It's that time of year: the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is in town. So are The Lumineers. And Mr. Bungle at last. And Tove Lo. And, of course, tons of other stuff. Our top picks are below but there’s much more on the app.
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The Lumineers. Pretty great. Even better? Free tickets.
Click at right to RSVP on asembl for a chance to win two tickets to one of their upcoming shows at Barclays (either Thursday or Friday, your choice) with Mt. Joy opening.
You know who these guys are, but just in case, if you're into Houdmouth, The Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons, you'll probably like them.
Monday, February 10
The nation has, quite rightly, gone mad for dogs lately. Cute. Ecstatic to see you at the end of a long day. Intoxicating breath .
Dogs are great. So head over to MSG to today & tomorrow to celebrate all things canine.
One of our friends described Mr. Bungle as "deranged circus music" (pronounced "dee-ranged" in a SW Virginia accent). You could do a lot worse.
In other words, they're weird. But they're also some of the most amazing musicians you'll ever hear, led by the otherworldly Mike Patton. This show will be their first in NYC in 20 years and after tomorrow's repeat performance who knows when they'll be back.
They're playing their demo "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny" for some reason but it should still be awesome.
The number of people who would be open to Mr. Bungle but are not already into Mr. Bungle is small. Still, on the off chance that could be you, Faith No More, Slayer and the Melvins are good references, as are Patton's other projects like Fantômas & Tomahawk.
Tuesday, February 11
Some of the music we write about here is for, let's say, specialized tastes (see Mr. Bungle above). Electric Guest, who's music is resolutely pleasing, does not fall into that category. We know that makes it sound like somethign you'd hear in the waiting room of your dentist's office but that would be the wrong takeaway. What we're saying is, if you like great pop hooks and electronic production, you should go to Webster hall on Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you're into electro-pop, you'll probably like these guys. Touch points are Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, Broken Bells, Phantogram & Rubblebucket.
Wednesday, February 12
You all know who Issa Rae is, right? If not, you've apparently been living in an undersea cave. She's great. And though we're never quite able to wrap our heads around the 92nd Street Y's pricing policy, her event on Wednesday will be very worth attending.
We're not going to say there are too many Swedes in music right now. But, man, are there a lot of Swedes in music right now. One of them is Tove Lo. She's great. And at Brooklyn Steel (our favorite NYC venue (we considered spelling that "favourite" in honor of her being from Europe and probably spelling it that way but decided that that would be pretentious) on Wednesday (she's also there Tuesday & Thursday). asembl and check her out.
If you like Charil XCX, Dua Lipa, Banks or Halsey, Tove Lo's probably right up your alley.
Thursday, February 13
We bought tickets to The Lumineers shows to give away to you folks, so you know we approve. Also, you can never have enough folk rock in your life. Or maybe you can. What do we know.
Anyway: Thursday & Friday at Barclays with the very good Mt. Joy opening.
Ash Carter w/ Andrea Mitchell, 92nd Street Y, 7:30 p.m., $35.
Friday, February 14
We feel like more musicians should state a cardinal direction in their names like Anna of the North does. Not sure what we should take from it, but it's still good to know (though we kinda expected her to be folky since our primary musical reference for the North is Dylan's Girl From The North Country; sometimes we think too much). Check her out on Friday at Bowery Ballroom or Saturday at Elsewhere.
Into Rex Orange County, Sigrid or Kali Uchis? Anna of the North is for you.
Earth Gang w/ Mick Jenkins, Gramercy Theatre, 9:00 p.m., from $60.
Saturday, February 15
This is a GREAT week for middle aged rock weirdos.
Ween, who we were no joke introduced to by our high school calculus teacher, is at Terminal 5.
Nobody's really that much like Ween but Oingo Boingo, Weezer & Primus fans who don't already know them will be impressed.
Sunday, February 16
We do not know why you would name a roving queer party "Horse Meat Disco" and we do not want to know. What we do know is that being lucid and well rested at work on Monday is massively over-rated.