Tonight! The Heartless Bastards, PB&J, And Levon Helm
Yeah alright, them boys in Wolfmother are pretty goofy -- a bit too Guitar Hero: The Band. But dig who's opening their gig tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: None other than the Heartless Bastards, the serenely surly roots rockers fronted by Erika Wennerstrom, who's got one of the most beguiling voices going. Get there early, Wolfmother fans; leave early, Wolfmother detractors.
Indie-pop Swedes Peter Bjorn and John are gonna keep playing here until you fall for this year's Living Thing as intensely as you did for 2006's Writers' Block. Keep trying, boys. That record's still rad, though. They're at Webster Hall.
Hey if you've been waiting to try out this super-posh City Winery joint, Levon Helm's got the gig tonight; have a bottle of Chaleur Estate Blanc and shout requests for "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" until they kick you the fuck out.