Bright Eyes Twangs Out Bowery
Remember those tense hours a few months back when nobody could get Bright Eyes tickets? The chance to see the folk-emo megastar at an intimate club like the Bowery Ballroom was a dream come true for hardcore fans looking to get a first listen at material off the upcoming album. This last Friday and Saturday were the days these kids have been waiting for, and Conor and Friends did not disappoint. Both shows were very well received for the most part, and Bright Eyes further established themselves as the leader of the their unique Urban-Country genre. The highlight of both sets was M. Ward joining the band on stage for several songs, including a couple of his own, and the haunting Bright Eyes duet "Smoke Without Fire."

Conor and friends will be back at Town Hall for a 7 night run at the end of May. Tickets are not on sale yet. Check some more opinions of the shows here and here. (Pic above via tammylo's flickr)

A Taste of Dinner With the Band
Last weekend, Gothamist was also invited to attend a shooting Dinner with the Band, starring WD-50 dessert chef Sam Mason. While we were unfortunately not allowed to watch the cooking segments be filmed, they opened the doors for two excellent in-house performances by Gothamist faves Pela and El-P. The show has been picked up by the internet video channel On Networks and the new episodes will be airing in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out part one of the pilot here.

The Thermals Keep Studio B Toasty
We're trying our best to avoid some sort of thermal underwear pun here, but Monday night was one of the coldest in memory, and Studio B is at the end of the East River fueled wind tunnel they call Banker street in Greenpoint.thermals.jpg The Thermals, true to their name, were able to warm up the crowd in a hurry, playing an extended set to the Brooklyn faithful who faced the elements on a late, weekday night. While we were a little disappointed by the band's showing at CMJ last year, they seemed much more comfortable and on point this time around, and the enthusiastic crowd powered them along with a moshey and energetic response. While we'd love the return of the urgency that their three-piece form brought, they seem to have finally nailed down the new four person configuration pretty well by this point. We can respect that. Check out some more thoughts and pics at Productshop.

Daft Punk, Rapture to Rave in Coney
This is VERY exciting news. Daft Punk was the absolute standout highlight at Coachella last Summer, and to have them play at huge party at a wide open space like Keyspan Park, with the Rapture, no less, will be a complete thrill. A big red circle around August 9th on the calendar, and a planned personal day for the 10th. We will let you know when tickets go on sale.