We’re coming up on a pretty big time for record releases, now that colleges are back in session and, presumably, kids are starting to listen to college radio stations again, at least to the extent that anyone actually listens to college radio stations anymore. Regardless, with a slew of new releases comes a slew of touring bands, which bodes well for all of us, and especially me, since none of my favorite TV shows are on anymore because of the lousy writers’ strike. Gossip Girl? No. The Office? No. Heroes? Nu-uh. Friday Night Lights? Well, yes, but that’s only one hour a week. It’s the best hour of the week, obviously (Clear eyes, full hearts: Can’t lose!), but still, it isn’t nearly enough to fulfill my entertainment needs. So, join me in getting back into the music venues. It’s a new year, and we should all probably see more live music anyway, right? 1/18 The Rosebuds at the Music Hall of Willamsburg
I’ve always liked the Rosebuds just fine, but they’re slowly becoming one of the most reliable providers of smart, old-fashioned indie rock, and lots of people are starting to take note.
1/20 Andrew W.K. at Pianos
Yes, I’ve said lots of mean stuff about this bozo, but he’s playing a solo show on piano, and I’m sort of curious.
1/22 Jack Penate at Mercury Lounge
This dude has some crappy, boring songs, but he’s also got some that sound all tense and frantic, not unlike Ted Leo or a young Elvis Costello. I’m assuming his live show will feature more of those good ones.
1/26 Get Him Eat Him at Southpaw
Hmm. Shouldn’t these folks have a new record? That last one was wonderful. One of us should ask them.
1/29 Vampire Weekend at Bowery Ballroom
Their record release show. Much more on this one in the next issue. Of this magazine and all the others, probably.