It’s official. Every good show this week is happening on Friday. This is one of the first times where I am really, truly undecided on what to recommend. Luckily, my own band is playing so I won’t have to make any tough decisions myself, but I’ll try to give you as much information as possible so you can make your own educated choice. The British band, The xx, that everyone seems to be talking about (I don’t really like what I’ve heard of them so far) are playing a free show with the beautiful School of Seven Bells at South Street Sea Port. Not a bad choice. Some of my favorites, Ducktails and Woods, are playing at the Bell House, but they play all the time, so I’d skip that one. Kurt Vile, Hercules and Love Affair, The Walkmen, High Places, AnCo, Black Dice, Franz, and Teengirl Fantasy are all also playing shows (not together).
But the real two shows you have to decide between are the Darlings’ record release party at Death By Audio and Alela Diane/Sharon Van Etten at Union Hall. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I LOVE Alela Diane’s latest album. I saw her at SXSW and she puts on a very, very good, folky live show that displays her gorgeous voice and commanding stage presence. Sharon Van Etten is also a NYRM fave. A night of strong, lovely women. On the other hand, the Darlings record release party at DBA will be a who’s who of the hipster milieu, with performances by not only Darlings but Boogie Boarder, Snakes Say Hiss, and Tony Castles, whose set I unfortunately missed tonight at Cake Shop (Yeasayer pictures to follow this post). So go see whatever you’re in the mood for. Both are extremely good bets.