Happy almost-April! Summer announcements are starting to trickle in and I’m starting to see a few tulips sprouting from the ground… let’s keep the optimism going with these great shows.
5) Zoe Keating at Joe’s Pub (two shows)
I remember a friend putting Sun Will Set on a burned mix CD well over a decade ago and it’s one of those pieces that has stuck with me. Zoe Keating is a one-woman orchestra with an impressive array of solo albums, soundtracks, and guest appearances to her name. Despite the a fairly prolific output, her 2018 EP Snowmelt was her first release under her own name in eight years. She plays two sets at Joe’s Pub, one at 7pm and another at 9:30pm.
4) Nils Frahm at Brooklyn Steel
Ambient/electronic/classical artist Nils Frahm is in town for two shows at Brooklyn Steel this weekend. At the time of writing you can still get tickets for both Friday night and Saturday night. Frahm’s latest album, 2018’s All Melody, mostly lives up to its name; it just might be his prettiest and hypnotic work to date. Friday and Saturday 8pm
3) Garcia Peoples, Ryley Walker at Nublu 151
Garcia Peoples topped this column back in January, and now they’re about to release Natural Facts (this is in fact the record release show). Previous record Cosmic Cash only came out last August so the band are definitely in a creative streak right now. If this show wasn’t enticing enough as it is, then you’ve got Ryler Walker opening up for good measure. Friday 8pm
2) Better Oblivion Community Center at Bowery Ballroom & MHoW
First up the bad news, at the time of writing, Better Oblivion Community Center‘s shows are sold out. On Friday they play at Bowery Ballroom, Saturday seems them play at Music Hall Williamsburg, and then they sold out at the much larger Brooklyn Steel. If you haven’t heard about this peak-indie-darling collaboration between Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers then let me assure you that it’s as nice a record as you can imagine two indie darlings collaborating. Not only do the lucky people who got tickets see a good headliner, but both openers, Christian Lee Huston and Lala Lala are delightful in their own right (the latter made an appearance in this column a couple of months ago). Friday and Saturday 8pm
1) Swervedriver, Failure, Criminal Hygiene at Warsaw
I couldn’t not have fellow Oxford boys Swervedriver at #1 this week, they wowed on their return in 2015 both as a live act and with their album, I Wasn’t Born to Lose You. Now they’ve done it again with Future Ruins. Don’t miss them at Warsaw on Friday night, which should obviously come with a side-order of pierogi. Friday 8pm