In addition to that LCD Soundsystem show I just posted about, while doing my semi-daily Ticketweb trawl, I came across a couple good Mercury Lounge shows that haven’t shown up on the club’s website yet, which doesn’t have calendar listings past February:
Sunday, March 18: Pitchfork gave their album Transparent Things an 8.3 (it also came it at #39 on their Best of 2006 list) and now that it’s getting a Stateside release (this Tuesday on Deaf, Dumb and Blind), Fujiya & Miyagi are heading over here to show America how the vaguely kraut-ish dance rock is done. Please note, they are neither a duo nor Japanese.Tickets are $12 and on sale now.
Wednesday, April 4 | One of the best live bands of this decade, The Soundtrack of Our Lives have played Bowery Ballroom the last couple times they were in NYC, so this is a real treat. If you’ve never seen them, TSOOL swipe four decades of the best hooks, riffs and rockstar moves and distill it into one Swedish, psychedelic powerhouse of ROCK. Burly singer Ebbot Lundberg is a kook, but a lovable one. Highly recommended. $15 (on sale now)
Meanwhile, over at the Bowery Ballroom… ticket’s for tonight’s Sloan show are still available. You should really go see them. Looking ahead, however…
Wednesday, March 28: A killer triple-bill featuring newly-minted Best New Music stars Menomena, plus personal faves Field Music, and the latest signees to the Rebel Group, Land of Talk. Tickets are $14 and on sale now.
Wednesday, April 4: While I don’t really care about headliners Sons & Daughters (underwhelming both times I saw them), I am looking forward to openers and fellow Scots 1990s. Singer Jackie McKeown used to front Glasgow indie band The Yummy Fur — a band that also contained soon-to-be-Franz-Ferdinands Alex Kapranos and Paul Thompson. 1990s (no "the" please) play straight-ahead party rock, and their single "You Made Me Like It" is pretty irresistible, if just a little dumb. But when your band’s motto is "we play rock n’ roll like a blonde gets out of a car," I guess dumb is all part of the equation. Too bad it’s the same night as TSOOL, though. Tickets ($15) are on sale tomorrow at Noon. Here’s a couple MP3s: