The Best Shows This Week: Real Estate + How to Dress Well + Beach Fossils + Mates of State + Frankie Cosmos + Widowspeak + Fat White Family + Delicate Steve + Ice Choir + more super special goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Are you ready to talk about some good shows?
I said are you ready to talk about some good shows!
Nobody ever answers me.
That’s OK. I know that just means you’re listening extra hard.
Ready or not. Let’s talk about good shows.
Monday - December 15th, 2014 A.D.
Modern Baseball + Knuckle Puck + Crying + Somos + Foxing play Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you like The Pop Punk this is going to be the show for you. If you don’t like The Pop Punk, it’s cool we all must find our own way - even if that way is deciding to live in sadness.
Eugene Mirman + Janeane Garofalo + their funny friends get together and hang out at Union Hall tonight. If I were to tell you how many times we have listed Janeane Garofalo shows on the site this year, well, let’s just say I now know how to correctly spell Garofalo on the very first try.
Speaking of funny (which I’m pretty sure I was but I can’t really remember), Wyatt Cenac is funny and he does his regular weekly gig at Littlefield tonight. Isn’t it high time you trekked to Park Slope and checked it out? What the hell are you waiting for? You want him to get huge and you'll have to pay up to ten times the amount of this $5 ticket price right here? That could happen. Don't let it happen to YOU. This is one funny dude.
Other notable shows = Netflix + Amazon Prime + Hulu Plus + Ashes To Ashes and Dust to Dust
Tuesday - December 16th, 2014 A.D.
How to Dress Well (thanks for the advice but I already know - wear comfortable, loose, and breathable clothing now and always) + Porcelain Raft play one of the last remaining shows at Glasslands before it shatters and turns to dust in the wind.
I told you wayyyyy back on September 17, 2013 that Nicholas Nicholas was worth checking out and I was such a prescient young man back then. See this good band at Palisades with three other bands that are also probably good because let’s give everybody the benefit of the doubt around here.
Gross Relations play Knitting Factory. Some say they play lo-fi fuzz pop but I say they sound more like Color Me Badd meets Ace of Base covering Roxette meets Snow meets Girardo meets Jodeci meets Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (RIP) meets Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. #nailedit
Wednesday - December 17th, 2014 A.D.
Beach Fossils (please pay no attention to that four year old band profile) + PC Worship (that one's good, though) lead a good lineup at Glasslands. Please note: pretty much every night at Glasslands from here on out will be a good lineup. Because it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, man. This one is probably sold out. But you should double-check that. Go ahead. Do my work for me. There you go. That’s it.
Thursday - December 18th, 2014 A.D.
Real Estate (please pay no attention to that four year old band profile) + Shorts (that one's good, though - echo... echo) play a free show (with RSVP - and it’s already closed - and Rockness is a buzzkill) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Will this show be easy? Will this show be breezy? What would you say if I told you it was going to be both? Yes. This one will be an easy breezy chill time.
*please note this song is already three years old and I'm going to keep posting it until it's 30
Mitski (click that) recently released one of the best albums of the year. See her and her band play songs from it in the real live flesh tonight at Knitting Factory. Bellows is playing this show too. Click their name to learn why I like them too.
Other notable shows = Soulside at Saint Vitus + Life Size Maps at Baby’s All Right + Nashville Pussy at Gramercy Theatre + John Hodgman at Grand Masonic Lodge + Walter Martin of The Walkmen at Joe’s Pub + Krill at Shea Stadium + Har Mar Superstar at The Bowery Electric
Friday - December 19th, 2014 A.D.
Mates of State play two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight. I’m glad to see these two are still doing it all these years later. You can’t stop the male/female indiepop. You can only hope to sing along loudly for all to hear. Here's an oldie but a goodie.
L.A.’s Goldroom brings the beats, blips, and booms to Webster Hall. If this guy keeps it up I’m gonna have to award him a Dance Jam Master certificate of excellence that I print out from home using my off-brand PC.
Speaking of the beats, eccentro-dance man Matthew Dear does his thing at Verboten. He deserves a Dance Jam Master certificate of excellence too. And he’ll get one too. As soon as I have enough capital to replace my toner.
Hip-hopsters Ratking represent Harlem and XL Recordings. They lead a good free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar where you can also purchase locally grown trinkets and tacos.
Saturday - December 20th, 2014 A.D.
Fat White Family have developed a reputation as one of those “crazy” live bands. So things might get a little “crazy” at Baby’s All Right tonight. PC Worship and Sunflower Bean (the #1 Hardest Working NYC Band in 2014) also play. Let’s get “crazy.”
Sunday - December 21st, 2014 A.D.
Dave Harrington (Darkside + a bunch of other bands) invited his friends to make the holidays spectacular at Glasslands. His friends include members of Bear in Heaven + Real Estate + The Antlers and not to brag but I’ve totally heard of all three of those bands, NBD.
The Front Bottoms are hosting a Champagne Jam party at Webster Hall with Kevin Devine + Craig Finn of The Hold Steady + The So So Glos + some special guests. This one looks fun. Just don’t have too much fun at a Champagne Jam. You’ll get a headache that’s resistant to any and all forms of OTC medication.
Oh, yeah. Tyler, The Creator plays Terminal 5. And this guy is still………. around.
Other notable shows = Netflix + Amazon Prime + Hulu Plus + Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust
You know what we just did?
It's cool. You don't have to answer. I'll just tell you.
We talked about some good shows.
That's what we just did.