This Weekend! LCD Soundsystem, Malaikat dan Singa, Fuck Buttons, Starscream, Truman Peyote, Beach Arabs, NY Eye & Ear Fest (w/ Blank Dogs and Effi Briest), Eric Copeland, And Previously On Lost
Since the weekend's LCD Soundsystem ticket shortage has us just as weepy and beat-crazed as Mr. James Murphy himself, we must seek eclectic alternatives: 1) Tuvan throat-singing via punk-rock ranters Malaikat dan Singa at Death by Audio; 2) the Beets, a couple of deadbeat lo-fi dudes that an alt-bro Doug Funny would worship, at Brooklyn Fireproof; 3) noise-rock duo Fuck Buttons and their abrasive "labyrinthine rhythmic pulses" at the Music Hall of Williamsburg; or 4) a Party Expo lineup containing NES-sampling tune-chip act Starscream, giddy loop manipulators Truman Peyote, and Beach Arabs, the latter of which dedicates a math-funk track to that sleeping pile of lard Pokemon, Snorlax.
On Saturday, the NY Eye & Ear Fest III commences at the Knitting Factory, where an "unstoppable 19-band bill culls the very best of the New York underground's guitar-rakers, muck-makers, and risk-takers," i.e. an entire posse of bands that Christopher R. Weingarten has championed on Yes in My Backyard. Highlights include Blank Dogs (the "one man-man-mope machine") and Effi Briest (this week's YIMBY pick). Elsewhere, after finishing up yet another sold-out LCD Soundsystem show, James Murphy invokes the spirit of the mighty blogosphere and hosts a relevant DJ after-party at the Highline Ballroom. Meanwhile, at Warsaw, legendary cross-dressing rock 'n' rollers New York Dolls reunite, while Total Slocker, the mopey and fuzzed-out guitar-wielding children of Beavis & Butthead, star alongside Truman Peyote at Shea Stadium.
As detailed up in "Fun Dink Death," Sunday begins with a frightening tropical-sample freak-out provided by Black Dice's Eric Copeland at Glasslands. Over at the Knitting Factory, the "lovingly curated locavore art-punk showcase" NY Eye and Ear Fest III moves onward with 21 more acts, starring galactic ravers Blondes and groggy post-punkers Freshkills. Finally, at the Bell House, Previously on Lost wrestles with the two-and-a-half-hour Lost finale.