This week’s NYC concert calendar features another diverse mix of shows, including a six-night run by the National, My Morning Jacket at MSG, American Babies at Mercury Lounge, and two nights of Atlas Sound, among many other interesting shows.
The National kicks off a six-night run at the Beacon with a bunch of great bands in the opening slot for each show (The War on Drugs open tonight’s show).
Tuesday night, I highly recommend the first of two shows that are part of the “All Together Now” music and film project, which Sam from Dog Gone Blog hipped us to a while back. Tuesday night’s lineup is Superhuman Happiness, Thought, Minerva Lions, Beyondo, and itsnotyouitsme, which will definitely make for an interesting mix of horn grooves and cool rhythmic textures.
Also in the middle of the week is another funky soul throwdown by the always-entertaining Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
Adding even more weight to the midweek show calendar is My Morning Jacket at Madison Square Garden w/ Band of Horses. This should sufficiently rawk.
Thursday night, Tommy Hamilton and his American Babies are doing an “Alumni Holiday Show” at the Mercury Lounge with Joe Russo, Scott Metzger and a few other special guests that have shared the stage with Tommy in the past (I wouldn’t be surprised if we get guest appearances by Dave Dreiwitz of Ween or maybe even Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits). Not only that, they’ll also be taking on the challenge of performing songs from CSNY’s classic album Déjà Vu.
Thursday night, I’m also liking Ducktails 285 Kent Ave in Williamsburg for something a little more mellow and vibe-y.
But if you want to dance, then you should hit up 149 Kent Ave (Williamsburg) for a DJ set by former LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy.
For more beats and breaks, there’s also cool event going down at Canal Room on Friday night, featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner (of the Disco Biscuits) and baddass drummer Adam Deitch.
Speaking of Disco Biscuits side projects, Allen Aucoin’s also in town and bringing his own electro drum show, Dr Fameus, to Sullivan Hall on Saturday night. This one seems ripe for some sit-ins from Magner or Brownstein, doesn’t it?
If that’s not rock’n’roll enough for ya, then check out the Hold Steady at 149 Kent Avenue with Wakey Wakey and Titus Andronicus.
This weekend also features two nights of Atlas Sound, the solo project by Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox. This dude puts together some amazing loops and textures with just vocals, guitar, and some effects pedals. He’ll be at Bell House (Saturday night) and the Bowery (on Sunday).
Also on Sunday night, there’s the oddball instrumental stylings of Delicate Steve at Brooklyn Bowl. These guys are fun and quirky.
As always, those are just the highlights as I see ’em. Read on for all the details and plenty of other great shows…
Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
!!! @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
Bill Frisell @ The Village Vanguard
Deer Tick @ Openhouse Gallery (FREE show w/ RSVP)
The National W/ The War On Drugs @ Beacon Theatre
Oh Land W/ Savoir Adore @ The Bowery Ballroom
Futurebirds W/ Grass Giraffes and Brantley Jones @ Brooklyn Bowl
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Devo W/ trippple nippples @ Irving Plaza
Gary Clark Jr. W/ White Dress @ Mercury Lounge
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog W/ Jim Campilongo @ Brooklyn Bowl
The National W/ Sharon Van Etten @ Beacon Theatre
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings W/ Sugarman Three @ The Bowery Ballroom
Superhuman Happiness w/ Thought, Minerva Lions, Beyondo, itsnotyouitsme @ South Paw
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Hi/Lo Fi, Knights on Earth, Smoota, Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7 @ Southpaw
Lettuce W/ The Nigel Hall Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
My Morning Jacket W/ Band of Horses @ Madison Square Garden
The National W/ So Percussion @ Beacon Theatre
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings W/ Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens @ The Bowery Ballroom
Wye Oak W/ Pattern Is Movement @ The Rock Shop
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
American Babies w/ Special Guests including: Scott Metzger (Wolf!, Rana), Joe Russo (Furthur), Jim Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz (WEEN), and Eric Slick (Dr Dog) performing CSNY’s Deja @ Mercury Lounge
Diplo @ Eyebeam Atelier
Ducktails w/ Amen Dunes, Big Troubles, Hard Bop @ 285 Kent Ave
James Murphy Dj Set w/ The Crystal Ark, Midnight Magic, Poolside, The Crystal Ark Party Machine, justine D @ 149 Kent Avenue
The National w/ Wye Oak @ Beacon Theatre
Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, and Anna McGarrigle @ The Town Hall
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
BMD (featuring Aaron Magner, Marc Brownstein, and Adam Deitch), Kung Fu, and DJ Spooky @ the Canal Room
(this is part of Countdown to 2012, so a portion of proceeds go to the National Brain Tumor Society)
Fucked Up w/ Big Troubles, Radical Dads, Caged Animals, Frankie Rose, DJ Bill Pearis, and Dom @ 149 Kent Avenue
Good Old War @ The Bell House
The National w/ My Brightest Diamond @ Beacon Theatre
Parts & Labor w/ Pterodactyl, Hunters @ The Knitting Factory
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
Atlas Sound @ The Bell House
Dr Fameus w/ Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits, Allen Aucoin, Summerslost, Mun, Love In Stockholm, Summer Lost, Bang Bang, Todd Stoops, and Scotty Zwang @ Sullivan Hall
Dum Dum Girls Solo Acoustic Set w/ Crocodiles Solo Acoustic Set @ Glasslands Gallery
The Hold Steady w/ Wakey Wakey and Titus Andronicus @ 149 Kent Avenue
The National w/ This Is the Kit @ Beacon Theatre
The Slackers w/ The Pietasters and Bomb the Music Industry @ Irving Plaza
Oneohtrix Point Never @ The Museum of Modern Art (w/ Visual Artist Nate Boyce)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
Atlas Sound w/ Carnivores @ The Bowery Ballroom
Delicate Steve w/ Milagres @ Brooklyn Bowl
Marshall Tucker Band w/ Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Wu-Tang Clan @ Best Buy Theater