If that tiny window AC unit is struggling to beat the heat in your sweltering NYC apartment, you’re not alone – and you know firsthand that summer in the city is much better when you’re out in the city. Well it’s your lucky week, because there are plenty of opportunities to escape your walk-up inferno and go see some live music! Check out our Pancake Picks below to see what’s going on.



David Cook @ The Knitting Factory – Alt-rock singer David Cook, who you may remember as the winner of American Idol Season 7 in 2008, will be playing The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight. Singer-songwriter Kathryn Dean will be opening, and a portion of every ticket sold will be put toward the awesome work by the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.



Sir Sly @ The Bowery Ballroom – LA electronic band Sir Sly, who made waves with their 2014 LP, You Haunt Me, are now touring on a brand new one, Don’t You Worry, Honey, so it’s the perfect time to see them live. Head to the Bowery Ballroom early to catch them and SHAED from DC, whose opening set will kick things off.


Tiger Mountain @ Mercury Lounge – If you’re into the electronic scene, then it’ll be tough choosing between the former and Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night. Electronic collective Tiger Mountain, which currently features Boris Skalsky and Paul Wood from Dead Heart Bloom and Phaser, will be taking over the Lower East Side venue on Tuesday.




Downtown Boys & Royal Headache @ House Of Vans – Downtown Boys once treated us to one of the best shows we’ve ever seen a few years ago and we couldn’t be more pumped for their incendiary, free gig at the House Of Vans.


The Cave Singers @ Mercury Lounge – Seattle indie rockers The Cave Singers (the band made up of former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves) are playing Mercury Lounge this Wednesday, still hot off last year’s release of their newest full-length, Banshee. Don’t miss the chance to see them in an intimate venue like this one, and get there early to support local openers, LAPêCHE, from Brooklyn.


Swift Technique @ Brooklyn Bowl – Swift Technique, the fiery funk and soul band hailing from Philly, will be bringing their explosive sound to Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday, and it’s the place to be if you need to get some dancing out of your system this week. It’s sure to be a party with Funky Dawgs Brass Band from Connecticut opening the show.



Rey Pila @ Baby’s All Right – Baby’s All Right will be fired up on Thursday night thanks to Rey Pila, the Mexican rock band that began as a solo project of frontman Diego Solórzano. Joining them this week are The Britanys, hailing from nearby Bushwick, and Toronto soul-pop quartet ROMES.



Jubilee + Salt Cathedral @ Mercury Lounge – If you really need to cut loose this Friday, the party’s over at Mercury Lounge with much-loved Miami DJ Jubilee. Our friends Salt Cathedral will be opening, and their cool alternative sound will make for nice variety before Jubilee’s high-powered hip-hop set.


The Flatliners, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Garrett Dale @ The Knitting Factory – For some Friday night thrashing, get over to the Knit to see Ontario punk rockers The Flatliners, who just released a brand new full-length album, Inviting Light. They’ll be joined by fellow Ontario band Pkew Pkew Pkew, as well as Garrett Dale of Red City Radio.



My Morning Jacket @ Forest Hills Stadium – If you haven’t already secured Jacket tickets for this Saturday’s show in Queens, do whatever you’ve gotta do quick, because you won’t want to miss this transcendental band live. Not only that, but the evening’s opener will be none other than rock icon Gary Clark Jr., so be sure to get there early!


Work Drugs, Ryan Egan @ Mercury Lounge – If you’re looking for something closer to home on Saturday, check out Philly dream pop duo Work Drugs at Mercury Lounge in the LES. They’ll be joined by Ryan Egan, who just brought an awesome performance at our recent showcase, so don’t miss his opening set.



Incubus + Jimmy Eat World @ Bethel Woods – Still hungry for more rock by the end of the week? (We totally feel you). Then you can join the mass of Incubus and Jimmy Eat World fans who will be making their way up to Bethel Woods, NY to see them this Sunday. Travel safe if you go, and have a kickass week either way.


Article: Olivia Isenhart

Cover Image: Lesley Keller




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