Friday, February 18, 2005
Fez, one of the best-sounding, most intimate, and all around greatest rooms to hear music in the city, is rumored to be closing down soon. Brooklyn Vegan noted this last month, as did the Voice, but the club has continued to deny this. CBGB and Tonic are in serious financial trouble and could go out of business. Luna Lounge is closing next month to make room for condos that will surely be overpriced, considering they're going to be a block and a half from where this happened a couple weeks ago—which was just a few hours after I was on that block for the Pitty Sing show at Rothko, incidentally. Relativity, man.
You might want to soak in the rock & roll atmosphere at these places while you can. Rhett Miller, whose band Old 97's I semi-slagged in my 2004 rock & roll roundup but whose solo album The Instigator is one of my faves of the new century, is doing two acoustic shows tonight at Fez. Tonic's got a bunch of benefits this month, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon tomorrow night. (And hey, happy 72nd birthday today, Yoko!) Also tonight, at Luna, two bands I recommend highly. At 8:30, catch the power-pop stylings of The Pillcrushers, whose new album Welcome To The World is available now at the Not Lame store. Then stick around for the Echo & The Bunnymen-inspired rock of Motel Creeps. I'm not familiar with any of the bands at CBGB this weekend, but it's CBGB, so you pretty much know what you're signing up for.
Also tonight, Val Emmich is at Maxwell's, and The Head Set do The Mercury Lounge. Cool.
As you nurse your rock & roll hangovers Saturday and Sunday afternoons, tune into WFMU. The always excellent Terre T. has Les Breastfeeders on her show Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., to prove that Montreal is the new Brooklyn. To close out your weekend, the mighty Reno's Men—whose new album Step Up To The Stereo Slider can (and indeed should) be purchased at CD Baby—drop by The Glen Jones Radio Programme Featuring X. Ray Burns on Sunday from noon to 3. Sure to be a humdinger.
And yes, as is often the case, I will be spinning those rock and/or roll tunes Saturday night at The Goldhawk, from 10 p.m. until last call. Expect new music from LCD Soundsystem, Queens Of The Stone Age, Pitty Sing, and Louis XIV; classics from the likes of Blondie, The Clash, Pixies, and The Replacements; and videos ranging from My Chemical Romance and Franz Ferdinand to The Smiths and The Human League. Added bonus for this Saturday only: enter to win an iPod mini. No jokin'. Get down to the club, 'cause you gotta be in it to win it.