This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, April 24
Peter Stampfel, who played with The Fugs and The Holy Modal Rounders, was a pioneer of psychedelic folk in the 60s and 70s. He’s bringing his expert fiddling and sense of humor to the intimate Mercury Lounge when he performs with the The Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron. With Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams, Bushwick Gospel Singers and Modern Hut. Doors are at 7:30 p.m and tickets are $10.
Friday, April 25
Underappreciated bands are often described as “seminal,” but for New Jersey’s The Feelies, the descriptor definitely fits. Their post-punk, jangly pop sound influenced more widely known bands like R.E.M. The band reunited in 2008 and released an album in 2011. They don’t play too often, so check them out if you can at The Bell House in Gowanus. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25.
Saturday, April 26
The Pet Shop Boys were one of the best electro pop groups to come out of the 80s and they continue to live on in dance floor legend with songs like "West End Girls." They are still going strong and released new albums in 2012 and 2013. Their Terminal 5 show at 9 p.m. is sold out, but tickets on StubHub are starting at about $75.
Sunday, April 27
Jazz trio The Bad Plus is known for doing avant-garde covers of songs like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Iron Man.” They are finishing a string of shows at the Jazz Standard with a 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. show. Both are $30.
Monday, April 28
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew is out with a new album “Darlings,” which includes atmospheric, synth-driven songs like “Good Sex” and “Mexican Aftershow Party.” He’s at The Bowery Ballroom with Andy Kim. Tickets are $25 and doors are at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29
British rockers The Horrors will have their fourth studio album “Luminous” coming out on May 5. Get a sneak preview at the House of Vans show. The show is free, but you’ll have to RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line. The Spires are opening and the show goes from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Wednesday, April 30
Brother-sister electro art duo The Knife are known for wearing masks during their energetic live shows. They are playing their first of two shows at Terminal 5. Both are sold out, but there tickets available on StubHub. Doors are at 7:30 p.m.