Top 5 shows of the weekend


Greetings! While certain events this week have painted a rather sombre reality on a time that usually brings the city together with so much fun and creativity, we have to press on and do our best with our time here. Concentrating on better news, the city finally repealed the 91-year-old cabaret law so not only can you spend time enjoying some great shows this weekend, you can even dance legally…

5) Grizzly Bear at Brooklyn Steel
Say what you want about Grizzly Bear, they have put on two of the best shows I have ever seen (at the Roundhouse in London in 2010 and Radio City in 2012), and while their first album in five years, Painted Ruins, hasn’t quite won me over, it could just be one of those albums that make more sense after you’ve seen the songs live, especially with their near perfect vocal harmonies. The band play three nights at Brooklyn Steel (Thursday – Saturday) and at the time of writing, the only show you can still get tickets for is Friday. As always though, there may be some tickets released day-of so pay attention if you haven’t gotten what you want already. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm

4) Chris Gethard at Knitting Factory Brooklyn
We’re making a comedy-interlude at #4 this week with the record release show of Chris’ comedy record, Career Suicide, tackling subjects like depression and mental illness and wondering why we can’t find honest, brutal, but hopeful ways of dealing with them. Friday 8:30pm

3) Waxahatchee, Ought at White Eagle Hall
Bear with me here because I’m suggesting you trek out to Jersey City, but the journey on the PATH train will be more than worth it for two exceptional acts. Waxahatchee released fourth record, Out in the Storm back in July, and it’s most likely the strongest of them all. One band you should see every chance you get is Montreal’s Ought, whose last album was the mesmerising Sun Coming Down from 2015 and I haven’t seen a band who can pull off repetition so well in perhaps decades. The band have just signed to Merge Records, which seems like a great fit. Ought are also playing at Silent Barn on Saturday but that show is understandably sold out, however, the two acts combined on this bill are hard to best. Sunday 7pm

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