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Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time, Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Wednesday, June 27

Purling Hiss at The Mercury Lounge, NYC - Awesome psychadelic rock

Thursday, June 28

EULA at 929XPO, Brooklyn, NY

Young Magic at Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

Conveyor at Mercury Lounge, NYC - Record release party!

Japandroids at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Analog Fire at Santos Party House, NYC - Intellectronica.

Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC - Hells yeah.

Purling Hiss at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, New Jersey - Seriously, their psych rock will fuck you up. In a good way!

Passenger Peru and Maquina Supervium at The Delancey, NYC

Friday, June 29

EULA at Club AVBO, Brooklyn, NY - My fave post-punk rockers. And it’s Alyse’s BD celebration!

The Tony Castles at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NYC - Love the dream pop from these cute little boys.

Sonic Youth at the Gut Feelings Festival at Revolver, Oslo, Norway

Saturday, June 30

Scott Rudd at the Imploding Inevitable Festival in the UK

Sonic Youth at Perfect Sounds Forever launch party at Teglverket, Bergen, Norway 

Chicks Ruled The Mercury Lounge Monday Night

Taking a cue from the box office, where Bridesmaids is blowing up the charts, women ruled at The Mercury Lounge on Monday night.  The show, which was headlined by Machu Picchou and Whale Belly, was dominated by the outsize talents of openers Robin Bacior and Alyson Greenfield.

Bacior brings a big voice that’s like batter to a hot griddle. It crackles and bubbles and gives off a warm feeling. She doesn’t just write a song, she crafts it, setting moods and building texture with the words and music.

Just 24, she’s been called an old soul. Listen to a tune from the show here. Or check her out in person. She plays The Rock Shop in Brooklyn May 29.

If Bacior is the wise Yoda, Greenfield is the mischievous elf. A cross between Tracy Chapman and Chelsea Handler – she is irreverent and whimsical with a resplendent voice and mad, mad songwriting skills. Is she a folk artist? A rapper? A cabaret muse? She’s all that and more. Difficult to pin down, mesmerizing to watch. Her standout rap, “Michael Cera Cockblocked Me At SXSW” had me in stitches. Like many of her songs, it chronicles an actual event. But Greenfield takes mundane activities – unrequited love, technology dependent society – and delivers an unexpected musical experience, mixing musical genres and instrumentation to great effect.

That experience extends to covers as well. Greenfield performed her unique arrangement of Coolio’s ‘Gangsta Paradise’ with no accompaniment except a tiny glockenspiel. Her new EP coming out this summer called Rock Out With Your Glockenspiel Out features this song and others.


Michael Cera Cockblocked Me At SXSW

Gangsta Paradise


Robin Bacior

Alyson Greenfield

Whale Belly

Machu Picchu

Words and photos by Shanda Boyett. Copyright 2011.