This Week’s Must-See NYC Shows

Of Monsters and Men at Newport Folk Festival 2012 – Photo by Richard Kluver

This past summer’s Newport Folk Fest was a tattoo-heavy, musically celestial experience … and one of the focal points of the whole weekend was a group of Icelanders who stole the show(fest): Of Monsters and Men. This week, we give thanks for them by raising our voices and glasses at Terminal 5, where the group will play back-to-back shows on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Looking forward to seeing live for the first time a duo out of Brooklyn by the name of Wilderlands. They may be recognizable for those of you familiar with some locals known as The Basement Band, since the BB’s two lead vocalists now makeup the entirety of this folk-driven offshoot. Below is their interpretation of one of my favorite songs by the ultimate band of the century: Fleetwood Mac (not up for discussion). Wilderlands plays Union Hall on Monday night.

Plus, for the many, many folks affected by Hurricane Sandy, this Thanksgiving will be different from those of recent past. In that vein, Jalopy Theatre is hosting an event at The Bell House to help fund relief efforts in one of the hardest hit areas — Red Hook, Brooklyn. If you’re in town, please come support the cause … plus catch some awesome tunes by Roseanne Cash, Alex Battles, and more.

Picks for this week’s must-sees:
Monday, November 19
8:00 p.m. — Wilderlands / Small Houses / Michaela Anne / Gregory Stovetop at Union Hall
8:00 p.m. — A Solo Acoustic Evening With Ray Lamontagne at Wellmont Theatre
8:30 p.m. — Tegan and Sara at Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 20
7:00 p.m. — Of Monsters and Men / Soley / Elle King at Terminal 5
8:00 p.m. — A Solo Acoustic Evening With Ray Lamontagne at Capitol Theatre

Wednesday, November 21
7:00 p.m. — Jalopy Theatre Presents: A Benefit to Restore Red Hook, Starring Roseanne Cash at The Bell House
7:00 p.m. — Conor Oberst at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium
7:00 p.m. — Of Monsters and Men / Soley / Elle King at Terminal 5
8:00 p.m. — Bob Dylan / Mark Knopfler at Barclays Center
10:00 p.m. — Margaret Glaspy at Rockwood Music Hall

Thursday, November 22
OH HEY HAPPY THANKS-giving.

Monday, November 26
8:00 p.m. — A Solo Acoustic Evening With Ray Lamontagne at Carnegie Hall