Jagwar Ma: Rough Trade NYC, December 2, $15
Australian exports Jagwar Ma mix Madchester melodies and psych-pop detours for a sound that's as catchy as it is danceable. The show at the newly opened Rough Trade NYC venue/record shop in Williamsburg will be a joy to behold.
Monday, December 2, 9 p.m., Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street (between Kent and Wythe Avenues).
King Krule: Webster Hall, December 4, $20
Provocative, precocious Archie Marshall (a.k.a. King Krule) bellowed through one of the year's best records, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. Live, Marshall's knotty songwriting plumbs even deeper waters.
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues); 212-353-1600.
A$AP Ferg: Irving Plaza, December 6, $20
With Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg proved the A$AP Mob has more burgeoning talent than just it's charismatic ringleader. It also happens that Ferg and the rest of the crew are one of the most fun live acts in hip-hop. This is a show not to miss.
Friday, December 6, 7 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place (between 15th and 16th Streets); 212-777-6800.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
December 3: Ida Maria plays Mercury Lounge.
December 3: Big Snow Buffalo Farewell Party, pt. 1 with Twin Sister, Leapling, Ava Luna, Celestial Shore, Zula, Empress Of (DJ set) play Silent Barn.
December 4: Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot play Death by Audio.
December 5: Caveman, Vacationer, and See Through play Bowery Ballroom.
December 5: Mister Lies, Beat Culture, and Saint Pepsi play Cameo Gallery.
December 5: Gems, FEMME, and My Body play Glasslands.
December 5: Com Truise, AEON RINGS, and Kodacrome play The Paper Box.
December 6: TEEN, Forest Fire, Splashh, and Valleys Brooklyn Night Bazaar.
December 6: Andrew Bird plays Rough Trade NYC.
December 6: California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, and Blessed State play Shea Stadium.
December 7: Au Revoir Simone, Spires, Splashh, Grooms play Brooklyn Night Bazaar.
December 7: DIIV, Black Marble, and Butter The Children play Rough Trade NYC.