TONIGHT, Thursday, April 9
Bob Mould @ Joe's Pub | E Village, Manhattan | $20
Bob Mould, the main songwriter behind Husker Du and an accomplished solo musician, will be playing Joe's Pub tonight. It would be difficult to overstate the influence Mould and Husker Du had on the development of American independent rock music. With his deeply personal lyrics and poppy yet thoughtful melodies, he's a songwriter of rare talent and inspiration to countless others.
Action Painters, Team Genius, Naked Hearts @ Cake Shop | LES, Manhattan | $8
This is an outstanding line-up! Action Painters play your typical indie rock, but far better than most of their peers - they are one of New York's best. Team Genius has long been a favorite of mine on this blog - a multi-instrumental pop group that can warm even an icy heart like mine. And while I wasn't wild about the Naked Hearts' last release, they are a great live band, a gritty boy-girl duo (plus drummer) with noisy, catchy rock songs you won't forget.
Action Painters MySpace | Team Genius MySpace | Naked Hearts MySpace
TOMORROW, Friday, April 10
Beluga @ Pianos | LES, Manhattan | $10
I just wrote up Beluga! If you're too lazy to read that, they are a mostly-female garage-punk band with songs that are at once melodic and aggressive and a front-woman who screams her head off and writhes on the floor. Can you think of anything better? Seriously, can you?
Saturday, April 4
Pants Yell!, Knight School @ Dead Herring | Williamsburg, Brooklyn | $?
Pants Yell! are a super-fine pop band from Boston who seem to have been laying a bit low lately, but are now back to be awesome again. I don't know Knight School but I've had them recommended by a very reliable source - I can't tell you who without giving away my identity (at least to him), but trust me, he's someone with good taste. A band called Sisters are playing too and I can't remember what I know about them, but I think it's something good. Plus, though I've not yet had occasion to go to Dead Herring, it's rumored to be one of the best DIY venues in town.
Pants MySpace | Knight School MySpace
Real Estate @ Pianos | LES, Manhattan | $10
Real Estate is the very latest buzz-band from the Woodsist clan (Wavves, Vivian Girls, Woods, etc). They are hot shit, but not so hot that you can't see them at a place like Pianos - and they aren't even headlining. Get 'em while they're fresh! Errr...something.