Tom Gallo

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Tom Gallo is the host of Look At My Records! on Radio Free Brooklyn.

It’s gonna be another hot one out there this week. Cool off and enjoy some of these excellent summer gigs:

Wednesday, July 17


Desert Sharks, The Warhawks, Treads, Queue at Our Wicked Lady, 8 p.m.

If a midweek rooftop gig is in your midsummer forecast, then Our Wicked Lady is the place to be on Wednesday night. Local garage rock favorites Desert Sharks just announced the release of their long-awaited first album. It’s scheduled for release this fall on Bushwick-based label Substitute Scene Records. Sandwiched in the middle of this lineup are two heavy hitting, guitar driven acts, The Warhawks and Treads. Arrive early, as you won’t want to miss the smooth and dreamy indie pop of the incredible Queue.

Thursday, July 18

Plastic Picnic

Plastic Picnic, Toledo, Hypoluxo, pecas at Market Hotel, 8 p.m.

Fans of the danceable, synth-driven ’80s stylings of Plastic Picnic will be delighted to learn that the band is releasing their highly anticipated debut album, Vistalite, on Thursday. To commentate the occasion, the Brooklyn four-piece put together a stacked bill of friends at Market Hotel that includes three solid local acts: indie duo Toledo, Hypoluxo, and the enchanting pecas. Toledo has promised some new tunes for this special gig, and if you haven’t checked out Hypoluxo’s latest LP, Running On A Fence, and pecas’ shimmering new single “T-Shirt,” you’ll want to rectify that as soon as possible.

Friday, July 19

Joy Cleaner

The Natvral, Antibodies, Joy Cleaner, Plutoness at Wonderville, 8 p.m.

Swing by Bushwick’s newest arcade that doubles as a venue on Friday night to see the latest project from Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Natvral. As The Natvral, Berman plays more folk-oriented tunes when compared with the stylings of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, and to that end, he’ll be playing a more stripped down, intimate solo set. The night will be anything but quiet, though, as this lineup also features the frazzled, off-kilter noise pop of Antibodies, and the floaty indie-pop of Plutoness. Bloomfield, New Jersey’s Joy Cleaner add a touch of breezy power pop to this bill, and if you’re not familiar with this trio from the Garden State, get started with their latest hook-filled single, “Easter Tuesday.”

Saturday, July 20


Washer, Resounding No, Greed Island, Patio at Alphaville, 8 p.m.

If you’re into edgy, punk-influenced bands with a firm grasp of their own pop sensibilities, then the lineup at Alphaville on Saturday night is right up your alley.  Washer is well-known for their fuzzy and catchy songs, while Patio has earned heavy critical acclaim for their post-punk masterpiece debut LP, Essentials. Bushwick-ites may not be familiar with New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Resounding No, but their evocative harmonies and distorted guitars will command your attention. New Hampshire quartet Greed Island are playing a rare gig outside of their native New England, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear tunes from their excellent 2018 EP, Nest Egg

Cover photo courtesy of Queue

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