The NYC live music scene picks up again with a bunch of great shows happening this week, including the Black Keys, the Barr Brothers, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings along with plenty of other highlights. Check it out:
As we covered last week, the Black Keys are now set for a last-minute show in NYC tonight at the Webster.
Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings make their triumphant NYC return for a two-night run of funky soul at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
A number of us have already shared our love for the Barr Brothers and their latest project. So it’s great to them giving NYC two solid options to catch them live this week (first at Joe’s Pub and then at Brooklyn’s Union Pool).
For a slightly bigger show of singer-songwriter-y goodness, Ryan Adams brings Ashes and Fire to the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.
The hip-hop jamband, The Roots, are back for week two at the Highline. Bump it.
This week also marks the return of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who made a big splash a few years back and then sort of fell off the map. I always dug their instrumentals, but still think the vocals make them an acquired taste.
Hot off of their breakout show at CMJ this fall, Alabama Shakes are back playing shows at Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge this week. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I highly recommend it. I have a very strong feeling this band is going to be one of the big breakout stories of 2012. Mark it.
Brooklyn Bowl’s also got some solid jammy bluegrass, with Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum taking the stage on Friday for the early show.
But if you need more dance-worthy beats with your jams, then check out BioDiesel, the drum and bass duo of Johnny Rabb (D’n'B drummer extraordinaire) and Clay Parnell (of Brothers Past). They’ve got the late-night slot at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday.
For something decidedly more classic rock, check out Hot Tuna, setting up shop at the Beacon for two nights this weekend.
If your Sunday night needs a bit more dance and disco, then !!! (chk chk chk) is a great option. They’re doing a little hometown Brooklyn gig at 285 Kent Ave.
And last but not least…I’ve already documented my love for The War on Drugs and their latest album Slave Ambient, so do yourself a favor and join me for their Sunday night show at the Bowery and check out the live take of one of the best albums of 2011.
Read on for show links and plenty of other good concerts for the week in NYC…
Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
Ryan Adams @ Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings w/ Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
The Barr Brothers @ Joe’s Pub
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Webster Hall
Dawes w/ Robert Ellis @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NK)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings w/ Sugarman Three @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Alabama Shakes @ Mercury Lounge
BioDiesel @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn) – late show
Blitzen Trapper @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
Crystal Stilts w/ Happy Refugees @ Knitting Factory (Brooklyn)
Hot Buttered Rum w/ Cornmeal @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn) – early show
Hot Tuna @ Beacon Theatre
Martin Sexton w/ Chris Trapper @ Pollak Theatre (West Long Branch, NJ)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
The Antlers w/ Suuns @ Webster Hall
Club d’Elf w/ John Medeski @ Le Poisson Rouge
Futurebirds andc Ponderosa @ The Gramercy Theatre
Hot Tuna @ Beacon Theatre
VHS or Beta w/ Zambri @ Le Poisson Rouge
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
!!! w/ Friends and MNDR @ 285 Kent Ave (Brooklyn)
Oh Land w/ Savoir Adore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
The War On Drugs w/ Still Corners and Arc in Round @ The Bowery Ballroom