This is traditionally one of the worst weeks of the entire year for live rock music in New York City, probably second only to the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The reason? Almost every decent band anywhere (and most of the shitty ones, too) is in Austin for South By Southwest, hoping to be discovered and lovingly blanketed by soft, sweet blog-love. And who can blame them? It’s still way too cold here, and everyone’s getting sick of hanging out indoors. I briefly wore a short-sleeved shirt in my office but I quickly put my sweater back on when I realized my forearms are as white as the Microsoft Word document I’m typing in right now. Not good. Soon enough, though, it will be springtime. And just like Jonathan Richman says, I love springtime in New York, springtime in New York, I do.
3/13 Bob Mould at the Fillmore East
Don’t roll your eyes. He was in Hüsker Dü, for cryin’ out loud, and if you ask nicely, he’ll probably play some old stuff.
3/15 Oakley Hall at Glasslands
Shouldn’t these guys be playing the Merge Records showcase in Austin? Hmm. Regardless, glad they’re here.
3/17 The Pogues at Roseland
One reason to be glad you here and not somewhere else: St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is better than St. Patrick’s day anywhere else, even if you didn’t score tickets to this show.
3/18 The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall
Sometimes I find it upsetting when my favorite bands start to play bigger venues. Not with the Mountain Goats, though, whose John Darnielle will shine even brighter in front of a bigger crowd.