The Last Days of Cameo Gallery Kick off This Weekend’s Best Concerts in NYC


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Adios, Cameo Gallery – it’s been real. Since the venue opened its doors to Brooklyn’s emerging indie bands in 2009, it’s hosted countless rock acts, DJ nights, comedy events, and more, but as with other Williamsburg spots of its ilk, the artsy locale is packing up the installation that hangs above the stage and riding into the sunset. The final days boast stacked line-ups with two shows each on Friday and Saturday. Eternal Summers, SoftSpot, Little Racer, and Monograms take the stage early on Friday, followed that same night by The Juan Maclean. Caveman, Dave Harrington Group, Waltz and Heart Ache play the first bill on Saturday with Plastic Plates and a St. Lucia DJ set officially closing things out from midnight until… forever. Each of these shows is $15 with the exception of The Juan Maclean, who you can see for free so long as you RSVP. This isn’t the first venue to close and certainly won’t be the last, and while it stings, there are plenty of ways to mend that broken heart (like with Shopping, at Palisades on Saturday) or wallow in it (try Okkervil River’s three-show run reviving Black Sheep Boy at Bowery Ballroom from November 21-23).

Friday 11/20

The Juan Maclean

Cameo Gallery

11:59 p.m., FREE

This is it for Cameo Gallery; it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two months since the Williamsburg venue announced its impending closure, while in the same breath teasing an all-star line-up for its final weeks. The jewel in that crown is a free-with-RSVP show from DFA luminaries The Juan Maclean, who reunited for a series of live ‘residency’ gigs last April, three of which took place at Cameo. Resident DJ Evan Michael will spin, and there are “Special Guests” listed on the bill as well. Betting on a James Murphy appearance would be reckless, but with Cameo going out in a blaze of glory, there’s little left to lose. – Lindsey Rhoades

Martin Courtney

National Sawdust

10:30 p.m., $15

It took Martin Courtney a year and a half to make Many Moons, his full-length debut, but it took him a lot longer to decide he was even going to make it. His Real Estate bandmates Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker had already been releasing music outside of the band since 2009, in side projects Ducktails and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, respectively, so Courtney realized it was about time. Fittingly, Many Moons is all about time. It’s right there in the title. When he’s not wistfully remembering bygone days, he’s expressing trepidation for the future, sometimes even within the same song. The fruits of the record, which came out last month, don’t fall far from the Real Estate tree, but Courtney’s set at National Sawdust on November 20 will get a full string-quartet arrangement. – Pat Healy

The Cadillac Three

Terminal 5


“My point ain’t subtle here,” sings Jaren Johnston on “The South,”the 2013 debut single from The Cadillac Three. He spends the next four-and-a-half minutes proving that particular point, enlisting the help of Florida Georgia Line as they lyrically roll-call Southern states and stereotypes to a tune that has undoubtedly soundtracked many a shot-gunned Natty light. But the more apt introduction is “White Lighting,” a steady, strong number just as rife with Southern euphemisms as Johnston chronicles falling hard for a lover. It’s become the band’s flagship anthem, giving weight to their catalog’s whiskey-swigging fare and solidifying their range and versatility on the stages and studios with which Johnston and the band of Nashville natives have spent over a decade acquainting themselves. Next, they’ll take on one of New York’s more challenging venues – Terminal 5, where they play Friday night as a supporting act for Chase Rice on his JD and Jesus Tour. – Dacey Orr

Saturday 11/21



8 p.m., $12-$14

There’s always one band that “wins” CMJ, and at this past October’s Music Marathon, that band was most definitely UK dance-punks Shopping. They’re back in NYC for the home stretch of their six-week-long inaugural U.S. tour, co-headlining Bushwick DIY spot Palisades with D.C.’s Priests. Though the subversive missives are there for those that want them, Shopping’s main aim is to get folks dancing. With Andrew Milk’s walloping percussion and liberal cowbell, Rachel Aggs’ fleet and lucid guitar work, and Billy Easter’s swaggering, manic bass, that shouldn’t be too tall an order. Sharing vocal duties, the trio sounds like they’re arguing amongst themselves, their clever lyrics revealing witty cultural critique that never feels heavy-handed. – Lindsey Rhoades

Gamelan Kusuma Laras

Roulette Brooklyn

8 p.m., $25.

The multilayered sound of an Indonesian gamelan orchestra is somewhere between a sandwich, a parfait, and a Mark Rothko painting. Layers of shifting polyrhythms and hovering sonorities created by some 40 gongs, drums, and metallophones create an architectonically impressive real-time sonic sculpture. And so it is with New York’s own Gamelan Kusuma Laras, who will perform various gamelan works and the dance piece Bambang Cakil. The latter duet depicts a confrontation between the smooth, gentle prince Arjuna and the rough, violent demon Cakil. – Richard Gehr

Duncan Sheik

Zankel Hall at Carnegie

10 p.m., $44-$52

Few musical careers are as varied as Duncan Sheik‘s. For some, his name conjures acid-washed memories of his 1996 radio hit, “Barely Breathing.” Others might think of Spring Awakening, Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning rock musical about teenagers exploring their sexuality in nineteenth-century Germany. But with pop troubadour and musical-theater composer already on his résumé, Sheik has added a new notch to his belt: electronic musician. Last month Sheik released Legerdemain, his first non-musical solo album since 2006’s White Limousine. Recorded in his own studio in Garrison, New York, Legerdemain is half layered electronic music, half analog acoustic tunes — and, as such, a departure from what the artist describes as “ye olde Duncan Sheik.” Sheik is currently on tour in support of Legerdemain, sharing a bill with singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (of “Tom’s Diner” fame). On November 21, he’ll make a stop in New York to play Carnegie Hall. But that’s far from all that the musician has on his plate right now. The break to record his solo album aside, he’s still hard at work in the world of musical theater. Spring Awakening is currently enjoying a second life on Broadway in a groundbreaking new production from Deaf West Theatre, a Los Angeles–based company whose productions combine deaf and hearing performers. – Jenna Scherer

Sharon White

The Wick

11 p.m., $30-$40

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Sharon White has been responsible for breaking through more barriers than probably any other DJ. She was the first woman to headline two major New York nightclubs – the Saint and Paradise Garage – and the only DJ to spin at both. Billboard named her its first female DJ reporter; Motown, when it brought her aboard, became the first major label to hire a woman as a promotion director. She was the first DJ in any gay club on Fire Island. Saint-at-Large, which strives to keep the spirit of the original club alive, invited her to spin at the Black Party, the huge fetish-themed annual March bacchanal. That led to a second invite, this one for Night People, a 35th-anniversary celebration of the Saint to be held at the Wick in Bushwick on November 21. White will team up with DJ-producer Nita Aviance, along with Saint alumnus Michael Fierman and Ryan Smith. Night People — which bears the same name of the Saint’s annual night-before-Thanksgiving party — will also celebrate the life of longtime Saint-at-Large manager Michael Peyton, who passed away earlier this year. – Steve Weinstein


Music Hall of Williasburg

8 p.m., $15-$18

With the release of their third studio album (and first since 2009) Death Magic, HEALTH continue on their mission to prove that synth-heavy songs can be very, very loud. The Los Angeles noise rockers have remixed (and been remixed by) everyone from Crystal Castles to Purity Ring, and will appear with longtime collaborator Pictureplane for two dates in the NYC area – Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, followed by Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday. The first of those is already sold out, but tickets to LPR, while going quickly, are still available. – Lindsey Rhoades

Okkervil River

Bowery Ballroom

8 p.m., $25-$30

For the tenth anniversary of their most universally acclaimed LP, Black Sheep Boy, Austin indie band Okkervil River are observing the occasion in blow-out fashion, with not one, but three Bowery Ballroom shows in which they’ll play the album in full. Considering that it was released alongside seminal records from The Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, Songs:Ohio, and damn near all of Saddle Creek’s catalogue, Black Sheep Boy represents one of the best in what was something of a golden era for pained vocals (here, courtesy Will Schaff) and tragic conceptual themes. But the LP still feels timeless in its urgency, and so, a decade since its release, Jagjaguwar is re-releasing it alongside its EP counterpart Black Sheep Boy Appendix. The Saturday and Sunday shows have already sold out; be sure to snag tickets for Monday before they’re gone, too. – Lindsey Rhoades

Sunday 11/22

Frankie Cosmos EP Release

Marlin Room @ Webster Hall

8 p.m., $12

Having cut her teeth in Brooklyn’s all-ages DIY show scene, Frankie Cosmos (the bedroom pop project of Manhattan native Greta Kline) is often treated as something precious, for better or for worse. While some might label her music “twee” – and say so with undeserved disdain – her songs are poetic gems of a rare type, candid and completist catalogues of every-day musings. Her latest, a succinct little EP entitled Fit Me In, features four synthy, swoony songs with more electronic production than her previous indie-pop offerings. With another full-length in the works (due early next year) The Marlin Room at Webster Hall hosts an EP release party featuring Frankie Cosmos cohort Eskimeau and Columbus, Ohio grunge pop outfit All Dogs. – Lindsey Rhoades