Top 5: Shows Under $20 This Weekend

It is said that Benjamin Franklin once offered the pecuniary advice, “rather go to bed without dinner, than to rise in debt.” No demographic in the world sympathizes with this sentiment more than the broke New York City cosmopolite. Just kidding, that’s ridiculous.

But still, to weigh a fun-filled night of live music against having guacamole involved in your weekly burrito experience - those guac charges really add up - is no small task. Thus, the return of the Top 5: Shows Under $20. We’re just out here trying to keep your stacks high and entertainment even higher. The schedule is a little unbalanced this week with one show on Friday and four on Saturday but the quality remains pristine. We’ve got bowling with The Budos Band, a Foo Fighter, and a platter of rap, dance and rock. Take your pick, it’s almost free.

Punk Outfit La Dispute Embarks on Hometown Tour with Title Fight

La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.

This Week: Lauryn Hill at City Winery

Missed out on Ms. Hill's performance at B.B. King's Bar & Grill on Friday? It's alright, grab your next chance see Lady Hill perform selections from her classic 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, live MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 LP (2002) and other hot singles at City Winery this Wednesday.

Noted for her extraordinary performances both live and recorded, the multi-Grammy-Award winning artist has touched the hearts of many with her stay-true-to-yourself mantra, heard on hits including 'That Thing (Doo Wop),' & 'Lost Ones.' Judging from excellent reception garnered over the years, we predict that the Wednesday's performance will be no less than extraordinary.

Exclusive Interview: BØRNS

Garrett Borns has had a whirlwind couple of months.

Like lightening in a bottle, BØRNS exploded onto the scene last November with the release of his debut EP Candy. The Michigan-bred LA transplant is in a league of his own, bringing a personal blend of sunshine pop to the table, complete with super sweet, feel-good vibes. BØRNS' peppy tracks have won over late-night audiences (you can check out his killer Conan appearance HERE) and celebrities alike (Taylor Swift is a huge fan, #justsayingggg) - so naturally, we HAD to have a chat with the budding star before he invades NYC with MisterWives on March 31st (tickets HERE). Check out what BØRNS had to say about living in a treehouse, his super-secret side project, and California love...

BUKU Music + Art Project 2015: A Review of Day 2

Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.

Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.

Exclusive Interview: Fin-Folsom

It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.

Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg

A band who's changed shape, size and sound many times over the years, Swan's latest work is being widely touted as among their best. After lying dormant for 27 odd years, a surge of creativity has seen the release of three explosive albums within the last four years and their latest record, To Be Kind, has proven to be the most successful. Featuring back up vocals from Annie Clark of St Vincent fame, and the addition of bandmate Thor Harris (whose talents include the theatrically smashing of an oversized gong) this is a record that demands to be seen live.

Featuring loud guitars, moody vocals and abrasive percussion, Swans' sound is hellish and menacing, taking no prisoners from start to finish. The band's front-man and driving creative force, Michael Gera, turned 60 last year and yet shows no sign of relenting on Swans' inimitable, ominous vibe. This is a great opportunity to see a legendary, New York born & bred band. Check here for tickets and further information.

BUKU 2015 Diversifies the Festival Sound and Scene: A Review of Day 1

Thousands of music lovers invaded New Orleans on March 13 and 14 for the fourth annual BUKU Music & Art Project, each looking forward to enjoying prominent headliners and fresh faces. As 58 talented acts performed across six entirely unique stages, the two-day project exploded with excellent music that exceeded all expectations.

When someone realized that rap, dance and indie beats could not only coexist but unite and blend, the BUKU Project was born. By combining these genres, BUKU has created its own niche in the festival scene, attracting an entirely new demographic altogether.

Blue Note Presents: Ms. Lauryn Hill at Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios

Remember how you felt the first time you listened to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill? Whether you were blessed with the chance to hear Ms. Hill's presentation of a woman's perspective on love and life lessons upon the album's 1998 debut —or got a whiff of its eclectic sounds and realness courtesy of an older family member's music collection — to most, there's no denying that this LP was and still is a classic, full of wisdom applicable to yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's youth.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill didn't just earn the multiple Grammy-Award winning songstress/emcee a slew of other music and image awards, but also a reputation as a successful solo artist unafraid to commit some severe genre-bending. Her debut album also made L Boogie one of the influential voices among the youth. Through lyrics like, "How you gon' win when you ain't right within?" on 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' and, "We both know what we've got to do/You let go, and I'll let go too," on 'Ex-Factor,' Ms. Hill encouraged young men/women to practice morality and self-love.

Five Best: Shows Under $20 This Weekend

This headline does not mean to mislead: You’re going to spend more than $20 probably anywhere in New York City this weekend. Fulfilling any hankering for great live music inevitably will involve dinner before the show, drinks during it or munchies afterward. The following list aims to ease the tension between your weekend aspirations and your bank account. Or perhaps give you an excuse to get cheese on your late-night fries. Here are five great shows – this week featuring two pop acts, one Portuguese guitar duo, an indie band from down under and one recently maligned EDM star – all of which cost $20 or less to see.

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Action Bronson Celebrates Mr. Wonderful LP at Terminal 5

When opportunity comes-a-knocking, it's best to let it in. So when Action Bronson comes to NYC to celebrate the debut of his sophomore LP at Terminal 5, don't pass up the chance to celebrate with him as he plays the venue for two days in a row.

Starting Tuesday, March 24th, the Vice/Atlantic Records emcee also known as Bronsolini will be in the house to kick off the first night of his Mr. Wonderful Tour.

Since 2011, the Queens-bred chef-turned-rapper whose similarity - in stylistic flow - to Ghostface Killah first captured the attention of listeners, has gone on to captivate mainstream hip-hop audiences with his vivid, bluesy rhyme schemes and unyielding creativity.