Even though I will be very busy this summer typing and completing my thesis project, I do not plan to spend the entire time sweating my ass off in my room. Rather, I’ll sweat my ass off going to a number of free and not-so-free concerts around NYC. Here’s the list of those I hope to attend (note that dates with a question mark in front of them have yet to be officially confirmed though odds are they will take place):
Saturday May 6- Maria Rita @ Irving Plaza (I adore Maria Rita, but since tix are $35 I’ll try my luck with craigslist)
Saturday May 20- Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ Knitting Factory (Fantastic cover band of Morrissey on the evening of his birthday)
Saturday May 27- La Cumbiamba @ Tonic (Colombian folkloric group)
Saturday June 10- Dungen @ Irving Plaza (Swedish indie stuff. Quite catchy.)
Thursday June 15 - Saturday Looks Good To Me, Tiny Amps, Canada @ Northsix (60s-sounding pop by SLGTM).
Monday June 19- Mono @ Northsix (Japanese noise rock; worth the hearing loss).
?Sunday June 25- Feist, Jason Collet, Buck 65 @ Central Park Summerstage (Even if it’s free I’ll probably make a day trip out if it and get to the concert late just to listen to Feist).
Thursday June 29- Jose Gonzalez, Juana Molina, Psapp @ Bowery Ballroom ($20 for a night with three great singer/songwriters? Quite a bargain).
?Friday June 30- TV on the Radio, Matt Pond PA, Voxtrot @ Prospect Park (Love TV on the Radio’s cover of the Pixies’ “Mister Grieves”).
?Sunday July 2- Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, Alex Cuba Band @ Central Park Summerstage (Sounds inviting, but I’ll probably skip it).
Monday July 3- Jose Gonzalez, Juana Molina, Psapp @ Bowery Ballroom (Though the commute is difficult, my favorite venue is Bowery Ballroom. Very wheelchair accessible, great view of the stage from the floor, and a smashing bar downstairs).
?Tuesday July 4- Belle and Sebastian @ Battery Park (So let me get this straight: free concert with B & S followed by the Macy’s Fireworks celebration along the East River? Where do I sign!)
Saturday July 15- Siren Music Festival @ Coney Island (Every time I want to go to Siren something gets in the way, whther it be school, weather, or other intangibles. This year I hope it will be a much different story).
Saturday July 22- Elysian Fields @ Joe’s Pub (Dark, sinister, smooth music at around 10 at night. Perfect).
?Wednesday July 26- Fiona Apple & Damien Rice @ Central Park Summerstage (Though I love Apple’s music I just can’t wrap my mind around her performing outdoors when she would be far more appropriate in a small indoor venue. Tix are pricey at $50).
?Thursday August 3- New Pornographers, The Frames, Calexico @ Central Park Summerstage (I'm still sore over not seeing the New Pornographers at Webster Hall last year due to the venue’s inaccessibility. This shall be my redemption).
?Friday August 4- Los Amigos Invisibles @ Prospect Park ( When I was in Colombia during the winter break, I tried desperately to introduce different styles of music to my cousins and show them that there’s more to music than reggaeton and the slop on MTV. I introduced them to new sounds from Snowden, Garbage, My Bloody Valentine, The Go! Team, and Los Amigos Invisibles but they hated it all. Damn you Daddy Yankee and Black Eyed Peas!)
Monday August 7- Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Joe’s Pub (Mexican-born Dublin-based brother-sister duo that player a unique blend of acoustic guitar. It’s good, trust me).
?Thursday September 28- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Central Park Summerstage (The least favorite of the concert schedule since late September really isn’t “summer” and tix are about $33. Odds on favorite for “concert-I’ll-skip-unless-I-have-the-good-fortune-to-get-invited”).
This is a pretty long list, but I would’ve gone to some performances at Webster Hall by the Charlatans UK, The Walkmen and Os Mutantes. Unfortunately that venue is wheelchair inaccessible so I’ll miss what should be really good shows. Now if only Morrissey, the Pixies, and Controller.Controller would stop by NYC to make things interesting…