Posted in To Do | music on June 15, 2013

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Inter Arma

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. Set times for most shows are available on Northside's site. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.

The Walkmen, Phosphorescent & More @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Hamilton Leithauser will again bulge his neck veins while screaming for The Walkmen today, bringing his band's dark and jangle pop to McCarrren Park along with Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad. If you didn't get free tickets, you can always just hang in the park and listen. Banana Republic outfits are optional.

Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Calexico, who also played NXNE and Bonaroo this week, round out a busy week by headlining Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park tonight. Supporting them will be Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca, Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho and African vocal/percussion group Akoko Nante Ensemble. A very diverse, FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show with talent from three different continents.

Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Central Park
You can head to Central Park Summerstage during the day for some FREE music from baroque pop legends The Zombies and two more contemporary (but still great) artists Django Django (who just played Bonnaroo) and the Nancy&Lee stylings of Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. UPDATE: Show is now evening, starting at 6 PM. Still free.

Caged Animals, Coastgaard, The Denzels, Juniper Rising @ Dr. Martens Stage (Northside)
You know how The L Magazine does that "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" issue? Four of those bands are playing an afternoon show on an outdoor stage set up at N3 and Bedford. 2 PM - 6 PM and it's FREE.

Nothing's Too Good for the Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective @ Cantor Film Center
Chickfactor 21 comes to a close with this free, all-afternoon screening of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work, including the NYC premieres of Lawrence of Belgravia (about the eccentric Felt/Demin frontman) and Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, plus his collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finnestiere, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow, the latter two of which are also making their NYC premeires. FREE and visit Chickfactor for the details and the poster is below.

Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Merchandise's croon-y dream pop headlines a sold-out 285 Kent tonight along with Dino-Jr uber fans Milk Music, but another major attraction to the bill is Southwestern psych-punk favorites Destruction Unit. If you can make it to 285, do NOT miss them.

Black Flag @ Warsaw (Northside)
No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the Black Flag reunion, one thing is for sure, the band's appearance last night and tonight is nothing short of a major event. Catch them at the Warsaw again tonight with Good For You and Cinema Cinema.

Yellow Ostrich, Braids, Widowspeak @ Cameo (Northside)
This is an all around solid bill, but we're most excited for Braids, who are doing a pretty good job reinventing themselves this year with their new style that we'll hear more of soon on Flourish // Perish, which is being released by Arbutus (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Doldrums). If you're going to that show, be sure to catch their set.

Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile & more @ Big Snow (Northside)
If you're into DIY and '90s-inspired indie rock, the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow is pretty much the place to be tonight. All of the bands are playing are great, but perhaps the most exciting band on the bill is Speedy Oritz, who just released a great single from their much-anticipated debut album, Major Arcana (due out 7/9 via Carpark). This Northside show is technically "unofficial" but your badge will save you two bucks at the door.

Chance the Rapper @ Europa (Northside)
Another hot Northside show this weekend is Chance the Rapper, whose career is seriously elevating due to the success of his Acid Rap mixtape. He plays a sold-out show at Europa tonight, so if you don't have tickets and are using a badge, get there early. He's got another (also sold out) NYC show at SOB's next week.

Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Sannhet & more @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
's tech-y take on Mastodon-ian sludge isn't for everyone, and if it isn't then the post-metal gods in Mouth of the Architect or the post-everything Brooklyn favorites Sannhet just might be. Scale the Summit's instrumentalists are also on board.

Subhumans @ Bowery Ballroom
UK anarchopunk greats Subhumans are back in the US again (yay), and have roped in support from World/Inferno Friendship Society and Blanks 77 for a show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Oof. So many great choices!

Summer Thunder w/ Inter Arma, Anicon, Pyrrhon
Inter Arma
played last night's Invisible Oranges showcase with Torche at 285 Kent, and now the band headlines a FREE show at Union Pool during the day (doors at 2!) with Anicon and Pyrrhon. Drink specials, good riffs and great tacos. Win/win/win. Stick around for....

Limp Wrist @ Union Pool (Northside)
OMG. Limp Wrist is playing. The legendary Queercore punk gods will undoubtedly tear Union Pool apart and I cannot wait. Look for support from Princess Tiny and the Meats and In School. Unmissable.

Weekend, Yvette, Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
Weekend's terrific, gothy new album, Jinx, is still a month away but you can get a taster tonight on this diverse bill that also features brainy Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and noisy Brooklynites Yvette. Tickets are still available for this early show. Weekend recently played two new tracks live on Newtown Radio and you can watch video of that below.

Kingdom, Dan Bodan @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
Stick around the Knit for the late show with Brooklyn producer Kingdom, who just released his new EP in late May. Support will come from Dan Bodan,who played his first live U.S. show back in late May, as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary Party.

Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center with openers Ra Ra Riot.  Tickets are still available.

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
While it was sad that The Pastels had visa issues and couldn't make it to NYC, it has made it possible for somewhat secret openers Yo La Tengo (under their oft-used Condo Fucks pseudonym) to headline Maxwell's at least one last time. There are "special guests" now too. Sold out, of course.

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Maxwell's
We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in New Jersey today for the second time this week. The band opened for Ra Ra Riot at The Stone Pony on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Virginia, they will be headlining Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight. (Late show, after YLT.) No NYC dates announced for the Scottish indie rockers, so this is your best chance to see them in the area.

The Jazz Butcher circa mid-'80s

The Jazz Butcher, Gold Bears & more @ Spike Hill (Northside)
NYC Popfest was only a couple weekends ago, but the organizers are back with their own Northside showcase, and have pulled a coup, getting eccentric cult indie artist The Jazz Butcher for his first NYC show in over 10 years. He's brought crucial sideman Max Eider with him and let's hope he gets to sing some of his songs too. Also playing: Television Personalities' satellite members Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone, plus Georgia bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions. Tickets are still available.

Christopher Owens @ The Slipper Room
The onetime Girls frontman recently released an acoustic version of his solo album, Lysandre, and has been playing similarly unplugged shows, like this -- the first of two nights at this tiny LES club.

Classixx, Fred Falke, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
After doing killer remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Ladyhawke, The Gossip and even Madonna, LA production duo Classixx put out their own very enjoyable album this year. It's a DJ set,though maybe Nancy Whang will make a guest appearance to provide vocals on their single "All You're Waiting For." Fred Falke and Headband & Hooligan make this a very danceable night out.

Quilt, Twin Peaks, Outside World, Turnip King, The Teen Age @ Public Assembly
A pretty killer indie rock line-up tonight, featuring two very good Chicago bands (Twin Peaks, Outside World), two good local bands (Turnip King, The Teen Age) and Boston psych folkies Quilt. $10 at the door.

Pharmakon, Lust for Youth & more @ Public Assembly (Northside)
Noise favorite Pharmakon leads an impressive late-night lineup alongside Sweden's Lust for YouthMarshstepperBody Of Light and Foreplay at Public Assembly. Its a great late night alternative of good bands, instead of drinking the night away. You can, of course, do both here.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Lux Perpetua, Weyes Blood, Invisible Hand @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is back in town today for the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium. The guys recently released their latest album and had their release show at the Knitting Factory at the end of May. La Big Vicwho recently played the New Museum's "Music in the Park" series, will join them on the bill, as well as drone folk group Weyes Blood, who also opened for Bleeker back in February, indie pop Virginians Invisible Hand and Philly group Lux Perpetua.

Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes @ Trophy Bar (Northside)
Featuring a crack band of disco-adept musicians (many of whom have played on DFA Records records), Midnight Magic are a boogie wonderland come to life. Many of their members also play in Tippy Toes, a group that has been known -- on occasion -- to be fronted by Reggie Watts. You can stream Tippy Toes' new EP below. Live music from 7 PM to 10 PM during which it's $10 admission, free for the DJ party afterwards..

Sonny Smith, Little Wings @ Cake Shop
Sonny & the Sunsets played Northside last night and tonight Sonny does a spoken word piece, "Sees All Knows All" at Cake Shop. He's worth seeing in any permutation.

Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust onSun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Some of Son Volt are also in Colonel Ford who open the show. Tickets are still available.

The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair @ The Rock Shop
22 years on and off the ice, The Zambonis are still the finest hockey-themed indie rock band in the world. No joke.

Baths @ Webster Hall
On his new album, Obsidian, Baths went from electronic musician to emotionally powerful songwriter, and it should be interesting to see how that goes over live at Webster Hall tonight. Support comes from his tourmates Houses and D33J.

Wires Under Tension @ Open Road Rooftop
Tonight the Rooftop Films Summer Series, which combines film and music, will return to the Lower East Side, as Wires Under Tension perform and "Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations" grace the silver screen.

The Gories, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train will be hosting two Northside showcases at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. The first features The Gories, who have been remarkably quiet in 2013, and local blues trio Daddy Long Legs. The second is a speical addition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, which has been on tour around the U.S. since SXSW.

Grupo Fantasma @ The Bell House
Legendary Latin psychedlic funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will be at the Bell House tonight for what will surely be a trippy, groovy evening.

Here are some more recommended Northside shows:

Veda Rays, Happy Lives, End Men, Life Size Maps, and more! @ Muchmore's (10 bands, all-day)

The Suzan, Friend Roulette, Lost Boy?, Natureboy, Ancient Sky, Gunfight, Double King, Spirit Plate @ Brooklyn Fireproof

I'm Turning Into, Butter The Children, Old Monk, A Bunch of Dead People, Del Guapo @ Coco 66

Matte Black, Dead Stars, Eldest Son, The Meaning of Life, Nature Cruise, Flying Pace (daytime) @ Matchless

American Darlings, Dead Stars @ Legion Bar

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Comments (33)

sadly, that zombies show isn't during the afternoon anymore. they moved it to 6-10pm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 12:56 PM

thanks @12:56. Updated.


Posted by bill p | June 15, 2013 1:04 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 1:45 PM

What happened to the simple list? Much easier to read -

Possible to revert to list format & click for more?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 2:15 PM

It was never a 3pm show, summerstage site listed it at 6pm since day one. Even on the initial summerstage schedule announcement thread BV got it all wrong. Now we need to change plans and sell some tickets we got for this evening.
How about hiring a fact checking intern, BV?

Posted by ME | June 15, 2013 2:55 PM

oy bring back the old list

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 3:17 PM


cmon dont mess w/ perfection, bv

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 3:22 PM

Anyone know what time Calexico goes on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 3:29 PM

the fuck is this? the old "what's happening" list was perfect. don't need bv bloggers vomiting all over each listing.

bring back the old list.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 3:44 PM

BV - Snarks rag on you all the time but the bottom line is, there's a reason tons of people read this blog...that's because, in general, it's informative and great! Also, you've got a business to run and bills to pay and you've got a right to do that any way you see fit.

All that being said, I'm curious to know the specific advantages you think this new listing format offers the reader? My user experience with both it and the "NYC Shows" tab would have to be a thumbs down, only because the old listing format was so simple, concise, clear and easy. Now I find myself migrating over to OhMyRockness more than ever simply because I'm looking for that same ease that's disappearing here.

Feel free to ignore this but I get the feeling that, unless it negatively effects your business, you really do care what your readers think.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 4:07 PM

And in the "every cloud has a silver lining" department, when Maxwell's closes there will be a few less times per fucking week that Yo La Tango will be the locus of vaginal jism from all you pussies without taste on BV

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 4:56 PM

Anyone have set times for postal service?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 6:30 PM

of course bv isn't going to mention why he's moved to this format. clicking into other parts of the site mean more ad slots loaded meaning more revenue generated. seems simple. [though the new "nyc shows" area is ugly as sin; i, too, am off to ohmyrockness now].

would be nice for some explanation as to the change; this, coming from a loyal reader of nearly ten years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 9:36 PM

this format blows. 4 realz.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 11:28 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 12:38 AM

Yeah, the new list isn't as concise, but for fuck's sake, scroll and scan. All the bands are in bold. It would be one thing if the Internet was new, but shit, people. Adapt. Not hard. Not going to kill your thumbs. And 2:55--cry us a river. What a bunch of whiners.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 1:43 AM

huntingtons at irving.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 9:17 AM

holy shit calexico SUCKED!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 10:20 AM

Thanks! Yo La Tengo! Hoboken will miss you!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 10:49 AM

New listing page is better!!! This is a nice edited list. The old list was full of irrelevant shows at tiny places no one cares about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 11:47 AM

Calexico sounded great. The problem was all the old people there yelling at others to sit down and stop standing and dancing. Also hard to hear the band half the time with all the talking going on. Music had to be a lot louder.

The Walkmen were awesome earlier in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 3:13 PM

Oh My Rockness is now tops for show lists. thanks for nothin BV.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 3:30 PM

"The old list was full of irrelevant shows at tiny places no one cares about."

Did you just start reading BV last week? Do you know what it is? Or possibly was?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 5:30 PM

530 - I've been visiting this site since its early days more than 2 years ago. New listing is better editing! It's great!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2013 8:58 PM

I've been reading BV before Saladin's people mixed chickpeas with tahini, and before they went to the list format, and I am not a fan of the new format.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 7:43 AM

Inter Arma - We must protect this blurrrggghgh

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 8:44 AM

"I've been visiting this site since its early days more than 2 years ago"

8:58 - I know you're joking because you couldn't be ignorant enough to think that the "early days" of this site were merely two years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 12:03 PM

hahaha 2 years ago! i knew it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 12:07 PM

lol 7:43. Yes this is 7:43.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 1:38 PM

Who's the mystery bass player? That guy has Carlos Dengler skills!!

Posted by Kyla | September 22, 2013 5:09 AM

When did they add a fourth member (the guy playing bass)? Or maybe he's a guest performer?

Posted by Karen | September 22, 2013 5:09 AM

the end wasn't the best but it gave me a nostalgic feeling that I Appreciate and with this awesome song makes that last scene unforgettable

Posted by Campbell | June 16, 2014 4:26 AM

When did they add a fourth member (the guy playing bass)? Or maybe he's a guest performer?

Posted by Tomoyo | October 4, 2014 9:24 AM

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