It’s May! The biggest (most boring) fight of the century has passed, the horses ran really fast, and if your allergies aren’t making you want to rip your eyes out yet – you’re in good shape. Here our are Pancake Picks – best shows of the week. Check it.


Natalie Prass @ Bowery Ballroom – Coming off a lot of momentum as one of the top must-see acts at SXSW this year, Natalie mixes jazz, singer-songwriter, and R&B influences to put together a great signature sound to put this singer on everyone’s radar heading into summer.


Emily Kinney @ Gramercy Theatre – Yes, the same Emily Kinney from the Walking Dead. Believe it or not she can actually sing too. She’s got an innocently attractive voice to go with her pop singer-songwriting style. Hats off to her sense of humor of even throwing some Walking Dead references into some of her songs.



Mighty Oaks @ Mercury Lounge – This Americana-rock group fit in with the chill, Lord Hurons and the Head & The Heart Pandora stations of the world, with their pop friendly tunes. Catchy chord progressions and hummable melodies make up this trios signature sound.


Sarah Jaffe (Communion Music Club Night) @ Rockwood Music Hall – Having made a big name for herself in the Texas music scene and has build a steady following with solid singles like “Clementine.” Her mature sounding seductive, smokey vocals help her stand out among the crowd of female singers who try and write/record/perform songs as well as Sarah. Her song “Lover Girl” reminds me of a 2015 version of Debbie Harry.



High Waisted @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – Hosted by Jack Daniels, this will be a full on party with High Waisted throwing down some surf-rock inspired goodness that’s sure to put the doldrums of the mid-week past us.



Corey Glover Band & dUg Pinnick Band @ The Cutting Room – Two legends, one stage = One hell of a Thursday night in the city. Corey Glover, best known for being the lead singer of the legendary Living Color and dUg Pinnick – Bassist/singer of the Kings X will join forces, for a night of great rock.


Alex Bleeker & The Freeks @ Palisades – This easy-going sounding rock band make for a perfect summer band, where the living is easy, the grill is hot, drinks are strong, and the music is just what you need to feel good in life.


Natural Child @ Baby’s All Right – Great rock three-piece guitar band that who deliver an awesome modern sounding throwback package to their rock influences of decades past. They’ll sound like The Stones one minute with songs like “8 Am Blues”, The Ramones in “B$G P$MP$N”.



Oh Land @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Better known by her alias Oh Land, the former Denmark native now Brooklyn baby, Nanna Fabricius is right up there with contemparies like Florence Welch as female vocalists making a stamp in the indie-pop world.


Holychild @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar – Pretty crazy to wrap our heads around the idea that Governor’s Ball is one month away. We’ll be getting a preview of the madness to come as Holychild will be playing a kick as show at BK Bazaar before they take the stage a GovBall in a month. Should be a pretty good turnout for the indie-electronic duo.



Chappo @ Rough Trade – We caught these guys about a month ago opening for Big Data. The indie rock band has a pretty impressive catalog of catchy rock songs off their 2014 album Moonwater.


Har Mar Superstar @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar – Don’t confuse him with Ron Jeremy as it’s easily done – instead head over to the bazaar to see some smooth R&B, and a live performance you’ll be talking about, well into the next week.


Picks: Tom Shackleford + Editor


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