Here’s our breakdown on the best shows of the week here in NYC, read our Pancake Picks to be prepared for the week ahead, via doNYC.



Sticky Fingers @ Baby’s All Right – Austrailian band Sticky Fingers, mixes various styles including reggae, indie-rock, and hip-hop tempos to make up their signature sound. They wrap up their first U.S. tour with two-night stand at Baby’s.


Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck @ IFC CenterIf you haven’t seen Montage Of Heck yet, and are a music fan – this is a must see film. Featuring previously never-been-seen footage and personal drawings from Kurt Cobain – you will walk away with a greater understanding of the troubled, mega rock star who committed suicide (?) at age 27. This rock-doc runs all week with multiple time slots.



Braeves @ Le Poisson Rouge – Local long Island band Braeves provide a dreamy style of indie-rock that fits right into the NYC music scene, but without getting trapped into the generic mix of hipster rock flooding the venues. We’ve caught them at Cameo and during a Sofar Sounds acoustic show and they’ve yet to disappoint. Plus who doesn’t love a drunken trip to LPR on a Tuesday?


Tribe Society @ Pianos – Tribe Society released their debut full length album Delirium Sonata and an EP Lucid Dreams so far in 2015, and both of which feature an incredible display of experimental indie/alternative rock.



Diane Birch @ Joe’s Pub – Diane’s vocal styles and range are about as diverse as they come for a singer. Her sound could be somewhere in between the power and pop of Florence Welch and the soul of Adele. She’s opened for Stevie Wonder, so she’s definitely got the chops to hold down Joe’s Pub.


Whiskey Bitches + Banditos @ The Knitting Factory – Anytime we can drop the word “Whiskey” into an article we do so. Disregarding that, this is a fantastic bill of eclectic bands that bring different flavors, that is sure to brighten up the midweek blues.



Red Wanting Blue @ City Winery – Veteran Americana rock band Red Wanting Blue have steadily build a loyal fan base from their Athens, Ohio origins in the mid-90s to now. The group continues to rock after almost twenty years of non-stop touring and playing solid heartland rock and roll music.



Miracles of Modern Science @ Mercury Lounge – The EP release show for this local experimental indie-rock band should be a unique musical party celebrating the release of their new EP Mean Dreams. Experimenting with various stringed instruments with electro/pop styles, they’re truly one of the unique bands in the NYC music scene.


James Murphy (DJ Set) @ Output – Mr. LCD Soundsystem may have moved on from playing with his old bandmates, but the brilliant electronic songwriter and producer still throws a party when he DJ’s in and around NYC every so often. Need an excuse to dance? Head over to Output on Friday.



Canon Logic @ Webster Hall Studio – One of my favorite local NYC bands, Canon Logic, put out what I consider one of the more diverse pop/rock albums of 2014. They’ll be playing their last local show for a while as they plan on heading into the studio soon for their highly anticipated follow up.


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Knitting Factory – If you missed this group of extraordinary performers, these fellas put on an amazing show at Central Park SummerStage last year and take brass instrumentation to a whole new level with their mixture of hip-hip, R&B, soul, putting an exclamation mark on traditionally boring instruments.



Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit @ Brooklyn Bowl – Get your jam-band on at Brooklyn Bowl to close out the week. This gig will be easy like Sunday mornin’.


Article: Tom Shackleford + Shayne Hanley


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