Winter’s coming and awesome shows are still galore. We thought this was the time for musicians to hibernate and work over some crooney creative new material. But lucky for all of the live music-goers in Brooklyn, this isn’t the case! It’s time to rub away any sleepiness as we present the top 8 shows this week, including FREE shows from The Low Anthem and Cocorosie, plus Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Teeel, Mean Creek, The Love Supreme and more.
#8 Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby & Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium (FRI 9PM, $8)
We love this show mostly because Mean Creek, a fun, loud, punky band from Old Flame Records, is going to BRING IT.
#7 Libel, Fan-Tan, The Dashing Blumpkins @ Fort Useless (FRI 8PM, FREE?)
Local venue Fort Useless is back in action and hosting a house party-vibed show this Friday! Featuring badass rockers Libel and Fan-Tan.
#6 DRIFTS: Com Truise residency, with Frances Rose, Teeel @ The Paper Box (THU 9PM, $10)
Ghostly electronic artist Com Truise returns, equipment in hand, to his residency at The Paper Box. Alongside him this week is Teeel, who brings his dream-step to the night.
#5 THE LOVE SUPREME : Sweet Soul Music @ PIANOS (THU 9PM) $8
The Love Supreme was born out of an elaborate Diana Ross cover band featuring a brass section, oh, and a male vocalist (hence the name Guyanna Ross). Now they create their own soulful tunes, and they’re expecting you to dance. Drag costumes encouraged.
Free shows really are the best kinds of shows. Why not go see these great folky bands amongst an atmosphere of food, drink, and shopping?
#3 Mermaid Lagoon Ocean Benefit @ The Red Lotus Room (SAT 9PM, $15/20)
You love the ocean, right? The whales, dolphins, starfishes and squids? Want to celebrate the ocean and party in an underwater atmosphere? Well, come support the Orca Network in a fanciful party inspired by “the sea, neverland, and all things luminous.” Includes screenprinting, giveaways, a bioluminscent installation and many other oceanic flourishes.
#2 Cocorosie, Xenia Rubinos, The Chain Gang of 1974, Arc Iris @ Brooklyn Bowl (SUN 9PM, FREE with RSVP)
There is hardly anything as pure in this world than freakfolk stars Cocorosie, who actually played a one-off show in Bushwick this past summer. What makes it EVEN BETTER is that it’s free. For reals. Brooklyn Bowl’s School Night series happens every Sunday and features some pretty incredible performers. All you gotta do is RSVP. Warning: these shows tend to start later – headliners are slotted for either 10pm or 11pm.
#1 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival @ Various Venues (FRI-SUN, $55-150)
We are big BEMF fans and this year they’re bringing it harder than ever before, adding a third day full of good stuff. Highlights on the lineup include Todd Terje, Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, Star Slinger, and about 50 others!