This Sunday, MTV will be hosting the Video Music Awards, featuring Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, Miley Cyrus and a bunch of other pop-stars. Did you shell out the $93.30 to see all of the hottest celebrities? No. Will you be waiting outside the Barclays Center, peeing your pants and crying while trying to spot Katy Perry or Bruno Mars? No. What will you be doing? Most likely, you will be on your couch or bed, staring at either your TV or computer, exhausted from the weekend. Why? Because we’ve put together a list of shows that will be sure to get you pumped and wipe you out by Sunday. We’ve not only included the regular shows, but some “escapes” and festivals as well. Have fun and get turnt up, just like Miley.
#6 Sharing SPACE with Miko and the Musket and Woodshed Collective @ Ryder Farm (SUN, $10 suggested donation)
Head up to Westchester to catch Miko and the Musket, a seven piece band with “raw influences from genres as disparate as folk and R&B” and Woodshed Collective, a company that puts on theatrical installation productions free to the public. Bring $10 to donate at the entrance, plus some extra for the BBQ and drinks!
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5 Bespoke Musik pres. Touch of Class Showcase @ Secret Location* (SAT, $$$?)
Secret location? Sounds enticing! RSVP for a reduced price and get the location the morning of the show. Signal Flow, Aquarius Heaven, Pattern Drama, and Lauren Ritter will all be performing.
#4 Blackout Summer 2013 @ The Paper Box & Shea Stadium (FRI, $8-18)
Blackout Summer 2013 is basically a two-part show in different parts of Bushwick. It starts off at 5PM at The Paper Box and ends at Shea. The Paper Box half will include Bear Hands, The Coat Hangers, The Death Set, Pity Sex, Eula and Dead Beat; Shea’s lineup, starting at 11PM, will feature Math The Band, Leftfromefraim, Sparxx, and Murdertronics and Jesse D. DJing.
#3 Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park (SAT & SUN, FREE w/ RSVP, $25 Suggested donation)
Head to Commodore Barry Park (right by the Brooklyn Navy Yard) for Afropunk! The 39 artists, food, yoga and shops are all part of the two-day festival.
#2 Heptagames @ The Catskills (SAT-SUN, $75)
Bushwick’s Silent Barn is hosting their first ever Heptagames, a two-day trip to the Catskills, which will include games, camping, music and art performances. Along with these activities, delicious meals will also be provided! Check out our little preview of the weekend retreat from a couple days ago. Tickets are sold out, but there’s still a chance you can go!
1 Hunx & His Punx / Hunters / Las Rosas / 2 Pretty @ Death By Audio (SAT, $10)
If you missed Hunx and His Punx at 285 Kent two weeks ago, then definitely catch ’em this weekend at DBA. This time they’ll be playing with Hunters, Las Rosas and 2 Pretty, guaranteeing a night packed with energy-fueled garage rock and attitude.