The week brought us Jon Brion and Shellac and Sam Sparro (not to mention a handful of surprise Occupy Wall Street pop-ins), and that wide spectrum of genres is also represented in this weekend’s concert listings.
Tonight Deadmau5, who Maura has just informed me stands out as the only artist to be namechecked in Snooki’s debut novel, It’s a Shore Thing, continues his six night-stay behind the boards at Midtown’s Roseland Ballroom. Come for the four-on-the-floor remixes, stay for the 5illy hat5. Downtown, Hernan Romeo comes to the Lower East Side’s Drom, bringing a sound that, per Aidan Levy, “transmutes the seductive language of Piazzolla, Segovia, and Ginastera through the Argentinean zonda, a hot, dry wind that sweeps through the plains during summer and fall.” The show starts at 8, if you can find a cab, you still might catch the majority of deadmau5’s set, which starts at 11:30. On a completely different note, cabaret guru David Finkle recommends the cheerful masculinity of Uptown Express’s show at the Metropolitan Room. Across the East River, partygoers too hip to associate themselves with someone in Nicole Polizzi’s orbit will be dancing to the “mind-expanding array of late-night techno that sweeps from introspective to invigorating and back again” (per Kristal Hawkins) spun by Donato Dozzy and Nuel. On the jazz tip, Jim Macnie recommends catching Anthony Braxton at Roulette, while the borough’s biggest show remains Swedish pop star/American indie hero Jens Lekman’s turn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Saturday’s best parties both occur in downtown Manhattan, with Sergio Santos stepping into the spotlight and leading the Discovery dance night at Santos Party House and Jeff Derringer coming back from Chicago to lead Oktave at the National Underground. Meanwhile, Ladytron celebrate the release of a new album and greatest-hits compilation at the dreaded Terminal 5, and the Mekons play an acoustic gig that Richard Gehr thinks might “ends up wilder than Friday’s electric counterpart.” For jazz, Macnie recommends Sifter and Bizingas at Brooklyn’s Douglass Street Music Collective. Finally, in what be the night’s most promising show, New Brunswick punks Screaming Females join Hilly Eye for a show at Bowery Ballroom.
Sunday is a little bit slower, highlighted by Woman and K-Holes teaming up to rattle Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus. Johnny Loftus recommends the show for Woman’s “endearingly bent punk-blues,” though notes that K-Holes won’t disappoint either, “unless you’re the guy they just robbed.” For a slightly calmer evening, Mikael Wood recommends The Lemonheads’ takeover of the Bowery Ballroom stage Screaming Females will have just vacated. Or you could just take the day and catch some much need sleep, supposedly, you’ll have to do it eventually.