Cloud Nothings, LVL UP, Robyn Hitchcock w/ Yo La Tengo, Run the Jewels, Delicate Steve, Sleigh Bells, Chad Valley, Japandroids, Screaming Females, Moon Hooch, The Orwells, Soccer Mommy, Hamilton Leithauser, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ron Gallo, Jeff the Brotherhood, Granddaddy, PWR BTTM + more!
Written by Patrick McNamara
Here are 20 good shows you can / should see in NYC this February.
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20 Good Shows To See in NYC This Month
February 2017 A.D.
Did you know this is the #1 most popular upcoming show on Oh My Rockness? Totally true. Swear to blob!
This show is #1 because Cloud Nothings and LVL UP both rule and you 'My Rockness' users have exquisite taste in bands.
Let's hang at this one and become best friends forever.
I've loved Hugo Manuel's work since 2011 A.D. dog. OG CV FAN FOREVA.
Please get pumped for this great show ( Computer Magic opens!) by blasting one of the best synth pop songs of all time.
“Delicate Steve" Marion just dropped his brand new album and it's delightful. I strongly encourage you to go see him play release-party songs from it at Bowery if you like guitars and jams and cartoon rock and good moods.
Marion Comes Alive!
Soccer Mommy (Sophie Allison) is a new / rising / up-and-coming / buzzy / excellent artist who makes lo-fi bedroom pop soaked with melodic ennui. This special kind of sadness shimmers and glows.
You're gonna want to get in on the ground floor of this goodness.
What's the deal with spelling it both 'theater' and 'theatre?" Can't we all agree to just pick a spelling for this thing and stick with it? One spelling is all that's needed! One spelling!
It appears both of these shows are sold-out but tickets can still be had if you don't mind refinancing something.
This show is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival -- the always-solid annual celebration of eclectic music at Kaufman Center up near Lincoln Center. Check out all the peeps participating in this goodness between now and May.
What's your favorite Sleigh Bells song?
Lots of good peeps playing this one for a real good cause.
Oh, I'll tell you who.
Reigning Sound + Eleanor Friedberger + Delicate Steve + Cult of Youth + Frankie Cosmos + Kid Congo + Cassie Ramone + more!
Go spread the love.
Tancred is the indie power rock project of Minneapolis' Jess Abbott (of Now, Now). Think '90s alternative meets the dopeness of today.
Vasudeva also play this show. The New Jersey band (and Oh My Rockness show alums) just released their new album and it's really good. Recommended if you like melodic vocal-less math rock and who doesn't like that.
( Yucky Duster and Lilith on the bill too. This entire show rules, basically.)
Speaking of new albums that rule, Chicago rock / rollers Meat Wave have a brand new record coming out this month and not to brag but I've already heard it. Spoiler: it rules.
Go see this band shred at Baby's and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya (or Oh My Rockness, whichever seems funnier to you).
Midwest garage rock isn't dead. The car was running and the door was closed for awhile there but thankfully The Orwells came and kicked it open just in time.
See this dope Chicago band play a free show at Rough Trade (need to purchase the album at Rough Trade first... here are the details) and never feel sad about anything ever again. Amen.
One of New Jersey's finest DIY punk bands play two shows at Monty Hall in in Jersey City. Get out there if you know what's up.
This band rules. That's how New Brunswick do!
Best sax of your life.
Ron Gallo and his band play rock and roll. That's how Nashville do*.
This dude and his crew = dirty yelp-y thunderous good shit. Think (someone who slays) meets (someone who shreds) meets (Ron Gallo) and you should be on the right track.
*Wikipedia tells me Nashville also dabbles in country music which is news to me u learn something new every day
14. Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen) plays two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, February 23rd (tickets) and Friday, February 24th (tickets) and one more at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, February 25th (tickets).
All three of these shows are sold-out (because Hamilton Leithauser rules) but you can still try and get some tickets here if you really want to go and why wouldn't you.
Can I play you my favorite underrated Walkmen song now?
Yes, I can. It's my blob.
The new Japandroids album is dope. Sounds like Japandroids meets Japandroids.
See this explosively fun punk duo in a big space and maybe brag between bands how you saw them open for Rahim (there's a good blast from the past!) at Lit in 2008. That's what I'll be doing anyway….
( Craig Finn of The Hold Steady opens. Should be a killer party.)
This boss Nashville band could probably be playing Terminal 5 or some place huge too, but no, instead they'll be shredding at little old loveable Sunnyvale.
As of this writing tickets were somehow still available to this. Better grab them while you can. This intimate show will rule your face.
This year's Indie Pop Prom is a real good one. It always is, but this year especially!
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Sad13 + Sports + Half Waif + T-Rextasy are playing. Please note: all of those bands rule.
I'll be chilling on the wall near the punch bowl worrying about my future and my tie and not having any friends, just like real prom. Come hang out!
All of these shows might be sold-out by the time you read this (because Run the Jewels rule and their flow really capture the fire of our times) but please remember ----> ' where there's a will - there's a pay.'
Their beats don't play.
Robyn Hitchcock performs his classic debut solo album Black Snake Diamond Role (1981) in full. Even better, Yo La Tengo is his backing band.
Both shows might be sold-out already (because of the whole 'Robyn Hitchcock being a rock legend' thing) but I'm not totally sure. Check. You're gonna have to do a little heavy lifting here too if we're going to make this relationship work.
Please note: the combined ages of Robyn Hitchcock and the members of Yo La Tengo is unknown... my calculator saw what I was asking it to compute and said “nope."
Grandaddy play their first NYC show in over ten years (!).
If you somehow missed out on this band's goodness maybe start with this album and you'll come to respect their understated brilliance in a real hurry. Take your time. Like a fine wine. It rules.
Other notable NYC shows this month = PWR BTTM at Shea Stadium + The Lumineers at MSG + Okkervil River at Lincoln Center + ACLU Benefit w/ Wet at Brooklyn Night Bazaar + Marching Church at Sunnyvale + Allison Crutchfield and the Fizz at Sunnyvale + White Denim at Brooklyn Bowl + Palm at Shea Stadium + Sinkane at Bowery Ballroom + Naomi Punk at The Park Church Co-Op + Monsterland at Mercury Lounge
See you out there, yo.