Pure X, La Big Vic, Kirin J Callinan: 285 Kent, May 15, $12
Austin psych-rockers Pure X have made one of our favorite recent guitar records with their new LP, Crawling Up the Stairs. Hearkening back to the days of The Jesus and Mary Chain, the band is bummer-rock at its best and purest. They play Mercury Lounge the day before, but the 285 Kent show is the one to catch.
Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., 285 Kent, 285 Kent Ave (between South 1st and South 2nd streets); Brooklyn; 718-599-1450.
Kurt Vile, Angel Olsen, Steve Gunn: Bowery Ballroom, May 16, $20
For more chilled-out anhedonia, Kurt Vile's upcoming show at Webster Hall is a good bet. To be honest, though, we are just as excited to see the lovely Angel Olsen, whose lilting folk songs are absolutely gorgeous.
Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie); 212-533-2111.
Great GoogaMooga: Prospect Park, May 17, 18, 19, $54.50
With Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sharon Jones, Matt & Kim, The Flaming Lips, Chairlift, and more, the food-centric Great Googa Mooga festival has no shortage of fantastic music. Munching on your favorite food-truck fare while listening awesome bands in Prospect Park is one of those quintessential NYC springtime events that shouldn't be missed.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17, 18, 19, Prospect Park.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
May 13: TEEN spins for a night at the Ace Hotel, for free.
May 13: Phoenix and Blood Orange play Apollo Theater.
May 13: Matthew E. White and Helado Negro play Bowery Ballroom.
May 13: Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops play Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
May 14: Iron and Wine and The Secret Sisters play Beacon Theatre.
May 14: Digitalism plays the Highline Ballroom.
May 14: Foxygen, Crumbs play Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
May 14: The Killers play Madison Square Garden.
May 14: Pure X plays Mercury Lounge.
May 15: MS MR plays Bowery Ballroom.
May 16: !!! and Sinkane play Bowery Ballroom.
May 16: Midnight Magic and Teengirl Fantasy play a FREE show at the Brooklyn Museum.
May 16: Paramore plays the Hammerstein Ballroom.
May 16: The Flaming Lips play The Wellmont Theatre.
May 18: Liars play The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
May 19: Liars and Doldrums play (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Photos: Via The Bowery Presents