The Best Shows in NYC This Week: The Hardest-Working Bands of 2015 + Bernie Sanders Benefit + Neon Indian + Jerry Seinfeld + Cass McCombs + more musical goodness
Written by Patrick McNamara
It's a new year! The perfect time to half-ass everything! So I thought that rather than give you a real long list of good shows you probably won't see this week (but should) as is my norm, what would you say if I told you right here, right now, today, that I'm going to highlight only five of these good shows? That would be a pretty big time move, right? Guess what? I'm going for it.
Because in 2016 A.D. less is more.
Happy Half-Ass Year!
#1 Oh My Rockness Presents: The Hardest-Working Bands of 2015 A.D. - Baby's All Right - Saturday - January 9 - 2016 A.D.
It's sooooo like us to put our own show as #1 on our own music blob that's sooooooo Rockness. Our show is going to be a really good show though. Let's rewind. Wayyyyy back in 2015 A.D. we published a really great digital feature called “The Hardest-Working Bands of 2015" and even though it's 2016 A.D. you can still read it. Anyway, this show is that digital article come to life as a real live rock concert show at Baby's All Right! That's right. It's straight from the blob to the stage, man. Bands playing = Pill + Future Punx + Acid Dad + Gingerlys + Surf Rock is Dead + Dreamcrusher + Vomitface. They all work hard and they're all good. (Not to sling too bold a statement when we're only a few days into 2016 A.D. but I'm wondering if practice leads to your band being better? Well, that heady correlation certainly isn't going to be proved today by your friendly little local music blob.) Our show is on Saturday, January 9th and starts at 4 PM and tickets are $12 and you should come and we can hang and if not no worries all good either way I'm OK you're OK and everyone is chill.
Bernie Sanders is running for President of the United States of America and he's not going to get there without the support of the alts. Therefore, a big time two-night fundraiser for his campaign is happening at Baby's this week. The lineup lists a bunch of good bands (Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter, Will Sheff, Gang Gang Dance, Frankie Cosmos and tons more and I don't know who's playing on which day because they didn't break it out like that although for our purposes it would've been chill if they did) and a bunch of special guests. In 2016 A.D. I encourage you to vote for going to more good shows like this one.
JERRY SEINFELD?! ON A MUSIC BLOB?! GET OUTTA HERE! See him do his thing at Beacon Theater this week but if you couldn't get tickets (unspoiler: you couldn't) Jerry's coming back there a bunch in 2016 A.D. and you probably won't be able to get tickets to those either. A MUSIC BLOB RECOMMENDING A SOLD OUT COMEDY SHOW?! WHAT ARE YOU DOING! Speaking of the President of the United States of America (skimmers: see #2) and Jerry Seinfeld, how great was Obama on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Spoiler: HE WAS REALLY GREAT!
DJ Neon Indian leads a raging underground dance party at the hottest DIY club in town! I'm talking about the American Museum of Natural History, of course. The Nato (that's what the cool kids call it) is a little hard to find (all DIY clubs are, after all) and they really don't like their info to be published because tourists might start coming but if you can get yourself to Central Park and seek out someone who looks super cool (club kids, I think they're called) and ask them where The Nato is if they're chill they should be able to lead you the rest of the way. If they look at you and say, “I have no idea what you're talking about" just ask them again (“I'm looking for The Nato.") and then one more time after that (“The Nato, you fool, The Nato!) and you should be good. The rule of The Nato is you have to deny its existence to anyone asking at least two times before you agree to share its location.
Madrid's Hinds (you probably liked them when they were called Deers because you are the coolest... wanna meet up at The Nato later?) came all the way from SPAIN to play their super solid indiepop for you at Palisades tonight and if you RSVP you only have to pay $3 at the door. Hey, that's a good deal for a good band. If Hinds was a bad band it would be a terrible deal. But they're not. They're good. Hinds is a good band. Hope I've made that clear today.
(Hinds also play a free in-store at Other Music the day before this show if $3 is still $3 more than you want to spend to see a good band)
Other notable shows this week = Jawbreaker Reunion at Silent Barn + Balance and Composure at Saint Vitus + Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom + Russian Circles at Saint Vitus + Tall Juan at Berlin + Oneida at Palisades + Katie Ellen at Shea Stadium + Free Throw at Cake Shop
Happy Half-Ass Year!