For those of us who are stuck in New York doing pretty much the same shit we do for the rest of the year—only with fewer emails from publicists—this can be a pretty tough week, as seemingly every person you've ever met is in Austin for South By Southwest. Facebook is a minefield, Twitter is straight-up fucking unbearable, and the whole thing is even worse now that all those "social media professionals" are getting in on things too, doing... whatever it is they do. There's no way around it, really: a bunch of people you like are sitting around getting drunk and eating tacos while you're home, possibly doing both of those things, but in a far less festive environment. It's a bummer no matter how you look at it.
But listen: We're in New York, after all, and while it's true than there are fewer shows than normal this week, and that the ones that are happening are not exactly going to break the buzz-o-meter, well, there's still a huge amount of good live music for you to enjoy. Let's have a look...
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I don't know exactly what these guys have been up to since their last release, the Pure Moods EP from 2010, but one assumes they're still doing hooky dance-pop with a pleasingly wide variety of influences. No reason to assume, though! Go find out for sure!
Wednesday at Webster Hall, FREE w/ RSVP
A new band featuring Felix Martin and Al Doyle from Hot Chip, as well as producer/engineer Tom Martin. They do the DFA thing, which remains a fine thing to do.
Wednesday at Mercury Lounge, $15
Not a lot of folks talking about this, which I guess makes sense because everyone hates alt-country now, but New Multitudes is a project featuring Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, dummy), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Jim James from My Morning Jacket, appearing here under his ridiculous Yim Yames pseudonym. They're doing what Billy Bragg and Wilco did all those years ago, putting a bunch of Woody Guthrie lyrics to music for the first time.
Wednesday at Webster Hall, $25
John K Samson
The Weakerthans frontman recently struck out on his own, with a very good solo album called Provincial—presumably, he'll be playing tracks from that this evening, along with selections from the rest of his vast and vastly underrated catalog.
Thursday at Bowery Ballroom, $15
Marianne Faithfull and Marc Ribot
Ms. Faithfull is still out in support of her excellent 2011 album, Horses and High Heels, which was made up primarily of covers, but also featured a handful of very good originals. Not sure what Marc Ribot's been up to, but I sure do bet his guitar playing would sound nice with Marianne Faithfull's voice.
Thursday at City Winery, $70
Battles, DJ Set (John Stanier)
While this admittedly is not nearly as exciting as a proper live set from Battles would be, it's probably worth your time and money anyway, given all the Night at the Museum jokes you and your friends will probably make.
Friday at The Museum of Natural History, $25
The L's music department remains thoroughly infatuated with Erika M. Anderson's debut full-length, Past Life Martyred Saints, now more than a year since its initial release. And that shit never happens. We are mad fickle.
Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15
Bomb the Music Industry
These guys, led by singer-guitarist Jeff Rosenstock, have been writing and releasing (for free) high-energy punk-rock for the better part of a decade, and they've earned one of the most devoted fanbases around. Go see what the fuss is about.
Friday at Death By Audio, $8
Like we said, you're stuck in New York. So you may as well go see perhaps the quintessential New York City indie rock band, the mighty Oneida, who continue to bring so much firepower with them to the stage each night that the young start-ups should be ashamed of themselves.
Saturday at Merkin Concert Hall for the Ecstatic Music Festival, $20