I’ve yet to visit Union Hall, the new music venue that opened up at Union Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. It’s not just because I’m lazy, though. It’s because I don’t want to watch people play bocce ball.
When I went on family vacations to a resort town in the Catskills, I would waste my afternoons playing the stupid game, but only because I didn’t have anyone to talk to and because I was about 15 years too young to drink. But now that I’m an adult, I have plenty of people to talk to, and can drink whenever I want. These are among my favorite things to do (talking, drinking), and so when I’m in a bar and can do them I’m content, left wanting only more conversation and more booze. It’s why I didn’t play drinking games when I was younger, and it’s why I don’t see the need for extracurricular activities such as bocce ball in bars, let alone music venues.
I will make it out to a show there eventually, because to their credit, they’re booking some outstanding stuff. And when I do, I’ll be the guy sitting at a table in the corner. You should come say hello. I’ll buy you a drink. We’ll chat.
9/1 The Favourite Sons at Union Pool
With their debut full-length scheduled for release on 9/12, get ready to start hearing a lot more about these guys.
9/2 Shellac at NorthSix
If you’d told me I’d go 20 years without telling you that Shellac was playing, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Don’t miss it.
9/5 The Clientele at the Knitting Factory
Have you bought Suburban Light yet? Seriously, it will make you sexier.
9/7 Catfish Haven at the Mercury Lounge
With three New York shows in the next two weeks, you’d be wise to catch ‘em.