The Weekender

5) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Beacon Theatre

If you can resist a gorgeous woman singing the blues then you are stronger man than me…which is admittedly not much of feat but the point remains that this set is sure to be swoon-fest for much of NYC’s male roots-loving populace.  The nearly $50 dollar price tag on this bad boy makes fidelity a slightly more likely outcome, but if you’re into pseudo-blues retro-revivalism and missed Gary Clark Jr. a few weeks back then this show is pretty much a must.

Friday, doors at 8pm

4) Matthew Dear, Light Asylum at Webster Hall

In the same way that last weekend was neck-tattooed nirvana for metal fans, this weekend is unadulterated glow-stick glory for tri-state electronic junkies. Saturday’s number one show, according to the always unimpeachable MSL/BCS polls, comes blipping from the East Village courtesy of Matthew Dear and Light Asylum and is sure to draw pent-up finance kids, punkers, Pitchfork apostles, and your girlfriend (if she’s cool). I realize that sounds like cross-cultural food poisoning to a lot of you but ask yourself: Would everyone bother putting up with each other if the show weren’t totally worth it?

Saturday, doors at 8pm

3) A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow at Bowery Ballroom

Noise is the new black. Some of this year’s cutest critical darlings have come tagged with the noise+genre modifier distinction, grinding, squealing, howling, and smashing (more than a few Fenders to be sure) their way to bandwidth badassery. Two of the genre’s mainstays, A Place to Bury Strangers and MSL homeys/CMJ vets Bleeding Rainbow, are quite prepared to rip Bowery Ballroom and your forsaken eardrums a whole new orifice on Sunday night. Enjoy it now, regret it when your 72.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

2) Trash Talk, Mellowhype at Gramercy Theatre

12 months ago you were a lot cooler than me if you had heard about Trash Talk, practically Fonzie if you had actually listened to them. This weekend they are selling nearly $20 tickets to a hardcore punk show at Gramercy Theater on the back of sophomore album that received solid but not jubilant critical reception. I suppose that’s what hanging out with Tyler the Creator will do for you. Though a far cry from July’s 285 Kent crust-fest, this thing could still very well be the structural and cultural end of Gramercy as we know it.

Saturday, doors at 8pm

1)Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Chester Enderzby Gwazda at Bowery Ballroom

We here at My Social List shoulder the heavy burden of international and evolutionary secrets that, if revealed, would threaten to alter the very nature of humankind. Our fondness of Dan Deacon is not one of them. The architect of one of the year’s most underrated albums in America, Deacon brings his neo-baroque sound-palette to the LES on Friday night, earning a shiny number one Weekender trophy for his already MSL-accolade-addled mantle. A far more substantive electronic option to Bassnectar’s Friday night drop-fest, you should be here if you’re going to be anywhere that thumps.

Friday, doors at 8pm

 

Honorable Mentions

Who Needs Google Maps?

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead at Irving Plaza

Never Too Old To Cry

Taking Back Sunday at Best Buy Theater

Giving Beards A Bad Name

Zac Brown Band at IZOD Center