Mikal Cronin, The Entrance Band, Nude Beach: Webster Hall, December 11, $15
Fans of fuzzed-out guitars and big hooks should look no further than Mikal Cronin. The Ty Segall-associated guitarist has an uncanny ability to churn out perfect power-pop song after song. Singing along isn't a requirement, but after one chorus you'll be hard pressed to avoid it.
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues); 212-353-1600.
Cass McCombs, Arbouretum: Bowery Ballroom, December 12, $15
Wistful troubadour Cass McCombs is one of our favorite singer-songwriters working today. Aside from this year's quietly beautiful Big Wheel and Others, he has a decade of Americana-laced folk to draw from.
Thursday, December 12, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie); 212-533-2111.
Factory Floor, Cities Aviv, Yvette: 285 Kent, December 13, $15
With its mix of industrial, post-punk, and techno, U.K. trio Factory Floor's self-titled debut is an unclassifiable genre-smashing assault. The band's show this Friday also includes experimental rapper Cities Aviv and noise-rockers Yvette, whose new album, Process, is one of the year's most underrated gems. Come out for the perfect mix of dancey and dangerous.
Friday, December 13, 9 p.m., 285 Kent, 285 Kent Avenue (between South 1st and South 2nd Streets); Brooklyn; 718-599-1450.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
December 9: Pink and The Hives play Barclays Center.
December 10: Pictureplane, Infinity Shred, Kitty, Slop Wop & Sir Kn8, and Low Tee play 285 Kent.
December 10: Motion Studies, Fasano, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, and Horselover Fats play Silent Barn.
December 10: Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe play Beacon Theatre.
December 10: Lauryn Hill plays Bowery Ballroom.
December 12: Fred Falke, Starsmith, and Friendly Greg play (Le) Poisson Rouge.
December 12: Factory Floor play 285 Kent.
December 12: Girl Unit plays Glasslands.
December 12: Au Revoir Simone (DJ set) play The Flat.
December 13: Telepathe play Baby's All Right.
December 13: MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., and Kuroma play Barclays Center.
December 13: Pompeya play Cameo Gallery.
December 13: NGUZUNGUZU and L-Vis 1990 play Glasslands.
December 13, 14, and 15: Yo La Tengo play The Bell House.
December 13: !!! and Holy Fuck play Webster Hall.
December 14: Queens of the Stone Age play Barclays Center.
December 14: Waxahatchee and Mutual Benefit (The Pitchfork Review launch party) plays Converse Rubber Tracks.
December 14: JD Samson & MEN play Rough Trade NYC.