Survive the Rapture, See Some Shows


No matter what this dreary weather might lead you to believe, the summer concert season is getting underway, and Brooklyn will be seeing some great shows this year. Assuming we survive the rapture this weekend, we’re in for a good summer.

Celebrate Brooklyn!, which runs from June 10 through August 11, will feature acts like Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Best Coast, The Decemberists, Animal Collective and Ra Ra Riot. The Northside Festival will have Beirut, Deer Tick (playing as Deervana) and Guided by Voices. The next two Thursdays (May 19 and 26), there are dance parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Outside of festivals, the borough will host shows from Thurston Moore, Cults, Against Me!, The Dwarves, and the many, many lesser-known acts that play every night.

In order to hype yourself up, here are some new songs from Beirut and Bon Iver. Beirut, which is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon, is putting out a new album this summer. No details have come out yet about a concrete release date or a title, but the group has debuted four new songs at recent live shows. The tracks, “Vagabond,” “Goshen,” “Santa Fe” and “Port of Call” are below:

Bon Iver will also be dropping a new record soon. The self-titled sophomore effort comes out June 21 on Jagjaguwar. The group released the first single, “Calgary” this week:

Beirut plays the Northside festival, which is happening June 17 through 19 in various locations, and Bon Iver plays Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on August 10.

Other shows this week:

May 17: Steve Lewis/Art Con/Wolf! Trio/Jon Ladeau, Union Hall, 7:30 p.m., $7
Rusted Root, Brooklyn Bowl, 9 p.m., $20
May 18: Lily and the Tigers/The Mantra Above the Spotless Melt Moon/TBA, Xpo 929
La De Les/Bridget and the Squares/St. Claire/AEIOU, Public Assembly, 8:30 p.m., $6
May 19: Two Cow Garage/PJ Bond/Jim Heffernan, Union Hall, 7:30 p.m., $8
TURBOSLEEZE / American War / Reverse the Curse / Nicholas Megalis, Shea Stadium, 8 p.m., $7
May 20: Thurston Moore/Eileen Myles (poet) / I Feel Tractor, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 p.m., $20
LAST GOOD TOOTH / Bones of Jr. Jones / Idgy Dean / DJ sets by KRAY (Chances With Wolves), Southpaw, 8 p.m., $10
The Second Annual Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People Spring Showcase, Knitting Factory, 1 p.m., $5-15
May 22: Candy Apple Red Sunday Matinee: New Damage/Dead Aces/Hopeless Otis/Spanish Gamble, Xpo 929, 3 p.m., $8
MOONLIGHT TOWERS / Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices) full band, Southpaw, 8 p.m., $10
May 23: Sherlocks Daughter/Bronze, Edelweiss/Bear In Heaven (DJ Set), Knitting Factory, 8 p.m., free
J. Roddy Walston and the Business/GunFight!/Brothers, Brooklyn Bowl, 8 p.m., $7

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