Hott Tickets! 

While quaint and possibly somewhat true, this whole idea that one must live in the present to get the most out of life has always struck me as mostly bullshit. Having stuff to look forward to is where it’s at for me, and at the moment, there’s lots of it.

First, there’s the Northside Festival, obviously, taking place from June 11-14 in Williamsburg, and featuring performances by, among many, many others, Sunset Rubdown, the Hold Steady, the Dodos, Bishop Allen, Bill Callahan, Brightblack Morning Light, O’Death, Vivian Girls, Ponytail and Asobi Seksu. Badges are on sale now for a measly $45, but the price will be going up as the festival approaches, so get on that ASAP. Check northsidefestival.com for more details. We’re also working on the fourth annual “8 New York City Bands You Need to Hear” issue, which hits streets April 29th. I’ve got high hopes for this year’s artists, all of whom will, conveniently, also be performing at Northside in June. Until then, though, I suppose you can enjoy the present, at these shows:

4/16  The Walkmen and Beach House at Webster Hall
You might be sad that they’re not playing the Mercury Lounge anymore, but the Walkmen can make even the biggest room seem tiny.

4/17  Real Estate at Cake Shop
Much buzzed-about New Jersey-based purveyors of dreamy indie pop. Folks are already predicting a big breakout for ‘em this year. We shall see.

4/25  Blank Dogs at Silent Barn
Another buzzy local act churning out gloomy, almost goth-like garage rock.

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