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Diane Birch: Bowery Ballroom, January 22, $20
On her new LP, Diane Birch urged us to Speak A Little Louder and it paid off — this is some of her best music yet. Wednesday night, the New York-based singer-songwriter will headline Bowery Ballroom bringing an album full of genre-spanning pop and heartfelt Americana to enraptured Lower East Side ears.
Wednesday, January 22, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street); 212-533-2111.
GODMODE Night: Motion Studies, Eaters, Negative Supply, Joel Ford DJ Set: Baby's All Right, January 22
Full disclosure: Motion Studies' singer Tyler McCauley is a friend of this writer, but that doesn't change the fact that his seven-piece disco-pop band is one of the most fun live acts in Brooklyn. The group's label, GODMODE, has been doing great things lately, and supporting acts Eaters and Negative Supply are both worth your time as well. Topping off the bill is Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta), whose smooth synth sounds should carry you deep into the night.
Wednesday, January 22, 8 p.m., Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway (between Bedford and Driggs Avenues), Brooklyn; 718-599-5800.
Neutral Milk Hotel: BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music, January 23, 24, and 25, $41
Even a three-day residency at BAM isn't enough to satiate Neutral Milk Hotel fans who scooped tickets faster than you can say "King of Carrot Flowers." But, those lucky enough to attend one of these shows are in for something truly special. While reluctant troubadour Jeff Mangum has been touring for some time, this is the first NYC show with the return of the full lineup in over a decade.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 23 , 24, and 25, 8 p.m., BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland Place and St Felix Street), Brooklyn; 718-636-4100.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
January 21: Waxahatchee, All Dogs, and Cayetana play Mercury Lounge.
January 21: Pixies and FIDLAR play New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
January 22: The Rural Alberta Advantage plays Glasslands.
January 22: Jay Z plays the Prudential Center.
January 23: Waxahatchee, All Dogs, and Cayetana play Glasslands.
January 23: The Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge.
January 23: The Pizza Underground (Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band) play Moscot.
January 24: Delorean and Mas Ysa play Music Hall of Williamsburg.
January 24: French Horn Rebellion, The Pizza Underground, Rush Midnight, Seasick Mama, and Heavenly Beat play Brooklyn Night Bazaar.
January 25: The Range, Lee Bannon, Au Revoir Simone (DJ set), Tei Shi, Charlie Waters Quartet, Big Ups, and Beach Party (DJ set) play Baby's All Right.