A bunch of great bands are playing tonight at the Silent Barn. Finnish D.I.Y. weirdos Avarus, who played live on Brian Turner's show last year, are back in town for the evening. Member Jan Anderzen also performed live on his own back in 2005. Rounding out the bill are fellow WFMU live room alums Watersports (on Acapulco Rodriguez's show last year), plus Manbeard, Vanishing Voice, and Philadelphia psych-folk titan Fursaxa. Her deep vocals and chord organ call to mind Nico's darkest solo recordings.
Listen: Fursaxa - Freedom (Link Expired)
Psychic Ills play on Saturday night at the Bowery Ballroom, along with Gang Gang Dance and guitar-shredder Mick Barr aka Ocrilim. The Ills' latest, Early Violence, collects the group's first Spacemen 3-channeling 12" EPs on the Social Registry label.
Listen: Psychic Ills - Diamond City (Link Expired)
There are lots and lots of free shows going on this week, so we'll just highlight a few of them. On Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg, Blues Control will be playing an in-store at Academy Record Annex. Monday night brings country-rock kings The Flatlanders to Castle Clinton, and on Independence Day you can check out the New Pornographers and Midlake on the Battery Park Lawn.
For comprehensive listings, check out our continually-updated Arbitrary Guide To Popular Culture.