[Ed: Yet another edition of Coolfer's Music Picks...definitely check out the wealth of shows and legal MP3's he recommends.]
Gotta love four-day work weeks. Extra energy to stay out late.
Tonight, MTV/M2 fans may want to stop by Northsix to see Puny Human so they can gawk-n-stalk drummer Iann Robinson. Or, if you happen to be so cool that you found out before it quickly sold out last week, you can drop by the Knitting Factory to see PJ Harvey. Marah gets a lot of Bruce Springsteen comparisons; they're at Southpaw. But the show of the evening could very well be at Irving Plaza: My Morning Jacket, who put on one heckuva great live show. If you haven't seen them, by all means get over there tonight because you missed the show last night. Veeeery recommended. (M Ward, who isn't too shabby either, opens.)
On Thursday, Coolfer will definitely be at Rothko to check out a live performance by Warp Records' newest signing, Home Video (for fans of Boards of Canada or Lali Puna). Also on the bill: a DJ set by Keith Tenniswood (Two Lone Swordsmen), a Mr. Negative decks & fx set and a DJ set by Alex English. So hot. Many of you will want to see Beth Orton at Pianos. Yeah, that Beth Orton. I ain't crappin' ya negative. (Tickets are no longer available at Ticketweb, by the way.) Over at Northsix, Beulah will be playing its lovely brand of pop music (they're at the Bowery the following evening). Beulah puts on a great show and is a pop-lover's dream. Finally, have you never seen the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra? This is your chance. They've got a record release party at the Bowery Ballroom. It'll definitely be a fun show. (They play Saturday as well.)
Friday night is packed. They Might Be Giants (along with David Cross, Todd Barry and People are Wrong) are at Southpaw to play a benefit for 826NYC, a tutoring center that will open in Brooklyn this summer. Tickets are $50, but c'mon, it's for a good cause. Good cause or not, I'll be elsewhere. Coolfer may stop by the Mercury Lounge to see On The Speakers, the new band of former Creeper Lagoon frontman Ian Sefchick. The Knitting Factory's Tap Bar hosts the Sub Pop Records Release Tour featuring The Catheters, Crack Torch and Salo Rex. Could be a good show. Way, way out at Jones Beach, David Bowie and the Polyphonic Spreee perform. Singer-songwriter T.Griffin is at Pete's Candy Store. And I'd like to throw in a mention of the droning psyche rock of Vietnam, who play at Sin-e with The Double. Good rawk, that Vietnam. They've got an EP coming soon on ultra-hip NYC label Vice Records.
Saturday, the Luna Lounge has a good evening of local rock bands: Late Night Television, Spicy Rizzaks, The Vitamen, and Rockets and Cars. And God bless 'em, the Luna Lounge never has a cover. Over at the Living Room, cult faves The Lilys are playing a short set at 9pm. The world-famous Violent Femmes, who are somehow still alive and kicking, stroll down memory lane at Irving Plaza. And for those of you who will take a chance on some "outsider" music, go see BJ Snowden at the Pyramid Club on Avenue A. "In Canada" will bring tears to your eyes, I guarantee it.
If you don't mind staying up late on a Sunday, Mike Doughty (ex-Soul Coughing) is at Southpaw. Also, through Sunday it's John Zorn improv week at Tonic.
This week's mixtape: