By Karen R.
Thursday Aug. 18
I have scruples. Scruples and taste. That’s why I’m not going to pretend that there are any concerts worth seeing in the city tonight because that might eff up my cred as your weekly and hopefully, with time, trusted purveyor of show recommendations. S’probably for the best anyways, because you’re gonna wanna get them Z’s to prep for what’s coming up this weekend.
Friday Aug. 19
HOODIE ALLEN at La Tulipe y’all. That’s where you wanna be Friday night FO SHO. The New York based rapper will be keepin’ it kosher with his infectious new school flow all night long. See you there? Good. 8pm. $15
Saturday Aug. 20
BAD UNCLE’s Santosh Lalonde has a growl that could kill and some of the dirtiest accordion skills this side of the hobo bonfire. It’s Tom Waits, Gypsy jazz, polka, rockabilly and bluegrass at a rundown vaudevillian freak show. So get down like a clown with holey mittens and a jug full of bourbon this Saturday at Le Divan Orange and be sure to show up for openers Crooked Brothers and Declan O’Donovan too. 10 pm.
*A bit of a secret show not to be missed this Saturday is Spectre Folk (members include Pete Nolan of GHQ, Magik Markers, and Arbitrary Signs and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth!!! ) with Vermont’s MV+EE and locals Les Momies de Palerme. Ok now, relax, breathe, and RSVP stat via natasha.pickowicz @ gmail.com to get your name on the guestlist. La Brique / 6545 Durocher #402. 9pm doors / 9:30pm start. Sliding scale $8-10.
Sunday Aug. 21
Spend Sunday night like a true hipster at le Cagibi with Spooktober and Spiked Punch. If synthetic beats, off-kilter singing, and ironic gangsta rap sampling are your thing, Spooktober’s got you covered. Think Unicorns/ Say Hi To Your Mom revival, but with a little more whine and all of the crunch . If uke -filled slow jams on a beach at sundown and dreamy acoustic story songs with bongos are more your speed, show up for Spiked Punch. Another band called Frankie and the Chicago Bulls will also be playing but info on them is scant. You wanna be mysterious? Fine. Be mysterious. No myspace, no love.
Monday Aug. 22
Switch gears completely on Monday and head over to Casa del Popolo to listen to some live soundscapes courtesy of New Zealand based experimental shoegazer Nigel Wright and the ambient electroacoustics of Montreal’s Freida Abtan. 8:30 pm. $11
Tuesday Aug. 23
It’s an all pop lineup at Casa del Popolo Tuesday night with The War on Drugs, Caveman and Porcelain Raft. Simple as that.
Wednesday Aug. 24