We’re constantly astounded by the incredible live music scene here in Bushwick, and we’re having trouble finding creative ways to say so every single Thursday. All we know is that these eight shows will fire you up. And hopefully even possess you by their flaminess, like good ol’ Jimi. We’ve got shows from tonight through Sunday night in the hood (and some in other places) – from a Sunday night punk show coming in at #9 to our #1 pick, a Red Bull Music Academy Noise Rock show at the Knockdown Center in Queens TONIGHT.
9. Fuctiphino, Calico Jackson, Ken Fox, Books, Hidden Cabins @ BK Fireproof (Sunday, 7PM, $6)
Expect an upbeat Sunday night at Fireproof because this week they are featuring a slew of rock bands, including some of Bushwick’s own. Headlining is Fuctiphino (that’s fun to say), a punk/pop band that’s earnest about the Bushwick music scene and wants to share it with you!
8. French Horn Rebellion Party Ensemble Featuring Special Guests: Auto Body (Live), JD Samson (MEN; Le Tigre), mems. of Savoir Adore, Ernesto (Penguin Prison), Dirty Grand DJ @ Brooklyn Bowl (Friday, 11PM, $10)
French Horn Rebellion continues their Friday night residency/rage at Brooklyn Bowl, this week with Auto Body and a live show from a whole bunch of indie celebrities. You’ll have to go to find out what that rock-tacular will be like…oh, and for the fried chicken, of course.
7. Doofus, Rutabaga, Nonfertile, Malcom Tent, Three Ghouls @ Living Gallery (Saturday, $5, 8pm)
We’re intrigued by a punk rock show happening at the Living Gallery, newly on Broadway and Dekalb! If it’s anything like it’s billed, we’re expecting a whole lot of thrashing, screaming, rolling on the ground, and general punk rock expressiveness.
6. Surfing, Lunchbox, Sharkmuffin, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ 285 Kent (Thursday, 8PM, $5)
We recently mentioned how we adore Surfing’s new single, “Hollow Sparrow.” Whether you’ve actually surfed or not, listening to their music is what you’d imagine it feels like…if the sky were dark and the waves were rippling with the calm before the storm. Yeah, it’s smooth. And it’s only $5? Sold.
5. The Can’t Tells, The Mad Doctors, THEE ICEPICKS @ The Rock Shop (Saturday, 8PM, $10 door)
We are in tune with The Can’t Tells, that fun rock’n’roll band we featured in our “A Night in Bushwick” video. They wil be joined by The Mad Doctors, a guitar-rock band who roll a little punk and a little country into their loud garage sound. If you feel like getting out of the ‘hood this Saturday, pick up your haunches and check these guys out at the Rock Shop in Park Slope.
4. Phantom Posse, ILOVEMAKONNEN, BBVP, Shopping Spree @ Silent Barn (Friday, 8PM, Free?)
Things are gonna get real in the Champagne Room of Silent Barn, which is in the upstairs living “stewdios”- so basically, expect a house party. Some like a house party with a rock band loud enough to fire up the crowd to break shit, but we prefer the chillwave flow of headliners Phantom Posse (who actually played at our holiday party last year!). You’ll be floating through time and space, in or out of your body, and you’ll be hearing only the most beautiful sounds.
3. Phebe Starr @ The Paper Box (Saturday, 8PM, $12 door)
Bushwick, and The Paper Box in general, is blessed to get a lot of really cool international artists rolling through. This Saturday Australian pop singer Phebe Starr will make waves at Paper Box as her American debut. Trancey, rainbow-coated vocals and beats await you. Ride a unicorn there.
2. Oberhofer, Celestial Shore, Life Size Maps @ Glasslands (Thursday, 9PM, $14 doors)
Support some Bushwickians by checking out this triple threat bill at one of our favorite Williamsburg venues, Glasslands. Oberhofer will have you bopping around with this “o0Oo0O0o” anthem, among other jangly hits. Joined by Life Size Maps (whom we can’t get enough of) and Celestial Shore (who will also have you entranced), this is a solid show.
1. Red Bull Music Academy Presents: Stephen O’Malley, KTL, Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), MORE @ Knockdown Center (Thursday, 8PM, $8)
The Knockdown Center is one of the coolest places in the ‘hood. And by the ‘hood we mean it’s actually in Queens, but believe us, it’s worth the walk (or free shuttle bus). We went to a Rubulad party there a few months ago and were blown away by the space. Then we found out the Red Bull Music Academy was hosting a noise festival here on Thursday night. The 25,000 square foot space will transform for this event, which hosts headliners like KIM GORDON and VATICAN SHADOW, that according to them, will transform the space “a temple of thundering noise with some of today’s most daring sound artists.” There will be Roberta’s (what!), visuals courtesy of the creative minds behind Nuit Blanche (OMG), and free shuttle busses from Jefferson. Don’t miss this.