Concert Watch January 2010*

*Thanks to my readers for informing me that it is no longer 2009.

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So in my zeal to try out posting some decades-old Spirit for your entertainment pleasure, I completely neglected a close-up look at some of the concerts that are coming through New York’s backyard this month.

The Little Feat lineup in 2009

This Tuesday, you can catch Little Feat at The Concert Hall in NYC, on 64th Street just west of Central Park. They’re playing in despite of the fact that, as they announced in August, Richie Hayward, drummer and founding member of the band is battling cancer of the liver. The band has offered many ways to support Richie on their website. In the meantime, the best way to support the band is by hopping on that One train and seeing what’s always been a great live performance, provided by a living legend Bill Payne.

Ezra Kroenig

But if Little Feat doesn’t strike your fancy, how about a band that combines two of America’s favorite things: vampires and weekends. Vampire Weekend, the uber-trendy nerd  band from Colombia University (just a jaunt North on that very same One train), is doing three shows in three nights in NYC. They’re appearing first at Union Palace on Sunday the 17th, followed by Webster Hall on the 18th and Bowery Ballroom on the 19th. They’ve been around for three years now, featuring Ezra Kroenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio. The reason for the band’s heavy touring is upcoming release of their second album, Contra (2010). Expectations are high, but most eagerly awaiting fans were appeased by this nifty, frenetic and sometimes creepy video for the first single off the album, “Cousinz”:

Bonus! Click here to download a fun remix of “Cousinz” by Toy Selectah. And if you want to get a jumpstart on Contra (which comes out tomorrow), you can stream the whole thing on the band’s website.

Suzanne Vega

And the talented Suzanne Vega will be in her hometown of New York City on January 28th. Her most recent album, Beauty and Crime, was released in 2007. It featured “Frank and Ava” a subdued song that paints the tumultuous relationship between Frank Sinatra and his second wife, Ava Gardner. Just last year, she worked on an album (still unreleased for legal reasons) with musician and producer Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley) and the indie band Sparklehorse. If all of these funky names are making you anxious, here’s a throwback to the song that made Ms. Vega the “Mother of the Mp3“:

How calming is that? For more artists, concerts and concert information, check out the Peak’s Concert Calendar (put together by yours truly).

Next week: I examine a great find that’s coming straight from the Peak’s junk pile to your ears. Until then, happy listening!

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PEAK KEYWORD: COUSINZ

[If you’ve looked at the concert calendar, and you think there’s a band or singer more important than the three I’ve mentioned here – please let me know!]
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