Pulitzer finalist Tracy Lett’s August: Osage County has all the buzz this week. The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood wrote that August: Osage County is “the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” Performed by the esteemed members of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the play opened this week at the Imperial Theatre. Press materials describe the show: “When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new Broadway play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.” Check here for tickets.
Hot Chip, those London electro-pop fellers who brought us that “Over and Over” song that was played over and over and over again, will give you “laaaaid back” at the Highline Ballroom on Feb. 2. [On sale: Today!]
Speaking of UK boys, Editors, the FADER label’s post-punk darlings and Franz Ferdinand bffs, are coming to Terminal 5 on Jan. 17. In an interview with Harp Magazine, lead singer/guitarist Tom Smith said, for the new An End Has a Start album, the Editors devoted their energies to expanding their musical palette beyond the high-energy post-punk that first got them noticed on The Back Room. “Our goal was to keep the things that are us and try new things at the same time,” Mr. Smith told the magazine. “We’re no longer scared to sit at a piano, use strings or play an acoustic guitar. When we made The Back Room, if someone said, ‘Let’s put a choir on this song,’ we would have been scared of looking pompous. Now, it’s like, “Let’s try it. If it sounds pompous, we’ll take it off.’” [On sale: Friday, Dec. 7]
Married lovebirds Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, ex-pats of New York’s now-defunct alt-band Luna, will perform their Velvet(y) Underground-like pop tunes to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Feb. 29. Israeli-born artist Keren Ann, who is now based in New York, will open. [On sale: Friday, Dec. 7]
Get out your American Apparel and crispy Nike gear! Electro-funk team Chromeo will get all blippy and bloopy at the Bowery Ballroom on Jan. 28. Check out their video for Bona Fide Lovin’ for a little preview. [On sale: Friday, Dec. 2]