Losers Lounge Holiday Tribute to Elvis Presley: Dec 11–13 at Joe’s Pub
The celebrated NYC covers act turns its collective attention to the King's oeuvre. Joe McGinty and his revolving cast of lovable Losers celebrate the season with Presley's biggest holiday hits, and, they assure us, plenty of his non-holiday classics too. We're hoping for some "Suspicious Minds" action in addition to the requisite "Blue Christmas." Tickets are on sale now through The Public Theater.
Savages: Jan 12 at Baby’s All Right; Jan 14 at the Mercury Lounge; Jan 17 at St. Vitus
You may not have formed an opinion of Savages, but chances are you've read plenty on them, whether adoring or skeptical. The severe post-punk revivalists debuted their dark, pounding manifestos on the arresting Silence Yourself. This year they collaborate with Bo Ningen on Words to the Blind, a "sonic poem" inspired by Dada simultaneity experiments. Hear the band air its new material at these intimate gigs and decide for yourself whether they live up to the hype. All tickets are on sale Friday, Nov 14 at 10am. Get tickets for the Baby's and St. Vitus shows through Ticketfly and for the Mercury Lounge show through Ticketmaster.
Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth + Aeon + Tribulation: Feb 28 at Webster Hall
Unlike many of its old-school death-metal contemporaries, Cannibal Corpse has actually improved with age: As demonstrated on this year's Skeletal Domain, the band is now faster, heavier and more ferociously ambitious than it was when it cut genre touchstones such as Tomb of the Mutilated. Here they co-headline with Polish death-metalers Behemoth—riding high in the wake of their scathing comeback disc, The Satanist. Swedish groups Aeon and Tribulation provide support. Tickets are on sale Friday, Nov 14 at 10am through Ticketweb.
Gang of Four: Mar 7 at Irving Plaza
When Gang of Four reunited in 2005, the promise was clear: one tour, all original members, no new songs. Another decade later and here the band comes again, a gang of one, with only guitarist Andy Gill remaining from the original lineup. The group stops at Irving Plaza on the heels of its latest album, What Happens Next, hopefully providing an answer to precisely that question, which no doubt looms large in fans' minds. Tickets are on sale Friday, Nov 14 at 10am through LiveNation.
Benjamin Booker: Apr 3 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
New Orleans guitarist Benjamin Booker makes music that's bluesy, punky and surging with youthful vigor. The 25-year-old is blowing up fast, already snagging opening spots for Jack White and an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on the strength of his self-titled debut. He just performed a string of sold-out shows here in the city and this MHOW concert cements his status as an ascendent talent to watch. Tickets are on sale Friday, Nov 14 at noon through Ticketmaster.