A lot of great things are happening mid-week in this never-ceasing city. But Wednesdays can sometimes be the Fridays of New York, right? Here’s an early list of what’s happening in the music world.
Cate Le Bon, Vivien Goldman, Moon Diagrams at Elsewhere – 6/26
History repeats itself in beautiful minimalist percussions. Then those sounds play a show together in 2019. Cate Le Bon’s sentimental sound has to do with the crooning of her Welsh accent, L.A. elements to influence it as she is a recent transplant to the city, and her love of bands like Pavement. Vivien Goldman opens the show but her years of experience as a musician, journalist and PR for Bob Marley make it more of a double headliner of sweetness—-like an art rock family’s talent show. Moon Diagrams follows a similar beat of indie electronica, which makes sense as a member of Deerhunter. It’s a swirl into madness, psychedelia, dub, love, minimalism, music history, a show you should see if you snag a last-minute ticket.
Kikagaku Moyo, Sarah Louise at The Rooftop at Elsewhere – 6/26
Genre: Psychedelic, Prog Rock, Ambient
The humidity is in full force, but the best you can do for yourself is fight it on a rooftop venue in Bushwick as Kikagaku Moyo throw you in a daze of psychedelic happenings, like elements of Haruomi Hosono’s Honsono House with a phaser pedal, or the godchild of Acid Mother Temple, who they share the Japanese scene with. But Honsomo wanted to be The Band. Kikagaku are more likely Hawkwind with a bit more lackadaisical–a pool of lush progressions that define neo-psychedelia. And to convince you even more, opener Sarah Louise sounds like an folk fusion extension of Eno’s Ambient III.
Uranium Club, Nandas, Pinocchio at Brooklyn Bazaar – 6/27
The poetic vomit reaches you, that aching nausea in a toilet of echoing choppy guitars. Take a second to breathe, then jump in–it’s bizarre at the Brooklyn Bazaar. A Midwestern surge of energy deriving from a sense of “devo-core” without the apparent influence. It’s heavier and rattling, like emerging out of disassociation and in the middle of a punk show in Greenpoint, with local openers Pinocchio and Nandas making a curve towards post-punk 1981. Dow Jones and the Industrials did it, now Uranium Club’s words are too falling out like drool towards tight rhythms, rapid space synths and a tongue-and-cheek sprawl about blasphemy and the political climate–almost sounding like a voice over mockery of a history teacher in an early ‘90s music video, his white board magnet poetry falling off and onto tight high-hat drum speeds. It’s the frequency of a manic, regurgitating alarm clock colliding into an emotional apprehension that’ll make kids jump into rings of mangling arms on a Wednesday night. Go see this show.
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Wreckless Eric at Union Pool – 6/30
Genre: New Wave, Rock
He’s a cubby-holed Stiff Records gem. He still is at a constant. You know “Whole Wide World,” you understand the sentiment of slice-of-life lovelorn and reminiscence that frequented the lyrics of the new wave wave alongside Nick Lowe, Jilted John and Graham Parks. You’ve heard him in this film or that film. Now go hear him at Union Pool. Full band, or acoustic, it’s his nasally yet ravenous voice that is a storybook of much needed relatability.