Clippings From This Week’s Shows, Including Deer Tick and Sam Amidon’s Banjo-Laden Tribute to 2011

Deer Tick hits Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve

Christmas may be over, but New Year’s Eve is still hurtling towards us … which means that when it comes to local shows, this week is seeing some slim pickin’s until after the holidays officially come to a close. Nonetheless, there are still a handful of acts gracing some nearby stages worthy of writing home about (including NYE events with headliners like Gogol Bordello and Deer Tick).

While I’m somewhat ashamed to say I haven’t heard much (okay, anything) about Sam Amidon, I did some musical investigating after seeing Rockwood advertise his Wednesday show entitled “End of Year Contemplation Through Banjosong.” What I heard of the mop-haired, quick-picking folker left me impressed … and possibly the victim of a mild crush.

Check out a video of Amidon playing at SXSW earlier this year before you head to the LES for his set, and page down for the complete list of this week’s shows of note:

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Sam Amidon’s End Of Year Contemplation Through Banjosong – 7:30 p.m. @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

Saturday, Dec. 31
Gogol Bordello – NYE @ Terminal 5
Deer Tick – 8 p.m. @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ J-Roddy Walson and the Business, Dead Confederate, Virgin Forest) – check out their new video for “Main Street” below.

Sunday, Jan. 1
Tift Merritt (and Joseph Arthur) – 8 p.m. @ City Winery

Monday, Jan. 2
Rev. Vince Anderson and His Love Choir – 11 p.m. @ Union Pool

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Michael Daves – 10 p.m. @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 (Weekly Gig)