posted December 2nd, 2019

This holiday season, give yerselves the gift of LIVE. That's right - as 2019 crashes to a close, we've got a hotbed of shows hither and yon to recommend to you. And - great news! - they're all Drag City artists, so you don't have to worry about quality at a precious time of year. But seriously, pay attention. This is complicated, with lots of different towns and time zones involved. You'll need some extra miles to do it right, there's some tough choices to make and it starts NOW! That's the only way you're gonna find yourself in either San Antonio or Nashville by showtime! Yes, tonight you have to sort out whether you're catching the classic American songcraft of either Bill Callahan at the Lonesome Rose or Chris Gantry at the Knoxville Visitors Center. Either way, you can't lose! Next stop: Xylouris White! The North American leg of The Sisypheans Tour (as opposed to the "Sisyphean Tour" - an essential distinction!) starts in at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday, 12/3, followed by points to the north, east, south and west through 12/18. This'll include megacenters of culture like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Tucson and Detroit (see what we did there?), so you've got plenty of chances to make more than one. Get on the bus! Speaking of Chicago, we've got the former mayor of Pilsen, Bill MacKay, at the Arts Club on 12/4, and Chicago's own (but the world's now) Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux at the Hishhorn Museum in Washington DC on 12/5. Right - now, international travel comes into play. Either grab yer passport and fly directly to the UK to see Laetitia Saider at St. Andrew's Church in Derby (which should be lovely) on 12/6 and then fly back the next day to catch Russ Waterhouse play extrapolations of his amazing 1 Minute 2 Midnight release at Koto in Providence on 12/8 OR drop down to NYC and see if you can get a scalped ticket for Mayo Thompson's 50th Anniversary show of Corky's Debt to His Father. And what about Mike Donovan's show that night at Mississippi Records in Portland? In more ways than one, you need a miracle! Perhaps west coast it this part of the week, pick up a Xylouris show at Zebulon in LA, see Sophia Knapp at Pioneertown on the 6th and then up the coast to see Mike Donovan in either Portland or SF?  So you can wait to jump the pond for Laetitia's 12/13 show at La Bulle Cafe in Lille. But then you'd have to turn right around and jet back to Brooklyn for OM the following night at Pioneer Works. OR Xylouris White at Chicago's Constellation. OR Chris Gantry back home at Nashville's Two Old Hippies. This is the final 'hat trick' night of the month, but don't worry, there's more vital action to follow! And there's also the Armisen problem - two Fred shows in "figuratively" far-flung Milwaukee on the 11th and Asbury Park on the 15th. Then rev it back up again for No Age at Zebulon in LA on 12/20, followed by a redeye to Santiago Chile to catch Bitchin Bajas at BYM Records. Then take the holiday off and get set for the new year coming with a final one-two punch: David Grubbs in Louisville, playing at the mighty Surface Noise on 12/28, then up to Chicago for Circuit des Yeux opening the Sleep show at Thalia Hall on the 29th. Then and only then, you can call it a successful month. Happy haunting the clubs - we'll see you there!


Artists in this story: Mayo Thompson, David Grubbs, Bill Callahan, Fred Armisen, OM, Laetitia Sadier, Sophia Knapp, Bitchin Bajas, Mike Donovan, Bill MacKay, Circuit des Yeux, Chris Gantry, No Age, Russ Waterhouse