I normally wouldn’t write about this just yet, because it’s not actually happening until after the next issue of The L is published, but I’m going to make an exception this one time so I can be sure I’m doing everything in my power to get each and every one of you to join me at Fontana’s on Thursday, May 11 for The L Magazine’s Third Anniversary Party. We’ve got the place booked from 9pm to midnight, with free Carlsberg beer for the first hour, and it’s gonna be straight-up ridiculous. Why? Because I’ll be playing DJ for the night, silly! I’m not going to seek to impress you with my knowledge of 60s garage-rock or condescend to you with a dialed-in playlist of 80s favorites. No, no, no, none of that. I’m going to regale you with all sorts of indie-rock hits, but only those released in the three years since we launched back in April of 2003. Sound gimmicky? Maybe so, but let’s see how you feel when you’re shaking your drunk ass to the Spoon song from that car commercial.
Also of Note:
4/27 John Vanderslice, at the Mercury Lounge
His last record was borderline disastrous, but his live show has always been good, so you owe him another chance. One more bad record, though, and you can sever all ties.
5/3 The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, at Roseland
Why go see them live when you can walk into any bar in NYC on any night of the week and hear ‘Phenomena’? Because Karen O’s a much better dancer than everyone you hang out with.
5/5 Geoff Farina, at the Knitting Factory
As the frontman for Karate, Farina was one of indie rock’s great guitarists, fluent in classic rock, with a penchant for jazzy improvisation.
5/7 Books, at the Hook
Their records are mesmerizing collages of found sound, electronic flourishes and swirling organic elements. If they can pull it off live, it’ll be a hell of an accomplishment.