The National, Questlove, & More Awesome Shows This Week

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Barbi Rockers (Human Rights Campaign Benefit) featuring Light Asylum, Nina Sky, JD Samson and MEN, Creep, Blood Orange, plus surprise guests: (le) Poisson Rouge, May 4, $55
If the impressive roster for Saturday's Barbi Rockers event wasn't enough to make you head to (le) Poisson Rouge, knowing that it's for a great cause should help. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender American equality. With artists like Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project and Nina Sky, it should be a no-brainer.
Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m., (le) Poisson Rouge,158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan streets); 212-353-3474.

Andy Stott, Atom TM, Patrick Pulsinger, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, Mike Servito: Public Assembly, May 4, $20
Red Bull Music Academy is going all-out this year with so many amazing events, it's hard to keep track. Case in point: this week, they have a Brian Eno exhibit, a FlyLo show at Terminal 5, a night of improvised duets, and this awesome showcase at Public Assembly featuring some of the most forward-thinking electronic acts in music today. Impressive.
Saturday, May 4, 10 p.m. Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street (between Wythe and Kent avenues); Brooklyn; 718-384-4586.

The National Play One Song For Six Hours (Really): PS1 MoMA, $15
Last year at PS1, electronic producer Nicolas Jaar played for five hours in a geodesic dome. Now, it seems, indie-rock brooders The National have decided to up the ante. This Sunday, for the low price of regular admission, the band will play one song (yes, one song) for six straight hours. If that's not showing commitment to your art, we don't know what is.
Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m., PS1 MoMA, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (between 46th Road and 46 Avenue); Queens; 718-784-2084.

Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:

April 29: How To Destroy Angels and DIIV play the Apollo Theater.

April 29: The Neighbourhood plays Bowery Ballroom.

April 30: Ava Luna plays Brooklyn Bowl.

May 1: ?uestlove, Andrew Bird, Andrew W.K., Kim Gordon, James Chance, Dosh, Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), Bernie Worrell, Erik Friedlander, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and more play Brooklyn Masonic Temple for Red Bull Music Academy's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets.

May 2: Oberhofer plays Glasslands Gallery.

May 2: Red Bull Music Academy presents Drone Activity In Progress: Stephen O'Malley, KTL, Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Pharmakon, grassmass, Hiram Martinez at Knockdown Center.

May 2: Fred Falke, Foals (DJ Set), Chrome Sparks, Jorge Bonjour play Output.

May 3: The Besnard Lakes play Bowery Ballroom.

May 3: Johnny Marr plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.

May 3: Foals, Surfer Blood, and Blondfire play Terminal 5.

May 3: Light Asylum (DJ Set) and SSION (DJ Set) play Glasslands.

May 4: Young Magic play a FREE show at the Brooklyn Museum.

May 4: Red Bull Music Academy presents 77 Million Paintings featuring a sound and image-scape by Brian Eno at Cafe Rouge.

May 4: Beacon, Braille, and Solar Year play Mercury Lounge.

May 4: Blanche Blanche Blanche, Gary War, Woodsman, Weyes Blood, Matt Sullivan play Silent Barn.

May 5: Silversun Pickups play The Wellmont Theatre.

May 5: Flying Lotus, Ultraista, Thundercat (& Band), En2ak play Terminal 5.

Photos: Via The Bowery Presents