Naytronix Eases CMJ Fatigue with Divine Vibes in this Weekend’s Best NYC Concerts


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With CMJ in full swing, it’s actually hard to not see a show, even without plans to do so. You could just be nonchalantly going to get your car washed and wind up seeing Perfect Pussy. Or headed to church, where you might accidentally run into Mitski, who’ll be playing a solo set in a Greenpoint cathedral. But there are definitely shows you should really make a point to attend, like the Naytronix album release show at Secret Project Robot, celebrating the street date of the excellent LP Mister Divine — a not-so-secret project from tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner. His textural electronic meditations on the life of a touring musician are a perfect antidote to that CMJ hangover. Though if you’re in it to win it, there are some late-night dance parties to check out, too: Cakes da Killa and Princess Nokia perform into the wee hours at Cameo Gallery, with Jonathan Toubin bringing another installment of New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off to Brooklyn Bowl.

Friday, 10/16


Secret Project Robot

8:00 p.m., $10

Though tUnE-yArDs is unequivocally represented as the brainchild of one-woman powerhouse Merrill Garbus, bassist Nate Brenner has been integral to the project almost from the beginning. He’s also a talented producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, recording his own music under the moniker Naytronix. As a follow-up to 2012’a Dirty Glow, he’s releasing his sophomore album Mister Divine via City Slang on October 16 and playing show at Bushwick art space Secret Project Robot to celebrate. His work is a very chill departure from the bombast of tUnE-yArDs, with spacey electronica roots anchoring his hazy, Arthur Russell-esque croon. – Lindsey Rhoades


Lutheran Church of The Messiah

7:00 p.m., $2

Because shows in churches are, generally speaking, the best shows ever, make it a point to catch Mitski in the ornate home of Greenpoint’s non-denominational Park Church Co-op, located at 129 Russell Street. No CMJ badge? No problem. For the low, low price of two dollars – which is cheaper than a coffee most places – the evening will feature not only Mitski but French ambient musician Johnny Ripper, singer-songwriter Mal Devisa, the intimate indie rock stylings of Leslie Bear (a/k/a Long Beard) and experimental synth artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. This will be a solo set from Mitski, whose excellent LP Bury Me At Makeout Creek has gotten loads of critical praise for its snappy lo-fi pop songs and unflinching honesty. Album stand-out and undeniable sing-along “Townie” is likely to take on a whole new feeling from the cathedral’s hallowed pews. – Lindsey Rhoades

Saturday, 10/17

AdHoc Car Wash

Hand & Detail Car Wash Center

12:00 p.m., $10

You don’t need a CMJ badge to check out one of the most anticipated showcases taking place during the music marathon descending upon the city this week. At 646 Lorimer Street, you won’t find a rock venue, but a car wash – one with hot wax, suds galore, the works – and a gaggle of amazing, ear-splitting bands lugging their gear over the blacktop. AdHoc presents this loud and fun as hell bill, which features Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, Potty Mouth, Sheer Mag and more from noon onward. Shows have sprung up in stranger places, but this could be one of the more inventive space takeovers Williamsburg has seen in a minute. – Hilary Hughes

Destruction Unit


8:00 p.m. $10

Negative Feedback Resistor sounds like some impossibly complicated gadget you’d find at a Maker Faire, but it’s actually the title of the latest record from noise-punk purveyors Destruction Unit, their second for Brooklyn-based imprint Sacred Bones Records. For anyone that didn’t get their fill at the AdHoc’s Car Wash earlier in the day, their show at Alphaville provides a second opportunity to destroy those eardrums with a propulsive assault of guitar-shredding. Tracks like “Salvation” start off with aggressive riffs at fever pitch, eventually devolving into the band’s signature psychedelic blitz. Latisha’s Skull Drawing, Pawns, and Horoscope fill out the rest of the bill. – Lindsey Rhoades

Jonathan Toubin New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off

Brooklyn Bowl

11:50 p.m., $10

Jonathan Toubin has got soul, and that’s more than a tired, overused phrase. In fact, he’s got approximately 20,000 45 rpm singles’ worth of it stowed away at his home in New York. That’s a lofty collection even for the most obsessive of crate-diggers, but there’s a practical application to Toubin’s record fetish. As the maestro behind New York’s wildly popular Soul Clap dance parties, the DJ scours the record bins every chance he gets to feed his musical monster. For a generation of millennials who missed out on Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, Toubin represents a sort of thrift store conduit to the music of 50 years ago, a purist link to the past in an EDM-driven age where dance music and laptops are inseparable. But there’s no proper substitute for the Soul Clap’s sweaty retro energy, which makes a return to Brooklyn Bowl for a late night party on Saturday. – Ryan Bray

Cakes Da Killa

Cameo Gallery

11:59 p.m. $5

Taking as many cues from ballroom culture as he does from old-school gangsta rap, Cakes da Killa is anything but shy. Spitting saucy rhymes a mile a minute, Cakes quickly earned a reputation as one of rap’s raunchiest in a new vanguard of openly queer artists pushing new boundaries in hip-hop. He’s got a degree in fashion, so it’s only fitting that two of his three mixtapes were released by Mishka NYC, purveyors of cartoonishly grotesque streetwear and skate gear. They also put out his most recent EP, #IMF, a five-track concept record detailing a whirlwind love affair over glitchy beats, his lusty lyrics enough to make Cakes’ biggest inspiration, Lil’ Kim, blush. He pops into Cameo for a CMJ afterparty with Princess Nokia, Gnucci, Ian Isiah, and Kuhrye-oo along for the ride. – Lindsey Rhoades

Gwen Stefani

Hammerstein Ballroom

8:00 p.m., $63.20

As the iconic frontwoman of ska-indebted alt-rock pioneers No Doubt, Gwen Stefani became a mid-Nineties sensation. Twenty years later, she’s known for her boundary-pushing clothing label L.A.M.B. and regular appearances as one of the coaches on reality television singing competition The Voice (not to be confused with everyone’s favorite NYC-based alt-weekly). Her concert at Hammerstein Ballroom is a one-off presented by MasterCard, but she’s hinted that there are future albums in the works – both her highly anticipated third solo record, and another affair with No Doubt. Stefani never seems to be short on energy or charisma, so whether she debuts new material or plays hits like “Hollaback Girl” the show is sure to be a blast. – Lindsey Rhoades

Loreena McKennitt

Town Hall

7:30 p.m., $51.50-$81.50

Renowned for reviving traditional Celtic music through compositions for harp, accordion, piano, and voice, Loreena McKennitt brings the folk traditions of Western Europe to Town Hall for a sold-out show. Since her days of busking around Toronto, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist has released ten albums spanning three decades, all on her own label. The recipient of two Juno Awards, McKennitt’s Irish and Scottish heritage has been her constant inspiration, as she painstakingly researches the history and culture of her ancestors, distilling the essence of these traditions for a modern audience. Tickets are available via secondary markets. – Lindsey Rhoades

Sunday, 10/18

Man Man

Brooklyn Bowl

8 p.m., $15-$18

It’s been a while since Philly’s finest mustachioed art-rock outfit Man Man have released a new LP, but 2013’s On Oni Pond signified a huge change for the band as they made their foray into more solid pop territory. While former incarnations channeled shambling bar ballads comprised of equal parts Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits, there’s no telling what direction new material might take, but their appearance at Brooklyn Bowl could signify that something is in the works. Brooklyn-based psych-dance sister act Prince Rama open the show with their unique “now wave” concept and flashy dance moves. – Lindsey Rhoades