If you can make it through the day without wearing a jacket, then buckle up, because you know what’s coming! Now that warmer weather is finally becoming a thing again, the NYC concert scene will be kicking into high gear. Your secret weapon: Pancake Picks. Now boldly go check out the best shows of the week…
Kevin Barnes (of Montreal) w/ Gabi @ Le Poisson Rouge – Kevin Barnes, the founding member of dynamic Georgia rock band Of Montreal, will be hitting LPR tonight. The multi-instrumentalist will be performing alongside Gabi, and there’s no telling what material they’ll be digging into.
Todd Rundgren @ Brooklyn Bowl – The one and only Todd Rundgren is gonna be rocking Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow, along with guests John Ferenzik, Jesse Gress, Prairie Prince, and Kasim Sulton. There’s still time to win tickets, so get on it!
Twin Peaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg this Tuesday, along with special guests NE-Hi and Jimmy Whispers. (And if you can’t catch ’em then, they’re also playing the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday!).
Palehound @ Baby’s All Right – This Wednesday, Baby’s welcomes badass guitarist/vocalist Ellen Kempner, whose songwriting project, Palehound, received the 2015 Boston Music Award for new artist of the year. (P.S. we caught their show at Gramercy last year and really dug their grungy sound).
Yabadum, Vita and the Woolf @ Shea Stadium – Alternative indie rockers Yabadum will be playing Shea Stadium this Wednesday with Philly pop-soul duo Vita and the Woolfe, as well as fellow charmers Adiós Ghost and Foxanne. Should be a fun one – and this DIY venue is a great spot to discover something totally new.
Battles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – The much-loved experimental rockers known as Battles will be hitting the Music Hall – and you just know the NYC-bred band will put on a good one in their hometown. Get in on that ticket contest and check them out on Thursday.
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real @ Brooklyn Bowl – Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) is bringing more than a promise of something real to Brooklyn Bowl. Having served as the backing band for Neil Young’s latest album, The Monsanto Years, and the accompanying tour, The Promise of the Real are the real deal, and they’re sure to bring a good show this Friday.
The Rooks @ Mercury Lounge – One of our favorite local bands return to the friendly confines of Mercury Lounge and will bring their high-energy soul infused tunes to the LES venue for an early show.
Lola Marsh @ Rough Trade – Head over to Rough Trade this Saturday to hear from Lola Marsh, an Israeli indie folk band who’ve earned a loyal following for their dreamy sound. Keep an ear out for their new stuff, namely, the newly-released and ultra-nostalgic “She’s a Rainbow.”
Ex-Cult, Dion Lunadon @ Mercury Lounge – If you’re like us, then Sunday is a sacred day – of either punk or rock. So what better way to end the week than this sick little set at Mercury Lounge? Memphis punk rockers Ex-Cult will be tearing it up and (we pray) getting pretty freaking loud, along with seasoned bassist Dion Lunadon (of Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers). Wishing you kids a holy night…but never a silent one.