Hot Tickets: My Bloody Valentine, The Pretenders, and … Dickens


If you haven’t heard, My Bloody Valentine are touring again—for the first time in 16 years. It’s nearly impossible to over-state the influence of this London-by-way-of-Ireland quartet on the entirety of independent music. Kevin Shields’ woozy guitar sound on the band’s 1991 album Loveless hangs over every skinny-jean twenty-something with a six-string from Williamsburg (A Place to Bury Strangers) to Echo Park (Silversun Pickups). And it’s that guitar—paired with Bilinda Butcher’s cooing soprano—that will buckle the foundations of the Roseland Ballroom next Monday and Tuesday. Though if you don’t already have tickets, you’ll have to head to Craigslist to grab them. Tickets to both shows—there are only eight scheduled in the nation—are sold out. (MBV is also playing the ATP New York festival in Monticello on Sunday, but tickets to that performance and its unbelievable lineup are sold out too.)

If don’t have tix to My Bloody Valentine and don’t want to deal with the shysters on Craigslist, Mogwai’s show tonight at Terminal 5 may be your next best option. With their cinematic gloom and surging guitars, Mogwai’s football-loving Scotsmen are the most accomplished of Shields’ many offspring. MBV even invited the quintet to play with them at this weekend’s ATP New York festival. Mogwai’s sixth disc, The Hawk is Howling, hits stores on September 23. [Tickets on sale now]

No plans for Halloween? Don’t feel like going to Mutherfucker again? What about MGMT? The Brooklyn duo will present “2 Nights of Beauty, Enchantment, and Horror” with the Orange Baby (yeah, we have no idea) at Webster Hall on October 30 and Halloween night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Even the opening bands—Bobb Trimble’s Flying Spiders, Amazing Baby, Francis and the Lights—sound like a good time. [Tickets on sale: Friday, September 19 at noon]

And the Pretenders have a new album. (Who knew?) It’s called Break Up the Concrete and it hits stores on October 7. That same night, the fabulous Chrissie Hynde and her band will play the Highline Ballroom. Here’s hoping she plays some of the old stuff. [Presale begins today; public sale begins Saturday, September 20 at noon]

And hold on just a minute, folks … they just added a third Beck show at the United Palace!! [Tickets on sale today at 10 a.m.]


Amid the innumerable dramas of Wall Street’s collapse, Dickens seems somehow appropriate—but not in his novelistic form. These times demand a lighter Dickens, one that comes with a few tunes and a couple laughs. And that is precisely what Jill Santoriello is giving us with her debut musical, “A Tale of Two Cities,” opening on Broadway tonight at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. “Our first goal is to entertain,” Ms. Santoriello tells the Times. “Beyond that, of course, it’s great to move people or make them think.” Nah, we’re fine with just being entertained. [Tickets on sale now]

Hot Tickets: My Bloody Valentine, The Pretenders, and … Dickens