Tonight's quandary? Go see Jon Auer and The Whigs at Mercury Lounge, or scalp a ticket to see Guns n' Roses at Hammerstein? I'm seeing GNR on Monday too, but if there's a surprise or two, I'd like to be there when it's unveiled.. tough call.
Speaking of shows, a ton of news the last day or so:
(1) Recent favorites The Little Ones have announced a show opening for Matt Costa and Elvis Perkins (who and who?) at Bowery Ballroom on [July 1st.
My plan? Catch the Little Ones early, and then run over to Knitting Factory to see Birdmonster.
(2) How's this for advance notice? Magnolia Electric Co., Shearwater and Bottomless Pit are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday, September 16th.
Shearwater, as you know, features members of Okkervil River. Bottomless Pit is the new band from Tim Midgett and Andy Cohen of Silkworm. Still can't believe Michael's gone...
Anyway, I bought a ticket before I realized this is the same weekend as ACL Fest in Austin. Crap. Guess this also means no Magnolia or Okkervil at ACL. Oh well. Guess if I end up having to bail on ACL again due to work, I've got a backup.
(3) Speaking of ACL, Ted Leo has been added to the lineup. This show is finally starting to shape up into something special. Flaming Lips, Shins, Iron and Wine, New Pornographers, Son Volt, Centro-matic, Calexico, Marah... still needs a few more quality adds, but this is twice the show it was just earlier this week.
(4) And, finally, Bloc Party have announced two NYC-area shows in July. Go read Brooklyn Vegan for more info.
Lots more coming later in the day... It's Friday and I'm in a bloggin' mood.