Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Week's Nostalgia (5/16-5/22)

Welcome to the latest feature at Fucking Nostalgic, "This Week's Nostalgia," wherein we outline shows we're excited about for the week ahead in the New York City area. All of the shows featured here and loads more can be found on the right of of this page in "Upcoming Nostalgia." Click on any of those shows and you will be brought to an external website to purchase tickets for the event.

Last week brought us some great shows from Yo La Tengo and Echo & The Bunnymen. We will have our coverage of the Echo & The Bunnymen show from Saturday up shortly (with a full set of photos), but for now let's see what's in store for us this week...

Urge Overkill @ the Bowery Ballroom - Tuesday, May 17th

You may best remember Urge Overkill as the band that plays "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" in that scene from Pulp Fiction when Uma Thurman accidentally snorts heroin and passes out in a pool of her own blood and vomit (see left). Or, you may remember them as that band who was really popular in the '90s and subsequently got involved with drugs and were eventually dropped by their record label. However, the band is back and plays the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, so let's forget all that negativity and immerse ourselves in the sweet joy that is Urge Overkill. Tickets are still on sale.

Thurston Moore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Friday, May 20th

There's no two ways around it. Thurston Moore is an indie music legend. When he's not discussing the importance of punk rock, or collaborating with Yoko Ono, or playing in... um, SONIC YOUTH, Thurston spends his time writing and recording solo albums. His latest, Demolished Thoughts, produced by fellow boyish-looking musician Beck comes out May 24th on Matador Records. If you haven't already checked it out, download the beautiful lead single "Benediction" right over here. Make sure to find yourself at this performance as you never know what fellow NYC musicians might make their way onstage. Tickets are still on sale.

Ad-Rock (DJ Set) @ Webster Hall - Sunday, May 22nd

You won't be seeing the legendary Beastie Boys on tour in support of their latest album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two until Adam Yauch (MCA) is fully treated for cancer (we're all praying for you Adam!). In the meantime, Ad-Rock will be keeping busy with DJ sets like the one he did at MoMA a couple weeks ago. This event is actually an all ages benefit for the Children's Museum of the Arts, with all proceeds going to support increased expansion of the CMA'S free arts programming for children in NYC. Ad-Rock will be DJ'ing and hosting the event, with other performers as well. There is a carnival from 1-5pm and the concert goes from 6-9pm. Great event for a great cause. Tickets are still available and more information can be found here.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters' "The Revolver Tour" @ Beacon Theatre - May 22-24th

I'm not sure which came first; Yo La Tengo's idea to do their own Wheel Spin show based on Elvis Costello's tour in the '80s, or Elvis Costello's idea to revive his Revolver Tour, in which his entire setlist is determined by the spin of a wheel. Well, they're both great ideas so let's not worry about it. Elvis Costello is playing three shows at the Beacon Theatre starting this Sunday, and they're sure to be excellent. Tickets are sold out, but craigslist is hopping. Good Luck!

Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices) @ Southpaw - Sunday, May 22nd

Sunday is pretty packed with nostalgia, and if you want a more intimate performance, this might be the best one for you. Doug Gillard was a part of the Guided By Voices lineup that took over when the "classic lineup" dissolved. You may best know Gillard's contributions to the band in the form of one of my favorite GBV songs, "I Am A Tree." But Gillard's solo work does not dissapoint. I caught him open for Guided By Voices on New Year's Eve (where the photo to the left is from) and not only was his set alone a treat, he and his band closed out with "I Am A Tree" featuring none other than GBV frontman Robert Pollard on vocals. It doesn't appear that tickets for this show can be purchased online, but it is $10 and more info can be found here courtesy of ohmyrockness.

That's it for now. If there are any other shows coming up you're particularly nostalgic about, leave a comment and tell us about it. Cheers!

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