This Week In Shows



Whoa, this is one of those weeks where we’ll need to carefully balance our stimulants and disco naps in order to show-hop without crashing till Sunday night. I have a feeling that some of our writers will be trying to see The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Webster Hall, while others will be headed to WFMU Fest, but these are the shows that I want to check out most:


Thomas Function, Yussef Jerusalem, Liquor Store, Pink Reason
Silent Barn
10:00 PM, ALL AGES

Ever since I got “Belly Of The Beast” stuck in my head for like a month sometime in 2008, I’ve wanted to see these bouncy southern guys, Thomas Function, live. They’re playing a few shows this week with Yussuf Jerusalem of France, who I’m equally excited about, but I dig mid-week shows, and I think that the one at Silent Barn will have a lot of energy, especially with Pink Reason and Liquor Store as openers. (Lord knows Liquor Store likes to rock out.)


Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx and His Punx…and more!
(le) poisson rouge
11:00 PM, $15a/$18d, 21+

Jay Reatard
is a wild sweaty performer, but really, if you listen to his music it’s hard to imagine how he couldn’t be. So this would be a cool show no matter what, but the openers this time are exciting too. In case you haven’t heard of Nobunny, he performs catchy punk very much inspired by 50s rock ‘n roll. But that’s really not the interesting part. He also wears this gnarled up, gross bunny mask and likes to strip down to his underwear. Well alright!


The Soft Pack, The Dig, Right On Dynamite, Sundelles
Bowery Ballroom
8:00 PM, $13, 18+

I’m usually a sucker for onstage antics. I’m told, however, that antics aren’t really The Soft Pack’s style (I still haven’t seen them), but that they perform with an intensity that makes for an exhilarating show. Sundelles are a perfect fit as an opener, then. Besides the fact that they’re The Soft Pack’s former labelmate, their performances are also short on theatrics but full of energy.


Chain and the Gang, Fiasco, Preacher and the Knife
171 Lombardy Street
8:00, ALL AGES

You may know by now that I love Jonathan Toubin’s parties. But a New York Night Train party that also features DC hardcore legend Ian Svenonius, one of the most dynamic performers of our time? And this thing is at the new Todd P venue? And there’s all-night dancing afterwards? Hell yeah, I’m there.

by Erin Sheehy

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