Ariel Pink, Titus Andronicus, the Butthole Surfers, Drive-By Truckers, and More Headline Your New York City New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is next Friday, which means you probably already missed out on Patti Smith tickets. Wait much longer and there won't be much left to choose from. So, in the interests of being servicey, and in honor of the news that 2010's Most Important Singles Artist, Ariel Pink, will be in a 10,000 square foot Brooklyn warehouse when the clock rolls over to 2011, we thought we'd mention a few (read: a manageable amount of) SOTC-sanctioned shows. One of these is indeed Ariel Pink's; tickets for that--it's at 234 Starr Street--can be got here. $20 buys entry; other selling points apparently include a "$300,000 custom built, all-analogue sound system" and a bunch of Altered Zones-type dudes working it. Your flyer:
Also in Brooklyn? Our heroes Titus Andronicus, playing one last triumphant NYC-area show in 2010 at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple with Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch--"the greatest all-star cast of upper Central-Western Bergen County, New Jersey ever assembled," according to Titus frontman Patrick Stickles, who adds: "Perhaps it will be good for us to look back to the early '00s as we stride forward confidently into the teens," the early aughts being when all these kids went to high school together. This one is courtesy of Todd P; tickets, which are $15, can be bought in advance at BK's Desert Island bookstore.
Looking for a slightly more hygienic place to meet the new year? Try the always reliable Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (with Allen Toussaint!) at the Best Buy Theater ($55). We'd recommend the Phish-like (though not the actual Phish New Year's show, also happening in town at MSG that night) three sets from the Roots at Brooklyn Bowl here as well, except they're long sold out. Ditto, we think, for Guided By Voices at Irving. If these two facts combined are making you feel misanthropic, may we suggest instead the Butthole Surfers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg ($55)?
Or perhaps Drive-By Truckers at Terminal 5--a deal at $35, and still very much on sale. Plus we hear it's good luck to ring in the New Year with a jam band, as long as it's not the millennial New Year in a Florida swamp with the dreaded, aforementioned Phish. We tried that once, and it didn't work out too well. There's more, but we won't bore you--unless Chuck Berry still makes your heart beat fast, in which case, by all means. Be safe out there, kids.