It’s that time of year again. Can you smell it in the air? That’s right: outdoor concert season is on the horizon, and tickets are going on sale! So count your pennies and keep an eye on FreeWilly for upcoming show deets. Otherwise you run the risk of sitting like a pasty loser in the middle of an empty McCarren, sipping disconsolately on your to-go cup while everyone else is having fun. Jussayin’.
Sufjan Steven’s show at Beacon Theater last year was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, no jive, so I’m interested to see what he brings to Prospect Park on August 2nd. Get yer tickets here.
Brooklyn’s own TV on the Radio are in their tenth year as a band and are still considered cool. Total hipster anomaly. They play the grand Radio City on April 13 (tickets already on sale here), with an “intimate” run through the night before at Music Hall of Williamsburg. But I’m thinking you should probably just go here instead.
Thurston Moore is at Music Hall of Williasmburg on May 20 with a poet because art. Tickets are $20.
J Mascis is back with the Jr. to play the entirety of Bug, plus be interviewed live by Henry Rollins, at Terminal 5 on June 23. OFF! and Fucked Up also play. Tickets are $30.
Bill Callahan has a new album and a new(ish) epistolary novella out. If you’re all like, “Who?”, check those out and then catch him at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets are $20.
Bust a mad ill move, or whatever, on Governor’s Island at this year’s The Governor’s Ball on June 18. Dancing white people favorites Girl Talk, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Passion Pit and more play, with no overlapping sets. Tickets are a steep $85.
Snap up passes to the Northside Fest (June 16-19), yet? You should. On the poor end of the spectrum? Go a la carte and get tickets for headliners Beirut or Guided By Voices (with Wavves). Tickets are $30.
4/8: The Hold Steady are from Brooklyn but play indie-Springsteen songs about Minneapolis. Yet it all somehow works. They play with Murder by Death at Terminal 5 tonight. Tickets are $30.
4/8: Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils is one of the few nautical bands I’m not burnt out on yet. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg with Craft Spells, Crinkles and an Unannounced Special Guest (Ducktails? Real Estate? THE DRUMS?). Tickets are $12.
4/8: Gobble Gobble’s MySpace is awash in neon, tweaking Furbies. Which I think adequately describes the band in the best way possible. They play Glasslands with Headless Horseman and Raindeer. Tickets are $10.
4/9: Support Japan while embracing it. The Japan Society is hosting a 12 HOUR benefit experience – with bands performing, art activities, language classes, food and more. The Lou Reed/Philip Glass/John Zorn/and more concert is sold out, but you should stop by anyway. Tickets are only $5.
4/10: Lo-fi forefathers Sebadoh sold out their Saturday show at Bowery Ballroom, so they added another on Sunday. Thanks, Jesus! With Richard Buckner. Tickets are $20.
4/11: I kid you not, The Drums are playing this week. Maybe the band members are homeless, so they just go venue to venue to keep out of the rain. See them with Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory. Tickets are $15.
4/12: Just a fair warning: going to the Black Lips and Vivian Girls show at Webster Hall will force you to realize you’re hair isn’t as cool and your leather jacket isn’t as bad ass as you thought it was. Tickets are $20.
4/12: Get fuzzy and buzzy with Cloud Nothings at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the late Tuesday night show are $10.
4/14: Baltimore duo Wye Oak plays Bowery Ballroom. And I can’t think of anything snarky because I’m actually digging on their new album, Civilian. Damn them! Tickets are $15.
Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other.
(Check out all of our Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick live music listings here.)