The teeming music landscape of NYC can be a headache to navigate, even if you’re an avid show-goer. Hopefully my round-up of acts to see (and be seen seeing) this week will prove to be a point in the right direction.
ON STAGE THIS WEEK:
- 12/6-12/8: Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah reign at Maxwell’s continues through Wednesday this week. So far, M. Ward, Jeff Tweedy and Mission of Burma have opened. But it’s sold out. Sucks to be you. May I suggest CraigsList?
- 12/6: Diamond Rings (whose surprisingly enjoyable set I caught in the basement of Santos during CMJ) is all buzzy now. He plays with Austria at Mercury Lounge for only $10.
- 12/6: The head designer in your office is riding his Vespa to The New Pornographers and Ted Leo show tonight at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available and will run you around 40 bucks each.
- 12/7: Juiceboxxx play NYC three times this week. Catch them at Espopus Gallery, Cake Shop or Death By Audio. More info on their site.
- 12/8: Brooklyn’s Sisters play with just-as-Brooklyn-y Web Dating and some other bands I’ve never heard of at Death By Audio. See and be seen!
- 12/8: All sortsa folks (Acrylics, Nicole Atkins, Here We Go Magic, Class Actress, etc.) are playing at “JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE: A benefit for Arts Education International” at Glasslands for only $15.
- 12/8: I recently found out that Will Oldham seriously pursued an acting career before turning to music full-time. Useless facts are cool! Bonnie “Prince” Billy is playing Town Hall and tickets are still available. I’ll be there so come find me and give me a high five!
- 12/10: Beige plays Glasslands with Young Buffalo and Web Dating for only 8 bones.
- 12/10 & 12/11: Sony got all mad at Bradford Cox for recording music in his bedroom and posting them to his blog for free. But then they apologized. That was nice of them. Atlas Sound plays Maxwell’s for only $15 (plus PATH train fare, however much that is) on Friday and The Bell House on Saturday
- 12/10: Deakin is so ubiquitous lately; he’s probably down to DJ your cousin’s bar mitzvah (assuming your cousin is a particularly hip and influential 13 year old). Prince Rama joins the Animal Collective member at the New Museum as part of the Get Weird series.
- 12/11 & 12/12: Last night I had a dream that was I was 16 again and Matt Pryor and Chris Conley (of Get Up Kids and Saves The Day, respectively) played solo, acoustic sets at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Then dudes from Thrice and Bayside showed up and ruined everything. Oh well. They also play Highline Ballroom on Sunday.
- 12/11: The So So Glos, The Beets and others play the deceptively named Shea Stadium.
- 12/11: Shai Hulud is playing ABC No Rio. I bet they’ll be super cool with you requesting New Found Glory songs.
- 12/12: Peaches pops up out of nowhere (full disclosure: I’m not tapped into the Peaches News pipeline) with a fantastical show titled “Peaches Christ Superstar” at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets available for $37.50.
- 12/12: Ducktails’ Matthew Mondanil is from New Jersey and is also a member of Real Estate. Therefore, Matthew Mondanil is pretty great. Go see him cheap at Cake Shop.
- 12/12 : The Bell House must own stock in Eugene Mirman. The funny dude is hosting another comedy show in BK with Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser, Hannibal Buress, John Mulaney and others. $12 ain’t bad for some laffs.
ON SALE NOW:
- Bright Eyes with Superchunk at Radio City on March 9th (One of Conor’s last shows under the moniker. Pour a bit of PBR on the ground for the passing of our adolescence)
- Apparently, Cold War Kids are big enough for a Radio City show. Who knew?
- Noah & the Whale play Bowery Ballroom on March 22nd. Tickets here.
- Lykke Li has new music and a strange new documentary coming out, so she’s the shit again. She plays Webster Hall on May 18th.
‘Til next week…