Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Minus The Bear, New Found Glory, Conspirator, Beirut

Doing this a little early this week because my wife is going out of town for a conference and I know I won't have time to do it on my usual Thursday night or I'll be too exhausted from watching the kids to want to do it.

The music week kicks off on Thursday night with math rock band Minus The Bear at The National.  Tix are $20 in advance and $23 day of show.  Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 with opener The Velvet Teen.  This is the 10th Anniversary tour for Minus the Bear and they will play their 2002 debut album "Highly Refined Pirates" in its entirety.  Here's the band's video for "Pachuca Sunrise":

If you are in the mood for something a bit more retro and yacht rockin' that night, check out Three Sheets to the Wind at The Republic.  The show is FREE and the show will start at 9:30.  Three Sheets will be celebrating the music of Orleans that night.  It should sound something like this including the awesome facial hair:

Friday night will be Pop Punk night at The National with a five band bill featuring New Found Glory / Set Your Goals / The Wonder Years / Man Overboard / This Time Next Year.  They'll be opening the doors at 6 and starting at 6:30 so they can fit all those bands in.  Tix are $18 in advance and $21 day of show.  New Found Glory will be live on the HDNet channel on Sunday night at 9:30 PM so if you don't make it to the show or just want to relive it, you can check it out there.  Here's a little preview of the show at the National.  It looks like their is much camaradarie on the tour and lots of equipment too.  And it's apparently awesome.

At the Canal Club on Friday night there will be whole buncha jamtronica with the Shockoball w/ Conspirator featuring members of The Disco Biscuits w/The Former Champions & Ghost Payne.  Doors open at 9 and tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Here's a long tasty run from Conspirator from Fort Lauderdale earlier this month:

On Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 5 PM Eastern Time there will be a webcast of Neil Young's annual all acoustic Bridge School Benefit Concert which supports the work of the Bridge School helping people with severe speech and physical impairments to communicate using technology.  Besides being a great cause, it's always a great concert.  I was lucky enough to see the show on Halloween in '99 and the bill included Neil (of course), The Who, Green Day, Brian Wilson, Lucinda Williams, Pearl Jam, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Smashing Pumpkins.  Needless to say, it was an amazing show.  This year's show will have Neil, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Los Invisibles featuring Carlos Santana, Beck, Mumford & Sons, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones and Devendra Banhart.  You'll find the webcast HERE.  Here's some highlights from the show I saw in '99.  If you look reeeeeeaaaaalllllly closely, you may see me up on the lawn.  Or not.

Next Tuesday at The National, Beirut will be performing.  Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Basia Bulat.  It's apparently an all "B" show.  If you want to check out an entire Beirut show, you can go HERE (sorry, can't embed it).  If you just want to check out their latest video for "Santa Fe", well just look below.  It's your typical guy loses girlfriend & dog, guy gets girlfriend & dog back, guy loses girlfriend & dog, guy gets something tale:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan