Summer seems to be slipping by faster than ever, but we know how most New Yorkers want to spend the rest of it: trashed, dancing, or both. Check out our Pancake Picks to hit the best shows in NYC this week – and just add whiskey to fulfill your summer dreams.
Delta Rae, Lauren Jenkins @ MHOW – If blues rock or folk rock are up your alley, make your way over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a good time tonight. North Carolina’s Delta Rae are playing the Brooklyn venue (doors at 7pm), fresh off the release of their latest EP, and country up-and-comer Lauren Jenkins will open.
Cyrille Aimée @ Le Poisson Rouge – When was the last time you saw some good French jazz live? Or…any French jazz live? Your chance will come this Wednesday night at Le Poisson Rouge. Don’t miss the 8pm show starring French jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, who released a new full-length record, Let’s Get Lost, last year.
Marika Hackman, The Big Moon @ Baby’s All Right – Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Marika Hackman will be bringing her dark English-folk sound to Baby’s All Right this Wednesday night – and it’s the perfect time to catch her live, since she just released her brand new LP, I’m Not Your Man, this June. Don’t forget to get there early to enjoy London indie rockers The Big Moon.
Nina Diaz, Cold Roses @ Rough Trade – Take the tempting trip to Rough Trade on Thursday night to hear the solo musings of Nina Diaz – best known as the singer/guitarist from San Antonio indie rock band Girl in a Coma. Better yet, Philly retro rockers Cold Roses will be warming things up, so don’t be late for this 8pm show.
In The Valley Below, Flagship @ Mercury Lounge – California dream pop/indie band In the Valley Below are sure to bring a solid set at Mercury Lounge this Thursday night, since they just put out brand new music, Elephant EP, in July. They’ll be joined by Charlotte-based rock band Flagship, who are also fresh off a new release – their new LP, The Electric Man.
Pancakes & Whiskey Presents: The Dig @ The Surf Lodge – For a badass weekend escape, we cordially invite you to come party on the beach with us in Montauk. 100% worth the train trip – join us at the Surf Lodge this Friday for NYC rock band The Dig, who have a new full-length record, Bloodshot Tokyo, to show off. The show is free, but first-come-first-serve, so make sure to get there early!
Mary J. Blige @ Coney Island Amphitheater – If you skip our rad Montauk show because you’d rather be at Coney Island on Friday, we totally forgive you in this case. Mary J. Blige will be playing the Ford Amphitheater on the same night, and you’re probably in for some new stuff from the acclaimed R&B songstress, who just released the “Love Yourself – Remix” with A$AP Rocky in June.
Miami Horror, Small Black + More @ The Well – Miami Horror, the band who stunned us with that death-defying stage climb at Meadows last year, are a must-see in our book, so head to The Well in Brooklyn this Saturday night. We can’t promise another daredevil stunt indoors, but they definitely bring an impressive set, and this one will include a nice build-up of opening acts – including Small Black, Jeffrey Paradise, Crush Club (DJ), The Kount, Marc Baker, Argonaut&Wasp, and Monk One.
Dick Dale @ Brooklyn Bowl – Guitar legend/surf rock pioneer Dick Dale will be playing in Brooklyn this weekend, and if you paddle over there, you can expect to hear much more than the “Misirlou” riffs that first bewitched you in Pulp Fiction. The 1960s rocker will be joined by openers Wolf! and Scott Metzger for this Brooklyn Bowl show on Saturday night.
Magna Carda @ Mercury Lounge – Finish off your week with a little hip-hop on the Lower East Side; festivities starting at 6:30pm. Austin, Texas hip-hop outfit Magna Carda are headlining this Mercury Lounge performance, and it’ll be a sundry lineup with R&B/soul artist Ava Raiin and NJ-based indie folk band Brother Valiant opening.