The lineup for the first half of this week left a little to be desired, but the city is more than making up for it this weekend. There are at least two worthy shows to see each night Thursday-Saturday, so if midterms are starting to get you down, here are some reasons to be coaxed out of the library.
Peewonder-Z at Death By Audio
8:00 p.m., $8 All Ages
Yes folks, Peewonder-Z is indeed related to the Kaiju big Battel-style Japanese punk band Peelander-Z. In fact, Peewonder is Peelander’s sister band. Ostensibly, that means Peewonder also wears crazy costumes and that the band’s live shows must involve screaming, Kaiju-like characters and human bowling. YES YES YES.
EMEFE at Glasslands
8:00 p.m., $10 21+
Don’t know how many more ways we can say “feel-good vibes” about the NYU students currently killing it as EMEFE. Just so you know, they’re playing at Glasslands tomorrow.
Ital, Slava and Laurel Halo at 285 Kent
8:00 p.m., $10 All Ages
There are six people on this three-hour bill, so that probably means each of the spaced-out abstract headlining producers will get one song in each. That goes for rising rockhead-turned-house producer Ital and trippy head-in-the-clouds beatmaker Laurel Halo more than Slava. Oh and it’s some kind of benefit.
Matthew Dear, Blondes at Bowery Ballroom
8:30 p.m., $15 18+
The acts before and after DJ and bandleader Matthew Dear at his record release party this Friday might be more exciting than Dear himself. Light, airy house duo Blondes will be playing HARD at Terminal 5 later this month (wait, what??), so if you don’t want to, you know, go to HARD and/or Terminal 5, Bowery Ballroom is your chance. The show will be followed up by an after party at Glasslands DJed by Dabyre and Jonwayne.
Kim Ann Foxman at Public Assembly
10:00 p.m., $12a/$15d 21+
In case you didn’t get enough dance music on Friday, swing by Hercules and Love Affair member Kim Ann Foxman‘s set at Public Assembly.
Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band at the Hive
8:30 p.m., Free All Ages
Amy Klein, former member of the intense and beloved Titus Andronicus, will be playing some feminist benefit. Amy Klein is one of those people who can be all bra-burning and feminist, but not annoying about it. The show is technically free ($5-10 suggested donation) so there’s really no reason not go.