A select few of you already know that despite all of my fancy urbanite posturing and my extreme, irrational hatred of people with bad shoes, I’m originally from Long Island, the culturally challenged block of land just east of New York City, where malls and chain restaurants are positively lousy with people in bad shoes. And the truth is, I kind of like it there, the same way you kind of like whatever shitty place you came from. Chain restaurants are obviously delicious (email me if you ever want to take a drive out to Chilis), driving is way better than walking, and malls provide an easy way to stay in touch with what teenagers are wearing. These things can be found in all suburban areas, sure, but I’m fairly certain the fucking downeaster Alexa was only docked in one of them. That’s right… Billy Joel is from my ‘hood, not yours, and so is his daughter, Alexa Ray, whom I’m far less eager to claim as part of my team. Anyway, she’ playing a sold out show at the Mercury Lounge on 2/28. If you get in, ask her to play ‘Angry Young Man.’
Also of note:
3/2 Life in Bed at Galapagos
A Pittsburgh band that’s actually a band (and a good one, for fans of the Cure and Jawbox), unlike flavor-of-the-month Girl Talk.
3/3 Bright Eyes at Bowery Ballroom
Oberst is back for two sold-out shows at the Bowery, which is nothing compared to what’s gonna happen when he releases his next full-length in April.
3/7 Badly Drawn Boy at Webster Hall
People everywhere seem to be pretty much over Badly Drawn Boy, but I’m not, just yet. You shouldn’t be either, I don’t think.
3/12 Loney Dear at Union Hall
We’ve been pretty clear about our love for this dude over here, but one more time can’t hurt.