Brooklyn Vegan Showcase
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tonight's festivities are being hosted by comedian Dave Hill, from the Upright Citizen's Brigade, and while he's no Margaret Cho, we find him quite funny. The first musical act of the night is The Walter Schreifels Band, featuring the dude from Quicksand, who then became the dude from Rival Schools. I think you have to be over 30 to know who Quicksand was, but they did a ridiculously good cover of "How Soon Is Now?" which you should definitely request, loudly. Closing out the night, you've got Fanfarlo, a ridiculous name, but a band that's supposedly poised to break big, with their pretty, nicely orchestrated pop songs. To give you a better idea what they sound like, they recently covered "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," so, yeah, they're one of those. Lots of instruments, etc. Quite good, though. Also on the bill, you've got the lovely and talented Laura Marling, and the less lovely and less talented, though also mostly ok, Antlers. Suddenly, this seems like a very strange bill for poor Walter Schreifels.
Panache/NY Night Train Showcase
Santos Party House
They'll have two floors going all night, so you won't even feel like a lazy idiot for not running around the city trying to go to as many places as possible. Whenever you get the urge, you can just go upstairs or downstairs for a change of scenery. The mind, as they say, is a powerful thing. As is the fuzzy, gentle pop music of Harlem, who play the upstairs tonight, alongside Brooklyn's Golden Triangle and the mighty Heavy Trash, featuring Jon Spencer, who will make your ears bleed, in a good way. The downstairs lineup is nothing to sneeze at either, with Juliana Barwick's densely layered, loop-heavy electronic soundscapes, and Dinowalrus, a member of which once commented that he hates The L because we like "pussy-ass indie rock," which is totally true, we do.
Productshop NYC Showcase
You could go the punk-rock route at Galapagos with local heroes Right On Dynamite, who have a song with the lyrics "Waking up seems so much harder when you're filled with regret." Like what the Dinowalrus guy said, this is also totally true. These guys have been at it forever, and it's time we stop taking them for granted, we say. Also on the bill, is Sean Bones, the Brooklyn-based white-boy reggae singer who is currently signed to Frenchkiss Records and who should be far bigger than he is. Do your part, kids, but be sure to get a good night of sleep. You've got a busy week ahead of you.