So many great shows lately, whether it’s under the stars at SummerStage or a tightly packed Bowery, things have been spectacular. This week is no different, so be sure to check out our Pancake Picks below for the best shows of the week.



Smoke Season @ Rough Trade – Arguably one of the hottest new bands coming out of the L.A. scene, Smoke Season has been all the buzz in 2014 and going into 2015 for the duo’s electric-soul and R&B sound they have powering through the amps.


Doyle Bramhall II @ Highline Ballroom – One of the premiere blues guitarists, he’s been in Roger Waters’ and Eric Clapton’s bands since the late 90s. What’s more impressive, is that he actually plays his guitar upside down, and still shreds better than you ever could.



Ryn Weaver @ Bowery Ballroom – One of the hottest new faces/voices in the pop scene, we saw Ryn torch the stage at Bonnaroo and Firefly, so we can only image she’s gotten even better since then for an expected sold out show. Her powerful vocals are bringing pure talent back to the female pop scene. Happy Hump Day!


X Ambassadors @ Rough Trade – X Ambassadors playing a free show in Brooklyn? Count us in! We caught their last free show here right down the street at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last winter and it was one hell of a party, we expect nothing different this time around.



Primus & Dinosaur Jr @ JBL Live at Pier 97This is THE show of the summer for some of us, and with legendary alt-rock bands like Primus and Dinosaur Jr – it will be a night of moshing, head-banging, drinking cold beers and throwing up the horns. Get there early (6pm) to see The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, featuring Sean Lennon.


Blake Mills @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgBlake’s Americana style of songwriting showcases him as one of the top composers and songwriters in music today. Thankfully he takes time to work on his own music when he’s not collaborating and playing with Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Weezer, The Avett Brothers, and Norah Jones, just to name a few.


Sunflower Bean & Honduras @ Rough Trade – A great local lineup of some fast rising indie-rock bands that like to go little harder than most. Both bands’ live shows are growing to legendary status, making this a top mid-week pick to get out of the house.



Springtime Carnivore @ Mercury Lounge – You could categorize her music as catchy dream pop, but Greta Salpeter is somewhere between Jenny Lewis and 50s guitar rock. A true hidden gem in the emerging music scene, she’s definitely worth seeing.


Veruca Salt @ Webster Hall – One of the better four-pieces in alt-rock since the mid-90s, Veruca Salt established themselves as one of the top rock acts to come from the Chicago scene with a mix of influences from grunge to alternative.



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ The Bowery Ballroom – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be touring across the USA and Canada this summer playing the album in it’s entirety along with other favorites from their catalog.



Duran Duran @ The Capitol Theatre – If you’re a little bit older, like a certain editor around here, then it’s worth making the trip up to see Duran Duran at The Capitol Theatre. The 80’s pop-rock legends are one of the few remaining bands from that era still selling out big rooms, and should be a blast with their many radio-friendly hits.


Article: Tom Shackleford + Shayne Hanley


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