Tuesday, 12/6 – The London Souls w/ TAB the Band – Mercury Lounge
A newcomer on the NYC underground scene, The London Souls have been turning heads with their clean yet sophisticated sound that samples from punk-rock, ska, reggae, folk, and alternative in a similar vein as bands like The Clash. Definitely a band worth seeing especially since they’re playing with TAB the Band, a ragtag group of indie-rockers that spit out short yet impactful rock jams and always seem to get the crowd amped. They’ve opened for big name acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Slash, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club so seeing them here in the intimate Mercury Lounge is a special treat. Show starts at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 on ticketmaster.
Listen to “She’s so Mad”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eilnPjXkxA
Wednesday, 12/7 – City and Colour w/ Hacienda and Daniel Romano – Terminal 5
City and Colour aka Dallas Green, formerly of post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, unplugged his electric guitar and said goodbye to raging moshpits earlier this year in pursuit of greener pastures. Who would’ve thought the tattoo-covered rocker had such a sensitive side? Nonetheless it’s clear from his new folky-acoustic sound that he’s done some soul-searching. Singing in a smooth R&B falsetto, Green delivers cleverly constructed melodies wrought with dark humor that will tickle your funny bone and numb your sadness like an anesthetic. See him with Hacienda and Daniel Romano at Terminal 5 this Wednesday. Show starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $34.95 on ticketmaster.
Watch the video for “Save Your Scissors”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK1-3hsqOWE
Thursday, 12/8 – Hooray for Earth w/ Woodsman and Prince Rama – Public Assembly
Hooray for Earth is a very unique band. Their music is almost like a mashup of various elements of different genres and their lyrics are like poems. If you have to throw them into a genre, 80’s synth-pop seems most accurate but they are certainly under the influence of indie and about ten other different genres. Their debut album received rave reviews from SPIN and Pitchfork with SPIN’s Charles Aaron dubbing it “what everyone wanted MGMT’s Congratulations to sound like.” Check them out at Public Assembly in Brooklyn and be sure to make it in time to catch openers Prince Rama for a bizarre yet entertaining experience. Show starts at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10 on publicassemblynyc.com.
Watch the video for “True Loves”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVwSP51KVO8
Friday, 12/9 – Beady Eye w/ Black Box Revelation – Terminal 5
No longer packing out arenas like MSG or playing legendary festivals like Glastonbury, the remainder of Oasis sans Noel Gallagher have stuck together to try and relive their morning glory in a new outfit called Beady Eye. The split has caused a major rift amongst die-hard Oasis fans, some opting to join Noel (he was after all the principle song-writer of almost all of Oasis’ biggest hits) while others side with his brother Liam in hopes that Oasis will live on even without Noel’s talented songwriting abilities. Decide for yourself which side of the spectrum you are on by seeing Beady Eye live. (Sigh) it just won’t be the same without a drunken argument turned fist-fight between the two brothers though. Shows starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $43 on ticketmaster.
Watch the video for “The Roller”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcOJu0g8dbw
Saturday, 12/10 – The Antlers w/ Suuns – Webster Hall
The Antlers have been polarizing music critics due to their apparent lack of consistency: at times they seem to be mirroring vintage Radiohead and other times they seem to emulate nouveau Radiohead. In other words, sometimes their bizarreness translates and other times it just spells out “wtf.” Nonetheless, critics and fans agree that live these guys are incredible and really do everything they can to get you and themselves sucked into the music. Shows starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 on ticketmaster.
Listen to “I Don’t Want Love”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqgDDxTr7ME
Saturday, 12/10 and Sunday 12/11- Paper Thick Walls- Spike Hill (Sat.)/Pianos (Sun.)
Paper Thick Walls don’t just write songs, they tell stories. Their musical epithets are delivered through beautiful male/female harmonizing, bard-like delivery and an ensemble that includes an upright bass, fiddle and mandolin. Their music sways back and forth, conjuring anthemic roots-rock like the music of Arcade Fire or The National and mixing it with the more Dylan-esque folk-rock. The combination is a powerful one and will etch itself into your memory in a hauntingly profound way. Check them out at Spike Hill on Saturday or Pianos on Sunday. Show starts at 8:00 PM both nights. Tickets available on here for Spikehill and here for Pianos.
Watch “Liar’s Lawyer”: http://vimeo.com/25493296