I have called New York City home for a month without having attended a music concert in the city. Disgraceful, right? I am not counting M83 because I saw them play in Jersey.
I plan on hitting the NYC concert scene with a vengeance over the next few months. Here are five shows I am anticipating, including Jessie Ware’s Bowery Ballroom debut early next year.
Heartless Bastards, Irving Plaza, Oct. 27. I won tickets to see them via a Paste Magazine Twitter giveaway. I am not familiar with Heartless Bastards’ music. I like their name though. That has to count for something, right?
Big Freedia, Brooklyn Bowl, Oct. 31. BIG FREEDIA … ON HALLOWEEN … AT BROOKLYN BOWL!!! Amazeballs!!! My bowling team has a league game that night meaning I will be shaking my ass to Freedia for free, while likely rolling worse than normal. Did I mention it’s also Halloween night? PS: You can click on my previous Big Freedia live reviews here, here, and here.
Titus Andronicus, Webster Hall, Dec. 2. I anticipate this show being a sweaty, fist-pumping, hot mess of epic proportions. Titus Andronicus ranked among my favorite shows of 2010. There’s a good chance they could rank among my favorites of 2012 too.
Japandroids, Webster Hall, Dec. 4. Speaking of my favorite shows of the year, Japandroids headlined my 2012 halftime list. Could their Webster Hall show top the Doug Fir show I witnessed in Portland? I hope so.
Jessie Ware, Bowery Ballroom, Jan. 17. Yes, I already have concert tickets for 2013. I don’t believe the Mayan Apocalypse will happen. In other news, Jessie Ware is the shit. The Brit R&B singer landed on my favorite album of 2012 finalists list with her debut, Devotion. Ware’s Bowery Ballroom debut show sold out in 20 minutes. Yes, 20. Good thing I had my credit card handy last Friday.