Whether you’re well-rested (or completely faded) after the long Labor Day Weekend, there’s no better week to be out catching live music in NYC. Yank yourself outta bed and check out the best shows of the week via our Pancake Picks below.



Faulkner @ Mercury Lounge – These bi-coastal rockers have been working on their new album with producers RZA (Wu-Tang), Mark Needham (The Killers), and JP Bowersock (the Strokes), and now, you may get a sneak peak of what they’ve been working on. Head to Mercury Lounge to catch Faulkner tonight.


Midnight Magic @ LPR – A self-described “larger-than-life disco boogie,” NYC’s Midnight Magic are based out of an abandoned jazz factory in Northern Brooklyn and sure know how to bring a live set. They’ll be playing Le Poisson Rouge tonight, so get on over there and boogie.


Highasakite @ Rough Trade – Norway indie pop group Highasakite are also playing in NYC, just after releasing a string of new singles, including “Someone Who’ll Get It,” “Golden Ticket,” and “Samurai Swords.” You can check them out at Rough Trade tonight.



Sleigh Bells @ LPR – Noise pop duo Sleigh Bells got their big start in Brooklyn, and they’ll be back in the neighborhood this week. Keep an ear out for their newest single, “It’s Just Us Now,” when they play Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday.


Assembly of Dust @ Mercury Lounge – In case you need a refresher, AOD is a jam band known for their immersive live shows, formed in 2002 by former Strangefolk frontman Reid Genauer. If you like a good jam, don’t miss this quintet at Mercury Lounge on Thursday.



Of Montreal, Ruby the RabbitFoot @ Webster Hall – Hailing from Athens, Georgia, experimental pop group Of Montreal are touring in support of their newest full-length, Innocence Reaches. They’ll be playing Webster Hall this Friday with fellow Athens native Ruby the RabbitFoot.


Vulfpeck @ Brooklyn Bowl – The raw funk of Vulfpeck is hitting Brooklyn Bowl this Friday, and you can expect to hear some slick stuff from their 2015 release, Thrill of the Arts. (PS if you can’t catch them Friday, they’re playing again on Saturday).


The Specials, The Far East @ Terminal 5 – The Specials, UK’s chart-topping, 2 Tone/ska revival band founded in 1977, are playing NYC this Friday. Local Brooklyn reggae group The Far East will be opening, and it’s sure to be a fun one at Terminal 5.


Grouplove @ Rough Trade – Indie rock band Grouplove are playing Rough Trade this Friday for an in-store celebration of their new release, Big Mess. Don’t forget to purchase their new record at Rough Trade on the same day for entry.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Brooklyn Bazaar – Philly’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have been serving up fresh indie rock since ’04 and are another great gig to catch this week. Head to Brooklyn Bazaar this Friday to see what CYHSY have been up to lately.



Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats @ MHOW – If you’re craving some English stoner rock and heavy metal, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats will be rocking in NYC this Saturday, joined by Danava and The Shrine. Get over to Music Hall of Williamsburg to watch them all tear up the stage.


Pissed Jeans @ Brooklyn Bazaar – After catching Pissed Jeans earlier this summer, we can assure you there is no better way to get your anger out than thrashing along to these guys. Head to Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday if you want to finish out your week with an explosion of sound.



ScHoolboy Q & Joey Bada$$ @ Terminal 5 – This is for all you Hip-hop and rap fans out there ready to get down to two of the best up-and-comers on the scene today.



Article: Olivia Isenhart



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