If I were forced to choose my favorite time of year, I’d totally choose December, due to my undying love for sweaters and Christmas. But if I were forced to choose my second favorite time of year, it’d be April, for sure. It’s still cool enough outside that I don’t want to kill myself just yet, so that’s good, and baseball season just started, so that’s really good. And on top of all that, it’s the time of year when we get to work on our annual Spring Music Issue, which hits streets on April 25. And it’s a good one: we’ve profiled and photographed the eight New York City bands we think you need to be listening to right now, compiled lists of all the New York City bands we think people take for granted, and checked in with all the bands we told you to listen to in last year’s Spring Music Issue. I’m pretty excited about it, and I think you should be too. I can’t tell you who this year’s bands are just yet, because it’s a surprise, but I will say this: you should stop thinking about moving to a cheaper city. Things are getting good here.
4/13 The Muggabears at Mercury Lounge
You know I love me some Muggabears, and you should too. Go watch as they celebrate the release of their ridiculously good EP, Night Choreography.
4/14 Of Montreal Karaoke Jam at Studio B
Kevin Barnes and the gang will serve as a live karaoke band as audience members get to sing along. I hope Barnes takes out his stuff again.
4/19 Die Romantik at Union Hall
A New York City band that met in Paris and sounds like it. Really good.
4/21 Jarvis Cocker at Webster Hall
Not only was Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker the most talented of all the mid-90s Britpop frontmen, he also has the best glasses I’ve ever seen.