Monday, April 2, 2007

HOT TIP: Must-See Shows from Sean Lennon, Arcade Fire, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Teddybears

Summer always seems to get the big press about all the unbelievable concerts going down, but though it gets short shrift in the rags, little upstart Spring is hot on Summer's heels as a key concert season. Cases in point:

Sean Lennon @ the Bowery Ballroom, 12/19/06
Sean Lennon
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. By far one of the best shows I've seen in the last year, and one of my favorite album releases, too, Sean Lennon is having a banner year in 2007. He's on the road throughout the month of April, and I'm personally looking forward to catching him at Irving Plaza. Need more convincing? Check out my review of his Bowery show in December.

Arcade Fire
There's a reason they sold out 5 nights in a row in New York, and no, it's not just because the church was so damn small. This troupe of troubadours from Montreal are THE band to see this year. Thankfully, they've got 3 nights in NY at humongous venues (if the 500-seater church is your benchmark, that is). And with 16 dates overall across the country, you non-Gothamites will have a chance to catch 'Fire, too. I'll see you at United Palace AND Radio City -- woohoo!!!

Yes, she of the oddball attitude, pixie appearance, and unmistakable vocals is coming back to the US this year. And for those of you who aren't going to be catching her headlining slot at Coachella, you have a great shot at catching her closer to home. She's got 3 dates in NY (United Palace, Radio City AND the Apollo -- zowie!), plus Chicago, Red Rocks CO, The Gorge WA (Sasquatch!), Mountain View, Vancouver and Ontario (Virgin Fest). It's not the vastest of tour routings, so plan your May very carefully.

LCD Soundsystem
Sometimes you just gotta shake your groove thang. I find myself needing to do it quite often, actually. So thank goodness for James Murphy and his quasi-punk-electro-disco fabulousness that has found its ultimate expression in LCD Soundsystem. So if you live in NY, San Fran, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Vancouver or Toronto, balance out your Spring calendar with a club show or two, shaking your money maker to tunes fresh from the latest release (hear it in full at the LCD Soundsystem MySpace page).

Teddybears at Hiro Ballroom, 3/1/07
Yet another of my favorite shows this year, Teddybears are 3 wacky Swedes that have thrown over their punk roots for two turntables, bolstered by some meaty strings and drums, with a tinge of reggae thrown in to make the party raunchy. When I said you should catch a club show or two, this is the second one I was talking about. Seriously. Run, don't walk, to your nearest Teddybears show. You'll thank me for it, I promise you. Need more convincing? Here's some arm-twisting for you.

1 comment:

kmoe0215 said...

wats up with the bears dude?how come u dont come to my blog?its called try mine.or try my blog.