What’s up, city! The weekend is here. Call your mom! (Make sure your gin rage calms down a bit first, though!)
I’d make some quip about Fashion Week but I doubt anyone (who reads this blog) cares too much. You shop at Beacon’s Closet/The Salvation Army/The Dumpster outside C-Town, and let’sÂ be real, YOUR idea of fashion week is the week you really have to do laundry but you’ve got no time so you don’t, so you reach in your dirty clothes hamper and scratch and sniff for the shirt that doesn’t smell completely like soccer practice.
Not that I am a complete hater of all this artifice: I am a dandy who likes to dress to impress after all, and honestly I WOULD love to go to one of those ridiculous parties one day. Just to drink all their booze, see if all the cliches about stupid beautiful rich people are true and hopefully make a fool out ofÂ them and myself!
You might be able to get CLOSE if you go to the FIRST thing we got on tap tonight…
Friday February 10
The Vivian Girls return from limbo for a special, outdoors performance this evening in conjunction with Fashion Week! Kinda odd, but find the first ladies of dissonant garage rock will be playing in the Meat Packing district,Â in the pedestrian walkway called Gansevoort Plaza (Little West 12th and 9th Avenue) to be exact! They’re scheduled to go on at 7:30 sharp, so be timely. And should the Olsen Twins show up: give them PIZZA
But fuck your fashion and back to the grittier side of things: greaser action tonight at Williamsburg’s latest rock haunt of Grand Street, Grand Victory, in the form of loud and raucous performances by The Thunderfucks (who should have their new EP on hand for purchase), Laura Angel’s band The Screaminâ€™ Rebel Angels and The Arkhams!
Keeping it geographical for you – a hop skip and jump away at The Shop Brooklyn, located on Metropolitian Avenue and Driggs and billed as “New York City’s only licensed bar (full liquor, wine and beer) inside an active motorcycle garage (and a place i’m dying to check out personally) – thrill to performances by Bradley Dean and the Terminals,Â The Brooklyn What, girl gang Crazy Pills, Twin Guns (playing a set of completely new material!), and only the second show of Auto Bonfire, the new wave/punk influenced project featuring members of The Electric Mess amongst others. $5 cover, bands as listed from the time of 8pm.
Onwards to Greenpoint at the mighty St. Vitus, where amped up power punks The Highway Gimps open up with Organs and freakbeat prince’s of the street The Above! Bands in that order with 8pm doors and $6 cover. Our own intrepid founder/blogger Shimmy DJ’s rock and soul between bands and into the allegedly wintery night!
Tonight at Otto’s Shrunken Head, it’s the “art rock” edition of monthly party RockEM SockEM, featuring bands with art school weirdness dripping downÂ their guitar strings: freak-folk /country rag performer Larry Krone, spaced out post-punk sounds from a band called Sick Cell and trashy, NYC style trash glam by The Ruffian Arms. Hosts and DJ’s Ultra V and DJ Omega spin punk, garage and new wave in the front all night long. Everything starts at 10 and there’s never a cover in Tiki Rocker Heaven.
The Ruffian Arms
Here’s all the DJ spins and dance parties, and there’s A LOT more than typical this evening:
The legendary Lenny Kaye, the man responsible for bringing demented teenage garage punk from the 60′s to a new generation, spins with The Boogaloo Omnisbus Phast Phreddie for annual swing The Doo Wop Hop at Teddy’s in Williamsburg! Expect to hear prime cuts of the finest vocal groups of the late 50′s / early 60′s with room for twirling around in your poodle skirt…no cover, they start the spin at 9pm prompt till about 2am!
Nogood Nick has a happy hour (6pm – 10pm) spin tonight at the aformentioned Otto’s Shrunken Head! His Sophisticated Boom-Boom helps you start your trouble night out right with 50/60′s R&B, soul and rock and roll, no cover of course…
A few blocks west at Beauty Bar of 14th Street, CrystalBlu continues her weekly spin To Sir With Love, regaling cosmetically inclined ladies and post-work everymen with girl groups, psychedelia, surf and garage rock sounds from 7pm till 11pm…
Tonight’s edition of Shakin’ All Over at Chinatown’s Home Sweet Home has Josh Styles spinning tough garage, soul and R&B from 11pm till close, with the $3 cover after 11pm…do I need to mention at the point Metropolis Vintage’s Happy Hour that precedes it from 8pm till 11, with it’s buy one get one specials? Do I? Not sure who’s DJing tonight but you can rest assured it will be TOPS.
Meanwhile on the upper west side: you are the fiend and La La Linda is the dealer and she’s got your fix of garage punk, psych, soul and funky funk atÂ The Ding Dong Lounge from 10pm till the end of the night! Never a cover…
Back to Brooklyn: It’s edition 12 of Let’s Boogaloo, the dance party du jour at Zebulon in Williamsburg: tonight Girl Soul, Ol’ Stark and fellow colleague and Killer Diller Records proprietor Charles Gaskins spin an eclectic mix ofÂ international beat, Latin rump shakers, bongo breakbeat, and exotic R&B and killer hula music, all for dancing! 10pm kickoff, no cover!
Grace of Spades monthly roots, dub and dancehall reggae party Love So Nice returns to it’s NEW home, the underground party and performance spot The Lake in Bushwick (258 Johnson Ave of the Montrose Avenue L stop). Certainly more irie vibes to be had here than in some bar, no doubt! A mere $2 cover and 9pm doors for this fun…
Saturday February 11
The super heavy psychedelic, prog-metal band The Phantom Family Halo will be celebrating the release of their debut full length “When I Fall Out” (from Knitting Factory Records) this very evening at St. Vitus, hitting the stage at 11pm and supported by Loom and Old Baby…show starts at 8 with a $10 cover
Saturday night basement punk at The Charleston, you say? Put THAT on top of your somewhat dry free pizza, foolie! Downstairs bill with Puerto Rican hard core Cojoba, trashy thrash punkers The Amputees, everyone’s favorite sax-i-tude terrors The Jigglers, The Harlots and The Grains…first band hits at 8, not sure of the cover ($6? $8?)
Our mystery man of dance Jumpy is joined by Big Sir for tonight’s edition of Soul A Go Go at The Satellite Lounge! You know just what to expect, danceable hi octane soul and R&B movers on ’45 rpm format all night long from 10pm till close for no cover. Move!
DJ C’Mon provides rock and roll refuge to the East Village every Saturday night at Idle Hands! She spins garage, power pop and punk and glam rock music while you sip on the bar’s extensive bourbon selections (take it from me: sip, DON’T slam)…10pm till the bittersweet end, no cover!
That’s what I got – if we missed any major fun leave a comment below!
WORK IT, GURRRRRRRRRRRL
-Heartlock.Tags: auto bonfire, big sir, Bradley Dean and the Terminals, charles gaskins, Crazy Pills, Crystalblu, DJ C'mon, DJ Omega, Doo Wop Hop, Girl Soul, Grace of Spades, Grand Victory, josh styles, jumpy, Killer Diller Records, La La Linda, Larry Krone, lenny kaye, Let's Boogaloo, Linda Rizzo, Loom, Love So Nice, metropolis vintage, nogood nick, Ol' Stark, Old Baby, organs, phast phreddie, rockem sockem, Screaming Rebel Angels, Shakin' All Over, Sick Cell, Sophisticated Boom Boom, Soul-a-Go-Go, St. Vitus, the above, The Amputees, THE ARKHAMS, The Brooklyn What, The Electric Mess, The Grains, The Harlots, The Highway Gimps, The Jigglers, The Lake, The Phantom Family Halo, The Ruffian Arms, The Shop Brooklyn, The Thunderfucks, The Vivian Girls, To Sir With Love, Twin Guns, Ultra V