On Friday, 1/26, Ted Leo will be headlining a show at NorthSix to benefit Callum Robbins, the son of indie rock legend J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, producer extraordinaire). Callum, who turns one year old the day after the show, was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that impedes the brain’s ability to communicate with the voluntary muscles used to do everything from walking and crawling to breathing and swallowing. Most children diagnosed with the disease die before their second birthday, as there’s no known cure. There are promising experimental treatments available, but insurance providers will not pay for them. It’s a crazy, sad situation, and they need all the help they can get. Check out desotorecords.com for more information on what you can do.
Also of Note:
1/17 Andrew Bird at Bowery Ballroom
This one’s sold out, so you’ll have to be resourceful if you want to catch Bird, whom I assume will have new songs.
1/19 Mission of Burma at Irving Plaza
With Oneida and Turing Machine. It’s not often that I endorse the use of earplugs, ‘cause that shit’s lame, but this will be a loud one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
1/21 Frances at Mercury Lounge
Paul Hogan writes perfect little pop songs that aren’t very little at all once the rest of the band pipes in. Strings, horns, keys… it’s all in there.
1/24 Camera Obscura at Warsaw
‘Cause you ain’t getting in to that Clipse show at Webster Hall. And those Neptunes beats are way overrated anyway.
1/29 Peter, Bjorn and John at Mercury Lounge
The backlash against these soothing Swedes is going to be hilarious.