Whatever you choose to believe in as this weekend approaches, we, for one, hope it involves having a good time with the ones closest to you – in sentiment and in proximity! From the tongue-in-cheek to the “well, let’s go on about life, shall we?” approach this weekend may bring, we’ve got something that will take you somewhere – a venue, or an elevated state of emotion, we can promise that much. Check out our picks for the weekend below:
- The Lisps | Friday, May 20 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | $10 | The Rock Shop, New York, NY – Map | The Brooklyn-based self-expressed anti-folk, pop and highly experimental and theatrical troupe/band/group will be celebrating their album release by playing their entire album, a maneuver that we’re certain will sell, baby sell. We’re getting a Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches kind of vibe, but theirs in particular is a standalone quirky, honest, humorous approach that squeals of authenticity to the absurdity and sometimes beauty of human interactions. With Schwervon!, The Fancy – Buy Tickets; for more information call (718) 230-5740.
- The Cool Kids | Friday, May 20 | 8:00 pm | 18 + | $20 | The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA – Map | We’re all about the fusion genres of the day, but there’s something about sticking to a theme, a sound, and not only running with it but blasting it from the speakers and through the floor. The Chicago-based hip-hop group embraces the independent, underground sound just as strongly since their start in 2005 and with a new single recently released, they’re showing no sign of stopping – for more information, call (310) 274-5800.
- We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves | Saturday, May 21 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | Free | The Cake Shop, New York, NY – Map | A sweet, twisted take on Brit pop, retro and rockabilly tunes, the Brooklyn-based band is definitely a contender for our attentions in the months to come. We don’t know what their name is suggesting, actually. There’s nothing yet we can find reason not to enjoy about them. Besides this being a free show and all, as well. With The Whines and Intuitions – for more information, call (212) 253-0036.
- S. Carey | Saturday, May 21 | 8:30 pm | 21+ | $10 | The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA – Map | Aka Sean Carey, the uber ambient, harmonic, piano-driven instrumental-and-lyric couplings from the Eau Clare, Wisconsin,-based singer-songwriter will keep him busy in a number of venues until end of May. Can we just say how dreamy he is, with full knowledge that it’s an understatement? With Other Lives, Line and Circle – for more information, call (323) 661-4380.
- Andrew Belle | Sunday, May 22 | 7:00 pm | $12 | Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – Map | There is surprise and all sorts of emotions swoon-worthy in the youth; we’ve said this for ages. 24-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Belle is no exception. While he was probably too young in the Jason Mraz and John Mayer years (when they first came on the scene, natch), let’s just say that we’re awfully thankful that music works in cycles. His latest album, The Ladder, released last year, is still making worthy impressions. With Matt Hires – Buy Tickets
Those are our picks and we’re clinging to ‘em. Who’s on your To See List this weekend?