ERMAHGERD… With so many excellent shows and only this much summertime at our hands, planning the perfect music-filled weekend can be rather stressful. Luckily, we’re here to help you sort through the endless options and to land on the perfect experience starting tonite. Here are 10 most excellent Bushwick and Bushwick-worthy options, including day raves, 4knots Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn! and even an Oculus Rift/electronic music showcase.

#10 Future Punx / Beverly / Honduras / MPHO  @Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave, Bushwick (THURS 9PM, $10)

Thursday is the best time to get your weekend mood early, and to do so in the company of great music at Alphaville!

#9 We Are The Wilderness, bridges and powerlines, Lilly Wolf, Shoshone &-Jon Prezant @ Kings County, 1 Knickerbocker Ave, East Williamsburg (FRI 8PM, $FREE)

This FREE Friday night show promises great music from the ever-glamorous Lilly Wolf (pictured below), stiff cocktails, and spacious booths to curl up in.


#8 All Day I Dream of the Secret Mirage @ Brooklyn Mirage, 99 Scott Ave, East Williamsburg (SUN  2PM, $35-45)

Did you hear about the illusive pop up venue Brooklyn Mirage, which is rumored to have a capacity of 10,000 people, and is hosting the best raves all summer long before floating away in fall? No? Well, here’s a chance to go check it out during a day dance party…if you can afford it.

#7 PAT, Bottoms @ Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg (SAT 8pm, $FREE)

Who is PAT? Who are Bottoms? Who gives a fuck, really. It’s SUMMER THUNDER at Union Pool with a free show at one of the best backyard parties in all of Brooklyn. And that’s all that matters.

#6 The New Pornographers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope (SAT 6PM, $FREE)

Oh man, another great free Celebrate Brooklyn! concert in the ever-beautiful Prospect Park bandshell. This Saturday brings the ideal pairing of Canadian rockers The New Pornographers & VA-based blues rockers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.


#5 Slothrust/Pwr Bttm/Nonsense/Low Lives @ Suburbia, 330 Melrose St, Bushwick (FRI 8pm, $5)

Gender is over, let’s shed our sexual identities, leave them at the door, and get weird to some punk (Slothrust) and gay glam pop punk (PWR BTTM).

#4 Space Camp @ Trans-Pecos, 905 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood (SAT 4PM, $25/30)

Brooklyn’s own Astro Nautico is taking over Trans-Pecos for Space Camp: a five year anniversary party and ten-hour marathon concert featuring three stages and a whole lot of bass!


#3 4knots Festival with Meatbodies, Happyness, Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus + much more @ Pier 84 , Manhattan (SAT ALL DAY, $25)

Yes, it got moved to Midtown’s west side, and NO, it’s not free anymore but you should still totally go to this year’s awesomely-curated 4knots Festival. I mean. The lineup. Is. Insane. Our call? Get there at 2:05 for Meatbodies and stay all the way until Super Furry Animals strike their last note around 8:30.

#2 Buscabulla, Empress Of, Los Walters, Triangulo de Amor Bizarro @ Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Bushwick (FRI 12am, $10)

Gabo Rodrigues, of Supercrush studio’s and Ridgewood’s upcoming music venue Footlight hails from Puerto Rico and this Friday is bringing some latin flair to Brooklyn with his “Solo Dame Indie Pop!” series. The highlight comes Friday night (at midnight!) with the sultry experimental jams of Buscabulla and wizardly electronics of Empress Of.

#1 ✚ PICTUREPLANE ✚ DonChristian ✚ Chiffon ✚ :3LON ✚ Robin Gold ✚ Baba of Voices of Black (DJ SET) ✚ w/ Oculus Rift Showcase by PRASH @ Aviv, 409 Morgan Ave, Greenpoint (SAT 9PM, $11/15)

DAMN, technology and electronic music is melding in the sexiest way possible at this PRASH showcase. Follow their commands and “~ Dance like a motherfucker and enjoy an Oculus Rift showcase ~”