Whether you are pumped for the first day of fall – or you’re about to go all Michael Douglas in Falling Down because you can’t take hearing about Pumpkin-spiced everything – we have you covered with our Pancake Picks; the best shows of the week in NYC.





Albert Hammond Jr. @ Bowery Ballroom – Most of you probably know his incredibly versatile guitar work from his work in The Strokes, but AHJ has his own catalog of incredible songs and vocal performances. Currently in the middle of a large U.S. tour in support of his most recent solo album, Momentary Masters, Albert comes to NYC to rock before heading to DC to play with that other band of his for Landmark Music Festival.


Pete RG @ Kings County Saloon – Pete RG is back in the city this week with two shows, Tuesday at Kings County and Saturday night at Pianos upstairs. If you’re a fan of Pearl Jam or Candlebox you’ll get to see Dave Krusen on drums (Pearl Jam + Candlebox) and Adam Kury on bass (Candlebox), rip it up with Pete’s incredible live show.



Of Monsters & Men @ Beacon Theatre – After selling out Hammerstein back in the spring, the Icelandic indie pop band is back to throw another epic party uptown as part of a two night stand. Riding the momentum of their sophomore album Beneath The Skin, the band brings harmonies and horns like no one else in pop music today.


Built To Spill @ Bowery Ballroom – The veteran indie-rockers are back and bring their incredible live show to the Bowery Ballroom. Perfect for a mid-week getaway from the doldrums.



Gregory Alan Isakov @ Beacon Theatre – One of the truly talented singer songwriters carrying the genre into the 2010s, Isakov has earned a large following due to his hauntingly beautiful ballads and versatile guitar work. We met up with him at Bonnaroo earlier this summer and could not be happier that he’s back in town.


The Kills @ Warsaw – The amazing two-piece indie rock band The Kills bring their noisy hurricane of a show to NYC. They haven’t released an album since 2011, but no one seems to care when you sound as good live as they do.



The Suffers @ Mercury Lounge – The powerful and smooth soul band from Houston makes an appearance in NYC before heading to DC for Landmark Music Festival. Lead by incredible singer Kam Franklin, the band is racking up awards left and right, and rightfully so.


The Decemberists @ Radio City Music Hall – The Decemberists are known for their zany antics while performing, including large whale props and synchronized dances. Don’t let the fun fool you however, as this band is tight, groovy and totally danceable. Fun for all ages, bring the kiddies! Plus Lucius is opening!


The Jesus And Mary Chain @ Terminal 5 – Few bands have had the impact that The Jesus And Mary Chain have had on alt-rock music over the last 30+ years. If you want to be impressed, to have your doors blown off, this is the show for you this week.



Slonk Donkerson @ Baby’s All Right – The sludge rockers celebrate their new album, “The Lunar Martini Motorbike Club and Their Respective Destinies” in rock style with a show at Baby’s. With an album name like that you know they’ve gotta be a killer band.


Global Citizen Festival @ Central Park – Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay. Enough said.



Ghost @ Terminal 5 – Sometimes you want more than just music –  Ghost brings the theatrics, dramatic lighting and costumes, but it doesn’t overshadow their impressive rock chops. Good way to end the week.


Article: Tom Shackelford & Shayne Hanley


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