The dinner and a movie date is so overdone. And good luck getting a last-minute dinner reservation in Manhattan. Anyway, you and your lover are just too cool to do anything typical.
You two like the mayhem of a mosh pit, the grittiness of punk rock in Brooklyn and chances to just shake your booty to some cool and fresh tunes. This list is for you.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year and the following Monday is President’s Day, so three-day weekend, baby. Since we don’t want to celebrate the current president, why not extend your Valentine’s Day for a long weekend of love?
See what’s going on near you in Brooklyn this romantic holiday starting the Thursday before to the Monday after. From crowdsurfing in a gown, to live music in support of reproductive rights, this list will keep your Valentine’s Day cool.
Thursday, Feb. 13
‘My Slutty Valentine’ Planned Parenthood Benefit: Slut Magic / New Myths / Colatura @ Our Wicked Lady
Get slutty and help Planned Parenthood this holiday by rockin’ out at this show.
Max Pain & the Groovies/ The Silk War/ Cathedral Bells @ Baby’s All Right
This show gives you serious psych-rock and killer shreds to get in the mood for a long weekend of romance.
ZZZwalk / Waltzer / May Rio (Poppies) @ The Broadway
This is the perfect show to hold your honey close while you sway to twangy, bluesy indie rock.
Treads / Glass Slipper / Desert Sharks / Kissed by an Animal @ The Gutter
If you think being sweaty is sexy, then this is the grungy punk rock show for you. Plus, it’s a bar with a bowling alley, so get in a game or two.
Friday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day)
D4D V-Day Fantasy Dance Party (Rooftop) & Battle 3: Moon Kissed vs Viktor Longo / Oil Bay vs Holy Vulture (Downstairs) @ Our Wicked Lady
Dance the night away on a Brooklyn rooftop. When you need a break from shaking your booty, head downstairs to see an epic battle of Brooklyn bands.
NYNT/Panache Valentines Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit @ TV Eye
It’s a Planned Parenthood Benefit, which means it’s another event you can feel good about. But beyond supporting important causes, this show features some of Brooklyn’s most beloved frontwomen singing their favorite love tunes.
Beech Creeps / Upper Wilds / ESSi / Katiee Valentine’s Day Show @ Alphaville
Alphaville is one of the grungiest and grittiest venues in Bushwick, so if grunge and grit get your loins stirring, this is the show for you.
Valentine’s Day Daggers Magazine release party: Nastie Band / Valentinus Ritual with Lilith / Sähd Wyte Guyz @ The Broadway
An epic show for the art-punk couple. This show and magazine release party is sure to be a weird night, in the sexiest way possible.
This isn’t live music, but if you and your lover are control freaks when it comes to music, grab your most romantic vinyl and head to Pine Box Rock Shop and spin your favorite love songs.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Habibi (Record Release) / Ice Balloons / Champagne Superchillin’ @ Market Hotel
This epic lineup is a must-see for any day of the year. But it’s even better for the day right after Valentine’s Day. These bands are sure to keep the love a-flowin’.
Battle 4: Onesie vs Lovehoney / TVOD vs Violet Grove @ Our Wicked Lady
If you caught Battle 3 on Valentine’s Day, you might as well see the next round of killer NY bands battling to the death.
Fascinator / ISTA / Evolfo / Nightime Gallagher @ The Sultan Room
Share a döner kebab from next door at Turks Inn and then rock out to these killer NYC punk rockers.
Free NY Night Train Soul Clap / Dance-Off with Jonathan Toubin & more @ TV Eye
This night isn’t always free, so take advantage of the weekend and get your sexy ass to this dance-off. You and your honey could go home with a prize like Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. Just don’t snort anything you find in each others’ jacket pockets.
Sunday, Feb. 16
We know firsthand that this show is wild. We went last year and fell in love with chaos while crowd surfing in a gown. With Native Sun and Yaasss returning and Kahiem Rivera and GIFT joining the bill, this night will be bursting with love.
Monday, Feb. 17 (President’s Day)
Some people are off from work, so if you’re not too hungover from all the love (and probably booze) you experienced this weekend then you should definitely check out A. Savage (Parquet Courts). This show will probably sell out, so get your tickets ASAP.