Damn, it's cold out there! Gothamist recently had a friend check weather.com before deciding whether to venture out of her home. News flash, folks: It's January! It's cold, finally! Put a coat on and let's rock:
First up on the week's list of maybe-sees: Hard-Fi (at left) at Bowery Ballroom. What we've heard sounds interesting in a Clash-loving way, if not NME-freakout-worthy. Competent pop band Nightmare of You supports. Residencies still abound, with Richard Buckner and White Mike Fellows (aka Miighty Flashlight) joining Rebecca Gates at the Knitting Factory Tap Bar, and the Octagon supporting members of the Mooney Suzuki at Sine (but reports on the "Patchwork Family" performance weren't exactly glowing).
Country veteran Bobby Bare Sr. plays Joe's Pub on Wednesday night, supporting his first record in more than 20 years. Nuh Uh also plays at Fat Baby. Yes huh, we are recommending this! They claim to play "indie prog guitar anthems," so find out what that sounds like, and say hi to Conrad for Gothamist.
Pianos has a pretty impressive bill on Thursday, featuring a pair of accomplished Philly indie rock bands with psychedelic leanings in Mazarin and the A-Sides, plus everlasting Gothamist fave the Comas, residency-having Lolita Bras, and D.C.'s high-energy punk-popsters the Washington Social Club. Whew! You should just resign yourself now to getting drunk, cause you're not gonna want to leave.
Gothamist thinks folks would be a little sick of this sound by now, but apparently lots of you aren't: Interpol soundalikes the Editors have sold out their Friday show at the Mercury Lounge. The Editors make Gothamist want to commit hara-kiri in protest, but, sort of like with the Killers, we start looking for our knife and before we know it, it sounds kind of good and we want to have a bloody dance party. And then kill ourself. Worst.
Hey, who's for some shoegaze? Serena Maneesh, now receiving some buzz, play Friday at Northsix with Psychic Ills (at right) and the Jason Loewenstein Band (you know, the non-Lou Barlow guy from Sebadoh), and again on Saturday with fellow swirly-noise lovers Asobi Seksu. They also play one of Gothamist's favorite record stores, Soundfix, on Sunday at 4.
Tell me if I missed anything crucial in the comments. In the meantime, have a listen:
Mazarin, "Another One Goes By"
The A-Sides, "Park Avenue"
The Washington Social Club, "Are You High?"
Psychic Ills, "Another Day Another Night"