After a long absence, in which I amassed both a busy day job and a broken wrist, your weekly run-down of concerts that are worth a damn has returned to FreeWilly. Now you can be generally clued into the Brooklyn music scene and of interest to talk to at parties. You’re welcome.
3/25 – After appearing as second banana at a lot of big area shows, most recently The Pogues at Terminal 5, The So So Glos get a headlining spot at 285 Kent Avenue. Sundelles, Snakes Say Hiss and Teen Witch also play. Tickets are only $7 and all ages are welcome (cool?).
3/25 – J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. is bringing his epic hair and rock ‘n roll skills to Music Hall of Williamsburg to promote the release of his solo, “Several Shades of Why”. Kurt Vile (who has a pretty killer set of locks himself) & the Violators, who just played around at SXSW, are opening. Head to CraigsList for tickets.
3/25 – Thurston Moore plays The Stone, a non-profit venue dedicated “to the experimental and avant-garde”, at 8:00p. Tickets are only $10 and available at the door prior to the show.
3/25 – The Drums continue to play every show they can get their grubby mits on tonight at Tribeca Grand Hotel. Go party down trust fund hipster-style for free with RSVP to [email protected]. With openers Big Troubles and a DJ set from Patrick Cleandenim.
3/26 – Peter Buck has called Big Star’s “Third/Sister Lovers” album “a Rosetta stone for a whole generation”. If you don’t know who Peter Buck is then you probably won’t care for the all-star cast of indie characters, including Michael Stipe, Matthew Sweet, M. Ward, folks from Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo, performing the full album at the Baruch PAC. Tickets are steep and can be found here.
3/26 – Get your fill of cuss words and mosh pits when OFF! play Santos Party House with Cerebral Ballzy and Trash Talk. Tickets are $15 and avail here. I’ll be there. Don’t punch me.
3/26 – I was going to make a joke about Sick Of It All being old, then I saw the name of their current tour is “Celebrating 25 Years Nonstop”. So there you have it. They play Webster Hall for $18. Get your tickets here.
3/28, 3/29 & 3/30 – The Mountain Goats are a great band and I’m bummed all three shows at Bowery Ballroom with Megafun is sold out. Sell me your pair?
3/29 – Do something that’ll make your mama proud and buy tickets to To Japan With Love, a benefit concert starring Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Antony (without his Johnsons), Cibo Matto and more, at Le Poisson Rouge. They run $100 here and come with good karma.
3/29 – Indie rockers from the great, white north, The Dears, come to Music Hall of Williamsburg to rep their new album, with openers Rewards. Tickets are going for $15 and can be found here.
3/30 & 3/31 – All-lady, art rockers Warpaint play Brooklyn Bowl and Bowery Ballroom, respectively, with PVT and Family Band. Tickets are apparently sold out for both. What is up with that?
3/30 & 4/1 – Jessica Lea Mayfield has been garnering quite the buzz for her sophomore album, “Tell Me”. See if she’s worth it at Glasslands (with Daniel Martin Moore) for only $15 on 3/30 or Bowery Ballroom on 4/1
3/30 & 3/31 – Brooklyn duo Cults rode that buzz last year, and are planning to deliver a full length album…someday. In the meantime, do they have enough material for their show at Knitting Factory with Magic Kids (excellent) and Superhumanoids? $12 here to find out.
3/30 & 3/31 — Diamond Rings opened for Robyn earlier this year. They both sort of have matching hair… Mr. Rings plays with PS I Love You (Hillary Swank tribute band?) at Mercury Lounge for only $10. Tickets are still available here.
3/30 — Jolie Holland brings her captivating jazz/folk/country vibe (diggable, I assure you) to Zebulon (yes, that Zebulon) at 8:00p. Tickets are available at the door for $12
3/31 — I haven’t seen the front man for Cerebral Ballzy wandering around my Bushwick hood lately. Weird. Maybe I should go see them and Big Gunz! and Desensitized at Cake Shop for $8 just to get back into the routine.
3/31 — Bust a move and cure cancer with !!! (and Darwin Deez and EMEFE) at the benefit concert for Relay for Life/American Cancer Society at NYU’s E&L Auditorium. More info here.
Oh yeah, LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes are playing next week. But you probably don’t have tickets for those. Too bad, so sad.