Music To Your Ears: Bands To Hear This Week

by Mara Siegler · March 8, 2011

It looks a bit gloomy out, but it's warm so throw on your spring coat and hit the town this week in search of some good music.  There's something for everyone, from blues to folk to pop and all the ridiculous sub-genres ever made up by the Internet. Our recommendations below.

Tuesday, March 8

Bright Eyes @ Radio City

Conor Oberst and company have risen from the dead sounding better than ever. In 2009, Oberst stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that he would likely retire the Bright Eyes name with one more album, and that album is finally here. The People’s Keys is getting rave reviews. [Via]

Other Picks:

Low Anthem @ Bowery

Good Charlotte @ The Fillmore

Hooray for Earth @ Glasslands

Ty Segall @ Mercury Lounge

Wednesday, March 9

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ The Fillmore

Get through hump day by rocking it out with Grace Potter as she powerfully belts out lyrics, plays tambourine, and struts the stage in what is sure to be a skimpy outfit as the band backs her up with some serious blues rock.

Other Picks:

Bright Eyes @ Radio City

Owen Pallett @ Merkin

Love Language @ Mercury Lounge

Thursday, March 10

Fang Island @ Maxwells

Fang Island is actually worthy going to Hoboken for. The New York Times describes the band perfectly stating: “Brooklyn has no shortage of indie-rock bands made up of former art school students, but Fang Island avoids the standard lo-fidelity approach, playing elaborate power-pop that doesn’t skimp on flourishes.” [Via]

Other Picks:

Rural Alberta Advantage @ Bowery

Tahiti 80 @ Mercury Lounge

Schuyler Fisk @ Joe’s Pub

Friday, March 11

Illinois, Prowler, Free Blood, Psychic Handbook @ Union Hall

I first saw Illinois in 2007 at a Jelly Pool party back when they were actually held at the pool. They killed it making this the best show and one of my fav memories of that summer. They had some buzz around that time, but despite releasing several more EP’s haven’t generated that type of blog frenzy again. It’s not for lack of talent. Also-Duo Free Blood are amazing.  John Pugh occasionally rolls around on the floor which is entertaining in and of itself. [Via]

Lucinda Williams @ Webster Hall

Fang Island @ Bowery Ballroom

Peter Yorn and Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5

Saturday, March 12

Rural Alberta Advantage @ Knitting Factory

The indie folk band is warming up for SXSW with two shows in NY and will be playing songs from their new album Departures which focuses on finding love and losing it. Its an experience we’ve all had but few can be so earnest about. [Via]

Murs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Matisyahu @ Brooklyn Bowl