The Postal Service perform at Barclays tonite.
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The Postal Service
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $35-$50
Back in 2003, few would have guessed that Sub Pop’s biggest-selling release since Nirvana’s Bleach would come from a Death Cab for Cutie side project, an indie-electronic duo that paired frontman Ben Gibbard with Headset’s Jimmy Tamborello. Nevertheless, under the name the Postal Service, the band gave the label its second platinum album, never cracking Billboard’s top 100 but slowly accumulating sales as it circulated among high schoolers at study halls and teenagers about to go to college. Those teenagers have since grown up and moved to Brooklyn, and this weekend you’ll find many of them at the Barclays Center for a special delivery from the reunited pair.
Black Flag + The Men + Good for You + The Netherlands
It’s easy to forget that Black Flag existed before and after Henry Rollins, but the recently reformed line-up featuring founder and guitarist Greg Ginn alongside vocalist Ron Reyes, who began performing with them in the late ’70s, is here to catch you up. To help solidify this reunion, the band have a new album in the works and a tour that will bring together punks old and new ones to tear up venues across America.
Mavis Staples + Cody ChestnuTT
Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NYC
Husky-voiced gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples, 73, started out sharing stages with the Dixie Hummingbirds and Soul Stirrers until venerable “Pops” Staples realized that ’60s rock contained at least as much spirit. Her two recent Jeff Tweedy-produced albums continue to deliver the transcendent goods. Cody Chesnutt channeled his inner Marvin Gaye on last year’s Landing on a Hundred.
The Lisbon-born Cape Verdean singer sounds crazy like a Ross (Annie) or a Mitchell (Joni) in the best possible sense on her effervescent new Kachupada, a dazzling blend of highwire jazz improvisation, French accordionism, African roots music, and smart, sublime kookiness. It’s a foaming polyrhythmic puddle of unceasing acoustic amazement from top to bottom and you probably shouldn’t miss her.
Calexico + Susana Baca + Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble
Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NYC
Tucson-based Americana indie band Calexico makes cultural appropriation sound good, with well-conceived guitar-based melodies about border crossers and journeymen, tinged with mariachi horns and a general sadness. The two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, have proven album after album that although there’s nothing quite new under the desert sun, the old sounds can still evoke an abstract nostalgia for the American Southwest that is as beautiful as it is mesmerizing.
Chance the Rapper
Europa Night Club
Chance the Rapper’s technicolor dreamcoat mixtape Acid Rap has taken 2013 by storm, pushing the artist from cult adoration in his native Chicago to out and out national fame: Despite its independent release, the album is polished enough to invoke the names of Kanye, Kendrick, and Andre 3000. Expect a rap show that features as much squawking, grinning, and tooth-and-nail rhyming as it does slowed-down introspective cultural critiques.
Merchandise + Milk Music + Destruction Unit
285 Kent Ave
Described as noise pop, punk or even shoegaze, Merchandise drawls the lazy slurs of southern phrasing and contrasts them with an amalgam of sonic sounds too diverse to name and too muddled to pick apart. Just off the release of their Totale Night EP, from this show one can expect distortion and drama, but told in slow motion.
Classixx + Headband And Hooligan
Le Poisson Rouge
In the late ’90s, Gildas Loaëc was living with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and contributing to the music Thomas Bangalter and de Homem-Christo were making under the name Daft Punk; in 2002, Loaëc started Kitsuné Records, a label whose Japanese name translates as “fox” but is synonymous with summer dance music, the sort of thick grooves that seem to radiate heat. For a crash course, head to (Le) Poisson Rouge, where two of the label’s most prominent artists, Frenchman Fred Falke and L.A. duo Classixx (who moved to the label Innovative Leisure for their recent Hanging Gardens), play the venue’s Powerslug party, and study up with Hanging Gardens’s two singles, “All You’re Waiting For” and “Holding On.” Follow the bassline.
‘Jazz Age Lawn Party’
Saturday & Sunday, 11am
A critical mass of the city’s flappers, dandies, and vaudevillians give Baz Luhrmann a run for his money during this weekend time warp on an island relatively untouched by more contemporary advances in technology. Governors Island may not have the sweeping grandeur of Gatsby’s house or Ziegfeld’s Follies, but Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra take spectators back to the halcyon days when Cole Porter ruled the charts, the Charleston was all the rage, and the living was easy. Dance lessons, an antique car show, and a pie-baking contest should ensure that the party is roaring enough for all ages.
Bang on a Can Marathon
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University
“It is snow, it is snow!” declare the instruments in Schnee, the hour-long instrumental blizzard of canonic microtonality that will serve as the centerpiece to this year’s nine-hour Bang on a Can Marathon. Don’t set your Citi Bike on autopilot for the marathon’s usual World Financial Center home, though: It’s under construction, so the River to River Festival’s annual kickoff event will be held at Pace University. Arrive early for a diverse set by contemporary experimentalists Alarm Will Sound, followed by a Lukas Ligeti premiere for dueling drums. Stick around for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, singing Nico Muhly’s Short Prayers in Respect of a Storm, and joyful noise duo Talk Normal. Then stay late for BOAC co-founder Michael Gordon’s glorious Yo Shakespeare and Asphalt Orchestra’s brassy take on Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida’s Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp.