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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Anna Meredith, the Nude Party, Dinowalrus

Lots of great local bands perform this week, including scene veterans Dinowalrus, who play psychpop, and the post-hardcore group Big Ups. A host of promising newer outfits will perform, too, at the Hardest Working NYC Bands showcase, put on by beloved local show-listings site Oh My Rockness. As ever, it’s a pleasure to be reminded how much talent we have right here on our doorsteps.

2/1
The Nude Party, Las Rosas, Glove
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $10–$12

North Carolina’s the Nude Party are a garage rock band with a soulful swagger that will perk up the ears of early White Stripes fans. A six-piece with a personal mythology of hedonism and excess, the Nude Party wrest inspiration from groups like the Kinks and the Velvet Underground. Their lo-fi take on this lineage suggests additional kinship with peers who have similarly grungy fixations, like Ty Segall and White Fence. Their most recent single, “Water on Mars,” is a bit cleaned up but doesn’t lose any of their rollicking, good-time energy — something that comes through brilliantly live.

Anna Meredith, Vorhees
Le Poisson Rouge
8 p.m., $15

Anna Meredith is a composer and performer whose music manages to exist in the netherworld between classical and modern. While audiences in the former category struggled to understand her, Meredith found a home among other category-defying acts who’ve made their way in the indie world, like Owen Pallett and Sigur Rós. Her slightly hallucinogenic tracks sound like classical that’s been twisted and released with unfamiliar kaleidoscopic patterns. The Guardian calls her innovative songs “majestic bangers”; it’s not hard to imagine one of them sampled on a hit rap song.

Dinowalrus, Heaven, It’s Over
Trans-Pecos
8 p.m., $10

Dinowalrus are one of those local acts who play seemingly constantly, which, ironically, makes it easy to miss out on them — after all, there’s always another show. But there’s never been a better time to see this admittedly sillily named group, whose last LP, 2016’s Fairweather, took their far-out psychpop sound to new heights. Classic psychedelic groups like Apples in Stereo come to mind as their well-crafted pop songs twist and turn into groovy, dazzlingly woozy jams. Their show is a perfect excuse to head to the great Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos, which just reopened its full bar after a period of liquor-license difficulty.

Big Ups, Sharkmuffin, the Royal They, Maneka
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8–$10

Big Ups are the rare band to justify the existence of the genre post-hardcore, a term denoting music that encompasses the aggressive traits of hardcore but that also makes room for meditative, pretty moments. Their 2016 album, Before a Million Universes, operates in this zone, using the less-intense passages to emphasize just how fierce the group can get. Their shows usually involve a fun and chaotic pit, and Silent Barn is known for its kind crowd and attentive staff — a great combo for those new to moshing.

2/2
Oh My Rockness Hardest Working NYC Bands of 2017
Big Bliss, Fruit & Flowers, Darkwing, Sic Tic, Grim Streaker, Thick
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $10–$12

Anyone who regularly attends shows in New York knows about Oh My Rockness, the independently run, homegrown show-listings site that is a bible for local music fans. One thing that makes it so great is that, unlike bot-run listings pages like Songkick, it has a real personality — that of its founder, Patrick McNamara, who has been running the site with his wife since 2004. One of its traditions, now three years old, is a show celebrating the bands it has listed most frequently the previous year. This “Hardest Working Bands” showcase is a chance to see some of our favorite local groups — including shoegaze act Big Bliss, gothpop band Fruit & Flowers, and stoner rockers Darkwing — while also supporting a valuable local resource. Don’t miss out.

Kitten, Evolfo, Asukal, Thick
Sunnyvale
9 p.m., free with RSVP

Los Angeles–based synthpop band Kitten have arena-sized ambitions, something that’s immediately apparent when listening to their airtight pop songs and lead singer Chloe Chaidez’s precise vocals. Their 2016 EP, Heaven or Somewhere in Between, is perfect Eighties-referencing pop that feels both nostalgic and perfectly of-the-moment alongside the work of artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Charli XCX. This all makes it seem particularly nuts that Kitten are headlining this show at Sunnyvale, a venue that’s run by, and for, the local scene — not to mention the fact that the show is free and sponsored by a liquor brand. Score.

Pearson Sound
Nowadays
10 p.m., $15–$20

One of the best things about the new indoor space at Nowadays, a spot located on the edge of Bushwick that was opened as a beer garden in 2015, is the place’s curatorial eye for electronic music. The venue’s willingness to give underground artists headlining slots inspires sets that wouldn’t happen elsewhere in the city, and also allows these artists room to really show off their abilities. David Kennedy, the producer who goes by the name Pearson Sound, will do just that on Friday, taking over the space for an eight-hour set. Kennedy, a founder of the techno label Hessle Audio, plays rhythmic techno that will easily carry dancers into the wee hours.

2/3
Badness
Maria Chavez, Matt McDermott, Unscented (DJ)
Starvue
10 p.m., $10

A new Brooklyn dance party at a private venue, and the music isn’t techno? No, you’re not dreaming. The inaugural Badness event will feature music from hip-hop producer Matt McDermott and avant turntablist Maria Chavez, whose DJ sets are high art. We have no idea who the producers are, but Resident Advisor does, and it says to expect “a wide range of styles” and a “killer soundsystem.” Sounds good to us.

The Radio Dept., Psychic Twin, Surf Rock Is Dead
Warsaw
8 p.m., $25

The Radio Dept.’s 2016 album, Running Out of Love, was a quiet protest record full of chilled-out synthpop that delved into two phenomenons in the group’s native Sweden: the emergence of an arms trade, and the rise of the far-right. One of the best tracks is “Occupied,” a song that offers a scathing critique of government repression and wishes for those responsible to go to hell, all over an ominous sample of Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic Twin Peaks score. Even if you aren’t listening to the lyrics, with those creepy synths floating underneath, there’s no way to avoid the feeling that something isn’t right.

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Sunday Sessions: home school Field Day
Rafia, Abdu Ali, Fuck U Pay Us
MOMA PS1
2 p.m., $15

The Portland pop-up art happening home school (yes, it’s intentionally uncapitalized) comes to Long Island City this week for Field Day, an event put on by MOMA PS1 that brings together music, workshops, poetry, karaoke, and more. The day features performances by local internet-damaged multimedia artist Rafia, left-field producer Abdu Ali, who recently collaborated on a track with Dan Deacon, and Fuck U Pay Us, a radical, black, queer punk group whose bio calls its music “the war for reparations incarnate,” and who will be performing in New York for the first time.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Sløtface, Cloud Cult, Ecstatic Music Festival

It’s unseasonably warm this week, and whether that brings to mind thoughts of our drowning planet, or dreams of summertime, there’s a place for you to go out and find like-minded companions. On the darker side, experimental outfit Zs will celebrate their fifteenth anniversary at H0L0, with strange music that will leave you questioning your place in the universe. But if you just need to escape, check out Sleigh Bells at Rough Trade, or Sløtface at Elsewhere, for some righteous, female-led pop.

1/23
Sleigh Bells, Dream Wife, Sabri
Rough Trade
8:30 p.m., $30

A lot has happened since the Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells released their explosive 2010 debut, Treats, which ingeniously mixed noise, metal, and pop. Their follow-up, Reign of Terror, retained that level of excellence, but Sleigh Bells seemed to lose their way a bit on 2016’s Jessica Rabbit, which had little of the cohesion or the forcefulness of their previous efforts. But last year, they came back with Kid Kruschev, a mini-album packing both a political and a sonic punch. The record delivers serious pop songs that recall everything from the Russian group t.A.T.u. to more recent stars like Sky Ferreira. No need to worry after all  Sleigh Bells are going to be just fine.

1/25
Big Bliss, Warpark, Sic Tic, the Rizzos, Mighty
Brooklyn Bazaar
8 p.m., $8

If you’re looking for a new favorite local band, Big Bliss are probably a good bet. This is particularly true for fans of the Cure, who will find much to appreciate in Big Bliss’s wailing vocals, morbid lyrics, and sparkling guitars. But this group isn’t just an homage — its gothy vibe is paired with a post-punk edge, expertly mining a blend of sweet, spooky, and serious. They’ll headline this Brooklyn Bazaar show with Sic Tic, who play roaring, sludgy psych-rock.

Sløtface, Winstons, A Deer A Horse
Zone One at Elsewhere
7 p.m., $10–$12

From their sound alone, you’d never guess that Sløtface were anything other than an American post-Paramore pop-punk outfit. But as the name’s slashed o hints at, the group is actually Norwegian, hailing from the southwestern city of Stavanger. Lead singer Haley Shea’s sweet pop star, along with her bandmates’ furious riffs and breakdowns, will bring you back to the Warped Tours of your youth. Sløtface are also known for their feminist politics: Their original name, Slutface, was inspired by the provocations of the riot grrrl movement. It’s hard to imagine a group that’d be more fun to mosh to — especially for women who sometimes are hesitant to get in the pit.

Zs 15 Year Anniversary Show
Zs, Oliver Lake, New Optimism, Leya, Leila Bordreuil
H0L0
8 p.m., $15

The mercurial New York experimental group Zs may be celebrating their fifteen-year anniversary at H0L0 this week, but they remain as difficult as ever to pin down. The shape-shifting outfit makes music that sometimes feels like rhythmic sound art, and other times veers toward free jazz or math rock. What the results never are are boring. Their most recent album, Xe, was their first with Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox, who adds his precise and innovative sound to their constantly mutating project. They’ll play with equally fascinating friends to celebrate this milestone.

1/26
Snail Mail, Lomelda, Fits
Brooklyn Bazaar
8 p.m., $12

Though young adults are often lectured that they’re wasting the “best years of their lives,” D.C.-based indie pop group Snail Mail know that’s not true. “Baby when I’m thirty I’ll laugh about how dumb it felt/Baby when I’m thirty I’ll laugh it out,” lead singer Lindsey Jordan sings drolly on the band’s song “Dirt,” acknowledging that being a teenager is actually really crappy. The guiding sentiments on these straightforward, plaintive songs — uncertainty, self-doubt — should be familiar to anyone who has ever been young. But Jordan presents these feelings with an air of self-awareness that demonstrates a maturity beyond her years. For young adults surfing the waves of bullshit that life can throw at you, that’s the best you can hope for.

Cloud Cult
The Appel Room
8:30 p.m., $30–$100

The Minnesota band Cloud Cult, fronted by Craig Minowa, is the very definition of extra. Armed with at least eight band members and many more instruments, Minowa has spent two decades releasing epic, often conceptual albums composed of acoustic folk, experimental rock, electronica, sweeping orchestral flourishes, and pop turns, all overlaid with deeply emotional lyrics that address subjects like existential loss. Somehow, it works, and, over their career, Cloud Cult have developed, well, a cult following. Their live shows are near-religious experiences, complete with a live painter who auctions off his ad hoc work after each performance. They will more than fill the gorgeous Appel Room space overlooking Columbus Circle.

1/27
Moon King, Psymon Spine, Jennifer Vanilla
Alphaville
8 p.m., $10–$12

Moon King, a project of the musician Daniel Benjamin, is one of the few acts that can accurately be described as “shoegaze-meets-electropop.” Benjamin’s earlier releases tended toward the former, with filtered vocals over guitars and plenty of fuzz to go around. His last release, Hamtramck ’16, documented his move from Toronto to Detroit with an album that felt tonally similar while simultaneously totally different stylistically  lo-fi electropop in the vein of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. His newest track, “I’ve Stopped Believing,” is even further from his roots in intimate shoegaze — this one’s full-on pop, albeit with a homemade feel, as Benjamin describes leaving his home city, which has become unrecognizable from gentrification.

Aurora Halal, Huerco S. (live), Patricia (live), Galcher Lustwerk, Bookworms (live), DJ Python, Ultrafog (live), DJ Healthy
Bossa Nova
8 p.m., free before midnight, $10 after

We can’t explain why a lineup of so many heavy hitters in the underground techno scene will descend on Bossa Nova’s intimate space this weekend, but we aren’t asking questions. Mystical techno queen Aurora Halal will bring her expansive dance music. Huerco S., who explores realms of mesmerizing ambient techno, will also play live. Almost everyone else on the docket is equally revered in the scene: No matter when you stop in, you can’t go wrong. This is a rare early show at Bossa; we’d recommend showing up even earlier in order to get in — this one is going to get packed, fast.

Destroyer, Mega Bog
Brooklyn Steel
8 p.m., $25–$30

Destroyer, the stage name that musician Dan Bejar has used for his now-twenty-plus-year career, has always made music with a sensibility that rubs some people the wrong way. His nasally voice, bizarre lyrics, and sometimes unusual structures are singular. But he’s also an incredible pop songwriter when he wants to be, as on his Eighties-soft-rock-inspired 2011 Kaputt. That album was remarkable for both its catchy songs and its overall aura of seediness, a combination that gives you a funny feeling that’s hard to shake. He’s in a similar mode on his most recent, Ken, where he again sings from the perspective of a mysterious lothario, leading you through a dark underworld.

Ecstatic Music Festival
Xenia Rubinos, Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering
Merkin Concert Hall
7:30 p.m., $20–$25

It’s time for the yearly Ecstatic Music Festival, a series of shows at Merkin Concert Hall on the Upper West Side that curates artists who toe the line between indie and experimental. The endlessly transforming Xenia Rubinos — whose 2016 album, Black Terry Cat, mixed soul, jazz, pop, r&b, and radical politics, and deserved far more attention than it received — will headline the festival’s first outing. Rubinos will be backed up by Adam Schatz, the creative force behind Brooklyn indie rock group Landlady, who will perform with his project Civil Engineering, a big-band effort composed of many musicians and lots of improvisation.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Olivia Neutron-John, Royal Trux, Physical Therapy

It used to be hard to find more than a handful of serious underground techno parties to attend in any given month in New York. Now, it’s a challenge just to decide on the best party of the night. This Saturday is a nail-biter in that regard, featuring Aurora Halal’s excellent Mutual Dreaming party at H0L0, as well as a stacked lineup at Ridgewood’s Nowadays. If you’re a fan of rock music, your options are a bit more limited, but you’d do well to catch local ’50s-garage-pop act Big Eyes at Silent Barn, or ’90s-grunge group Royal Trux at Market Hotel.

1/16
Hamilton Leithauser
Café Carlyle
8:45 p.m., $45+

Few things evoke the early ’00s more than the Walkmen lead singer Hamilton Leithauser’s gravelly wail over distorted guitars. Leithauser’s band was a much-loved participant in the scene documented in the new book Meet Me in the Bathroom, an evaluation of the cocaine-and-leather-fueled Lower East Side indie rock of the ’00s. The band broke up in 2014, but Leithauser quickly embarked on a solo career that’s produced music more adventurous than his original project, featuring collaborations with diverse artists like Angel Olsen and Rostam Batmanglij. This Tuesday, he begins a residency at the Café Carlyle, a ritzy cabaret that couldn’t be farther from his grungy dive-bar roots.

Olivia Neutron-John, PILL, Deli Girls
Zone One at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $10

Olivia Neutron-John is an intriguing project from musician Anna Nasty, who usually plays bass for the DC punk band Chain and the Gang. The few singles they have released under this name feature primitive Casio keyboard sounds layered with heavily filtered vocals and instruments like squealing saxophone. The effect is something like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone meets John Maus. They will play alongside local experimental rockers PILL and avant-noise performance artists Deli Girls.

1/18
Yams Day
A$AP MOB, A$AP ROCKY, A$AP FERG, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP NAST, A$AP ANT, Lil Yachty, Nav, G Perico, Aston Matthews, Da$h
New York Expo Center
6:30 p.m., $79.50

This week, the chart-dominating collective A$AP Mob will come together for the third Yams Day, a commemoration of the late producer A$AP Yams, whose unique productions pushed the group into the spotlight. For this celebration, most of the Mob’s stars will be in the room, including A$AP Ferg, whose recent hit “Plain Jane” is inescapable, and Lil Yachty, the ebullient rapper with a singsong cadence and off-kilter productions. The money raised at the event will go to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, a charity founded by Yams’s mother, Tatianna Paulino, to “[provide] young people with accessible and realistic education about substance use and abuse.”

Big Eyes, Ricky Hell and the Voidboys, 1-800-BAND, Fleaspoon
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

Big Eyes began in 2009, as then-21-year-old New Yorker Kait Eldridge began channeling her young-adult rages, hopes, and fears into songs that were sometimes punk, sometimes pop, and often in between. Nearly ten years later, Eldridge and her three bandmates are still releasing garage-pop songs that are often reminiscent of Dum Dum Girls or their inspiration, the Ramones, in their balance of sweetness and a harder rock edge.

Bound 1-Year Anniversary
A Village Raid, Andi Synthicide, Auspex, BEARCAT, Cry Baby, Dischetto, False Witness, Fatherhood, FBI Warning, Haruka, Hunter Lombard, Jaqi Sparro, Katie Rex, Nick Bazzano, Night Doll, Shyboi, Star Eyes
Tilt NYC
10 p.m., $10

Many of New York’s finest dance-music DJs will play at the subterranean Bushwick club Tilt this Thursday to celebrate the first anniversary of Bound, a queer, kink-centric party founded by Brooklyn techno DJ Katie Rex. The DJs span electronic genres from dancehall to house to disco; the Facebook event description announces that “fetish attire & queerness” will be enforced at the door, so if you have no interest in the kink scene, this probably isn’t the party for you. But for queer techno fans, this is by far the best option for your Thursday night.

1/19
Derrick May, Jeff Derringer, DatKat, nthng, Layaway, Eddie Leader, Evan Michael
Elsewhere
11 p.m., $20–$25

This lineup of serious techno producers and DJs at Elsewhere combines longtime favorites with lesser-known talents. The roster leads with the heavyweights, among them the originator of techno, Detroit DJ Derrick May, alongside Jeff Derringer, a resident at Chicago’s Smart Bar and founder of the underground party Oktave, who plays crisp, big room tunes. They’re backed up by artists like the mysterious Dutch ambient techno performer nthng and Analog Soul veteran DatKat. The event will take over all of Elsewhere’s space, so make sure to wander the rooms and hear everything on offer.

Royal Trux, Acid Dad
Market Hotel
8 p.m., $25+

In a recent NPR piece, writer Steve Knopper reports that in the mid-’90s, major labels were so desperate to replicate Nirvana’s success by landing grunge bands that the young group Royal Trux were signed to Virgin Records for $1 million without the label realizing they were only a duo. This led to a mad dash to recruit new band members. For the group, it paid off: Despite their ups and downs with major-label success, Royal Trux’s raw, swaggering experimental rock music has staying power, enough so that their reunion in 2015 generated huge excitement. They play two nights at Market Hotel this week with locals Shilpa Ray and Acid Dad. Expect quite a few graying indie fans in attendance.

Closer, Nine of Swords, Hundreds of AU, Remain
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

The band Nine of Swords opens this week at hardcore group Closer’s album-release party. Though they’re not the headliner, Nine of Swords sticks out due to their unconventional sound — their constantly invigorating music slides among hardcore, post-hardcore, sludge metal, and more. Lead singer Rachel Gordon swings from full-throated screaming to more delicate musing about underwear and social expectations, lending this music an intimacy and a femininity that feels rare in this scene.

1/20
Physical Therapy, Umfang
Nowadays
10 p.m., free before midnight with RSVP

The producer and DJ Daniel Fisher, who goes by the name Physical Therapy, is a dance-music omnivore, spitting out his own renditions of house, jungle, and pop. His eclectic DJ sets tend to reflect his desire to reach outside the obvious, and the results are captivating — and a lot of fun. He’ll play at the newly opened Nowadays indoor space with Discwoman’s Umfang, who likewise isn’t satisfied to stick within the accepted bounds of the form. With these two, you can expect the unexpected — but if you need a hint, Fisher said on his Instagram that the pair will be playing “fast techno.”

Mutual Dreaming
Xosar (live), Relaxer (live), Shyboi
H0L0
10 p.m., $20

Three up-and-coming dance-music producers and DJs will play Ridgewood’s intimate H0L0 for Brooklyn techno prodigy Aurora Hala’s renowned Mutual Dreaming party. The event describes Berlin-based Xosar’s set as “daemonic conjuring and headbanging mysticism” with “labyrinthian percussive structures.” Meanwhile, Relaxer will delve into tense and taut techno, and Discwoman’s Shyboi will close out the lineup. Xosar describes her work as an aim to “harness the energy of emotion and convey it through music to resonate within the depths of human existence.” Let’s hope she brings us all with her.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Pond, Wildhoney, Gunn-Truscinski Duo

This week has a lot to offer for those who inhabit the psychedelic side of the music spectrum. The biggest name in this category is Pond, an Australian psych-rock band with ties to Tame Impala, who will bring their classic rock–inspired tunes to Warsaw. At Baby’s All Right, weirdo psych-pop auteur Drugdealer will trot out collaborator Weyes Blood to belt it out onstage. If you want to enter a weirder zone, check out the mind-bending guitar improv of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo for free at Union Pool, or wait until Sunday, when twelve hours of drone take over Ridgewood’s H0L0.

1/9
Verdigrls, Den-Mate, Sur Back, Rich Girls
Knitting Factory
8 p.m., $10–$12

Brooklyn’s Verdigrls, a trio composed of sisters Catherine and Anna Wolk and guitarist Rachel Rossen, play classic indie pop that, in this era of hyperstimulation, feels comfortingly nostalgic. Their keyboard and drum machines pad out songs centered on harmonized vocals, backed up by occasional string flourishes. Cold synth ambience hangs in the background of some of these songs, balancing out their super-sweetness and lending an achingly relatable sense of isolation and loneliness.

Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Vampire Belt
Union Pool
8 p.m., free

The Gunn-Truscinski Duo make music for people who are too cool for jam bands. Their instrumental songs are rambling, drawn-out affairs that feature guitar noodling and repetitive percussion. Their effect is trance-inducing: It’s easy to imagine listening to them sprawled out on your back, staring up at shape-shifting clouds, letting the day pass by unbothered. Their most recent album, Bay Head, came out in November 2017, and it’s their strongest yet, with endlessly unraveling riffs and drones that will make a certain type of music fan drool.

1/10
House of Vogue
MikeQ, Questi?onmarc, BE3K, MC Leggoh
House of Yes
10 p.m., $10

It’s 2018 — you should know what ball culture is, what voguing is, and why you should run to any event that promises to involve the two. But if you need a refresher, voguing is a dance form invented by queer kids of color in the late Eighties, mostly at uptown “balls” in New York, where people in fabulous, often homemade outfits would compete for trophies in endless categories. A modern mini-ball takes place every month at House of Vogue, where dynamic DJs like MikeQ provide the soundtrack to the shows put on by voguers and runway acts. The event’s description reminds some of us that, as a white or straight ally, the best thing you can do is show up and buy drinks at the bar. If there’s a more purely enjoyable form of activism, we haven’t heard of it.

Human People, Washer, Water From Your Eyes, Beeyotch
Trans-Pecos
8 p.m., $8–$10

The New York City four-piece Human People have one of our favorite band names of all-time. Luckily, their music lives up to those high standards. The group plays messy, DIY pop rock in the vein of Nineties riot grrrl acts. And though Human People are a lot of fun, they aren’t blind to the realities of living as a woman or a marginalized person. Their unassuming veneer allows them to slip in haunting lines like, “Every single night I think about getting murdered/Straight white man just shooting me up at 2 a.m. in the bathroom.” But they can also sing songs about relationships and going on “permanent vacation” with an appealing breeziness. Everyone needs a balance.

1/11
Pond, Fascinator
Warsaw
8 p.m., $22.50

Pond are a band that includes members of the Australian project Tame Impala, and if you like that outfit’s brand of oversaturated, woozy psych-rock, you’ll like this, too. Their influences are obvious — Seventies classic rock, Eighties synth pop, psychedelia — but the songs do their best to transcend this; often their massive hooks, melodramatic climaxes, and heavily reverbed vocals succeed in doing so. The Pitchfork review of their most recent album, The Weather, called them “a band knocking loudly on the door of greatness.” Unlike Tame Impala, Pond are known for their live antics, and they’ll easily fill Warsaw’s space with glittering, sublime sounds.

1/12
Magic City
Jubilee, Volvox, Jimmy Edgar, Star Eyes, Doctor Jeep, Katie Rex
Elsewhere
11 p.m., $15–$25

Miami bass queen Jubilee brings her party Magic City to Elsewhere this week, where she’ll take over the entire space with a lineup of diverse DJs. Techno is represented here by badass Discwoman closer Volvox on the main stage and by Katie Rex in the more intimate Zone One. There’s more eclectic selectors, too, like the Berlin-via-Detroit artist Jimmy Edgar, who mixes glitch, hip-hop, funk, and more into his sets. Brooklyn DJ Star Eyes will play a set of bass-centric tunes, and New York’s Doctor Jeep will mix breakbeats, dancehall, garage, and more. There’s something for everyone — if you don’t like the vibe, just wait a minute or walk a few feet.

1/13
Drugdealer (featuring Weyes Blood), PC Worship
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $12–$14

Despite musician Michael Collins’s penchant for silly band names like Run DMT and Salvia Plath, the songwriter makes psychedelic pop that feels earnest and real. On his most recent album, The End of Comedy, he expresses a sweetness and vulnerability that were only hinted at on his earlier records. He also recruits a star-studded list of collaborators including Ariel Pink, members of Mac DeMarco’s band, and the dark folk songstress Weyes Blood, who will join him at this show. The album’s title track, on which Blood sings lead vocals, is one of the standouts, sounding like a classic Sixties pop song shot through with saxophone and jazzy keyboards.

KUNST
A Village Raid, Amber Valentine, Hex Hector, Sateen, Dahlia Sin, Aquaria, Sussi & Harry, Mazurbate
Elsewhere
11 p.m., $10–$20

Kunst, a party that’s named after the German word for “art,” was started in 2013 by performance artist Gage of the Boone and New York nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch, who is known for the high art–level looks at all her parties. (Her outfits have been displayed at FIT.) Gage of the Boone, who does a kind of avant-drag performance, was deeply involved with the Spectrum, the underground queer party space that closed in 2015 and has since relocated to Ridgewood’s Dreamhouse. Kunst brings together dance music DJs like Amanda Valentine and hosts like downtown star Amanda Lepore to create a backdrop for the fabulous getups you can look forward to from attendees. Prepare to be amazed.

1/14
Wildhoney, Big Bliss, Hypoluxo, Silk Sign
Zone One at Elsewhere
7 p.m., $10

Baltimore five-piece Wildhoney sound like a band you’ve loved for decades, though since their inception in 2013, they’ve yet to even garner a Pitchfork review. Listening to their fuzzy guitars and reverb, you should automatically have a neon sign reading “shoegaze” light up in your head. But these songs transcend their genre, and are filled with a warmth that many groups who play this music never even aspire to. Whatever else you say about them, Wildhoney are a band that will make you feel good.

Twelve Hour Drone
Nathan Cearley, Jenn Grossman, Ben Seretan, Mike Green, Dylan Marcheschi, David First, Jeanann Dara, Ka Baird, Marcia Bassett, Bob Bellerue, Jesse Derosa, Ryan Soper, Smhoak Mosheen, Anastasia Clarke, more
H0L0
noon, $10

If you’ve got a free Sunday, consider grabbing your pillow and some earplugs and heading over to Ridgewood’s H0L0. With more than fifty artists over the course of half a day, this pop-up drone festival is the perfect way to spend a wintery weekend afternoon or evening. The festival is a family affair, with performers who have deep connections to the noise scene, like Bob Bellerue, and to Brooklyn’s DIY community, like Smhoak Mosheen, who’s probably still recovering from his own endurance festival last month. But this day is less about the names than it is about the vibe. There’s plenty of time to get into the zone and stay there for as long as you like.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Aurora Halal, Fern Mayo, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

New Year’s has come and gone, and the city is still frigid, but that won’t stop New Yorkers from going out to see good music. There’s plenty to be excited about this week, from great young indie rock bands like Long Neck to such boundary-pushing artists as Moor Mother and Dreamcrusher, who will play together. If you’re into techno, there are terrific shows both weekend nights: Local favorite DJ Aurora Halal plays an eight-hour set at Nowadays on Friday; on Saturday, head to Elsewhere for a night of the genre’s brightest underground stars at the Bunker’s fifteen-year anniversary party.

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Fern Mayo, Dump Him, Fleabite, Mallrat
Sunnyvale
8 p.m., $10

Brooklyn’s Fern Mayo could get bogged down in cutesy tweeness: They’re named after a character in a Nineties movie (Jawbreaker), and the titles of their songs often reference Wes Anderson films. But instead, the band delivers straightforward pop punk that’s emotionally direct even as the group indulges in self-aware irony. Their breakdowns and choruses are powerful — and powerfully catchy. They could be the next Speedy Ortiz or Joanna Gruesome — check them out before they’re famous.

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Huh, Night Powers, Belle-Skinner, Amy Klein
Mercury Lounge
7 p.m., $10

Huh are one of the many projects of the multitalented Brooklyn artist Carrie-Anne Murphy, who is perhaps best known as the leader of the bombastic punk brass band Bad Credit No Credit, in which her powerful voice and theatricality stole the show. Her solo project, Clapperclaw, which twists jazz in experimental directions with vocal looping, is equally transfixing. Huh are Murphy’s most traditional project: a rock band. On the single “Stockholm,” her dynamic vocals (with lyrics sung in French and English) produce an emo-tinged track that anyone could headbang to.

Yohuna, Emily Yacina, Long Beard
The Glove
8 p.m., $8

The delicate, precise music that Johanne Swanson makes as Yohuna feels transient, which seems right coming from someone who has lived in more than five cities in the last few years. Finally, Swanson has settled in New York, giving her a place to craft her gauzy bedroom folk among like-minded peers. Those include Emily Yacina, the indie pop singer-songwriter whom Yohuna will tour with this January. For their tour launch show, they’ll play with New Jersey’s Long Beard, a singer-songwriter who pens expansive folk-pop ballads.

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Moor Mother, Dreamcrusher
Brooklyn Bazaar
8 p.m., $10–$12

Moor Mother was by far one of the most exciting and essential artists of 2017. Treading somewhere in the netherworld between power electronics, noise, spoken word, and performance art, Camae Ayewa’s music is like nothing else out there. Her interweaving of poetry, old gospel songs, references to traumas both historical and modern, and the aesthetics of horror are a visceral glimpse into the Black American experience. She’ll perform with Dreamcrusher, another artist who uses noise and aggressive performance to get at the pain of living under white supremacy.

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Aurora Halal
Nowadays
10 p.m., free before midnight with RSVP, $15–$20 after

The DJ and producer Aurora Halal has left an outsize mark on the New York electronic scene through her Mutual Dreaming parties and Sustain-Release, the intimate techno festival she’s helped organize upstate for the last four years. But it’s not just her curation and event production that make Halal remarkable: She is a formidable talent behind the decks, where her moody, psychedelic techno selections light up rooms all over the world. She’ll get the chance to stretch her wings at this eight-hour-long set.

Tyvek, Straw Pipes, Writhing Squares
Zone One at Elsewhere
6 p.m., $10

Tyvek, a Detroit outfit who’ve made off-kilter punk for more than ten years now, will play Elsewhere’s smaller space this Friday. Around two dozen musicians have cycled through the group over the course of its career, each bringing a unique sound and perspective. Tyvek’s most recent album, Origin of What, showcases loud, intense punk music, whether through the dirge-like “Gridlock” or the hyperactive opener, “Tip to Tail.” They’ll appear here with Straw Pipes, a local four-piece who play grungy pop.

Long Neck, Coping Skills, Mallrat, Leia Campbell
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

Long Neck are a polished New Jersey indie rock project from singer-songwriter Lily Mastrodimos, formerly of the cheekily named band Jawbreaker Reunion. Her clear, strong voice is reminiscent of Jenny Lewis’s, and when she sings lyrics like “I dig holes in the bellies of men,” she radiates power. The two songs released so far off her upcoming Will This Do? sound ready to be played on festival stages — they’re instantly catchy and well-written. But for now, you can catch Long Neck at your friendly neighborhood community space, Silent Barn.

Granny Takes Another Trip: Benefit for Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Bambara, Grim Streaker, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Infra-men, Sodium Beast
Sunnyvale
8 p.m., $10

Any fan of Genesis P-Orridge — one of the originators of industrial music, a pioneer of nonbinary gender recognition, and the current frontperson of Psychic TV — would jump to see h/er at a venue as intimate as East Williamsburg’s Sunnyvale. But those who follow h/er should make a special effort to attend this show, which is a benefit for P-Orridge’s medical expenses. If you’re a newcomer to h/er twisted world, this is a great time to get acquainted. The rest of the lineup, which includes the noise-rock outfit Bambara and the furious punk act Grim Streaker, is also worth checking out.  

Courtship Ritual, Keep, True Body, Safe Hex
The Gutter
7 p.m., $TBA

Three years after their debut album, Pith, the Brooklyn duo Courtship Ritual returned in September with a five-song EP that took a left turn from their usual wispy gothpop. Though it still has a certain ominous element, the EP is pure electropop goodness. These danceable tracks are reminiscent of other slightly avant-garde pop outfits like the Blow and Fol Chen. Hang out at Williamsburg’s hippest bowling hall–slash-venue to hear their fun sound live.

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The Bunker 15-Year Anniversary
Rrose, Ninos Du Brasil, Antenes, Patrick Russell, Bryan Kasenic, Jane Fitz, Eric Cloutier, Mike Servito, Gunnar Haslam, Justin Cudmore, Ron Like Hell, Ryan Smith
Elsewhere
10 p.m., $10–$25

For the last fifteen years, the New York institution the Bunker has served up excellent techno parties for those who take electronic music seriously. Long before the current “techno renaissance” hit the city, the Bunker’s roster of resident DJs were pulling out inventive and technically precise performances in warehouses across the city. An all-star crew of the label’s talent will take over Elsewhere to celebrate a decade and a half of great dance music. From Mike Servito’s Chicago house to Antenes modular experiments, the full range of underground dance music will be covered. Don’t miss out.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Cardi B, Real Estate, and Other New Year’s Eve Affairs

This awful year is finally coming to a close, and though no one really believes 2018 will be any better, New York is going to party anyway. New Year’s Eve has both its proponents and its detractors — if you count yourself among the latter category, check out the shows on the Friday before the holiday, or Unter’s New Year’s Day extravaganza. For those willing to brave the drunken crowds, there are more incredible techno parties on the 31st than we know what to do with. And if you’re an acoustic soul, don’t despair — Real Estate are headlining a show at Brooklyn Steel that will soothe your low-BPM nerves.

12/29
Container, Eartheater, Ciarra Black, MV Carbon, Diamond Terrifier, Julia Santoli, Cipher, Xiorro, Maria Chavez, KJ
H0L0
8 p.m., $15

Let’s be honest: Going out on New Year’s can be awful. If your prerogative is to avoid that night entirely, this dark electronic party could be your weekend outing. The lineup is stacked with Brooklyn’s most promising experimental electronic acts, from abstract turntablist Maria Chavez to industrial techno producer Container to avant-folk singer Eartheater. Industrial coldwave DJ Ciarra Black will perform one of her last shows before leaving the city for good — this party is worth attending for that reason alone.

Versus
Helena Hauff, Danny Daze, Fatherhood, Bearcat
Avant Gardener
10 p.m., $30

German techno wunderkind Helena Hauff will play New York for the second time ever this Friday, heading up a rock-solid lineup at the glitzy new Avant Gardener space. Hauff made a name for herself with a party hosted in a small Hamburg club where she spun new wave, EBM, and other diverse dance music. Now, she’s one of Europe’s buzziest DJ-producers, making acid- and industrial-inspired techno tracks and playing festivals like Dekmantel. Versus is hosted by the legendary New York club queen Ladyfag, whose name is as good an indication of quality as any five-star Resident Advisor review.

12/31
NYE at the Dreamhouse
Le1f (DJ), Amber Valentine, LSDXOXO, JT Almon, Quest?onmarc, K RIZZ (live), more
Dreamhouse
10 p.m., $10–$25

If you’re looking for a truly underground New Year’s Eve experience, this party at Ridgewood’s Dreamhouse is the way to go. The LGBT arts collective known as the Spectrum took over the space last year, turning its gaudy decorations and labyrinthine layout into a club worthy of its name. DJs include the rapper Le1f, house DJ Amber Valentine, and producer LSDXOXO, who releases spacey, distorted hip-hop breakbeats on the GHE20G0TH1K label. The party goes until 6 a.m. or later, so you can’t show up too late. This community is known for its fantastic and outlandish fashion sense; don’t underdress.

Get Wrecked & Carry NYE
Will Automagic B2B Nita Aviance (the Carry Nation), Ron Like Hell B2B Ryan Smith (WRECKEDnyc)
Analog BKNY
Midnight, $40

Two of New York’s best queer party crews come together for a ten-hour rager that’s sure to be the spot to start your New Year’s for some revelers. Both the Carry Nation and Get Wrecked are parties known for their debaucherous atmosphere, excellent dance-music DJs, and gorgeous crowds. Pre-sale tickets are sold out, so be sure to get there early to snag a door ticket. And don’t worry — a 24-hour liquor license means the party really will keep going until 10 a.m.

The Bunker LTD NYE
Patrick Russell B2B Nihal Ramchandani, Antenes, Justin Cudmore, Unjust
Brooklyn Venue TBA
10 p.m., $40

Serious technoheads have already purchased their tickets for the return of this New York institution, which will be the Bunker’s first New Year’s Eve party in two years. Bunker OG Patrick Russell will close out the night with a B2B techno set, but earlier on you can expect the industrial, ominous sounds of DJ Antenes, balanced out by a warmer set from local house DJ Justin Cudmore. Pre-sale tickets are also sold out for this one, and the address won’t be released publicly, making this perhaps one of the year’s most exclusive NYE events. Interested? Ask a raver.

NYE: KUNQ X ALKHEMY X STUDIO FLUORA
Kilbourne, Xiorro, NK Badtz Maru, FXWRK, False Witness
Baby’s All Right
Midnight, $20–$40

New York dance-music collective KUNQ, who feature queer artists of color stretching the boundaries of their genres, threw one of 2016’s best New Year’s parties, and there’s no reason to expect it won’t do the same this year. On the lineup is KUNQ DJ False Witness, who blends genres like dancehall and vogue with industrial noise, and FXWRK, a young artist who makes emotional dance productions with names like “Trapsody in Blue.” Baby’s is a fairly intimate spot for a New Year’s party, so if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, this is the event for you.  

Real Estate, Whitney, Woods
Brooklyn Steel
9 p.m., $20–$25

Do you hate electronic music and hip-hop? Do you want a chilled-out New Year’s surrounded by beards and the dulcet tones of guitar pop? You’re in luck — some of the best indie pop bands in the game will play Brooklyn Steel early on New Year’s Eve. The whole lineup is solid, from the tranquil surfpop of Real Estate to the scuzzy guitar pop of Chicago youngsters Whitney to Woods’ earthy folk. The show will probably get out before midnight, so you can enjoy this performance and still catch a champagne toast somewhere else.

Cardi B, Venus X, DJ BEBE, Shelby Sells, DJ Prostyle
Knockdown Center
9 p.m., $60+

Whether you think Cardi B’s hit single “Bodak Yellow” was the best song of the year or merely omnipresent, it’s undeniable that this is the year the rapper became a star. Now she’s playing Knockdown Center, a gorgeous, sprawling former factory that’s known more for its experimental art than for raging hip-hop parties. It will be fascinating to see how the space fares when transformed into a club for an event like this. In addition to the woman of honor, the rest of the bill hits hard as well, with the influential DJ Venus X and others to keep people dancing. Whether you buy a general-admission ticket or bottle service, it’s sure to be a memorable night.

Club Glow
Eartheater, Just Dosha, Julianna Huxtable, UNiiQU3, Hexapoda, Abby, De Se
Villain
9:30 p.m., $30–$40

Club Glow is yet another queer dance-music party that is throwing a New Year’s edition. As with the KUNQ party at Baby’s All Right, the relatively small size of Williamsburg’s Villain should keep out some of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd who are sure to be crawling around the borough. A serious lineup of women and nonbinary performers will play, including multimedia artist Julianna Huxtable and Detroit techno DJ Abby.

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Unter
Jacob Meehan, Jason Kendig, DJ Scallywag B2B R Gamble, Olga, Juana, Mary Yuzovskaya, Pure Immanence, Ambivalent, Young Male
Nowadays
8 a.m., $25–$30

The true party professionals skip New Year’s altogether. For that refined crowd, the ultra-underground techno party Unter will open its doors at 8 a.m. the morning of New Year’s Day. With a typically stellar lineup including Unter alums Mary Yuzovskaya and Pure Immanence as well as travelers like Jason Kendig (of San Francisco’s queer collective Honey Soundsystem), the early morning has never been this lit. The daylong event should attract a mix of the super-hardcore who have been up for 24-plus hours, pro-ravers who went to sleep before midnight and are up bright and early to party, and curious midday guests. Be advised that to keep the party a friendly and diverse queer space, Unter reserves the right to refuse anyone at the door. If you do get in, there’s no better place to start the year.

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Silent Barn Fights for Its Life

Silent Barn has been through a lot. The community arts space opened in 2006 as a charmingly scrappy, art-filled, all-ages venue in Ridgewood, where bands played in the kitchen and avant-garde video-game cabinets occupied the basement. That space was shut down by the city and subsequently vandalized in 2011. The trauma led Silent Barn to grow and adapt, as its operators sought to transform their grassroots ethos into something more sustainable. They successfully raised more than $40,000 via a Kickstarter campaign to acquire a huge space in Bushwick that they now occupy legally, running it with the help of a seventy-person collective of employees and volunteers.

In the five years it’s spent at its Bushwick home, Silent Barn has hosted a variety of projects: artist studios and residences, a synth shop, a recording studio, diverse nightly performances, and a hairdresser/record store. In 2015, it had another setback: a fire that damaged the upstairs apartments and performance space. But the collective survived that too, and crowdfunded more money to recover.

Silent Barn’s mere existence is a feat in a time when nearly all its DIY peers — from Shea Stadium to Palisades — have closed, pushed out by raids, regulations, or rent increases. The space’s survival is even more impressive given that it’s run by a collective that has never had institutional or corporate backing. But Silent Barn’s extraordinary story doesn’t mean the venue is not at risk. Worryingly, after five years, Silent Barn is now closer than ever to closing its doors.

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“It’s like we’re on a boat going down a river, and my job as the financial manager is to tell people, ‘Hey, there’s a waterfall coming up, we need to all get together and paddle,’ ” Silent Barn financial manager Jordan Michael Iannucci said over the phone last week. “This is the first time where it’s like, we can see the waterfall, we can hear the water, [and] we know there are rocks under it.” The Barn’s end-of-year fundraiser page currently states a goal of $25,000 to be reached by December 31. Three days from New Year’s Eve, that goal is only 44 percent funded. If the collective doesn’t raise at least $20,000, according to a public event on Facebook, “Silent Barn would have to begin planning to shut down this iteration of the project.”

“When we opened our place, we had basically about a month of cash on hand, maximum, at any given moment,” said Joe Ahearn, one of the original Silent Barn’s longtime residents and a founder of the new space, when the Voice spoke to him over the phone on Christmas Eve. “It’s basically just gotten harder every day since then.”

Unforeseen circumstances, like the fire and bureaucratic problems that delayed the venue’s new liquor license, ate into this already thin cash reserve. “We are [now] operating at less-than-zero-days-to-live margin,” Ahearn said. The collective expected a loss of $28,000 for 2017; at the end of the year, the actual figure is looking closer to $69,000.

This dire situation might seem inevitable for a grassroots arts space trying to survive in the increasingly insane rental economy of modern-day New York City. But it’s also the result of problems specific to Silent Barn’s community model and the obstacles it’s encountered along the way.

According to Iannucci, Silent Barn consists of three main business models. There’s the rental income from artist studios and the four apartments above the space; revenue from show tickets and the drinks people buy at performances; and the collective’s fundraising apparatus.

This model presents many problems for a space like Silent Barn, which is big enough to have a yearly budget of nearly $1 million, but small and young enough that it lacks an established base of large-scale donors. Instead, this year, the collective launched a membership system, where supporters can donate $300 a year for free access to all shows. Lower levels of monthly donation come with such swag as stickers or mixtapes. (Disclosure: This author is a monthly contributor.)

Silent Barn is currently registered as an LLC, but for fundraising purposes it functions as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with Long Island City DIY art institution Flux Factory acting as the venue’s financial sponsor. Until Silent Barn’s own nonprofit status is approved sometime next year, it is difficult for the space to receive grants.

Show attendance also fell this year. Though the decline averaged out to only eight fewer people per show, those numbers add up in lost ticket and drink revenue. Even after the venue secured a full liquor license, four months late, its bar still needed to be remodeled to adhere to health codes for serving mixed drinks. That would have cost $10,000 up front — money that Silent Barn didn’t have on hand. Instead, the collective has chipped away at that number one item at a time. “When we had $2,000, we got an ice machine,” Iannucci said. “[Then] that’s sitting in our basement until we get another $2,000 to pay someone to install it.” In the meantime, he estimates that they are losing a potential $4 on every show attendee who can’t buy mixed drinks.

The amount Silent Barn charges for rent is also limited by its operators’ ethos, which is to provide an affordable space for a diverse group of artists to experiment and learn. “If we raised the rent to keep up with market rate, why the fuck would anyone donate money?” Iannucci asked.

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According to collective members, what Silent Barn needs to survive and thrive is not just the support of one-time big donors or grants. It’s daily, consistent community engagement.

“The recognition that running a space like ours is inherently unstable and needs constant support from everyone involved is something that is widely understood, [but also] very easy to take for granted,” Ahearn said. “What has gotten us to this point is $3 at a time from people coming to shows, donating, buying drinks, helping out. That’s the thing that’s so hard for people to believe. But it’s the reality. And that’s only going to be more true in 2018.”

Despite the precariousness of its situation, Silent Barn doesn’t want to resort to a threatening narrative to get people to donate. “I don’t want people’s investment in the space to be dependent on a time clock for when we’re closing,” Iannucci said. “I want people to appreciate what we do and give us what they think we are worth.”

He and Ahearn both believe that this idealistic goal is achievable, despite the long odds in a time when people are reluctant to pay for even their favorite albums or magazines. “I think it is possible, with the right level of transparency, rhetoric, and public narrative, to teach people that Silent Barn is a community space,” Iannucci said.

“If I wasn’t permanently optimistic about the future of the space, I could not do it,” he added. “I’m imagining a future where Silent Barn books shows [for] a broad range of people, and 25 percent of those people give $5 a month. And then there are maybe ten to fifteen artists or arts entrepreneurs that cut us a check of over $5,000 a year. I don’t think that’s a far-off future.”

It’s a gamble, but it’s one the space has no choice but to take. “Just like how everyone learned that you pay $10 a month for all the music in the world, they need to learn that you also pay $10 a month to support the place you go to see bands you like,” Iannucci said. One of the collective’s often repeated slogans is “Silent Barn is people.” That reality has never been more apparent.

UPDATE: After the publication of this article, Silent Barn hit its fundraising goal. The venue was able to raise more than $30,000 total.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Jenny Hval, Grass Is Green, Tygapaw

It’s the week before Christmas, and though most of the indie rock bands seem to have absconded to their holidays, the electronic scene stops for nothing. From ambient legend GAS to techno veterans Octave One and a lineup of Chicago house mainstays, there’s something for every kind of dance-music fan this week. But if you’re more comfortable in the realm of guitar music, we’ve got you covered, too — head to Brooklyn Bazaar to celebrate with Shea Stadium’s displaced family, or to the Footlight to ring in the holidays with Colleen Green and Cassie Ramone.

12/18
Jenny Hval
National Sawdust
8 p.m., $20

The Norwegian experimental singer-songwriter Jenny Hval seems to speak more directly than almost anyone else to this time of violence, uncertainty, and rebirth for women. On last year’s Blood Bitch, Hval delved into biology, romance, capitalism, and revolutionary self-knowledge, on tracks that veer among pop, harsh noise, and spoken-word sound art. Her live performances often involve visual and dance elements that add another layer of mystique and meaning to her fascinating and vital work.

12/19
GAS, Justin Walter, Ricardo Romaneiro, Heathered Pearls
The Hall at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $25–$30

The German electronic producer Wolfgang Voigt spent the ’90s releasing albums of dark, unsettling techno, a legacy that was upended by his 2000 album, Pop, a gorgeous and strange ambient work that swelled with psychedelic nature-sounds; it turned out to be Voigt’s last work as GAS for seventeen years. This spring, he released Narkopop, an record that’s even more sumptuous and consuming than his previous efforts. Voigt was famously quoted in a German interview saying that his aim with GAS was to bring “the forest to the disco, or vice versa.” Close your eyes during his set in Elsewhere’s main space, and there’s a good chance you’ll be transported.

12/20
Xeno & Oaklander, Tiers, Public Memory
Zone One at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $12–$15

Xeno & Oaklander are a synth duo known for their love of genres like minimal wave and synth-pop, and for the gloomy, ominous aura that surrounds their music and performances. This year, the group broke from their usual pop stylings to release the second part of an instrumental series called Movements. Originally released on cassette, the project could be the soundtrack to a cheesy horror movie or a goth video game — it’s full of dramatic synths rising over drones and unsettling, echoing rattles. They’ll play here with Public Memory, a local producer who finds his inspiration in similarly murky, textural realms.

Speaker Peoples II
DJ Dog Dick, Juliana Huxtable, IUD
Secret Project Robot
9 p.m., $9

Head to Secret Project Robot this Wednesday for a night of left-field music from some of New York’s strangest talents. Artist Max Eisenberg has performed his industrial avant-rap as DJ Dog Dick for over a decade. Watching him is fascinating and exciting — it’s often hard to process what you’re seeing, and that’s exactly why it’s so thrilling. “I’ve never been afraid to play the part of the fool,” Eisenberg said in a 2012 interview. “You need to show the awkward, stupid parts of existence as much as you need to show the brilliant, austere parts.” He’ll be backed up by the performance artist Juliana Huxtable, who approaches the challenging subjects of race and sexuality in a constantly changing, innovative fashion.

12/21
Shea Holiday Happening
Yucky Duster, Bueno, Fits, Emmerson & Her Clammy Hands
Brooklyn Bazaar
8 p.m., $8

We’re heading into 2018 without a physical home for Shea Stadium, the venue that graced a sweaty second-floor room in an industrial stretch of East Williamsburg for most of the last decade. Shea is still searching for a new place to throw its blend of rock, pop, and experimental shows, but while we wait, we can enjoy some of Brooklyn’s premier DIY talent — including the indie-pop group Yucky Duster, the ’90s-alt-inspired Bueno, and the hook-heavy punk group Fits — in Brooklyn Bazaar’s basement space.

Cassie & Colleen Holiday Spectacular
Colleen Green, Cassie Ramone, Leya, Spirit Crush
The Footlight
8 p.m., $10

DIY pop punk queens Colleen Green and Cassie Ramone bring their Christmas show to Brooklyn this week, backed up by dreamy shoegaze act Spirit Crush. The Footlight, located off the DeKalb L stop on the border of Ridgewood and Brooklyn, is a perfectly cozy place to celebrate the last week before Christmas with friends. Ramone will play selections from her lo-fi holiday covers album, Christmas in Reno. We hear there will also be pie.

12/22
Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Anna Altman, Littlefoot
Alphaville
8 p.m., $10

Boston’s Grass Is Green play a brand of Malkmus-inspired post-punk that isn’t trying too hard to be liked. Their angular guitar parts and elliptical lyrics never quite form into something you can settle into, and that’s the point. For a certain kind of rock fan, this grimy, lo-fi, anguished vibe is heaven. They’ll be joined by Ovlov, a punk-emo group who have broken up and gotten back together several times over the years, but who always kill it live.

Octave One (Live), Kevin Saunderson, Basic Soul Unit, Turtle Bugg, J-UL
The Hall at Elsewhere
11 p.m., $15–$25

An incredible lineup of Detroit techno veterans comes to Elsewhere’s main space this holiday weekend, featuring Octave One, a duo who have laid the groundwork for decades of electronic music. Their productions are some of the most-used tracks by techno legends like Richie Hawtin. They’ll play alongside Kevin Saunderson, one of techno’s originators, and Turtle Bugg, a more recent, New York–based disciple.

12/23
Tygapaw, Abdu Ali, Habibiboi, Gooddroid
Zone One at Elsewhere
11 p.m., $5–$12

Tygapaw is a Brooklyn-based, Jamaica-born DJ who weaves hip-hop, pop, techno, house, dancehall, and more into her electric live sets. She’s the founder of the party Fake Accent, a event, she says, that attempts to “make a new space to be among like-minded people, regardless of race, gender, [or] sexuality.” This won’t be a straightforward electronic music night — come prepared to be entertained.

All I Want for Christmas Is Acid
Mike Dunn, Mike Servito, Elle Dee, Haruka
Good Room
10 p.m., $15

The origins of the genre known as “acid house” are debatable, but it’s a consensus that Phuture’s twelve-minute 1987 song “Acid Tracks” is one of the earliest and most influential examples. Acid is known for its 4/4 beats and squelchy bass courtesy of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, which came to define the genre. Like house itself, acid came out of the Chicago party scene before spreading to the U.K. and the world at large. A celebration of the genre and its history will take over Good Room this weekend, featuring appearances by Chicago house DJs Mike Dunn and Mike Servito. Go and get schooled.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Shamir, Perfume Genius, Tyondai Braxton

It’s holiday-party season, and nearly every night is jam-packed with mandatory fun. If you get a night off from the madness, you can find a reprieve from the Christmas-spirit onslaught with the dark electronic productions of Andy Stott and Demdike Stare, or bliss out with indie pop newcomers Blush. But if you’re looking for a holiday party that’ll blow your company’s shindig out of the water, head to Secret Project Robot for Brooklyn label Sweat Equity’s seriously awesome holiday lineup.

12/12
Perfume Genius, Lydia Ainsworth
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9 p.m., $28–$31

Amid the existential oppression of 2017, the latest album from queer avant-pop star Perfume Genius, No Shape, feels like a glorious escape. The record brims with transcendence, sexuality, and romance on catchy songs that are often as beautiful as they are chaotic. Perfume Genius will perform two of his three shows in the city this week with Lydia Ainsworth, an equally fascinating artist who is twisting pop in strange and ethereal new directions. Also 12/13.

SMHOAKSTOCK VII
Smhoak Mosheein, M. Geddes Gengras, Sweat Equity, Courtship Ritual, Bonnie Baxter, gobbinjr, Yvette, Fits, Lazurite, Casas, War Bubble, Shea Stadium All-Star Band, Guerilla Toss, and more!
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8–$10

Smhoakstock, now in its seventh year, is a 24-hour show hosted by Brooklyn musician and man-about-town Eli Lehrhoff, better known as Smhoak Mosheein. Until now, this freewheeling experimental art event has always taken place at the now-defunct DIY spot Shea Stadium. In the wake of that venue’s closure, the event has had to adapt. Starting at the stroke of midnight, Lehrhoff will spend all day Tuesday performing with an endless lineup of local favorites in the Silent Barn’s synth shop, Detective Squad. The show will be streamed online, or, if you’re in the neighborhood, you can stop by to watch through the shop’s windows. At 8 p.m., the very tired performers will move to Silent Barn’s main space, where guests can come to watch their four-hour finale. It’s impossible to predict exactly what Smhoakstock will be like, but we can guarantee it’ll be worth experiencing.

12/13
Nippon Leagues: Tokyo Nights Release Party
Jupiter Disco
10 p.m., free

This recurring night at the intimate Bushwick dance club Jupiter Disco features DJ sets composed of Japanese funk, disco, and boogie. This party celebrates the release of a compilation of these genres, Tokyo Nights, from Cultures of Soul records. Few Americans are familiar with the Japanese incarnation of this kind of music, so this is a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself. If that’s not enough to entice you, there will also be free Japanese snacks on offer.

Blush, Dark Tea, Outside World, Lightning Bug
Union Pool
8 p.m., $10

The brand-new indie pop group Blush are a sort of Brooklyn DIY scene Justice League, drawing musicians from local favorite groups including Darlings, Pill, and Yvette. But this dream team produces something that’s softer, prettier, and catchier than any of those groups’ music. This is classic indie pop: songs about hanging out with your boyfriend, making daisy chains, and dreaming about an ideal life, all sung over jangly guitars and dreamy doo-wop backing vocals. Fans of bands like Camera Obscura and Dum Dum Girls should check this group out immediately.

12/14
Shamir, Partner, Frances Rose
The Hall at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $15–$20

A lot has happened for the artist Shamir in the two years since his debut album, Ratchet, a dance-pop record that charmed indie audiences. The formerly Las Vegas–based musician was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, did several stints in psychiatric hospitals, broke with his label, and moved in a totally new direction creatively. His last two releases, Revelations and Hope, are incredibly lo-fi rock that sound a bit like Billie Holiday covering Calvin Johnson. Shamir is experimenting, finding a new place to fit into the music scene. As he does, his music is a window into a raw, evolving creative force — one that we should all keep watching.

Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Michael England, RRAO, Clay Wilson
Pioneer Works
7 p.m., $20

Some of the electronic scene’s darker corners will be on display this week for two shows at Red Hook’s grandiose Pioneer Works arts space. Demdike Stare are a duo of producers from Manchester, England, whose unsettling soundscapes, inspired by dub and minimal techno, befit their name, a reference to a famous seventeenth-century English witch, Elisabeth Demdike, who was tried and burned. Andy Stott, another Manchester artist, builds textural, oddly rhythmic experimental dance music out of an array of bizarre samples. For fans of left-field U.K. electronic music, this is a night not to miss.

12/15
Sweat Equity 3rd Annual Office Christmas Party
DJ Holographic, Vjuan Allure, SHYBOI, False Witness, Akua, JX Cannon, Alien D
Secret Project Robot
10 p.m., $10–$15

This weekend, Brooklyn dance label and party collective Sweat Equity will host one of the most exciting holiday shindigs of the season. Their yearly “office”-themed party features the revered Detroit house spinner DJ Holographic and rising ballroom scene star Vjuan Allure, along with Discwoman’s SHYBOI and KUNQ’s False Witness. The event description recommends costumes including “Resident Advisor Elf” and “Guy Fieri wrapped in Xmas lights.” It’s gonna be lit.

12/16
Tyondai Braxton, Like a Villian
Issue Project Room
8 p.m., $5–$15

At this year-end party for BOMB magazine, the multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyondai Braxton, formerly a member of the math-rock group Battles, will play a solo set drawn from his work on the recent project Hive. Hive was an eight-movement suite Braxton performed at the Guggenheim in 2013 — it’s composed of drones, percussion, drum machines, and orchestral flourishes. He’ll play alongside Like a Villain, a vocalist who performs long-form improvised sets contrasting beautiful ethereal sounds and harsh, aggressive tones. She’ll be performing pieces of a new work entitled Ölümlü, which she’s described as “Broadway noise.”

Black Marble, YOU.
Market Hotel
9 p.m., $15–$17

Black Marble is the solo poject of Los Angeles–based musician Chris Stewart. Heavily inspired by Eighties new wave, his music abounds with vintage synths and drum machines. Last year’s It’s Immaterial was a lo-fi triumph, laced with delicate melodies played on keyboard and guitar, danceable beats, and gothy vocals. He’ll play with ominous Detroit dark wave project YOU.

12/17
Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, DJ Austin Millz, Lil Skies
Terminal 5
7 p.m., $49.50–$55

Philadelphia-based rapper Lil Uzi Vert skyrocketed to fame off his hit “XO TOUR Llif3,” which featured the nihilistic chorus “Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead.” In the two years of his short career, Uzi has become a reference point for a new generation of Soundcloud kids, who are drawn to his dark subject matter and unique delivery. This is the first of his two nights at Terminal 5 with similarly hot young rapper Playboi Carti. The next Lil Uzi Vert will almost certainly be in the audience. Also 12/18.

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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Cold Specks, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Koze

Several pioneering techno DJs grace the city this weekend, many of them still in their prime despite having cultivated long careers. Ellen Allien, the Berlin DJ and producer who reigned at that city’s legendary club Tresor for years, plays on a solid lineup at Good Room. Meanwhile, Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig will blast his beats at Le Bain, atop the Standard Hotel. For something completely different, head to Baby’s All Right to catch Cold Specks’ Southern Gothic signature taking on notes of Somali doom folk.

12/4
Wolf Alice, Polyplastic
Brooklyn Steel
7 p.m., $25

For fans of Brit-rock and shoegaze, the U.K. outfit Wolf Alice is hard to resist. Their sprawling second album, Visions of a Life (released this fall), contains brash, headstrong pop-rock numbers alongside dreamy songs buoyed by synths and filtered vocals. The group is inspired as much by Arctic Monkeys as they are by the likes of M83 (producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen was responsible for that band’s hugely successful Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming) and My Bloody Valentine. You could throw accusations of derivativeness at Wolf Alice, but when their sound is this fun, who cares?

12/6
Chad VanGaalen, Un Blonde
Rough Trade
8 p.m., $15–$18

The Canadian multimedia artist Chad VanGaalen makes his own instruments as well as his own colorful, psychedelic music videos, both of which possess a sculpture maker’s attention to craft. But VanGaalen’s music is quality art in its own right. His newly released sixth album, Light Information, spins out lo-fi folk-pop numbers that will sound familiar to those who listen to groups like Woods, or even vintage Elephant 6 bands. He’ll headline Rough Trade with a fellow Canadian, the alt-r&b musician Un Blonde.

12/7
Cold Specks, LA timpa
Baby’s All Right
7:30 p.m., $15

The goth-soul singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein, who goes by the name Cold Specks, emerged into the public eye in 2012 with her quietly powerful debut I Predict A Graceful Explosion. Her second album continued using droning soundscapes to isolate her cracked, mournful, forceful voice. On her newest release, Fool’s Paradise, Hussein takes a left turn, embracing her Somali heritage with songs inspired by the country’s traditional music. (It features collaborations with her musician father.) Hussein has evolved as an artist in fascinating ways — don’t miss out on this latest exciting chapter.

Gary Numan, Me Not You
Brooklyn Steel
7 p.m., $30–$35

Gary Numan isn’t one of the first artists whose name comes up when discussing those who shaped the pop music being made by young musicians today — but he should be. His early adoption of synthesizers and industrial noise paved the way for now-legendary groups like Nine Inch Nails as well as more modern artists like Chvrches. If you’re a fan of synth-pop new or old, this chance to watch a living legend at work is unmissable.

12/8
DJ Koze, Fahad Haider, Bilaliwood, Christian Voldstad
Zone One at Elsewhere
10 p.m., $30–$40

Germany’s DJ Koze spent the ’90s releasing mixes that had a profound impact on the global hip-hop scene. With his group Fischmob, Koze — whose real name is Stefan Kozalla — provided the backing for a vital and political underground European hip-hop movement. In more recent years, performing under his current name, Kozalla has explored electronic music’s edges, from breakbeats to ambient and everything in between. At this intimate club gig, Kozalla will lead a lineup of DJs for a night of dancing.

Ellen Allien, Volvox, Corey Sizemore
Good Room
10 p.m., $25

Over her 25-year career, Berlin’s reigning techno queen, the DJ and producer Ellen Allien, helped to create the spacious techno that has defined the sound of trendsetting clubs like Tresor. On her newest release, Nost, her productions still sound like the future even while they explicitly reference techno of years past. The album’s title refers to the word “nostalgia,” and so it makes sense that Allien’s sound here hews close to the “pure” techno register she helped create. But styles always move in cycles, and, at this point, these sparse, ominous, minimal tracks, laden with vocoded samples, feel as of-the-moment today as they would have in ’95.

Foxing, Moving Mountains, Sorority Noise, Shortly
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 p.m., $17–$20

Among the many groups who make up the post-emo revival that’s continually gained momentum over the past several years, the St. Louis band Foxing can be commended for their willingness to expand beyond their genre. Their first album, The Albatross, drew from obvious inspirations (think Cap’n Jazz) but also took cues from jazz, r&b, and folk. Their most recent LP, Dealer, is even more ambitious and stately. Here, lead singer Conor Murphy sounds less aggrieved and more resigned, and though the songs may not provide the heart-wrenching catharsis that earlier tracks like “Rory” did, it sounds like the group is growing up.

12/9
Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays
Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Peaches, Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters), Dr. John, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Bridget Everett, Sandra Bernhard, Ani DiFranco
Beacon Theatre
8 p.m., $50–$150

There are plenty of fancy Christmas shows out of our price range this season, but this is one worth shelling out for. The iconic pop star Cyndi Lauper hosts a night featuring some of the indie world’s premier talent, from naughty electro-pop star Peaches and Laura Jane Grace of punk band Against Me! to entertainers the whole family can enjoy, like Ani DiFranco and Jackson Browne. Submit to the spirit of the holiday season and treat yourself to a night seeing these fine performers delight in one of the finest sit-down venues in Manhattan.

Ski Lodge, Frame, Barrie
Zone One at Elsewhere
6 p.m., $10–$12

Ski Lodge is the indie-pop solo project of Brooklyn’s Andrew Marr, also known for his work with the Clementines. His group has released music and toured on-and-off since 2011 without ever breaking through to a larger audience. Their most recent album, last year’s New Life, was a loving homage to ’80s new-wave and pop groups like the Smiths and New Order. On their newest single, “Secure,” the band stays the course, building a simmering pop song out of nostalgic synths and big-drum machine beats.

Carl Craig, Huerco S.
Le Bain
10 p.m., TBA

Le Bain, the nightclub perched atop the glamorous Standard Hotel in the West Village, is known for its debaucherous parties, in-club hot tub, and incredible Manhattan views. But it’s not often that a seriously solid lineup graces the glitzy venue. Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig will headline Le Bain this Saturday, bringing authentic, old-school DJ skill to bear. Opener Huerco S. is known for his ambient techno stylings, which should sound dreamy from atop a skyscraper.