You might think we’d have a thin crop of shows this week, what with yuletide-ings etc., but wowzers, we still managed to find a gaggle of great live happenings around town. Check out our picks for ways to avoid spending time with your family. Or, hey, maybe stop being a jerk, bring your mom and show her a good time for once.
Rock Music Even Your Mom Could Love
Bears, Daddy Issues, Teen Body, Secret Crush
Wednesday December 17th, 8 pm at Palisades (Bushwick), tickets $7 at the door
For some cute, catchy rock head to Palisades tonight. And yes, if their recordings are any indication of what these bands sound like live, then there will be handclaps. Daddy Issues, the lone out-of-towners on the list, hail from Memphis. They claim to be “everyone’s favorite sad girl witch rock band,” and will most certainly bring you back to a time when radio rock was actually catchy and good (i.e. the ’90s), but with a modern garage update. Bears– we like Bears. Bears are a lively, Slanted and Enchanted bunch from Brooklyn. They’ll be repping the neighborhood along with Teen Body (“chillgaze”) and Secret Crush.
Burger? Pizza? I Hardly Know Her ?!
The Jeanies Cassette Release Party
Friday December 19th, 8 pm at Don Pedro (Bushwick), tickets $? at the door
If you’re a fan of Jeanies’ 70’s garage power pop, then you’re probably pumped for their forthcoming album to be released on tape by King Pizza. This Friday, the newish Brooklyn posi garage record label (a la Burger Records) are convening a bunch of bands they’ve been keen to rep– including Big Huge, Mad Doctors, and Games– at Don Pedro’s to celebrate the new tape. Should be a fun night.
Beach Fossils, PC Worship, Jerry Paper, Red Sea
Wednesday December 17th, 7 pm at Glasslands (Williamsburg), tickets $20
The indie rockers / local cool kids of Beach Fossil are headlining this excellent roster at Glasslands, where the band played some of their very first shows. If you’re going to be on holiday lock-down this might be one of your last chances to catch a sick show at the last DIY venue on the Williamsburg waterfront. Think about that for a second– once mega-sensation media behemoth Vice moves in and when those sparkly towers with excellent views of the Isle of Greed finally start sprouting, it’s unlikely there will ever be another DIY venue in that corner of Brooklyn. But we digress, the real reason to go see this show isn’t in anticipation of nostalgia, it’s to check out some bands that are really having a moment right now, PC Worship in particular. Those dudes just got a write up in the New Yorker for Pete’s sake. I mean, that’s not to say the New Yorker is anything other than tone deaf when it comes to writing about punk or alternative or underground anything, but still the New Yorker wow! Number one weirdo Jerry Paper will also be in attendance, as will Red Sea.
The Future Is Now and It’s Scary
Visuals, Maxo is Nuts, Life Size Maps
Thursday, December 18th, 10 pm at Baby’s All Right (Williamsburg), tickets $8
Visuals is some electro-pop dude based in Berlin who’s made his way to the US for two appearances in New York City, one of which is happening on Thursday at Baby’s All Right. Relentless band Life Size Maps will grace the audience with their “glitch pop.” And if you can handle the burden of chiptunes, landing at this show compliments of Maxo is Nuts, consider my hat tipped to you. Actually you can have my hat. Like, seriously just take it.
We’ll Have a Real Chill Time Tonight
Real Estate and Shorts
Thursday December 18th, 8 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg, tickets, free with RSVP
Who doesn’t love a free show? The smooth sailing soothe tunes of Real Estate will be on full display in anticipation of their new album dropping this spring. They’re backed by the dreary bed-head pop of kindred spirits Shorts, a Brooklyn-based band with Australian roots. Oh, and did we mention the show is FREE with RSVP?!
Late Night Depravity
Allergy Season X AdHoc Late Night: Slava, Draveng, Head Hurtz, Physical Therapy
Friday December 19th, 11:59 pm at Baby’s All Right (Williamsburg), tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
This might be your last chance to get righteously buck before the holidays. Saturday might be cutting it too close to stay out all freaking night, so plan wisely and get cray on Friday night instead. Allergy Season and AdHoc are collaborating on this late night party complete with live DJ sets brought to you Draveng (“noisy jacking techno run off,” straight from Berlin), Slava, and Head Hurtz (“stuttering, liquid take on deep house). So get to Baby’s All Right, slam some pink babies, and shake it in anticipation of sugar swole.
Puce Mary, Orden Mundial, Crazy Spirit, Survival
Friday December 19th, 8 pm at Palisades (Bushwick), tickest, $10 at the door
If you haven’t had a chance to catch Puce Mary yet, you’ve missed out on some seriously awesome shows– one at Palisades earlier this month and another at Saint Vitus last weekend, both with fellow noise act Pharmakon. But lucky for you, and the rest of us who aren’t quite ready to let her go back to Denmark just yet, she’s sticking around for at least one more show this weekend at Palisades. She’ll be flanked by Orden Mundial (Spanish hardcore), Crazy Spirit (NYC punk), and NYC “post-post-punk” band, Survival.
Friday December 19th, 8 pm at Silent Barn (Bushwick), tickets $??? at the door
Here’s your chance to see a Brooklyn band that has picked what’s quite possibly the best name ever, Heaven’s Gate. And they’re washed out rock n’ roll ain’t half bad either. Joining Heaven’s Gate are a slew of Brooklyn bands, including Half Human, The Gradients, Washer, and DONE.
Journey to the Pit of Doom, It Might Pay Off
Sunday December 21st, 8 pm at Terminal 5 (Hell’s Kitchen), tickets $35
Ugh, Terminal 5 can be straight up hell on earth, but it might be worth venturing into the megavenue to see the once-young-buck-turned-seasoned-performer at the age of 23, the one and only Tyler the Creator. Tickets are officially sold out, but if you’re sleuthy about it, maybe you can score some.
A Bushfull of Birds, One Stone
Secret Project Robot Holiday Market
Friday December 19th through Sunday December 21st, 2 pm – midnight at Secret Project Robot (Bushwick), tickets, free
It’s tough business trying to stomach all this holiday gift getting. But events like this holiday market make shawwwwpppppping far less awful. Take your pick from three whole days of local goods and local bands this weekend at Secret Project Robot’s holiday party. There will be drinks! And food! And holiday cheer! What more could you want? Mulled wine? OK, SPR says they’ll have mulled wine. Bands include Jah Division (“dub will tear us apart” LOL), Beech Creeps (stoner metal), Steve Miller Band Band, and the Dangles. Get there or be stuck shopping in hell.