It’s the second week in January and it still feels like fall/spring. Take advantage of not having to trudge through a foot of slush to get to the venue and go see a show or two. Here’s our Pancake Picks, the best shows of the week in NYC.



Howth @ Le Poisson Rouge – Taking the stage as part of LPR’s Artists on the Rise series, Howth brings a very catchy style of garage rock. The guitar band brings much more to the table than just a very melodic musical style, but very direct an honest songs that speak to the listener.


Kate Davis @ Rockwood Music Hall – Most of you might know Kate from her semi-viral YouTube cover of “All About That Bass.” She’s also a very talented singer-songwriter from here in NYC and has a number of very catchy originals including “Keep An Open Heart” and “Only Growing Old.”



RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl ­– Known for mixing hip-hop, rock, and indie psychedelic styles to his sound, the Philly DJ/multi-instrumentalist takes the stage night one of his two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl. If you’ve never heard his signature instrumental blend sound, I’ve got two words for you- Mad Men.



Bully @ Bowery Ballroom – In addition to being part the Governor’s Ball lineup announcement earlier this week, Bully is currently on tour opening for METZ. Bully’s been gaining traction in the indie rock world with their debut 2015 album, Feels Like.


Dead Stars & Slonk Donkerson @ Shea Stadium – See a few of the best local rock bands, at a small venue for a mid-week treat.



Ratatat @ Hammerstein Ballroom – Brooklyn’s own electro-rock duo bring a style and show that always makes for a great night of dancing. Their 2015 album Magnifique was just another musical project cementing the duo’s musical chemistry.


The Knocks @ Baby’s All Right – Another electronic music duo throwing a party in NYC on Thursday, The Knocks bring their mix of indie rock, EDM, and dance music to FM radio with collaborations with artists like Fetty Wap and X Ambassadors.



Crazy & The Brains @ PianosGarage rockers Crazy & The Brains turn up the amps and throw their rock music right in your face. They actually have a very throwback sound to them also, mixing late 60s rock with modern indie, and it’s very, very good.


Atlas Road Crew @ Bowery Ballroom – Via South Carolina, this band brings a different Alt-rock vibe to the party and has been known to put on incredible and energetic live shows.


Whiskey Bitches @ Baby’s All Right – Guests at our own showcases many times, we can tell you that this trio will get your punk past in motion at their high-tempo live show. Plus, they have a song called “whiskey gone drinking,” which is right up our alley.



EZTV @ Baby’s All Right – NYC three-piece indie rock band EZTV bring very catchy songs made up of harmonic perfection with an easy-going vibe.



Moon Hooch @ Mercury Lounge – NYC subway heroes return to a real stage with their high tempo, one of a kind show, that will give you that horn fix you’ve been pining for.


Article: Tom Shackleford & Shayne Hanley


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