Monday, September 5, 2011

This Week's Nostalgia (9/5-9/11)

Okay, so we took last week off again, but that won't happen again for a while, because the next two months are ridiculously busy in terms of live shows in New York City. Hope everyone is having an awesome Labor Day and enjoying the last few weeks of summer weather. Let's take a look at what's in store for us this week.

Tim @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
Les Savy Fav @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tuesday, September 6

Have you never seen Les Savy Fav live? No?!? Well then you've been missing some of the greatest live performances you'll ever see. For well over a decade, Les Savy Fav have been a staple of the New York City music scene, and for good reason. Forget how good their music is, seeing LSF live is a completely seperate experience. Expect frontman Tim Harrington to be half naked the entire time, and if you don't want to be kissed by a big sweaty bearded dude, don't stand in front of the stage because that will definitely happen. Tickets are still on sale for $15. Do it.

TVOTR @ Radio City (more)
Broken Social Scene/TV on the Radio @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Thursday, September 8

Thursday night holds a few options for you, but this show is certainly a great pairing of modern indie heavyweights. Broken Social Scene are still touring behind last year's excellent Forgiveness Rock Record, and considering how larger than life the band is, I'm a little surprised that they're the opening act. But it doesn't really matter since TV on the Radio are equally great, and are sure to put on a great outdoor performance in their hometown. I caught TVOTR at Radio City Music Hall back in April and though the set was a little short on length, it was nothing short on amazing. Tickets are still on sale.

James @ Hudson Hotel (more)
James Murphy (DJ set) @ VPL
Thursday, September 8

The dust has settled, and it has finally sunk in that LCD Soundsystem is no longer with us. But that doesn't mean LCD mastermind and frontman James Murphy is done with music altogether. On Thursday night at VPL, you'll have the chance to witness one of Murphy's legendary DJ sets. I've had the chance to catch him spinning twice, and both times were just completely epic dance parties. Spinning vinyl that ranges from the most obscure '70s disco to the most recognizable dance-punk of today, James Murphy reminds you that, yes, DJ'ing is truly a lost art form. According to ohmyrockness, this event is free.

Patti Smith @ Webster Hall
Thursday, September 8

The veteran punk queen must have some sort of affinity for playing free shows in New York City because this is the second time Patti Smith has played one this summer. Though the venues she chooses for these performances are often far small than her popularity demands. Her last free show at Battery Park saw plenty of fans being turned away at the door, and though her performance at Webster Hall on Thursday was free with RSVP, that RSVP list was closed pretty quickly. You may have some luck early and waiting in line (RSVP lists are often overcompensated due to the amount of people who just don't show up), but otherwise, this is gonna be tricky to get into. Good luck!

!!! @ SXSW (more)
!!! @ The Bell House
Friday, September 9

Walking the fence of what is and isn't considered fucking nostalgic, !!! (commonly pronounced "chk-chk-chk") will bring their unique dance-punk party to Gowanus in Brooklyn on Friday night at the Bell House. Similar to Les Savy Fav, the band's live show stands apart from their studio recordings, with frontman Nic Offer often performing from within the crowd of dancing fans. I caught !!! at SXSW during one of BrooklynVegan's day parties, and they were so great I rushed to catch them at another party hours later. Tickets are still on sale.

That's all we've got this week. Be sure to subscribe to our Spotify playlist for This Week's Nostalgia so that you'll be able to listen to all of these artists each week if you're unfamiliar with any of them. Also be sure to remind us if there are any shows you feel we missed. Until next week...

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