In order to keep with the issue’s theme, I was going to make this an all-Brooklyn Hott Tickets®. Then I realized I’d be leaving out not only the most exciting shows of these next two weeks, but the most exciting shows of the entire year and quite possibly of my entire sad, sad life. On 3/2 and 3/3, Belle and Sebastian will be performing at the Nokia Theater, and I will venture into the Times Square area for the first time since I don’t even know when. Why? Because their new record is so good it actually makes me want to cry. Like a very tiny Scottish baby with a flawless aesthetic and an otherworldly understanding of melody. Of course, I’ve built this show up in my head to the point where it can’t possibly be as good as I want it to be, and that’s kind of scary. If it turns out to be a disappointment, I’m going to write off music for good and become one of those people who only owns Greatest Hits records.
Also of Note:
3/2 The Strokes, at Hammerstein Ballroom
With three full albums of songs to choose from, they should be able to leave out the clunkers and put together an impressive set from start to finish. And Drew will probably be there.
3/2 Will Sheff, at Southpaw
Black Sheep Boy is the first bad record Okkervil River ever released. It’s also the first one everyone decided to love. Go figure.
3/6 Matisyahu, at Hammerstein Ballroom
I refuse to believe that this is worth $25, but hey, it’s your money. (Do you think he sells hats instead of T-shirts?)
3/10 Les Savy Fav, at Warsaw
You don’t even have to like Les Savy Fav to enjoy one of their shows. Frontman Tim Harrington has been spotted doing everything from performing in his underwear to dressing like a pirate. He may have been carried into the venue on a stretcher once, too.
3/11 Swearing at Motorists, NorthSix
No one seems to really know the details, but there’s some sort of connection between Dave Doughman of Swearing at Motorists and indie legends Guided by Voices. Not important, though. His songs are good and his performances are even better.