The Week Ahead in New York Music: Nonstop’s Guide To Noteworthy Shows For The Week Of Oct. 31-Nov. 6
Monday, Oct. 31
The Black Angels, Psychic Ills, Exitmusic
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Bring your own blacklight for the fast-rising Texas psych crew. They worship at the bad-vibes altar of The Velvet Underground at their noisiest, but they're much less hesitant about leavening their squall with some gleaming pop hooks and some bluesy swagger. Which is not to say they won't go for some white noise/white heat-style freakouts, because they definitely will.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Caveman, Hospitality, JPF
If you missed Caveman during one of their millions of CMJ shows two weeks ago, you can check the buzzed-about power-pop group out at Brooklyn Bowl’s Local Music Showcase. They'll be playing songs from their new album Coco Beware, which will release on their label Magic Man! Records on Nov. 15. Prediction: it will be pretty catchy. Considering how hectic their CMJ was, it would be a relatively subdued night for them even if you started bowled during their set. Free with RSVP.
Thursday, Nov. 3
As great as Annie Clarke’s orchestral-pop albums are--and her recent Strange Mercy is quite great indeed--they really only hint at what a ferocious, discordant guitar-beast she is live. Onstage, even her most ornate songs get transmuted into stomping epics, filed with seething harmonics and dive-bomb riffs. She’s one of the best of her generation, and only getting better.
Friday, Nov. 4
Metal Suckfest Featuring Municipal Waste, Today Is The Day, God Forbid, Black Tusk, Ramming Speed, Magrudergrind
Nashville’s Today Is The Day are a long-running experimental brown-noise institution, with two plus decades of disquieting ooze to their credit. Also on the bill is Black Tusk, whose Set The Dial is one of the most acclaimed metal albums of the year, mixing punk-inspired velocity with an epic scope and just a dash of fist-pumping melody . That said, we're still trying to figure out what a Magrudergrind is.
Sunday, Nov. 6
The Toasters’ 30th Anniversary Show
Thirty years of picking it up-up-up is nothing to skank at. Er, scoff at. You can definitely skank to it. This is worth checking out even if there's very little checkerboard in your wardrobe, as anthems like "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down" and "Two-Tone Army" are hip-shaking reminders that ska didn't begin or end in 1997.