You could take things slow this week in preparation for CMJ, which starts on October 18, but there are just too many good shows going on to do that.
Punks and metalheads can get their fill of live music tonight at a couple of shows around Brooklyn.
Punks, head over to Europa (98-104 Meserole Ave., Greenpoint) to check out Star Fucking Hipsters, who are playing a record release show in honor of their third album, From the Dumpster to the Grave, which is out today on Fat Wreck Chords. Another band from Leftover Crack frontman Scott Sturgeon (a.k.a. Stza Crack), SFH unapologetically offers up aggressive political lyrics and draws influence from multiple genres. Doors are at 7pm, and it’s $8 to get in. Skelptarsis (formerly Death Mold), (A) Truth and Little Victory open.
The metalheads are going to want to hop over to The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg) tonight to check out Black Dahlia Murder. Speedy, pounding, and unpredictable, this Detroit act released their most recent album, Ritual, back in June. Doors for tonight’s all ages show are at 7pm (first band is on at 8pm) and it’s $17 to get in. All Shall Perish, Cannabis Corpse and Gang Signs open.
Post-hardcore act Polar Bear Club will play at The Knitting Factory on Wednesday night. The upstate band (hailing from Rochester and Syracuse) layers a sound that’s a little bit indie rock and a little bit pop-punk under vocals reminiscent of Hot Water Music. This week they share the stage with openers Fireworks, Balance & Composure and Such Gold. The show is at 7:30 (doors at 7pm) and it’s $14 to get in.
If punk and metal aren’t your scene, there’s still plenty to check out this week. Fuzzy rockers Yuck are playing two shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.), on Thursday and Friday. With members from around the world–London, Hiroshima and New Jersey–this band has a poppy garage sound that harkens back to 1990s college radio. Porcelain Raft opens the gig, which is $15. Doors are at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm.
Also on Friday night, Those Darlins will play at The Bell House (149 7th St., Gowanus). These ladies (and one dude) have a sort of bouncy sound that manages to feel chill while at the same time channeling rage and energy. The show is at 8pm, and it’s $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Brothers and The Beets open.
All weekend long, the Neon Marshmallow Festival will be holding its inaugural New York City incarnation at Public Assembly (70 N. 6th St., Williamsburg). The festival celebrates music that can only be described as experimental, spanning a wide array of sounds held together by a DIY ethos and sense of being way, way underground. Friday you can check out pop act Grouper alongside post-punk band The Men, Saturday will being Canadian sound artist Tim Hecker, and Sunday–where there are two different sets of shows–you can check out Paris-based free jazz artist Rhys Chatham in the afternoon, then local electronic act Forma at night. A weekend pass for the festival is $60, and prices range from $12 to $25 for individual shows.