The Best NYC Shows This Week: Bully, Lesley Flanigan, Palehound


This city — and Brooklyn in particular — is filled with excellent small venues putting on consistently great shows. This week, it happens that the South Williamsburg spot Baby’s All Right is killing it harder than the rest. On Tuesday, head there to catch the Boston indie rockers Palehound and locals Baked; on Thursday, to experience gothpop outfit Fruit & Flowers, Australian jangle poppers Surf Rock Is Dead, and Brooklyn psych rockers Sic Tic; and again on Saturday, for the record-release show of the rising Brooklyn rock band Rips. But if you just want to get out of town, the incredible Nashville punk band Bully plays way out in Montauk, on Sunday, at the Surf Lodge’s free series of summer shows.

Palehound, Baked, Petal
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $12–$14

Ellen Kempner’s laid-back Boston indie rock band Palehound may sound familiar. That’s because Kempner is good friends with Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis, and the bands share an ethos that emphasizes unusual song structures, extended guitar jams, intimate lyrics, and vocals that feel urgent and personal. Palehound will appear with locals Baked, who play noisy, confident, reverb-soaked rock tunes, and Petal, a band hailing from Scranton, Pennsylvania, whose lead singer’s clear, aching vocals are the centerpiece. It’s a great lineup all around.

Odwalla 1221, Juliana Huxtable, Eartheater, Fluct, Tara-Jo Tashna
Secret Project Robot
9 p.m., $10

The Los Angeles–based duo Odwalla 1221 (formerly Odwalla 88) fall somewhere between experimental electronic music, noise, early riot grrl, and spoken-word performance. Their songs often feature one of the two performers simply speaking phrases that seem like something you’d Google on a lazy afternoon (“How to wire wrap a stone”), undercut by dissonant electronics. Their voices, which are often electronically triggered and looped, are as unapologetically feminine as those of acts like Bikini Kill, as is their subject matter, from what’s in their purses to the uses of safety pins and chokers. Odwalla 1221 will headline a show featuring the DJ and artist Julianna Huxtable and the avant-folk performer Eartheater.

Lesley Flanigan & Mariel Roberts, Lazurite
Issue Project Room
8 p.m., $12–$15

Lesley Flanigan is a Brooklyn-based musician and artist who builds her own wooden speakers and uses their distortion to create beautiful hums, drones, squeaks, and squeals that form the basis of her meditative music. She also sings, looping mostly wordless harmonies that provide a counterpoint to her speakers’ sometimes harsh tones. At this Issue Project Room event, Flanigan will collaborate for the first time with the cellist Mariel Roberts, who performs solo and alongside artists like Tristan Perich (a new classical composer and Flanigan’s husband) and Saul Williams. There’s no saying exactly what will happen at this show, but knowing Flanigan’s work, it should be both beautiful and challenging.

Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch
Brooklyn Bazaar
8 p.m., $15

In 2015, the New Orleans doom metal outfit Thou released a staggering collaboration with Portland group the Body that brought both bands to the peak of apocalyptic menace. But Thou are prolific on their own — the collaboration was their fifth full-length album since 2007 and just one among many releases, including EPs, singles, compilations, and demos. On all these outings, Thou precisely construct songs mired in sludgy guitar and bass — you can feel them reveling in their own depravity. Despite their music’s gloomy tone, it’s obvious that this band is having a lot of fun.

Fruit & Flowers, Surf Rock Is Dead, Sic Tic
Baby’s All Right
10 p.m., $10–$12

The dreamy Brooklyn band Fruit & Flowers have all the makings of future indie stars — their sound is accessible, they know how to write a melody, and their gothy psychpop provides just enough room for experimentation. They’ll headline a show supported by the Melbourne definitely-not-surf-rock group Surf Rock Is Dead, who write jangly pop songs that are reminiscent of stateside groups like the Drums and Beach Fossils, and the blissed-out, psych-grunge locals Sic Tic.

King Britt & DJ Said
Le Bain
10 p.m., free

DJ Said grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was surrounded by the sounds of Afrobeat, in the same community that birthed the legendary musician Fela Kuti. When he went to London in the late Eighties, Said discovered dance music and fell in love. For decades, he’s pioneered an East Coast–meets–West African deep house sound. At the Standard’s Le Bain, Said will play alongside the musicologist, producer, and DJ King Britt, whose knowledge of the African diaspora’s musical history informs the far-out Afrofuturism that defines his work.

Rabit, Drew McDowall, Sadaf, Cecilia
Midnight, $12–$15

These are times that call for aggressive political music, and that’s exactly what the experimental electronic producer Rabit specializes in. His music, which utilizes harrowing samples of news reports, interviews, and speeches over noisy, disjointed sounds, can feel like a physical confrontation with the forces in the world he’s fighting against. He’ll be joined by Sadaf, another producer and DJ whose politically tinged techno stretches the definition of dance music. Rounding out this crew is Drew McDowall, a 56-year-old Scottish musician most well-known for his work in the U.K. industrial band Coil and the avant-garde psych rock collective Psychic TV. McDowall’s music may not be as in-your-face as Rabit’s or Sadaf’s, but his moody soundscapes are just as affecting.

Rips, Poppies, Rat Columns
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $10–$12

Rips are hard to avoid these days — it seems the Brooklyn four-piece is everywhere, headlining shows at favorite local venues a few times a week. This month, they released their self-titled debut, filled with easy, melodic rock songs that highlight the band’s penchant for big hooks and Strokes-esque riffs. Their album was produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown, and it shows — like that jangly, shambling outfit, Rips exude an apathetic cool that harkens back to some of the finest New York bands of the Seventies.

DJ Premier
Betsy Head Memorial Playground
7 p.m., free

Christopher Edward Martin, better known as DJ Premier, is one of the many hip-hop talents to come from the fertile late-Eighties New York scene. Martin’s collaboration with the seminal Gang Starr collective, led by Keith “Guru” Elam, produced some of that era’s most essential texts, and Martin’s turntable skills laid the foundation for the group’s many classic releases. This free show will be a chance to come and pay tribute to a hip-hop great.

The Surf Lodge
6 p.m., free

Tired of the hot, smelly city? Take the train to the Surf Lodge’s free series of summer shows in beautiful Montauk and make it a beach day. This Sunday’s act is particularly worth the journey: Bully, a Nashville punk group who released an explosive batch of songs on their 2015 album, Feels Like. All the group’s songs are instant classics, reminiscent of Nineties artists like Liz Phair and Hole, but its single “Trying” is particularly intense and impossible to ignore.