Don Giovanni Showcase: Feb 6, 7, 28 at the Knitting Factory
New Brunswick label Don Giovanni is a purveyor of good, old-fashioned punk rock. Every year the label showcases its impressive roster of bands, and for the first time, all three nights will be held at the Knitting Factory. TONY faves Nude Beach headline the first night and Amherst punks California X the second. The third and final night of the showcase happens a few weeks later this year, and doubles as the album release show for Screaming Females' latest LP, Rose Mountain. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketweb.
Deerhoof: Mar 27 at Webster Hall
The irrepressible Deerhoof—the world's premier art-pop band, and one of its top pop bands, period—returns to town in support of its latest opus La Isla Bonita. The new disc is full of delightful weirdness, and the band's shows always draw heavily on its sizable backlog of jagged yet whimsical roof-raisers, so this gig promises to be a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale now Ticketweb.
Twin Shadow: Mar 31 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as one-man Brooklyn laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and morphed into a kind of indie Prince. He's got a new full-length in the works, so be on the lookout for fresh jams. Tickets are on sale Friday, Dec 5 at noon through Ticketmaster.
Bleachers + Joywave + Night Terrors of 1927: Apr 9 at Terminal 5
The new project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, Bleachers, released its debut LP, Strange Desires, this past summer, and it's full of soaring, shouty guitar-pop romps. Setting the stage are new-wave-y Rochester crew Joywave and emotive synth-pop group Night Terrors of 1927. If escapist pop is your game, this show's a good bet. Tickets are on sale Friday, Dec 5 at noon through Ticketmaster.
U2: July 18, 19, 22, 23 at Madison Square Garden
Sure, Bono had a serious bike accident in November and the band took some flack for secretly dropping its new album Songs of Innocence into everybody’s iTunes, but the Dublin quartet charges ahead unfazed for this summer tour. The band, minus Bono, plus Bruce Springsteen, just played a free World AIDS Day show in Times Square. With Bono back in action, expect the intense, cathartic live show that's always been U2's secret weapon. Tickets are on sale Monday, Dec 8 through Ticketmaster.
And, in case you've missed out on the all the other dates, a fourth and final Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga show has been announced at Radio City for June 23. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, Dec 9 at 10am through Ticketmaster.