Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week's Nostalgia (8/22-8/28)

Sorry guys, this feature has been on hiatus the past few weeks. Truth is, there's been a sparse amount of shows that we would normally cover, not to say there haven't been some great ones. Luckily there's some pretty great stuff going on this week. Let's get down to it...

Tommy Stinson 
Wednesday, August 24 @ Maxwell's
Thursday, August 25 @ Bowery Electric

Who would've thought after the dissolution of The Replacements that Tommy Stinson would go on to become the bassist for Guns N' Roses? Thirteen years later and it still seems kind of weird. Though looking at the photo above, it totally makes sense. Stinson recently dropped hints on his website that a Replacements reunion was in the works, which would not be the first time such rumors were formed. But until then, Tommy has a solo album to promote entitled One Man Mutiny that will be released on August 30. Stinson's tour hits Maxwell's on Wednesday and Bowery Electric on Thursday. Tickets are still available for both.

Cat Power
Thursday, August 25 @ Webster Hall
Friday, August 26 @ Webster Hall

Chan Marshall, better known to all by her stage name Cat Power, has had a long history of unpredictable performances that were later attributed to a drinking problem. Luckily, those days are now behind her. So what can we expect from Cat Power in 2011? I'm guessing nothing short of a solid performance of the beautiful and somber songs for which she's known. Webster Hall is pretty massive, but Cat Power managed to sell out her Friday show, so a Thursday show was added. Tickets are still on sale. You don't want to miss this.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Thursday, August 25 @ Academy Records 6pm
Thursday, August 25 @ Other Music 9pm

Well it shouldn't surprise anyone who reads this blog that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have a new album coming out this week. Mirror Traffic, the Beck-produced fifth album from the Pavement frontman is out on Tuesday, and Malkmus plans on celebrating with a pair of "stripped down" in-store performances at two of our favorite NYC record stores; Academy Records at 6pm in Williamsburg and Other Music at 9pm in Manhattan. Both shows are likely to be completely packed, so I suggest you either get there extremely early, or pay an unemployed friend to stand in line for you. We caught Thurston Moore play at Other Music back in May and they only let 100 people in, just so you have an idea of how tight it is. Please be sure to tell us how either of these shows go!

Fishbone @ Afropunk Festival '11
Sunday, August 28 @ Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn

Honestly, the entire Afropunk Festival has a great lineup this year, and it's completely free so you'd be silly to not check it out. Starting on Saturday, August 27 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, Janelle Monae, Santigold, Cee Lo Green, and Gym Class Heroes will headline, but the act I'm most excited about is Fishbone, who will play at 6pm on Sunday. As a teenage ska-enthusiast, I can say that few bands progressed on their ska roots as much as Fishbone did throughout the '80s and '90s, and their live show is just ridiculous fun. You can check out the full schedule of the two-day festival over here, and be sure to check back for our full coverage of the festival next week.

That is pretty much all we could find this week. A bunch of us here are checking out Deerhunter (with Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces opening) tomorrow night at Webster Hall, so if you see us come say hi! Also - check out our Spotify playlist of This Week's Nostalgia, and subscribe to it so you have updated songs every week. If you feel we missed any good shows this week, let us know about it in the comment section below. Until next week...

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