Oh my God, how did I not even realize the extent to which I miss Evan Dando and the Lemonheads? Sure, in his day he served as an even bigger, goofier punching bag than our beloved Ryan Adams, and sure, I like to make jokes about his flowing locks, but anyone who knows me knows I only make fun of people’s hair when I’m paralyzed with jealousy. Fact is, Dando is a damn good songwriter — evidenced most clearly on It’s A Shame About Ray — with excellent taste and an admirably pure approach to his craft. And man, he could teach these emo brats a thing or two about making the ladies swoon without being such a pansy. So gather up your friends, younger, misguided siblings and the object of your affection and take a trip to Bowery Ballroom on 12/16 to catch the Lemonheads at their first NYC show since quietly reuniting earlier in the year. Juliana Hatfield’s in town that week too, and you know what that means? “Alison’s Starting to Happen” — that’s what it means.
Also of Note:
Marah — 12/9 at Irving Plaza
I know I came down a bit hard on these folks in my review of their new record, If You Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry, but for all the rock ‘n’ roll posturing, they still put on an enjoyable, rowdy show like few others.
Akron/Family — 12/10 at Tonic
These guys are slowly gaining some momentum, and if they can recreate the intimacy of their recordings in a live setting, they’ll be hard to stop.
Langhorne Slim and Richard Buckner — 12/15 at Mercury Lounge
This might not seem like the weirdest bill ever, what with both dudes being supremely talented artists with one foot planted firmly in the folk tradition. But Langhorne Slim’s a lunatic, full of wacky story songs and funny banter, and, well, Richard Buckner is not. At all.
We Are Wolves — 12/17 at Sin-e
Because there’s simply no reason to pretend all these Montreal bands aren’t really good. Fuck.
Ok, that’s a great couple days of shows, but considering it’s the weekend before Christmas, shouldn’t there be some sort of party with people spinning exclusively Christmas music? Am I missing something? Please let me know.