Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith, Everest: Barclays Center, December 3, $69.35
There are more benefits to having a new Brooklyn stadium than a winning basketball team, and tonight's show with Neil Young and Patti Smith is one of them. The two artists should have no problem filling the arena, and it should be especially thrilling to hear Neil Young's voice drift out of that massive PA. Get your lighters ready.
Monday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (at Flatbush Avenue); Brooklyn; 212-359-6387.
Japandroids, DIIV: Webster Hall, December 4 and 5, $15
If you haven't yet experienced the hour-long sing-along that is Japandroids' live set, you're missing out on one of the most life-affirming experiences in music. Fear not: The Vancouver pop-punk duo will be playing two nights this week at Webster Hall, giving you more than enough chances to fist pump and spill beer on your friends. Also, don't miss opening act DIIV — their always-great live set just keeps getting better. Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 and 5, 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues); 212-353-1600.
Marina & The Diamonds, Icona Pop: Terminal 5, December 1, $27
Marina Diamandis has exploded over the past year with the release of her new album, Electra Heart, and her live show is the best possible way to get a sense of her beatifully realized pop. Openers Icona Pop don't have "pop" in their name for nothing, and their explosive live set is chock of searing synths and killer choruses. If you can't make it thursday, both bands are also playing again at The Paramount the following night.
Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street (between 11th and 12th avenues); 212-582-6600.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
December 3: Diamond Rings plays Bowery Ballroom.
December 4: Trinidad Jame$ plays Santos Party House.
December 5: Star Slinger plays Glasslands.
December 5 :The Who play Madison Square Garden.
December 5: Bear in Heaven and Small Black play Music Hall of Williamsburg.
December 6: The Immaculates, The Numerators, Habibi, The Neighbors play Big Snow.
December 6: Simian Mobile Disco play Webster Hall.
December 7: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the Wellmont Theatre.
December 7: Mykki Blanco, Autre Ne Veut, Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ Set) play 285 Kent.
December 7: Hurricane Sandy Benefit: Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliot, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, Andrew W.K. play the Bell House.
December 8: Hurricane Sandy Benefit: Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Union Pool.
December 8: The Rolling Stones play Barclays Center.
December 8: 2 Chainz plays Roseland Ballroom.
Photos: Courtesy of The Bowery Presents