The Best NYC Shows This Week: Pond, Wildhoney, Gunn-Truscinski Duo


This week has a lot to offer for those who inhabit the psychedelic side of the music spectrum. The biggest name in this category is Pond, an Australian psych-rock band with ties to Tame Impala, who will bring their classic rock–inspired tunes to Warsaw. At Baby’s All Right, weirdo psych-pop auteur Drugdealer will trot out collaborator Weyes Blood to belt it out onstage. If you want to enter a weirder zone, check out the mind-bending guitar improv of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo for free at Union Pool, or wait until Sunday, when twelve hours of drone take over Ridgewood’s H0L0.

Verdigrls, Den-Mate, Sur Back, Rich Girls
Knitting Factory
8 p.m., $10–$12

Brooklyn’s Verdigrls, a trio composed of sisters Catherine and Anna Wolk and guitarist Rachel Rossen, play classic indie pop that, in this era of hyperstimulation, feels comfortingly nostalgic. Their keyboard and drum machines pad out songs centered on harmonized vocals, backed up by occasional string flourishes. Cold synth ambience hangs in the background of some of these songs, balancing out their super-sweetness and lending an achingly relatable sense of isolation and loneliness.

Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Vampire Belt
Union Pool
8 p.m., free

The Gunn-Truscinski Duo make music for people who are too cool for jam bands. Their instrumental songs are rambling, drawn-out affairs that feature guitar noodling and repetitive percussion. Their effect is trance-inducing: It’s easy to imagine listening to them sprawled out on your back, staring up at shape-shifting clouds, letting the day pass by unbothered. Their most recent album, Bay Head, came out in November 2017, and it’s their strongest yet, with endlessly unraveling riffs and drones that will make a certain type of music fan drool.

House of Vogue
MikeQ, Questi?onmarc, BE3K, MC Leggoh
House of Yes
10 p.m., $10

It’s 2018 — you should know what ball culture is, what voguing is, and why you should run to any event that promises to involve the two. But if you need a refresher, voguing is a dance form invented by queer kids of color in the late Eighties, mostly at uptown “balls” in New York, where people in fabulous, often homemade outfits would compete for trophies in endless categories. A modern mini-ball takes place every month at House of Vogue, where dynamic DJs like MikeQ provide the soundtrack to the shows put on by voguers and runway acts. The event’s description reminds some of us that, as a white or straight ally, the best thing you can do is show up and buy drinks at the bar. If there’s a more purely enjoyable form of activism, we haven’t heard of it.

Human People, Washer, Water From Your Eyes, Beeyotch
8 p.m., $8–$10

The New York City four-piece Human People have one of our favorite band names of all-time. Luckily, their music lives up to those high standards. The group plays messy, DIY pop rock in the vein of Nineties riot grrrl acts. And though Human People are a lot of fun, they aren’t blind to the realities of living as a woman or a marginalized person. Their unassuming veneer allows them to slip in haunting lines like, “Every single night I think about getting murdered/Straight white man just shooting me up at 2 a.m. in the bathroom.” But they can also sing songs about relationships and going on “permanent vacation” with an appealing breeziness. Everyone needs a balance.

Pond, Fascinator
8 p.m., $22.50

Pond are a band that includes members of the Australian project Tame Impala, and if you like that outfit’s brand of oversaturated, woozy psych-rock, you’ll like this, too. Their influences are obvious — Seventies classic rock, Eighties synth pop, psychedelia — but the songs do their best to transcend this; often their massive hooks, melodramatic climaxes, and heavily reverbed vocals succeed in doing so. The Pitchfork review of their most recent album, The Weather, called them “a band knocking loudly on the door of greatness.” Unlike Tame Impala, Pond are known for their live antics, and they’ll easily fill Warsaw’s space with glittering, sublime sounds.

Magic City
Jubilee, Volvox, Jimmy Edgar, Star Eyes, Doctor Jeep, Katie Rex
11 p.m., $15–$25

Miami bass queen Jubilee brings her party Magic City to Elsewhere this week, where she’ll take over the entire space with a lineup of diverse DJs. Techno is represented here by badass Discwoman closer Volvox on the main stage and by Katie Rex in the more intimate Zone One. There’s more eclectic selectors, too, like the Berlin-via-Detroit artist Jimmy Edgar, who mixes glitch, hip-hop, funk, and more into his sets. Brooklyn DJ Star Eyes will play a set of bass-centric tunes, and New York’s Doctor Jeep will mix breakbeats, dancehall, garage, and more. There’s something for everyone — if you don’t like the vibe, just wait a minute or walk a few feet.

Drugdealer (featuring Weyes Blood), PC Worship
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $12–$14

Despite musician Michael Collins’s penchant for silly band names like Run DMT and Salvia Plath, the songwriter makes psychedelic pop that feels earnest and real. On his most recent album, The End of Comedy, he expresses a sweetness and vulnerability that were only hinted at on his earlier records. He also recruits a star-studded list of collaborators including Ariel Pink, members of Mac DeMarco’s band, and the dark folk songstress Weyes Blood, who will join him at this show. The album’s title track, on which Blood sings lead vocals, is one of the standouts, sounding like a classic Sixties pop song shot through with saxophone and jazzy keyboards.

A Village Raid, Amber Valentine, Hex Hector, Sateen, Dahlia Sin, Aquaria, Sussi & Harry, Mazurbate
11 p.m., $10–$20

Kunst, a party that’s named after the German word for “art,” was started in 2013 by performance artist Gage of the Boone and New York nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch, who is known for the high art–level looks at all her parties. (Her outfits have been displayed at FIT.) Gage of the Boone, who does a kind of avant-drag performance, was deeply involved with the Spectrum, the underground queer party space that closed in 2015 and has since relocated to Ridgewood’s Dreamhouse. Kunst brings together dance music DJs like Amanda Valentine and hosts like downtown star Amanda Lepore to create a backdrop for the fabulous getups you can look forward to from attendees. Prepare to be amazed.

Wildhoney, Big Bliss, Hypoluxo, Silk Sign
Zone One at Elsewhere
7 p.m., $10

Baltimore five-piece Wildhoney sound like a band you’ve loved for decades, though since their inception in 2013, they’ve yet to even garner a Pitchfork review. Listening to their fuzzy guitars and reverb, you should automatically have a neon sign reading “shoegaze” light up in your head. But these songs transcend their genre, and are filled with a warmth that many groups who play this music never even aspire to. Whatever else you say about them, Wildhoney are a band that will make you feel good.

Twelve Hour Drone
Nathan Cearley, Jenn Grossman, Ben Seretan, Mike Green, Dylan Marcheschi, David First, Jeanann Dara, Ka Baird, Marcia Bassett, Bob Bellerue, Jesse Derosa, Ryan Soper, Smhoak Mosheen, Anastasia Clarke, more
noon, $10

If you’ve got a free Sunday, consider grabbing your pillow and some earplugs and heading over to Ridgewood’s H0L0. With more than fifty artists over the course of half a day, this pop-up drone festival is the perfect way to spend a wintery weekend afternoon or evening. The festival is a family affair, with performers who have deep connections to the noise scene, like Bob Bellerue, and to Brooklyn’s DIY community, like Smhoak Mosheen, who’s probably still recovering from his own endurance festival last month. But this day is less about the names than it is about the vibe. There’s plenty of time to get into the zone and stay there for as long as you like.