NYC Popfest Friday preview: ‘The Shield Around the K,” Monchrome Set, Math & Physics Club, afterparty and more
by Bill Pearis
Math & Physics Club
NYC Popfest 2013 is in full swing, with a host of Friday (5/31) goings-on. This afternoon at 5 PM at Williamsburg bar/videostore/screening room Videology, there is a free showing of K Records documentary The Shield Around the K with a post-screening Q&A with director Heather Rose Dominic.
After that, a few blocks away at Knitting Factory will be tonight's showcase featuring headliners The Monochrome Set who are playing their first NYC shows in 30 years this week. Truly one of most underrated bands of the postpunk era, their legacy can be felt in Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand and more. The band, which features original members Bid and Lester Square as well as longtime bassist Andy Warren (who was an original member of Adam & the Ants), sounded great on Monday at Bowery Electric and they're promising to mix up the setlist too. Not to be missed. Tickets are still available.
The rest of the line-up at Knit is strong too. Seattle's bookish Math & Physics Club haven't played here in ages and their 2010 LP, I Shouldn't Look as Good as I Do, is a great example of the group's gentle, acoustic-y jangle. You can stream it at Spotify. Their singer was suffering from a bout of laryngitis last night, apparently, so hopefully he's spending today sleeping and drinking Throat Coat tea.
There's also Florida's Cassolette who make breathless, buzzy pop (stream some songs below); and Boise, Idaho's The Very Most who bring a welcome touch of glitchiness (and minor chords) to the proceedings.
After the Knitting Factory show, you can head over to The Loft above Public Assembly (70 N. 6th St) at midnight for an afterparty featuring the folks behind Los Angeles' Hungry Beat indiepop party. The School, who played last night, will DJ too. That goes from midnight to 4 AM and is free and open to the public.
Flyer for the afterparty, set times for Knitting Factory and videos/stream, below...
The Monochrome Set - "Jet Set Junta"
The Monochrome Set live
NYC POPFEST FRIDAY MAY 31
VENUE: KNITTING FACTORY
AGE: ALL AGES
TICKETS: $15 ADV / $18 DOS
8:00pm THE VERY MOST (ID)
9:00pm CASSOLETTE (FL)
10:00pm MATH & PHYSICS CLUB (WA)
11:00pm THE MONOCHROME SET (UK)
AFTERPARTY! INDIEPOP DANCE PARTY!
DJs: HUNGRY BEAT! + THE SCHOOL
70 N. 6TH STREET