The Best Shows in NYC This Week: Jack White + Zola Jesus + Savages + Louis C.K. + Girlpool + Bully + Hamilton Leithauser + Beverly + Owen Pallet + lots more goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
Hi! Welcome to our important music blob! Let's do something a litttttle different this week and talk about the good shows happening in the very immediate future.
Please note: I write this dynamic feature during the greatest snowstorm NYC has seen..... since 5 years ago. So maybe some of these shows will end up being cancelled. But it's cool. I'll just fix it in post.
Terrific! Off we go!
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Monday - January 26th, 2015 A.D.
As mentioned seemingly endlessly by me, post-something punks Savages are playing a bunch of shows in NYC this month because January is the prettiest time of year here. Tonight, they play Baby’s All Right and it’s sold-out. So I hope you have a ticket or don’t care.
Zola Jesus plays Saint Vitus. This too is sold-out. Remind me to tell you the story about how I saw Zola Jesus play on a boat during last year’s CMJ. Actually, I have some extra time. I’ll just tell you the story now. I saw Zola Jesus play on a boat during CMJ last year. The end.
Nashville’s Bully are an up-and-coming popster punk band. They play Pianos tonight and you should read all these wonderful words I wrote about them sometime. Or, you can just play this song and let your heart tell you what it hears. Either way. All good.
Other notable shows = Action Bronson at B.B. Kings
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Tuesday - January 27th, 2015 A.D.
Sannhet play Saint Vitus (Youth Code headlines) and they’re one beautifully brutal band. Think thunderous post-something noise tussling with pretty melodies that aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves. File Under: a good band. RIYL: finding a bag of free money in the clearing of a forest somewhere.
UPDATE: PROBABLY CANCELLED DUE TO BLIZZARD PWN
Louis C.K. plays Madison Square Garden. Again. Come on, Louis. You can’t keep relying on me to spread the word about your shows. It’s not fair to put Whoa My Blobness in that position. I want to give you good press and help launch your career because I think you have real talent, but every week? OK. Fine. Just don’t forget who got you there when you’re famous, Red.
UPDATE: DEFINITELY CANCELLED DUE TO BLIZZARD PWN
NYC’s Weird Womb play good garage punk even though there are barely any garages in all of New York. And the prices! I have money to either park my car for a couple hours or I can go buy a new one at practically the same price. The band plays Mercury Lounge and hopefully they can take public transportation.
UPDATE: PROBABLY CANCELLED DUE TO BLIZZARD PWN
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Wednesday - January 28th, 2015 A.D.
Calgary’s Viet Cong feature former members of Women (click to enjoy reading a 7-year-old band profile by an author struggling to find his voice). They play Union Pool tonight (and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge) and the fuzzy full-length debut album they just put out for Jagjaguwar is really good. Here’s a song from it. Trust your heart. (PC Worship opens.)
Philly’s (via L.A. - that’s a tough move) rising punkster pop duo Girlpool play Silent Barn (also the hardest working band in LA last year if anyone’s interested). I describe their sound as being blah meets blah meets blah meets blah.
Billy Idol plays Beacon Theater and he is generally credited as being the inventor of punk haha jk jk sometimes I like to joke around on here but most times I am serious with an emphasis on deadly.
Other notable shows = Savages at Mercury Lounge
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Thursday - January 29th, 2015 A.D.
London’s Wolf Alice came over to play some dreamy, radio-ready fuzz pop for you at Baby’s All Right (and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge). Think Elastica meets Mazzy Star meets Garbage meets _______. I wrote some really kind words about them which you should really consider reading. It’s my Moby-Dick.
Owen Pallett plays Music Hall of Williamsburg with Foxes in Fiction. That’s some good lush pop right there, my brother. If I can get access to Owen after the gig I’m going to pitch him my idea for a new reality show where he + Andrew Bird + Kishi Bashi move into a house together, try to get along, but due to their competitive nature, often resort to violins.
Other notable shows = Viet Cong at Mercury Lounge + Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair at Verboten + DJ Biz Markie at Brooklyn Bowl
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Friday - January 30th, 2015 A.D.
Jack White plays Madison Square Garden. I’m not familiar with either this man or this venue but apparently it’s one of the most popular upcoming shows on the entire blob so I’m going to defer to you guys on this one and trust you know what you’re doing when you're saving this show with such abandon.
Ovlov(click) + Grass is Green (click) + Two Inch Astronaut (clack) play Silent Barn. That’s three good bands for one low price of eight bones. If you like the grunge rock you can almost sorta sing along to then this is the show for you. P.S. Ovlov is Volvo backwards. You heard it here FOURTH.
Super solid rockster popsters Beverly play the new Bushwick venue Alphaville. Forever young. I want to be forever young. Do you really want to live forever and ever? Forever young. I want to be forever young. Do you really want to live forever? Forever young.
Hamilton Leithauser (of course, he is/was a Walk Man) plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. And I bet you a steak dinner The Walkmen get back together sometime before 2016. If I’m wrong, the worst thing about the meal at Sizzler is gonna be that bill tho.
Other notable shows = John Oliver at Beacon Theater (twice) + Wolf Alice at Mercury Lounge + Flagland and Unstoppable Death Machines at Palisades + Lost Boy? at Aviv
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Saturday - January 31st, 2015 A.D.
LE1F + Sick Feeling + Dark Blue lead a really good lineup at Aviv. I like all those guys. How am I supposed to post a song from just one of them? I won’t. I’m rollin big and posting streams for all three. Damn, son.
Baby Dayliner plays Mercury Lounge and I’ve loved this smooth dude’s chill pop for YEARS. Years, I tell you. Years. Like twelve. Twelve years at least. He lies low so if you don’t know him, now’s your chance to get acquainted. Remember: it’s never too late to get into somebody good.
Crocodiles + Lazyeyes + The Teen Age lead something crunchy pop solid at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. It’s free, of course. But the trinkets and tacos are gonna cost you. If you haven’t been to this venue before you should check it out. It’s a 100% pleasant space to see a show.
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Sunday - February 1st, 2015 A.D.
Nothing going on, man. It’s The Super Bro Sunday!
Other notable shows besides Footie Brawl = Hulu Plus + Amazon Prime + Netflix
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Thank you for reading this feature again this week. I luv u. Go Bears.