The Weekend Shortlist June 6 to 8

M.I.A. Opens the McCarren Park Pool Concerts

Friday June 6

Location: Tribeca, NYC
Band: Gary Wilson
Show time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Knitting Factory
Food: Pakistani Tea house
Drink: Walker’s
Miscellaneous: J&R

Gary Wilson recorded and self-released a quirky album called You Think You Really Know Me in 1977, which ended up as an obscurity. Today, the record would fit just fine in the freak-folk section. This show is totally worth checking out for adventurous music fans! For eats, the Pakistani Tea house is a great little discreet Indian restaurant serving five to six different types of Indian food that is way cheaper than this show. For a drink, try Walker’s. This local hang serves up inexpensive drinks and makes a great burger. Being in the financial district, there’s not a lot going on in Tribeca, but thank god for J&R. With music, electronics, and computer stores all in one area, you chances of getting bored are slim.

Friday June 6

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Band: M.I.A. + Holy Fuck
Show time: 7:00 PM
Venue: McCarren Park Pool
Food: Shanghai Lee
Drink: Black Rabbit
Miscellaneous: Peter Pan

M.I.A. opens this summer’s concert series at McCarren Pool bringing her high-energy world music sampling hip-hop to the stage. Joining her is Holy Fuck, a group blending electronic effects with live instrumentation. These guys are just as awesome as M.I.A. For dinner, get your Chinese food cravings under control at Shanghai Lee. Though serving your standard Chinese fare, the atmosphere here is fun and the cocktails drinks come in special tiki glasses. Black Rabbit, the newest bar in Greenpoint, with its dark wood and dark lighting make this place look like a pub transported from somewhere deep in England. With a great vibe and even better beer selection, grab a booth and hit a button when your cup is empty. Genius! If you like donuts, then Peter Pan will be your downfall. Making huge donuts stacked with creams and jellies, they are well-worth the stomach ache to come.

Saturday June 7

Location: Tribeca, NYC
Bands: The Cool Kids + HEAVy(BBE) + Mickey Factz + Egg Foo Young
Show time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Knitting Factory
Food: Pakistan Tea House
Drink: Mocca Lounge
Miscellaneous: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Illinois hip hop duo The Cool Kids have been blowing up since 2007’s hit Black Mags was featured in a Rhapsody commercial. On the heels of their new EP, The Bake Sale, they perform here with HEAVy, Mickey Factz, and Egg Foo Young. Nearby, Pakistan Tea House is a buffet style Indian restaurant where you can choose between chicken, meat, fish and vegetables. It’s affordable and very good. For drinks, check out Mocca Lounge. With a funky interior and a menu of Italian inspired fare, it’s also a bar with a large list of coffees with or without alcohol, beers, and frozen shots. Smack dab in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory makes gourmet ice cream flavors like Black Sesame, Ginger, Durian, and more exotic flavors like Taro and Wasabi. Don’t worry, they have the go-to’s like Vanilla, fruits, and chocolate flavors too.

Saturday June 7

Location: Chelsea, NYC
Band: Mudhoney + Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments + The Cynics
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Highline Ballroom
Food: Better Burger
Drink: Turks & Frogs
Miscellaneous: City Bakery

Celebrating the reissue of their 1988 debut album Superfuzz Bigmuff and their new album The Lucky Ones, Seattle grunge rockers Mudhoney are back, and joining them are former L7 member Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments, and The Cynics. The name says it all in it’s mission to serve a burger as Better Burger uses organic, antibiotic, hormone & nitrate free meat and poultry in its quest to offer up a healthier alternative to the classic patty. A great little wine bar in Chelsea, Turks & Frogs has a menu of wine and beer from all over the world, including Turkey, while having the ambiance of being in someone’s home. A must if you’re in Chelsea, City Bakery offers one of the best chocolate chip cookies and thickest and richest hot chocolates in the city. The food is a gourmand’s delight.

Sunday June 8

Location: Gramercy, NYC
Bands: Gnarls Barkley + Battles
Show time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
Food: Souen
Drink: Revival
Miscellaneous: Trader Joes

Gnarls Barkley and Battles team up to help celebrate Myspace’s 150th secret show with a FREE performance at the Fillmore. How to get in? Go HERE and add them as your friend. For fans of the vegan lifestyle or if you want to try something new, Souen is one of the best places to go for macrobiotic food. With a menu offering mostly tofu and seitan, the closest you will get to any meat is fish if you can’t handle a meatless meal. Speaking of revivals, Revival is a two story bar nearby with a lounge up top and a cozy garden in the back open till midnight on weekends. If you’re feeling dangerous, step into Trader Joes. Once you get over the insane shoppers and lines, the very moderately priced gourmet goods will make you understand why the lines here are never-ending.

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