Summer might not semi-officially start until next weekend, but our fair city is getting a head start on jamming the schedule with as much music as possible. This weekend there are at least seven multi-musician extravaganzas happening in New York and New Jersey. Which one is most right for you? Our handy guide below.
WHAT: The one-time haven for emo has shifted its focus in the wake of that genre’s decline, and this year’s edition of the festival is now your chance to hear the similarities between the anthemic electro-blurps of Skrillex and the anthemic arena-rock of Bon Jovi in person.
WHO: Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, and a slew of other artists from all over the Internet—highlights include Big Freedia, Action Bronson, Michael Monroe (yes, the Hanoi Rocks frontman!), the Promise Ring, and Anamanaguchi. Also, Andrew Dice Clay, because why not.
WHERE/WHEN: Around Asbury Park, May 18, 19, and 20.
DISTINCTIVE QUALITY: You’ll probably be able to buy a t-shirt that says “FUCK JUSTIN BIEBER” from at least three booths.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Asbury Park is a bit of a hike, and if you want to stick around for any of the late-night afterparties—headlined by Skrillex, Big Freedia, and Dramarama, among others—you’ll probably need to shell out for a hotel room.
STEALTH DRAW: blink-182’s last-minute cancellation meant a headlining role for the emo-glam stompers My Chemical Romance, whose 2010 album Danger Days: The Life Of The Fabulous Killjoys was the second-most-overlooked concept album of that year. (No. 1: Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale.)
Black N Blue Bowl
WHAT: The self-proclaimed “Super Bowl Of Hardcore.”
WHO: Rancid, Sheer Terror, Youth Of Today, and a bunch of other bands who like it fast and loud.
WHERE/WHEN: Webster Hall, May 19. Doors are at 2 p.m.
DISTINCTIVE QUALITY: Bucking the smartphone age with this edict: “Disposable cameras only.”
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes; they’re $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Getting in the pit with the kids might make you feel old.
STEALTH DRAW: Or it might make you feel like a raging youth again!
Electric Daisy Carnival
WHAT: The tri-state area debut of the neon-hued EDM extravaganza.
WHO: Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Armin Van Buren, and other specialists in hitting the decks, spread out over four stages.
WHERE/WHEN: MetLife Stadium, May 18, 19, and 20.
TAKE NOTE: “The use or possession of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue.” Mm hmm.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Three-day general admission passes are sold out, but daily tickets and VIP packages (that allow you access to liquor and private bathrooms!) are available.
MITIGATING FACTOR: How do you feel about the drop? Because these three days will probably have a lot of them.
STEALTH DRAW: For those who like their dance music to have a bit more of a swing, CeCe Peniston and Junior Sanchez are playing the “Cosmic Meadow” (I know) on Saturday.
Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation
WHAT: The name pretty much sums it up.
WHO: More than 50 musicians and video artists, all pushing the boundaries of sound and vision with what the fest calls “street-level avant-garde technology.”
WHERE/WHEN: May 17 through 20 at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick and Outpost in Ridgewood.
TAKE NOTE: The website has links to all the performers.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes (weekend passes are $45), and the funds raised will benefit the two hosting organizations.
MITIGATING FACTOR: The exceptionally balky L train might make shuttling between the two venues difficult.
STEALTH DRAW: YIMBY alum MV Carbon is presenting a two-minute clip called “The Coveted” at 6:36 this evening, and former SOTC interviewee Kyle Clyde is presenting a video tonight as well.
WHAT: Bonnaroo producer Superfly’s incursion into New York is for foodies and music aficionados alike.
WHO: Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Roots, tributes to Led Zeppelin and Van Halen, the mighty disco band Escort, and the scrappy Brooklyners Fort Lean are among the 20-plus musical acts. And then there are the food offerings, which include samplings of cuisine from the likes of Momofuku Milk Bar, and the decadent M. Wells.
WHERE/WHEN: Prospect Park’s Nethermead area, May 19 and 20.
TAKE NOTE: Temperatures are supposed to reach the 80s on Sunday, and multiple ice cream vendors will be in attendance.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Free passes are sold out, but tickets to the VIP-like ExtraMooga experience, which has cocktail stations and the chance to pal around with Craft’s Tom Colicchio and Momofuku impresario David Chang, are still available at $250 a day.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Here’s hoping the cap on free tickets means that the lines to get munchies won’t be abominably long.
STEALTH DRAW: Cookin’ With Coolio will be there… but will the man himself?
WHAT: The dance-pop station presents what it’s calling “The Biggest Dance Party Of The Summer,” even though it’s May.
WHO: The impeccably dressed Pitbull, the bottomless hit machine Flo Rida, and avowed stankface fan Adam Lambert headline.
WHERE/WHEN: PNC Bank Arts Center, May 20.
TAKE NOTE: You can book a bunch of Mob Wives but you can’t even stick one token freestyle act on the bill? Boo, KTU. Boooooo.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yep.
MITIGATING FACTOR: The music industry’s drive to make Karmin famous continues.
STEALTH DRAW: The album by the frostbitten-voiced singer Dev is actually quite good, in a nihilistically chilly way.
WHAT: A celebration of the chiming yet lovelorn genre known as indiepop.
WHO: The jaw-droppingly good Comet Gain, the winsomely heartbreaking Allo Darlin’, other bands that will probably balance the giddy and the melancholy with ringing hooks and instantly hummable choruses.
WHERE/WHEN: May 17-21 at six venues around the city.
TAKE NOTE: There’s a free Saturday-afternoon show at Spike Hill with the charmingly sardonic Habibi.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes; tickets are sold on an individual basis, and a pass to all the shows will run you $50.
MITIGATING FACTOR: Don’t let all those indiepop dance afterparties make you too tired to see the rare US sets by the likes of the Pooh Sticks and White Town.
STEALTH DRAW: Checking out a set by a new-to-you band at the NYC Popfest = the post-recorded-music-era equivalent of taking a flyer on a 7-inch because its cover looked good/issuing label was trustworthy. (And hey, there will probably be quite a few singles available for sale at the shows! Everyone wins!)