Some notable omissions: The upcoming ATP Fest seems pretty snoozy to us (or, well, me and the general ticket buying public) but your mileage may vary. Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear's respective Radio City dates seem very snoozy. We have no clue at this point what the hot CMJ show is going to be this year, and no one else does either.
That said, we count down...
#10. (tie) New Order @ Roseland Ballroom, 10/18-19, Suicide/Bush Tetras @ (le) poisson rouge, 11/29
Most of the time, paying our respects to old-timey heroes while we still can turns out to be way more fun than we may have cynically expected! But, uh, these shows are not going to visually resemble the tiny shorted charisma or raw, disturbing magnetism of the clips included here. New Order will bring way more hits, but Suicide are actually still pretty excellent a making everyone in the room feel crazy uncomfortable. Apples and organs.
#9. SSION, House of Ladosha @ Santos Party House, 9/20
We toyed with including GWAR's Music Hall of Williamsburg show on October 16th, because, dudes, GWAR is playing Brooklyn! But, head-spinning WTF-ery aside, we don't really want to sit through that. We are however, psyched for the "gay GWAR" antics of Kansas City's SSION, who are never not amazing live. The last time we saw them, they lit cartoon dynamite sticks and covered that one Michael Jackson song from the 90s with Magic Johnson as a pharoah or something in the video. Karen O was dancing like a maniac two feet in front of us. And they are funny! For real, not just because they are grown men giving birth to monsters on stage (though you can't rule that possibility out). See the terrific Truth or Dare spoofing going on above for proof.
#8. Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Mirel Wagner @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9/17
An exceptionally strong bill here, with indie-rock lifers, local heroes rounding into form, and an opening-opening act with maybe the most arresting voice we've heard all year.
#7. "Patti Smith on Andy Warhol" @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9/28
We're not totally sure what this Andy Warhol-related performance by Patti Smith actually entails, but given her on-the-ground proximity to the NYC art world of the 70s, we're definitely interested in finding out. Also, fancy concerts at art museums are just classy, right?
#6. Morrissey @ Radio City Music Hall, 10/10
As opposed to the New Order and Suicide shows mentioned earlier, Morrissey is still a contemporary writer and performer of formidable skill, and the Radio City setting will be so so swoony. But due to a lifetime building obsession among our city's most susceptible obsessives, tickets will likely demand some serious Craigslist cash commitment at this point. A theme song for the search. (Note: The subsequent Terminal 5 dates are NOT highly anticipated.)
#5. Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, K-Holes @ The Well, 9/22
The maker of THREE excellent albums this year (well, we won't know how to feel about Twins until it's out on the 9th of October, but c'mon...), Ty Segall is at the absolute height of his rock n' roll powers. You know how fun it is after an artist is fully established to brag about how you saw them at their peak? "I saw Ty Segall in 2012," is going to go perfectly with a smug grin some day. Thee Oh Sees and K-Holes are great too.
#4. PopGun 4th Anniversary Show @ Glasslands, 9/29
Is this really going to be better than the previous 6 shows, with all of their included legends? We don't know! All acts are surprise guests at this point. (What's in the box???) But we can't help but assume it's going to be something special, given the unquestionable booking acumen of PopGun crew, and Glasslands' earned reputation as Brooklyn's best showcase for hype bands on the rise. There's no chance they don't go big on this. (Above, Icona Pop performing "I Love It" at Glasslands.)
#3. Animal Collective, Micahu & the Shapes @ Williamsburg Park, 10/5
Live Animal Collective can be a weird prospect, and admittedly not always at the level of their adventurous, insanely influential studio work. But, who are we kidding? Brooklyn's biggest band of the last 10 years, playing their hometown show for a sure to be wildly acclaimed new record, in a shiny new outdoor space? It's a big deal. And, even if they disappoint, opener Micachu and the Shape are a certified great live band. So... we'll see you there.
#2. David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Williamsburg Park, 9/29
Don't get us wrong, we're pretty excited about Love This Giant, the collaboration between St. Vincent's Annie Clark and Talking Heads' David Byrne. But what rockets this show near the top of the list is speculation we just can't help about how deep this show might dip into its participants' past work. Will Annie stage dive to "Krokodil"? Can they pretty pretty please light up the crowd with a joint version of "Love > Building on Fire"?
#1. Jay -Z @ the Barclay Center, 9/30-10/06
There is no ceiling on the eclectic breadth or star-wattage of guest stars that could appear on this week-long run of shows, christening the new home of the Brooklyn Nets and another MSG-sized arena for enormous New York City shows. Beyonce? Kanye? Pretty much expected. Coldplay? Grizzly Bear? Kraftwerk? Daft Punk? Hologram Fat Boys? He has a week to dominate the city, and modesty would not seem to be an option.