Monday, April 30, 2012

This Week's Nostalgia (4/30 - 5/6)

The Cranberries / Photo: Jess Baumung

Do you still remember who the very first rock bands that enlightened you to start listening to indie music were? Do you still remember that once upon a time, there was an Irish frontwoman named Dolores, and her keening, powerful voice singing classics such as "Zombie,""Linger,"and"Dreams"? Yes, The Cranberries are back. The band even announced they would release their first new studio album, Roses, in over 10 years, which is due for release on May 5. Check them out at Terminal 5 on May 2 and 4 to reminisce, and let us know how many times your eyes well up with tears. 

Finishing her two-weekend journey in the Indio desert of California, Feist comes to town again touring in support of her album Metals, released in 2011. Considering its slow-to-bloom beauty, her live is still worth enjoyment. You can see her at Radio City Music Hall on May 5.

Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches are playing together and it only costs you $16 to $18? This is way too good a deal, alright? Xiu Xiu, a San Jose avant-garde group that has been active for the past 10 years, is the brainchild of vocalist Jamie Stewart--often earning a comparison to The Cure's Robert Smith. This is a band that you shouldn't neglect. As for Dirty Beaches, a band I am personally quite fond of, their lo-fi full-length album Badlands was released last year. With Suicide-like drum machines and hypnotic loops, Badlands conjures up images of surrealism, which could possibly drag you into an endless black hole.

Here are the rest of shows you should check out in New York City this week...

Monday, April 30
HR @ Brooklyn Bowl last year
HR (Bad Brains), Tommy Stinson and more @ The Bowery Electric
Mrs. Magician @ The Mercury Lounge
Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom
The Shins @ Terminal 5

Tuesday, May 1
Real Estate @ Terminal 5 in January
The Shins & Real Estate @ Terminal 5
Suckers @ The Glasslands Gallery
Leland Sundries @ Living Room
Mystikal @ S.O.B.'s
Lower Dens @ The Mercury Lounge
Bob Schneider @ Bowery Ballroom
Doe Paoro @ Cameo Gallery
Dan Deacon @ Union Square Park (FREE)

Wednesday, May 2
Minutemen Duet @ ATP Minehead 3/9/12
Mike Watt @ ATP in March
Mike Watt, J Mascis, Muph and Friends @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
Kronos Quartet @ The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Lower Dens @ The Mercury Lounge
Emanuel and the Fear @ The Mercury Lounge
Marilyn Manson + The Pretty Reckless @ Wellmont Theatre
Electric Guest @ Bowery Ballroom
Spirit Animal+The Click Clack Boom @ The Mercury Lounge
The Cranberries @ Terminal 5

Thursday, May 3
Sharon Van Etten @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 2/24/12
Sharon Van Etten @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in February
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Day 1 (The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, Twin Shadow & more) @ BAM
Night Manager+Total Slacker+Habibi @ The Mercury Lounge
Black Light Dinner Party+Mike Slott+Tiny Victories @ The Glasslands Gallery
We Were Promised Jetpacks+Breton+Fort Lean @ Bowery Ballroom

Friday, May 4
St. Vincent (Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute) @ Bowery Ballroom 5/22/11
St. Vincent @ Bowery Ballroom last year
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Day 2 (St. Vincent, The Antlers, Buke & Gase & more) @ BAM
Bare Mutants+Outer Minds @ Union Pool
Miracles of Modern Science+Conveyor @ The Mercury Lounge
Xiu Xiu+Dirty Beaches @ Bowery Ballroom
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs+LOL Boys @ The Glasslands Gallery
The Cranberries @ Terminal 5
Andrew Bird+Patrick Watson @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, May 5
Atlas Sound @ SXSW '11
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Day 3 (Beirut, Atlas Sound, Pat Mahoney & Nancy Whang DJ set & more) @ BAM
Atlas Sound (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Feist @ Radio City Music Hall
Frankie Rose+Dive+Spectrals @ The Mercury Lounge
Brendan Benson @ Bowery Ballroom
School of Seven Bells @ LPR
Crystal Stilts @ 285 Kent
Andrew Bird+Tift Merritt @ Beacon Theater

Sunday, May 6
Shearwater @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 2/24/12
Shearwater @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in February
Shearwater @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
Scissor Sisters @ Bowery Ballroom
Fred Armisen (does his playlist) @ Union Pool

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