Post-punk rockers, Weekend, fresh off of a successful CMJ, brought their three-day New York run to an end at Williamsburg's Glasslands Gallery last Tuesday night (October 22). Opened by Nothing and Disappears, the shoegaze band entered the smoke filled stage to a full house of fans, many of which who were catching them for the second or third time in the week. Playing songs from their new album, Jinx, the band held no prisoners, as their retro-tinged sound took over the gallery.
The band has a cool dynamic in terms of their sound. They are able to maintain a sense of modernity, while there is a clear influence from the likes of Joy Division, and other '80's British post-punk bands. On stage, the trio are naturals, and are able to completely engage you with their music, which we highly recommend you listen to. One of the highlights of the night was the live rendition of their single "Mirror," which received a thunderous cheer from the crowd. The single's ominous lead takes you on a journey, all before the drums and guitars throw you into an pit of non-stop energy.
There isn't enough post-punk music in the world. Luckily, Brooklyn, by way of San Francisco band, Weekend, has it covered. On the third of three CMJ gigs, Weekend will showcase tracks from their new album, Jinx, out now on Slumberland, this Saturday night. The band, whose sound is rooted in the 80's, takes influences from horror films and turns these different textures into an amazing product. The amount of thought put into their work shows, and catching a glimpse of the band will definitely be worth your while. Check out the band's Newtown Sessions video via Noisey below, as well as Weekend's upcoming US and European tour dates.
Weekend Remaining U.S. Tour Dates
10/22 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery ¥ 10/24 Montreal, QC - Il Motore ¥ 10/25 Toronto, ON - The Garrison ¥ 10/26 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar ¥ = w/ Disappears
Weekend European Dates with Deafheaven 11/2 Dudingen, Switzerland Dudingen - Bad Bonn* 11/3 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik* 11/4 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk* 11/5 Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz* 11/6 Schorndorf, Germany - Club Manufaktur* 11/7 Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun* 11/8 London, UK - Birthdays* 11/9 Holland, Amsterdam - Meneer Malasch 11/11 Oslo, Norway - Blaa 11/12 - Stravanger, Norway - Folken 11/13 - Bergen, Norway - Ujevnt 11/14 - Oslo, Norway - Mir 11/15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Have Stengade 11/16 - Berlin, Germany - Monarch 11/17 - Stuttgart, Germany - 1210 11/18 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus Club 11/19 - Lyon, France - Le Sonic 11/20 - Toulouse, France - Le Connexion 11/21 - Paris, France - L'espace B 11/22 - Rennes, France - LE 1988 11/23 - Guildford, UK - Boileroom 11/24 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus 11/25 - London, UK - Windmill 11/26 - Manchester, UK - Guillivers 11/27 - London, UK - Lexington 11/29 - Athens, Greece - Six D.O.G.S. * = w/ Deafheaven
Friday, October 11th
Shadow Room Fridays
Absolute Addiction's weekly party at Shadow Room is hot and happening. The party is Member's Only, but it's easy (and free) to sign up for membership and get your name on the guest list. Admission is free with an RSVP. 10 PM-3 AM.
2131 K Street NW, Washington DC, 20037
Ladies Night at Ultrabar
Ladies Night at Ultrabar Nightclub DC means that ladies 21+ get free admission to the 6-bar, 5-level, 4-DJ club.VIP seating and bottle service is also available. 18+, 9:30 PM-3AM.
Thursday, September 12
When: Thursday, September 12, Doors at 9pm... Half off drinks until 10pm
Where: Ultrabar 911 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004
Friday, September 13
This Labor Day weekend, a number of festivals took place across the nation. There was the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, the Bumbershoot in Seattle, and Electric Zoo in New York (which ended a day early due to two fatalities). Then there was the Made In America festival in Philadelphia. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was closed off in its entirety for this new American festival, which is only in it's second year running. Made In America was started and developed by Jay Z, with help from Budweiser, In its first year, the festival included names like Kanye West, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, The Hives, Afrojack, and Jay Z himself. For their sophomore year, they offered the talents of Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, 2 Chainz, Empire of the Sun, and so much more. It was destined to be a great festival because of such a line up, but we would have never thought that it would have left such a lasting impression on us.
Unless they lead a specifically sheltered life, most Chicago residents know that the first weekend of August marks the return of Lollapalooza. But let's face it, festivals are expensive and not everybody wants to wade in the mud through a crowd of chemically-impared concert goers just to hear Lana Del Rey's impressive, err, voice. So without further ado, here are our top five picks of other things to do this weekend in Chicago.
Friday, August 2
Death Grips Lollapalooza After-Show at the Bottom Lounge
If you are looking for a concert experience this weekend, but are looking to avoid heat, mud, and ten dollar water bottles, then Lollapalooza is the event for you! The show is hosting a whole bunch of official after-shows in venues all around the city. The bad news is that most of these shows have already sold out. Thankfully, you still have a chance to witness one of the most exciting groups of the last century by purchasing tickets to see Death Grips' on Friday night at the Bottom Lounge. By mixing avante-garde hip-hop, live instrumentation, and a confrontational performance style that would make most punk bands squirm in their spiked leather jackets, Death Grips continue to grow in popularity with every new release. They made Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2012 and most recently, they have also managed to get their cutting edge sound distributed by a major label. The show starts at 10:00 PM and tickets can be purchased here.
On her blog, The Lesen Lounge, Berliner by-way-of Canada Leah Buckareff defines a zine as "an independently produced publication. Most often they are self or hand-made books that vary in content, but usually house the creators' personal thoughts, ideas, or artwork both in text and images."
An avid artist and musician, Buckareff has set out to draw a greater awareness of zine publication from the Berlin community. She will ride out through parks every weekend on her "Lesen Lounge," a bike with a brightly painted zine library attached.
It’s that time again. The credits have rolled on another weekend and it feels like the next one is light years away. Mondays don’t have to be so gloomy though. Here are some fun and inexpensive ways to get through work week day one and start sailing to next weekend.
Lunch Time Pampering
Surely there must have been something that happened over the weekend that needs to be told in person. Skip the take-out and actually leave the office. Schedule a lunch time manicure with a friend. This will this cut your endless Monday into two manageable parts. If you make this a weekly ritual, you may actually look forward to Mondays.
Wear a New Outfit
Plan out an amazing set of threads to dress in on Monday. The excitement and feeling of looking spectacular will leave you buzzed with energy all day. By the time you realize it, the day will be over and you will be thinking of when you can wear it again, not how many more hours you need to work.
Most after work watering holes are empty Monday nights since people just want to get home and put the first day behind them. As a result, a lot of bars and restaurants have great Monday specials. Make a plan with some friends to try a new place every Monday evening. If it happens to be football season, pick a place that is showing the game, and maybe you’ll even score a date for Tuesday.
Go On a Lunch Date
Make a plan to meet that awesome guy from Friday night for lunch on Monday. Lunch dates are the perfect first date.They are shorter than dinner, so you won’t feel trapped if your memory was playing tricks on you. Since they are longer than coffee, you will have enough time to decide on date two. Even if the date is bad, you can still have fun emailing your friends about it Monday afternoon.
Take a Fun Class
The gym routine can get old. Rather than the usual cardio kickboxing class on Mondays, sign up for a fun class. Salsa dancing can be exciting and help burn off those late night Saturday drinks. If dancing isn’t your forte, try art or join a book club. There are classes and groups for anything you can imagine. Stop procrastinating and sign up for something today.
Mondays are always around the corner. Rather than dreading them, use the opportunity to do something fun. There are numerous of activities you can do to get through the day. Always remember, the faster Monday ends, the sooner Friday comes.
The Bay Brew Festival has finally made it to San Francisco. After touring Los Angeles and Orange County this Festival will stop at Fort Mason on November 13th and 14th. This is no wine and cheese pairing but a two-day frenzy that will feature dozens of international and domestic beers.
The event runs from 1pm – 4pm with unlimited beer. Local food trucks will provide the sponge your stomach needs to survive this weekend of flavor. Tickets will cost $50. Use the code “tablehopper” for 20% off the ticket. Food will be sold separately so bring some extra cash.