This Week in NYC: Andrew Bird, First Aid Kit, Delta Spirit, Rosie Thomas and More

Andrew Bird will play Soundcheck Live at NYC's The Greene Space on Friday, March 30.

New Yorkers – there are so many shows for conversation this week that it’s tough to highlight just one or two. But we’ll try.

One I’m most excited about is Andrew Bird’s Friday afternoon set with Soundcheck Live at The Greene Space. His latest album, ‘Break It Yourself,’ has so far topped my list of 2012 faves, and from past shows I’ve seen of his, I’ve learned one thing: expect a lot, and he’ll deliver. This show sold out a day after it was announced, but I suggest checking StubHub for last minute tickets day of. If you’re still out of luck, definitely watch the live stream on the GS site. The show’s at 2 pm, so plug in your headphones, and don’t tell your boss. Or better yet, become your own boss.

Also, a band who was recently announced as among the ranks of Newport Folk Fest-ers taking to the stage this July is First Aid Kit – and Wednesday is your chance to check out the folk country duo at Webster Hall. Below is their video for ‘Emmylou,’ one of my personal favorites.

Not to go without mention is Delta Spirit, who’s touring to promote their new album. It’s quite a departure from the last, and I’m still on the fence; they’ll play Webster Hall with WATERS on Thursday for a sold out show. And also if, like me, you missed out on last Friday’s Bowerbirds show and therefore missed out on one of their awesome opening bands, Mandolin Orange, you’ve been granted a second chance. You can catch ’em tonight at 10 pm at Rockwood Music Hall.

Honestly, all the acts playing this week deserve their own write-up, so I recommend giving them a listen online and catching what you can. The calendar follows:

Monday, March 26
Mandolin Orange – 10pm at Rockwood Stage 1

Tuesday, March 27
Michael Daves – 10pm at Rockwood Stage 1

Wednesday, March 28
Andrew Gregory, Land of Leland – 7:30 pm at Union Hall
First Aid Kit, Peggy Sue – 9 pm at Webster Hall

Thursday, March 29
Delta Spirit, WATERS — 8 pm at Webster Hall
Mason Jennings, The Pines – 8 pm at City Winery
Great Elk – 10:30 pm at Rockwood Music Hall
Spirit Family Reunion, The Pierces – 10 pm at Bowery Ballroom

Friday, March 30
Andrew Bird – 2 pm at the Greene Space
Tall Heights, Little Sur, Will Stratton – 9 pm at 92YTribeca

Saturday, March 31
Swear and Shake, Tall Tall Trees, Plume Giants – 9 pm at 92YTribeca
Rosie Thomas – 9:30 pm at Joe’s Pub

Sunday, April 1
The Delorean Sisters – 7 pm at Barbes