What’s going on Sunday?
Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds - 8:15pm), ROSTAM (7:15pm), Hinds (6:30pm) @ McCarren Park (Northside)
It’s no secret that pop music as we know it (on both an under and above ground level) wouldn’t exist without The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. For its 50th anniversary, the mastermind behind the album, Brian Wilson, will perform it front to back. His band includes fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin (which means there are more prime-era Beach Boys members in this band than the one who tours as “The Beach Boys”), and it goes without saying that it’ll be a real treat to hear these guys sing these songs. The openers are much more contemporary, including former Vampire Weekend member Rostam (playing a very cool guest-filled set with two dancers from the Gravity Don’t Pull Me video, a string quartet, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, Deradoorian, and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot), and peppy Spanish band Hinds.
It's the final day of the US edition of electronic music festival Mysteryland at Bethel Woods (the location of the original Woodstock), and highlights today include Machinedrum, Matthew Dear, Ty Dolla $ign, Hudson Mohawke, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Art Department, Omar-S, Claude Vonstroke and more.
Punk Rock Bowling
The awesome Punk Rock Bowling festival is coming to Asbury Park for its first time this year, and it wraps up today. The lineup is stacked with legendary punk bands like Cock Sparrer, FLAG (the Keith Morris/Chuck Dukowksi/Bill Stevenson/Dez Cadena/Stephen Egerton version of Black Flag), Agnosti Front, and Anti-Nowhere League; ska vets The Slackers; and more.
Oddisee + Good Compny, Lushlife + CSLSX @ Brooklyn Bowl
When Oddisee played the BrooklynVegan-curated RBSS show in January with a DJ backing him, he put on an excellent set with a backdrop of jazz, soul, funk and more, and highly skillful rapping. It was already exciting to see him like that, but it’ll possibly be even more exciting to see him at this show with a full live band. Making the show doubly great is an opening set from Lushlife + CSLSX, who just released the excellent collaborative indie-rap album Ritualize. It features guest spots from Ariel Pink, I Break Horses, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, Deniro Farrar, Killer Mike and Freeway, which should give you an idea of how diverse it is.
Bing & Ruth (9:30pm), Mary Lattimore (8:30pm) @ National Sawdust (Northside)
Last year Bing & Ruth, the Brooklyn ambient group led by David Moore, reissued their 2010 debut City Lake on RVNG Intl in the wake of the critical success of 2014’s Tomorrow was the Golden Age on the same label. Tonight they team with the talented harpist (and collaborator of everyone lately) Mary Lattimore.
Into It. Over It., Hurry, CLIQUE @ Rough Trade (Northside)
Into It. Over It. is the project of Evan Weiss, who’s been a highly prolific indie/emo musician for about 15 years. The latest IIOI album, this year’s John Vanderslice-produced Standards, is easily their best yet. It’s got a sound that’s sort of the midpoint between Death Cab for Cutie and Owen, but with busier drumming than either of those bands have ever had. Evan’s melodies quickly stick, his lyrics are highly specific, and his sound manages to keep one foot in nostalgia, one in the now. Openers include two bands who pull from ’90s indie rock, Hurry (mem Everyone Everywhere) and the Topshelf-signed Clique.
The Casket Girls, Stardeath And White Dwarfs, TW Walsh, Hospital Ships @ Mercury Lounge
Savannah, GA's Casket Girls offer up a gothy, twisted take on '60s girl group sounds. They headline this year's Graveface Roadshow along with Kansas' Stardeath & the White Dwarfs.
Pill, Bambara, Sunwatchers @ Palisades (Northside)
Not a bad way to end your Northside with skronky, sax-fueled Pill and the gothy and very very loud Bambara.
Pop. 1280, The Men, Running, The Soupcans, Weeping Icon @ Silent Barn
Not a Northside show, but a very solid bill with The Men (who should be telling us about their new album soon), Chicago's angsty, garagey Running, Canadian punks Soupcans, and the dark sounds of Pop. 1280.
TEEN, Erica Eso, Half Waif, Uni Ika Ai @ Sunnyvale (Northside)
TEEN's new album Love Yes found the sweet spot between their arty and R&B sides, making for fun, inventive pop. They were just great at their other Northside showcase earlier this week, so this one is recommended. Billy Joe Shaver, Danny Burns @ City Winery
Pretty Sick (11:15pm), Tomboi (10:30pm), Aye Nako (9:45pm), New Myths (9pm), Sandunes (8:15pm), Kat Kunning (7:30pm), Skating Polly (4:15pm), Fish Don't Drown (3:30pm), Badmouth (2:45pm), Harsh Crowd (2pm) @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
It's an all-day show of indie/punk/etc with local staples Aye Nako and New Myths, promising young band Pretty Sick, and more.
Rainer Maria, Crusher @ Union Pool
Polyvinyl indie/emo vets Rainer Maria returned on New Year's Eve 2015, and they've been keeping the reunion going pretty steadily. They sound great as ever, as you can witness for yourself at the intimate Union Pool this month. They play there tonight, 6/19 and 6/26.
Billy Joe Shaver, Danny Burns @ City Winery
Billie Joe Shaver's 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is beloved in certain circles and an early example outlaw country. (It came out the same year as the outlaw classic Shotgun Willie by Willie Nelson, who Billy collaborated with on his 2014 album.) Recent live videos show he’s absolutely still got it well into his 70s.
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