Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This Week's Nostalgia (6/20-6/26)

The summer concert season is in full effect, and last week was no exception. If you haven't checked out our review of the Guided By Voices show that happened in Brooklyn on Saturday, do so now. This post comes a couple days later than expected for a couple of reasons. Number one - I was in Toronto for the NXNE festival with my band the Barrens. It was awesome until one of band members had his passport stolen and we had to leave him behind in Canada. I wish I was joking. Update: he's on his way home. Number two - though this is a crazy week for shows, nothing really gets going until this Wednesday, so you're not missing much until then. So let's get to it...

Sleep @ Terminal 5 - Wednesday, June 22nd

I've never been a huge fan of metal, but if there were to be one band I could seriously get behind, it would be doom metal group Sleep. I had only heard of them about a year ago when my friends at BrooklynVegan began heavily covering their reunion shows, and when I had the chance to listen to their album Dopesmoker, I was pretty blown away. I can only imagine what their sludgy, dark sound is like in a live setting, but I have a feeling it's something like experiencing your intestines turning to goo. White Hills, who I saw play some Mudhoney songs last month, are opening along with Winter. Tickets for the show are still available.

Beady Eye @ Webster Hall - Thursday, June 23rd

Little known fact: the original name of UK act Beady Eye was, "Hey Noel... Fuck You!" ...That's not true, but it would be so very excellent if it was. Formed from the ashes of Oasis upon Noel Gallagher's departure, Beady Eye released Different Gear, Still Speeding back in March and have been gaining a lot of attention in their UK home. Finally, the band will make their New York City debut this Thursday at Webster Hall after playing shows in Chicago and Toronto. Tickets were so very sold out yesterday, but as of this writing I was able to pull up a single ticket, so keep checking and don't succumb to craigslist scalpers just yet.

Bob Mould @ 92YTribeca - Thursday, June 23rd

As we mentioned, Bob Mould released his autobiography See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody on June 15th, and the former Sugar and Husker Du frontman is now on tour taking part in readings and solo acoustic performances around the country. The book, which deals with Mould's struggles with his own sexuality, drugs & alcohol and the world of pro wrestling, was co-written by Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad. I caught Bob Mould solo back in November at the Rock Shop and I can assure you he's worth checking out, especially since tickets are still on sale. Mould will also be DJ'ing the Highline Ballroom on Friday.

Dinosaur Jr. (performing Bug) @ Terminal 5 - Thursday, June 23rd

So there are three great shows happening this Thursday, but I assure you that this is the show to be at. I've been excited for this one since we announced it back in April, and now the wait is finally over. The legendary Dinosaur Jr. will be performing their classic album Bug, that's not all that's special about this concert. Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins (who is the subject of a really interesting blog we wrote about last week) will be interviewing Dinosaur live onstage, which is guaranteed to be an awkward, hilarious, and thoroughly enjoyable watch. Punk bands OFF! and Fucked Up open the show. We will be covering the concert in conjunction with the Backstage Rider (thanks very much to Mikala), so be sure to check back later this week on both websites for photos and more. Tickets are still available!

Archers of Loaf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Saturday, June 25th/Webster Hall - Sunday, June 26th

As previously mentioned, Merge Records will begin reissuing all four of Archers of Loaf albums over the next few years, starting with Icky Mettle on August 2nd. The recently reunited Chapel Hill band will be touring throughout the summer in support of the reissue. New York City is lucky enough to get two opportunities to check out Archers of Loaf, starting with the Brooklyn date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, and the Webster Hall performance on Sunday. Thought tickets for the MHOW show are sold out, there are still some available for Webster (it's a much bigger venue). Also keep in mind, MHOW generally sells a limited amount of tickets at the door, so if you get there early enough, there's a good chance you can still make it in.

In case you haven't noticed, the summer is getting ridiculously packed with great shows, so expect this column to get even more in depth in the coming weeks. All of the shows mentioned here, plus tons more, can be found on our calendar at Upcoming Nostalgia. If there are any shows you feel we missed, please let us know in the comments section below. Enjoy!