The Best NYC Shows This Week: Natalia Lafourcade, Ice Balloons, DJ Technics


The newest incarnation of Brooklyn DIY stalwart Secret Project Robot continues to kill it this week, with two very different shows. On Friday, dance label Sweat Equity’s monthly rager will bring the Baltimore club legend DJ Technics to the stage. On Saturday, stop by for a day-long benefit to end mass incarceration with a smattering of Brooklyn’s best experimental locals. If you’re looking for a bigger party, there’s always Warm Up, which has an incredible lineup this week, featuring DJs like Lotic and rappers like A$AP FERG.


Ice Balloons, POW!, Chorizo, Grill Cloth
Baby’s All Right
9 p.m., $10

“The Wasp,” released by Brooklyn noise pop supergroup Ice Balloons at the beginning of July, is a gnarly, fuzzed-out punk song as heard through a cement mixer. “The song chronicles the development of parasitic wasp babies inside a caterpillar as they slowly eat its body away until they are large enough to emerge,” band leader Sean Kennerly told The Fader. Ice Balloons are probably best known for including TV on the Radio member Kyp Malone, but they also boast members of local bands Surfbort and Samiam. Now, they’re preparing to release a bizarre collection of songs called Fiesta, their first album since 2013. Also, their lead singer performs dressed in a golden-fly costume. What’s not to love?


Washer, Rick Rude, Stove, Human People
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

Yes, there are two Brooklyn bands named after appliances, and yes, they are playing the same show. Surprisingly, they’re also both very good. Washer are a punk duo composed of Kieran McShane and Mike Quigley who play sincere and simple tunes that sound like many of the much-loved emo-revival acts. Stove, the other appliance-themed group to make an appearance, is the solo project of Ovlov’s Steve Hartlett. His 2015 album, Is Stupider, found the artist arguing himself into a self-aware psychic break over slacker riffs that Steve Albini would enjoy. Last year’s ominously named EP, Is the Meat That Fell Out, saw Hartlett transitioning toward likable fuzzy bedroom pop. Though Stove draws on many obvious influences and creates accessible work, there’s an edge and intelligence to its music that keeps the whole thing from being predictable.


Honey Soundsystem, Love Tempo
Good Room
10 p.m., $15

Honey Soundsystem, the dance music collective from San Francisco founded in 2006, truly do it all. The crew — Jacob Sperber, Jason Kendig, Robert Yang, and Josh Cheon — are all hyper-creative dance music aficionados who are passionate about underground queer culture. They DJ, put out releases on the several record labels they’ve founded, and throw some of the best parties in the Bay Area and around the world. With their busy schedule these days, it’s rare for the whole team to get together, and that — aside from their exquisite taste in house, disco, and techno — will be what makes this night at Good Room so special.

Natalia Lafourcade, Vagabon
Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
7:30 p.m., free

Two very different women will take the stage at Lincoln Center’s outdoor summer music series this Friday, bringing with them a staggering array of influences in their musical visions. Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican singer-songwriter whose gently enchanting songs and featherlight vocals are based in the musical heritage of Latin America, yet still manage to feel brand-new. Vagabon is the stage name for local indie rocker Lætitia Tamko, whose dramatic, emotionally intense music continually reveals the singer’s astonishing talent. These artists are ready to rise.

Slothrust, Tancred, Mal Blum & the Blums
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 p.m., $15-$18

Slothrust’s 2016 album, Everyone Else, takes the Brooklyn band from its house show origins to the big time, with stadium anthems for angsty suburban kids. Their style of indie rock combines huge hooks and impressive solos with softly sung interludes and intimate lyrics about graveyards and wildlife. Slothrust’s members are former jazz and blues students, and that background lends their music a swing that other scrappy DIY groups struggle to find. They’ll play with Mal Blum, a heart-on-sleeve singer-songwriter who revels in the discomfort of navigating love as a young person.

Whitney, Moses Sumney, Weyes Blood
Prospect Park Bandshell
7 p.m., free

For possibly the best free show of the summer, Chicago rock kids Whitney will play alongside the looping genius Moses Sumney and the goth folk songstress Weyes Blood. Despite his stunning live performances, indie-royalty friends, and the originality of his jazz-influenced ethereal pop songs, Sumney has yet to make it big. This might be about to change as he releases his debut album, Aromanticism, out in September on Jagjaguwar. Sumney kills every show he plays, and this balmy summer evening in the park should be no different. If you want to get in, you might be camping out in line for a few hours. Just bring some friends and make it a picnic.

Sweat Equity
DJ Technics, the Carry Nation, Shyboi, JX Cannon, Alien D, Montepiedra, Nina
Secret Project Robot
10 p.m., $12

At their monthly party, the Brooklyn dance music label Sweat Equity presents the legendary Baltimore club maestro DJ Technics. The DJ, whose real name is Glenn Brand, was a pioneer of the genre in the Nineties, and has since brought the sound he helped create around the world. Baltimore club is known for its breakbeats and chopped-up samples, with roots in hip-hop, soul, and funk. This night will provide a lesson in this sound from one of the greats, while locals like the queer party DJs Carry Nation and Discwoman’s rising star Shyboi fill out the bill.


Frankie Rose, Tempers, War Bubble
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $12-$14

On her last album, 2013’s Herein Wild, the Brooklyn musician Frankie Rose escaped the garage rock, girl-group influences she’d explored with her former bands Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls and instead took on a dreamy, Eighties synth tone reminiscent of bands like Wild Nothing. This night will celebrate the release of her new album, Cage Tropical. One single from the album, “Red Museum,” finds Rose continuing to explore reverb, shimmering pop vocals, and high production values. She’ll play alongside Tempers, a dark pop band from New York City who play distorted gothic new wave.

Warm Up
Total Freedom, Cardi B, A$AP FERG, Hitmakerchinx, Lotic, inc. no world + Ian Isiah, YATTA
3 p.m., $18-$22

Every year, PS1’s iconic daytime summer party series, Warm Up, releases a lineup that is crowded with diverse new talent, including some of the greatest new hopes in electronic, dance, experimental, and hip-hop. This Saturday is one of the most exciting single parties they’re throwing this year, combining the cutting-edge rap of A$AP FERG and Cardi B with the aggressive dance floor experimentation of DJs Total Freedom and Lotic. There are stranger offerings as well. Internet-saturated artist Ryan Trecartin will do visuals during Total Freedom’s set. Later, Ian Isiah of the hip fashion label Hood by Air will perform gospel covers. All the cool kids will be there.

Music Against Mass Incarceration
Gold Dime, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Brandon Lopez Trio (with Nate Wooley and Gerald Cleaver), 75 Dollar Bill, Sunwatchers, Ava Mendoza, KATIEE, Ashcan Orchestra, Jock Gang, Hairy Sands
Secret Project Robot
2 p.m., $15

Go out for a good cause this Saturday to support this day-long benefit for the organization JustLeadershipUSA, a group that is “dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030.” The bill is packed with local favorites on the experimental side, but the highlight is Gold Dime, a group powered by Andrya Ambro of Talk Normal. Their recently released album, Nerves, feels like just that — always slightly off-kilter, never settling into comfort or predictability. Their album’s seven-minute opener, “Easy,” is a stunning epic of distortion, guitars, frantic vocals, and drones, climaxing with a chant of “leave me alone” that blurs over minutes into a fervent prayer.