The L Magazine work environment is fairly open to individual “worker input,” with the exception of a few strictly enforced policies. One such being: “Collectively, we love the shit out of Jenny Lewis. We love everything she acted in as a child. We love her clothes. We love her voice. And while we merely like her full-time band, Rilo Kiley, we love her new solo record, Rabbit Fur Coat.” This isn’t part of the official policy, but I also love that Lewis is experimenting with country music while maintaining the natural flair that’s helped her to win fans whose prior knowledge of the genre is nil. She has the potential to be one of those great gateway artists who inspires young people to seek out other great music. And like everything else about her, that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Check her out at Irving Plaza on 3/17 and 3/18.
Also of Note:
3/16 Reggie and the Full Effect, at the Knitting Factory
Whoa. Party like it’s 2000, kids.
3/17 The Silver Jews, at Webster Hall
Lead Jew David Berman doesn’t strike me as a particularly dynamic performer, but, because in addition to writing great songs, he’s a published poet, this show will also fulfill your “talks and readings” quota for the week.
3/22 Camera Obscura, at the Knitting Factory
These folks have just made the record Isobel Campbell should have.
3/25 The Arctic Monkeys, at Webster Hall
We’ve already filed these dudes under “Shit We Missed,” so if you’re all still going crazy about them at the end of the year, maybe we’ll write about them then. But I doubt it.
3/28 Destroyer, at Avalon
Next time it’ll sell out quick. Act now.