Now that Ms. Cat Power came down with some sort of mysterious illness and had to cancel a string of shows including her scheduled appearance at NYU on 2/16, you’ll have to make alternate plans for the evening. Quit your crying, though, because you’ve got plenty of options.
You could join the other crazed Wilco fans and catch John Stiratt’s Autumn Defense at Pete’s Candy Store, where you’ll be gently caressed with all sorts of laid-back summertime pop. Oh, but one thing about this show? Dudes will probably outnumber the ladies by approximately ten to one, which, if you’re looking to find a bearded, brown blazer-wearing music nerd to take home to mom, is awesome.
If you’re looking for a more even male-to-female ratio at a show where people might actually appear to be enjoying themselves without shame, you could do worse than Enon at the Delancey. Because even now, thanks to New York Noise showing the video every week, ‘In This City’ is still the best song to come from the whole Brooklyn explosion.
2/16 Hang Ten at Magnetic Field DJs Skippy and Cameron spin everything from current indie rock to 60s soul at the best futuristic cowboy-themed bar in Brooklyn.
2/17 Mazarin at Mercury Lounge I’m sorry, but I’m not going to stop talking about these folks until I’m positive every single one of you has given them a chance. They’re like the Shins, if only the Shins wrote more than a few good songs per record.
2/19 New York Dolls at Motherfucker Word spread pretty quickly about this one. If you can handle the crowd, and you’re not trying to catch up on all those episodes of Extras you missed, you should probably go.
2/25 Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Bowery Ballroom Oh boy, they’re back. And judging from the few tracks the Internet gave me, I might have to concede defeat and stop talking so much trash about them.