Things are starting to heat up musically in Brooklyn. This spring features a diverse array of shows that offer a little bit of everything, from icons like Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Chaka Khan to major alt-rock acts The Pixies, Bad Religion and Spoon to up-and-comers such as Tennis, GABI and Ex Hex. A few of them, including San Fermin and Sufjan Stevens, whose new album (his first in five years) we reviewed last month, are touring behind new records. All the above acts and more are performing at the ever-expanding field of Brooklyn venues, including the newly re-opened Kings Theatre in Flatbush, which has booked an interesting blend of established pop acts and indie rock artists over the next few months–typically the first big touring cycle of the year.
“There are so many great artists coming through Brooklyn this spring,” says Michael Jaworski, a booker for The Bell House. The Gowanus venue has always been a prolific performance space, but this year, Jaworski says, “In particular, I am stoked for so much that’s on the calendar including Ty Segall, a JD Samson DJ night, The Feelies, Damon & Naomi, The Duncan Trussell Family hour, and so much more. My sleeper pick is Beauty Pill, Grooms and The Flag on May 8. That show is going to rule.”
We couldn’t agree more. With so much fine music coming through Brooklyn over the next few months, finding 50 acts to comprise a spring music preview wasn’t a problem–narrowing down the field was–so without further adieu, here are our picks for who’s playing here through mid-June, and a Google Calendar to help keep the dates straight.