This Weekend! Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Wild Beasts, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Surfer Blood, Beach Fossils, and Morning Benders


We do love our Surfer Blood around here.

The only combination more random than Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Bette Midler, and the Scissor Sisters is Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith. Aside from being a fantastic “who would win in a knife fight?” scenario, the latter group will be performing at Carnegie Hall tonight for the 20th-Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert. Elsewhere, Wild Beasts will bring their “gossamer-soft songs about sexual ambiguity, small-town repression, and the inevitable booty calls in between” to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, while Wildbirds & Peacedrums deliver “heartcore” marital bellowing at the Mercury Lounge, where A Sunny Day in Glasgow will follow several hours later.

On Saturday, Market Hotel will mush together the always lovable Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits (great band name), Beach Fossils, Grooms, and the Chris Taylor-produced Morning Benders. We’re assuming this will all end up in a slightly less epic Phil Spector homage. Meanwhile, Teengirl Fantasy will blare globules of limber synth jams at Death by Audio, whereas SHAPES aim to blurt out wired “gutter-glam” as part of a surprisingly hi-fi evening at Shea Stadium.

Sunday provides you the luxury of a few make-up sessions: Wild Beasts (with Violens) will go again at Music Hall of Williamsburg, while Surfer Blood migrate to Mercury Lounge, where We Are Country Mice will serve as openers; appropriately, they sound like a feedback-addled amp being tossed around in a barnyard.

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