This Week: Vivian Girls, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Nick 13


There are several decent shows going on around the borough this week, spanning genres from psychedelic to indie rock to punk, so whatever your musical fancy there should be something worth seeing.

Tonight, September 20, local ladies Vivian Girls will be playing a show at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue). The surf-punk trio has been around since 2007 and just released their third album, Share the Joy, earlier this year. Opening acts are Widowspeak, a lo-fi, slightly grungy New York act with ties to the Pacific Northwest, and Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band, which is a project from Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus. The all-ages show tonight is at 8:30pm (doors are at 7:30) and it’s $12 to get in.

On Wednesday, Cymbals Eat Guitars will play the Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.). This New York-based band first made waves with their self-released 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains. Their second album, Lenses Alien, just came out this month to positive reviews, featuring mixed-tempo rock songs with a strummy feel and a little bit of fuzz. Hooray for Earth and Beige open the 18-and-over show, which starts at 9:00 (doors are at 8:00). It’s $13 in advance, and $15 at the door.

Friday night, psychedelic pop act Black Moth Super Rainbow will be playing a gig at the Bell House (149 7th Street). The Pittsburgh-based group is known for a slightly trippy sound and their use of analog electronic instruments. They put out Eating Us in 2009 and are gearing up to release a new record, “Psychic Love Damage,” next year. The show is at 8pm, and it’s $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Keeping with the trend of guys from punk bands playing acoustic side projects, Nick 13 of the band Tiger Army will perform at the Bell House on Saturday. Taking a slightly different sonic path from his counterparts (Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan and Avail’s Tim Barry, for example), Nick 13’s debut solo record, which dropped back in June, has a bit of a twangy feel to it, which works with Tiger Army’s psychobilly roots. Brett Detar of The Juliana Theory will open the 18-and-over show, which starts at 8pm and costs $15 to get in.

Nick 13 – Carry My Body Down by MMMusic

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