Hot Tickets: '90s All-Stars Shudder to Think and Juliana Hatfield Are Back!


We’ve got a bit of 90’s nostalgia in the works this weekend. First off is Shudder to Think—the D.C. quartet responsible for early-decade classics like Funeral at the Movies and the1994 major-label breakthrough Pony Express Record with its semi-hit "X-French Tee Shirt." Though the seminal D.C. punk label Dischord put out their first few records and the band later toured with Dischord’s Fugazi, front man Craig Wedren’s tremulous falsetto and off-kilter song structures set Shudder to Think apart from their post-hardcore peers. After a warm-up show of sorts at the Mercury Lounge last September, the quartet begins its official reunion tour at Webster Hall on October 4. [On sale: Friday, July 18 at noon]

Next is Juliana Hatfield. Boston’s red-haired alt-rock princess—and former Evan Dando squeeze—plays the Bowery Ballroom with Hayden on September 12. Her latest solo album, How To Walk Away, comes out on August 19. [On sale: Friday, July 18 at noon]

Though they released their best work in the 21st century, Brooklyn’s Nada Surf is known to most casual listeners for their (fairly awful) smash-hit "Popular," from 1996’s Ric Ocasek-produced High/Low. A shame, really, considering the near-perfect pop on 2002’s Let Go and 2005’s The Weight Is a Gift. Nada Surf play an acoustic show with Richard Bruckner at the Bowery Ballroom on August 26 to raise money for local musician Frank Bango, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. [On sale: today at noon]

Rounding out the decade is Arrested Development—the Grammy-winning hip-hop/soul collective known for their 1992 album 3 years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…, and its ubiquitous hit, "Tennessee." Despite selling four million copies of their debut, the band’s follow-up flopped, and they’ve been largely silent since. Their comeback album, Since the Last Time, finally saw release in the States last year (it came out in Japan the year before). The band hits the Highline Ballroom tonight at 7pm. [On sale now]


Those in the mood for the timeless pleasures of an evening spent exploring our fragile human condition should head to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College this weekend for a distilled dose of Samuel Beckett. The Lincoln Center Festival gives us three one-man dramas, none of which were originally intended for the stage, and three world-class actors: two Irishmen and a Brit. There’s Liam Neeson in Eh Joe, Barry McGovern in I’ll Go On, and Ralph Fiennes in First Love. Dates and show times vary through July 25. [Eh Joe, on sale now; I’ll Go On, on sale now; First Love, on sale now]

Hot Tickets: '90s All-Stars Shudder to Think and Juliana Hatfield Are Back!