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A Few Good Concerts in The Big Apple

What’s that I hear? It’s excellent new music playing at one of the venues right here in The Big Red Apple! Our fine city has always drawn talent from all over, giving New Yorkers access to the best and the brightest! Check out this NYMag article for their take on the music of the moment, then go to Bandloop to monitor your new favorite bands!

Tonight the lovely ladies of Medicine Woman will be crooning away at Pete’s Candy Store. Liz Hanley also lends her fiddle to one of my favorite local bands- Emanuel and the Fear, so this is sure to be an excellent show.

On Saturday The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are playing at my favorite Brooklyn venue- The Bell House. This is a fantastic space for a concert, what with the crazy chandeliers hanging over the cavernous space and the Dub Pies (mmm…).

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

On Sunday Art Brut will be playing their slacker rock at the Bowery Ballroom. Their song ‘Summer Job’ was my anthem this summer:

Double shifts and early starts/I spent the morning hiding in the carpark/Oh yeah, I’m so laissez-faire/Sometimes I’m not even there/If you want me sober and straight/I’m afraid I’m gonna be a little bit late/Get another job/Get another job/Just a summer job…/Fire me, give me the sack/Bare feet on warm tarmac

Finally, don’t forget the Lauren Ambrose concert I mentioned to you earlier this week! Enjoy and stay tuned for more upcoming events!

June 2-8 Additions

In addition to the extensive list of events I’ve already given you for the next 7 days, there are a number of events that have recently come to my attention.

Tonight, and several other nights this week, Art Brut is playing at Mercury Lounge. Gothamist calls them “wildly entertaining,” which is probably why every show is currently listed as sold out. If you’re in the mood for a high energy concert exert your cunning and find a way through the door!

If you need to save up your cunning for other shenanigans you can still buy tickets for an awesome show at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday- Emilie Simon will satisfy your francophile needs and get you dancing into the bargain!

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon

On Wednesday Clubbed Thumb will be celebrating the start of Summerworks 2009 with a grand (free!) party entitled O*H*I*O! featuring Susan Bernfield, David Herskovits, Melanie Joseph, Robert Lyons, Kristin Marting.

Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange, and provocative new plays by living American writers. Since its founding in 1996, the company has earned 4 OBIES and presented plays in every form of development, including over 70 full productions. Clubbed Thumb is an incubator for artists and their work, staging plays to critical acclaim while supporting an ever-growing creative community.

If you can’t make the shindig on Wednesday be sure to check out the first Summerworks play- punkplay by Gregory Moss, running from June 7-13 at the Ohio Theatre.

On Friday there’s an even more questionable production opening at P.S.122; the Amoralists Theater Company is presenting The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side. The plot summary is as follows:

An extraordinary gathering of young idealists live as a modern day urban tribe above a vegan restaurant in NYC. Billy, Dawn, Dear and Wyatt are an extended sexual family battling their fears and addictions in order to live their utopian dream.

I believe that is the most hipster thing I have heard all week! It sounds absurd and marvelous- enjoy!

amoralists

For more cutting edge hipster fun this weekend take a stroll through Bushwick; the Bushwick Open Studios event gives you access to hundreds of artists’ garrets as well as a chance to experience all sorts of performance art! Some of the hot spots are venues I’ve mentioned in the past, such as 3rd Ward and Goodbye Blue Monday. There will be art for sale and munchies up for grabs, (both details conveniently marked on the maps), so you can add some pizazz to your apartment and be a freegan for the day!

On Friday Black Taxi is playing at the Bowery Ballroom. G and I have recently become huge fans of theirs (I’ve mentioned them before) and if you just see one concert this week this would be my pick.

Black Taxi

Black Taxi

On Monday, while I am recovering from the trauma of the LSAT, you can enjoy Mike Daisey’s newest bit of madness- Mysteries of the Unexplained- BACON! at Joe’s Pub:

Mike Daisey returns to Joe’s Pub with a one-night orgy of all things bacon: from sizzling fat to swine flu, from baco-bits to Hasids to Charlotte’s. In one delicious hour we’ll explore bacon in all its filthy, gorgeous deliciousness.

Have a great week/weekend and I will be back and better than ever as of next Tuesday!