Well HELLO, and welcome back to another weekend! You know what’s different about this weekend, when compared with most other weekends? IT IS FINALLY OCTOBER! AKA THE BEST, SPOOKIEST MONTH OF ALL! To say I am amped would be a major understatement. I’m also pretty stoked that it’s 1. New York Comic Con (yes I am totally going), and 2. there are just SO MANY spooky movies to watch, whether it’s on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween (never been happier to have subscribed to YouTube TV, you guys) or at Videology’s screening of Practical Magic ft. bonus midnight margs! (THIS IS CLEARLY OUR GIF THEME!) Before we launch into all of that ‘n everything else, here’s some v. cr00sh #CONTENT you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were trying to wrap your head around the incredibly depressing world of US politics and instead found yourself in a black hole of despair! (That is what I did!)
- I interviewed German-born, Toronto-based pop songstress bülow about her semi-nomadic childhood living in five different countries!
- We also got #DEEP with Luna Honey about the meaning of life, and how it is virtually impossible to be a nihilist if you’re putting out music.
- Kim Petras told us why she thinks it’s important to maintain a balance between being a visible member of the trans community and simultaneously not letting that completely define her music.
- I talked to Tove Styrke on the phone to ask her if she and Tove Lo are bringing global awareness to the pronunciation of the name “Tove”. (She says she doesn’t think so; people still call her things like “Tofu” and “Stove”.)
- And I had a chat to Vök’s Einar Hrafn Stefánsson about how Iceland’s dark AF winters have shaped the band’s sound and work ethic.
- Here’s Dream Wife to our very own Jose Lopez-Sanchez on making tunes on their own terms.
- And finally, here’s when I had breakfast with French songstress Mai Lan and she told me about working with M83, writing her first song about death at age ten, creating a music video about dancing oysters with Jodorowsky’s son and MORE!
Thursday, October 4
- New York Comic Con kicks off today! You can still buy single-day badges for $50 for today (the other days are sold out), so if you’re feelin’ like bunking off work, grab those here.
- You can also celebrate October 3rd a day late at Littlefield, where Drunk Restoration Comedy will present Meaneth Girls (or, the Tragedy of Regina George) for $10!
- For music vibes, Cat Power will be doing a signing at Rough Trade at 6pm! All you have to do is grab a copy of her new record (the first in SIX YEARS) from the shop and you’ll be allowed entry.
- In terms of actual live tunes, Cascine is having a label night at Elsewhere ft. sets by Yumi Zouma, Half Waif, Maria Usbeck & Erika Spring! Tickets are $20 a pop.
- Feel like d-d-d-d-dancin’? Breakbot will be at Output as part of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival! Tickets will run you $20-$25 each.
- In Manhattan, meanwhile, Great Lake Swimmers will be playing an $18 show at Mercury Lounge!
- AND Christina Aguilera and Big Boi are at Radio City Music Hall tonight for $59+!
- Broke AF? Go ahead and hop on the RSVP list to catch A Place To Bury Strangers fo’ FREE at Dr. Martens Union Square!
Friday, October 5
- For tunes, you can catch STRFKR’s 10th anniversary tour as it rolls on through Bowery Ballroom for $30 tonight!
- Or head on down the road to Mercury Lounge to catch a $15 show from Hollow Coves and Cape Francis!
- Over in BK, The Neighbourhood, Porches and Rebounder will be at Brooklyn Steel for $35!
- AND Shame, Bodega and Public Practice are taking over Music Hall of Williamsburg for $15-$18…
- …while Finnish pop star Alma will be setting up shop at Elsewhere! Tickets are $15-$17 a pop.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, though, is the F The Pietriarchy-organized show that’s happening at Park Church Co-Op to benefit Planned Parenthood! Sets by Sons of an Illustrious Father, Honduras and more, and tickets are $18-$35 each. (Plus there’ll be pie! And raffles! And voter registration! Yeah yeah yeah!)
- Or maybe you just really like cats and outer space and dancing, in which case you should probably head to House of Yes for Space Cats! It’s free before 11pm w/ RSVP, so you might wanna take advantage of that since you could be paying up to $30 after that.
- More into movies? Videology is hosting a $24 screening of The Silence of the Lambs ft. bonus Chianti, a $22 screening of Candyman ft. bonus Honey Bee cocktail, AND a $12 Get Out edition of Drinking Game after all of that!
Saturday, October 6
- First, grab tickets to a new round of Tinder Live w/ Lane Moore at Littlefield! This time she’ll be joined by Lizz Winstead, Christian Finnegan and Maria Dizzia (Orange Is The New Black)!
- You should also 100% catch a $24 screening of Practical Magic ft. bonus “midnight” margarita with each ticket at Videology! (And stick around for a $12 Scream-themed edition of Drinking Game after that!)
- For music vibes, head on over to Analog to catch Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for $20-$30!
- You can also hit up Bowery Ballroom for round TWO of STRFKR! Tickets are $30 each.
- The Neighbourhood, Porches and Me Not You will also be taking over Terminal 5 for $35…
- …or just pop on by Music Hall of Williamsburg for an $18-$20 Frankie Cosmos gig!
- If queer dance parties are more your scene, be sure to grab $5 tickets to the latest round of Yas Mama at C’mon Everybody! Price goes up to $8 after that.
- Or if you’re the kind of queer lady who thinks lube wrestling with other queer ladies sounds like a fun time (it sounds like my own personal nightmare) then cough up $15-$20 to watch ‘n do just that at $3 Bill! Godspeed!
- Just hungry? Swing by the Konamon Festival to eat lots ‘n lots of Japanese battered goodness, like takoyaki, okonomiyaki and more! Free to attend, $10 per dish.
- OR you can just do what I think sounds like the best plan of all, aka hitting up Watermelon Melange ft. immersive art by Mason Roberts and Stirling Caiulo in Chinatown! (Think: figurative painting and grunge-inspired hip hop.) Free to attend w/ RSVP (it’s happening tonight and tomorrow, the 7th) but I’d suggest opening night since there’ll be bonus pizza ‘n cocktails.
Sunday, October 7
- Kick off your day in the best October fashion, aka with a brunch screening of The Addams Family at Nitehawk!
- It’s also the 7th annual Momo Crawl out in Jackson Heights! You can grab $10 passports here.
- Later, if you missed BOS last weekend, semi-make up for it by heading to Troutman Art Fest in Bushwick! FREE!
- For tunes, take note that it’s Elsie Fest 2018 at Central Park! Full sets by Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Alex Newell and Darren Criss, and tickets are $60+.
- If you missed Frankie Cosmos yesterday, head on over to Bowery Ballroom for a second NYC show! Tickets are still $18-$20.
- PLUS the one and only Adam Schatz will be at Littlefield for Transmissions from Ladyland LIVE! Tickets are $10-$12 each.
- If it’s comedy you’re after, be sure to head to Union Hall for a $5-$8 show from Wyatt Cenac and Seaton Smith, and/or a $10 one from Michelle Buteau after that!
- Or if your pockets are just plain empty, just swing by Videology for free American Horror Story trivia!