC this week, Webster Hall and Warsaw, Rudimental has a new album out on Friday and what better way to get the momentum going then two shows in NYC to get the buzz going. Along with Clean Bandit, Rudimental is the pride of Atlantic Record’s electronic division, and rightfully so. Expect an amazing show.


Turkuaz @ Brooklyn Bowl – Turkuaz is one of those bands you must see live to appreciate fully. If the funk is what you crave, then be sure to hit this show.



Secret Someones @ Rockwood 2 – Another band with an new album out on Friday, local pop-rock band Secret Someones will be throwing their album release party celebrating their debut full-length release under Cherrytree Records. Having spent the last two summers opening for Ingrid Michaelson and Jukebox The Ghost, so they’re ready to start forging their own chapter in the NYC music scene.


Fort Lean @ Baby’s All Right – Album release shows seem to be all the rage this week. Another local band is celebrating their album release with a late show at Baby’s All Right.



Catey Shaw @ The Knitting Factory Catey Shaw is a rising pop-star with smoky vocals and a free-spirited attitude that will have you bouncing around the knitting factory.


Ben Rector @ Irving Plaza – His songs are about life.  His songs are about people.  His songs are about love. Be sure to see Ben in an intimate setting before he’s selling out much lager rooms in the near future.



Colony House @ Rough Trade – The alt rock band from Tennessee is on a U.S. tour, Colony House mixes pop sound with alternative foundation. They’re playing two nights in NYC at Mercury and Rough Trade. I always recommend the smaller venues, it brings out an band’s true intimacy.


Jon Batiste @ Webster Hall – Jon Batiste is has officially arrived to the big leagues as of recently. He’s the leader of the Colbert’s house band for The Late Show, and is starting to play bigger shows. Batiste constantly tours and is a real entertainer, so it should make for an exciting show at Webster on a Saturday night in NYC



Music For Little Rockers Workshop @ Brooklyn Bowl – The Music for Little Rockers series is designed to keep children moving, playing and singing while simultaneously teaching developmental milestones and listening to classic tunes.  Adults will love the cool selection of genres and popular music hits through the decades, and all are encouraged to participate fully. Music for Little Rockers workshops will include Beatles for Little Rockers, Grateful Rockers, World Music, Writing the Blues, Rock and Roll Story Time and more!



Article: Tom Shackleford & Shayne Hanley


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