Enough about the Pixies already. No need to mention them in this column. They're awesome, they're in town, they played on Letterman last night. Enough said.

There are a few Rebecca Gates fans out there, no? Any Spinanes fans? She's at the Mercury tonight with Cub Country (featuring ex-Jets to Brazil bassist Jeremy Chatelain), the Rosebergs and Johnny Hi-Fi.

It's sold out, but if you can score a ticket, go see Broken Social Scene at the Bowery Ballroom tonight. Coolfer saw them on Monday and will personally vouch for the hotness if the Toronto-based band's latest swing through our city.

Speaking of blasts from the past, Evan Dando of Lemonheads fame is playing Northsix tomorrow night.

50wave.jpgAnd yet another name from the days of "Post Modern MTV": Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses fame. Her latest band, 50 Foot Wave (pictured), also includes Muses' bassist Bernard Georges. They've got a new business model. Rather than hook up with a label, the band and its manager have sold their CD directly to record stores around the country (credit cards accepted!) and have sold their music online. They plan on releasing an EP every nine months. Total DIY. And best of all, 50 Foot Wave rock. They're opening for the you-know-whos at the Hammerstein on Saturday, but go see them at the Mercury Lounge on Friday.

On Friday, the Housing Works Used Book Cafe will host a performance by Rachel Yamagata, Laurie & John Stirratt (Wilco) and Kieran McGee. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the bookstore.

Drag City's Christmas Party is at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday. It's going to be different. First of all, everybody is being asked to wear a sweater with a knit cap or scarf. (That would be something special if this were LA, but I have a feeling that'll be the standard attire anyway.) Second, the three artists are going to play short sets and everybody will rotate. In the rotation are (smog), Joanna Newsom and Weird War.

The Scissor Sisters suffer from Fun Lovin' Criminals Syndrome: They are more likely to attract a crowd of screaming teenagers in countries other than their own. In New York, though the band's home town, they can attract a pretty sizable crowd. They're playing the Hammerstein on Sunday. Louisville-based VHS or Beta will open. Prepare to be glammed.

Note to all single men: Go see Elefant at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday. You'll never see more good looking women at a hipster indie rock show in your entire life. Yep, singer Diego Garcia can really bring in the women. Elefant's label is now going through big ol' major label Hollywood Records, so singer Diego Garcia is now part of the Disney family. Opening band The Prosaics are one of the latest signings of Matador Records, which is not part of the Disney family.


- Turing Machine/Measles Mumps Rubella at Rothko (Insound party) tonight
- Leona Naess at the Living Room tonight
- John Medeski, Marc Ribot, Chris Wood & Skoota Warner at Tonic tonight
- Joseph Arthur at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday
- Bicycle Thieves/Elkland/Army of Me at the Delancey on Thursday
- Hopewell/Diamond Nights/The Prids at Rothko on Thursday
- Tarantula at Tonic on Friday
- Antibalas at SOB's on Friday
- The Break-Up/The Twenty-Twos/Saints & Lovers/Bishop Allen at the Mercury Lounge
- Beans/Dub Trio at Southpaw


- 50 Foot Wave: "Clara Bow" video (Windows Media, Quicktime)
- Rebecca Gates: "The Seldom Scene" (two-minute clip)
- Joseph Arthur: "All Of Our Hands"
- Measles Mumps Rubella: "Fountain of Youth"
- Leona Naess: "Ballerina" (produced by Tori Amos)