Ok, here’s the deal: From this point on, Tuesday is going to be Hott Tickets Day. Oooh, we’ll call it Hott Tuesday, maybe! The thing about the internet, though, is that it’s very lenient when it comes to deadlines. Like, if I were to get caught up, say, designing myself and my co-workers and every other person I’ve ever met in my entire life, on a nifty new Mad Men promotional application and simply decide not to write the column, or to delay it for a day, in all probability nothing would happen. Chances are my boss would be doing the same thing, or at least he’d be busy keeping Williamsburg safe for crusty punk kids. So I’m going to ask a favor of you, the reader: If Hott Tuesday rolls around and there’s no new Hott Tickets to speak of, I want you to email me and express your heartfelt disappointment, or anger, even—like, “Mike Conklin, you’ve let me down for the last time. And you are a jerk!” Hopefully that won’t have to happen, and hopefully you will make it to some of these shows, yes?
Green Day at Madison Square Garden
I don’t have a press pass for this, but it is not too late, Green Day’s Publicist! I will totally still go, even on such short notice!
Yacht at Santos Party House
We just ran a review of the new Yacht record, and I think I might be feeling it even more than Klingman. With DJ sets by James Murphy ad Pat Mahoney.
Pete Yorn at Webster Hall
Oh man, I don’t like Pete Yorn at all. Not one bit. But he appears to have done a pretty good job with this Scarlett Johansson collaboration. And, who am I kidding, it seems plausible that she could be in attendance, which….ugh, so foxy.
The Drums at Bowery Ballroom
There has been quite a fuss made over these guys of late, which I know doesn’t usually mean much of anything. But this time I actually had a hand in the fuss-making, as I am wont to do whenever a band comes along and combines sad-sack, Joy Division-style 80s pop with the surf rock of the 50s and 60s.
Mark Eitzel at The Bell House
I didn’t make it to his show at Merge XX this past weekend, but rumor has it he logged one of the best performances of the entire festival, right up there with Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire.
Destroyer at Bowery Ballroom
Oh, look, another band I didn’t see at the Merge thing! This time it’s Dan Bejar playing solo, which I imagine will be even weirder and more engaging than when he plays with a band.
Jarvis Cocker at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oh man, remember how awesome this day was?
All Your Favorite Bands at All Points West
All Points West is strange this year, in that it’s awesome on Friday, mediocre on Saturday and just awful on Sunday. On day one, you’ve got Shearwater, Telepathe, Ra Ra Riot, Pharcyde, Q-Tip, MSTRKRFT, Fleet Foxes, The National, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, taking the place of the Beastie Boys, J-Hova himself.
Kurt Vile at Automotive High School (Rooftop Films)
This is the last time you’ll read about Kurt Vile here, I promise. We’ve been overdoing it a bit of late, I know. But he’s on Matador now, you know? Very fancy.
Modern English at The Studio at Webster Hall
When I was a kid, I remember thinking “I Melt With You” was by the Cure. Could you imagine if the fucking Cure were playing the Studio at Webster Hall? Sheesh.
M. Ward at Central Park Summerstage
Can someone please tell me why I even bothered going to North Carolina when I could have seen ever single band a week later in New York? Oh, right because of all the special guest appearances I thought were going to happen.
Tool, My Bloddy Valentine, Neko Case, others at All Points West
Tool is going to sound like, um, Neko Case, after My Bloody Valentine. Also, are there still people who listen to Tool?
Coldplay, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, Black Keys at All Points West
Ok, maybe it’s not as awful as I said it is, but, you know… Coldplay.
Deerhunter, No Age Dan Deacon at the Williamsburg Waterfront
My guess is that, weather permitting, this will be the biggest crowd of the year, second only to Grizzly Bear on August 30. Get there early.