QC LIVE GUIDE: 5/6 – 5/13

by neil roberts

In the South of India, people used to catch monkeys in a very special way. Actually, they let monkeys catch themselves. What they did is cut a small hole in a coconut, just large enough for a monkey to put its hand in. Next, they fixed the coconut to a tree, and filled it with a sweet of some kind. The monkey smells the sweet, squeezes its hand into the coconut, grabs the sweet and…finds that its fist does not fit through the hole. Now, the trick is that the last thing the monkey will think of is to let go of the sweet; and it holds itself prisoner. Nothing could be easier for a human being who comes along and catches it.

Artist: Celebration
Song: War

Let this story be a metaphor for your week. Let go of your attachments and disassociate with the things that aren’t working in your life. Learn from the monkey. Go to these live shows.

Wed 5/06 7:00 PM: Vampire Weekend @ Joe’s Pub
Let’s see if the band’s upcoming second album is going to be good. Their live shows sound just like their albums so it should be a good gauge.  Great show to take the cute NYU girls that think Vampire Weekend are The Beatles.

Thurs 5/7 9:00 PM: Pow Wow!, Shark?, The Sundelles, Darlings @ Glasslands
When I was a small boy in Kansas with nothing to do but play in the dirt, feed cows grass that I watched grow, or bang on my drums…I always dreamed of one day playing drums in a rock band in New York City.  Thursday I get to as my band Shark? plays our virgin show at Glasslands. This shows rocks from a bunch of different angles, it’s an eclectic bill as well as Quiet Color’s first concert extravaganza. Be there and mention the word dragon scale and I’ll give you a broken drumstick with some small bit of Buddhist Wisdom written on it.

Fri 5/8 11:00 PM: Celebration, Psychic Ills @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
Modern Tribe
was/is a spectacular album. I want this show to be really good because when I saw them at Glasslands they couldn’t hear themselves and were out of place at a ridiculous coked out fashion show. I’m going immediately after I get out of the Bjork/Dirty Projectors show, which by the way, every time I mention I’m going to that show people hate me, like really hate me and don’t want to continue the conversation.

Sat 5/9 8:00 PM: do caUSE coMotion!, The Beets @ Bruar Falls
One of my highly knowledgeable field informants recommended this show. I’m only the messenger.

Sun 5/10 6:00 PM: Chairlift, Takka Takka, Secret Life of Sofia @ The Bell House
Sunday’s chill ass show. Bell House is a really great venue and this would be an excellent show to bring a second or third date. Drink wine before the show, tell her you find her endlessly intriguing, have brandy after and I guarantee you that during a sentimental Chairlift song she’ll really start to think you are just more than cute.

Mon 5/11 8:00 PM: Vivian Girls, Times New Viking, Stupid Party @ Bowery Ballroom
What better way to start your noisy ass week than with Vivian Girls, who are completely blown up at this point. I like the bass player.

Tues 5/12 8:00 PM: Hospitality, Karl Blau, Painted Cakes @ Bruar Falls
I like Hospitality a lot. Stumbled upon them late one night and it was incredibly pleasant. Great date night if your lady is a musician. Brurar Falls is the shit.

Wed 5/13 Animal Collective, Grouper @ Terminal 5
I’ve heard fairly uninspiring things from a select group of highly regarded snobs I know in regards to Animal Collective’s live show. I was lucky enough to get tickets to this show and I’m really excited because I think their albums are incredible. I’m nervous.


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