Monday, May 6 at Webster Hall, The Breeders, $30
The Breeders will be performing their 1993 classic Last Splash in its entirety at this show. Which, yes, includes "Cannonball," which is clearly in the pantheon. But do not forget about "Divine Hammer." Featuring the Deal Sisters' sweetest harmony, a guitar solo you would normally hear in a '50s beach party movie and the immortal pick-up line "you're the rod/I'm water," it was the second single and the actual highlight of Splash. They will play it at this show, and it will be a beautiful moment.
Thursday, May 9 at The Bell House, Youth Lagoon, Majical Cloudz, $16
Not to make an assumptions about Trevor Powers' upbringing, but Wondrous Bughouse, the most recent album by his band Youth Lagoon, certainly sounds like the work of a latchkey kid who ate way too much candy, ran around a lot before he crashed, and then wrote detailed songs that felt exactly like his amped-up sugar-high dreams. Not to make any assumptions about the upbringing of Devon Welsh, but Impersonator, the debut album by his group Majical Cloudz, sounds like the work of a kid who spent a lot of time on Depeche Mode message boards in high school, and was inspired to download a high-end sampling program onto his laptop. Not to make any assumptions about your taste, but if you're in to heady, atmospheric pop, you should make it out to this one.
Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11, Various Locations, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Black Hippy, Earl Sweatshirt, Fat Tony, $25-$150
The lineup for the Downtown Festival covers a lot of bases. You have hip-hop arty (Black Hippy), street (Fat Tony) and needlessly offensive (Earl Sweatshirt), eyeliner-smeared dance pop (Sky Ferreira), agreeable, hazy indie (Beach Fossils), sweet dream-pop (DIIV), relentlessly angry hardcore (Trash Talk) and the giddy, kraut-rock influenced shuffle pop (TEEN.) There's a little bit of something for everyone, and probably a venue to match. This thing is taking place all over downtown, from Mercury Lounge to Bowery Ballroom. Check out the exact line-up details here.