Each week, selected members from the TicketIQ staff will bring their thoughts on the tickets, events, or on-sales they’re most excited for during the week. The events and descriptions will range widely each week. Here are the picks of top Tickets for the week of March 7. We're a little late this week, so this mostly will be what's going on over the weekend.
Emma Gaedeke, Lead Music Writer
Sunday, March 13: Miike Snow at the House Of Blues in Houston
As we're officially approaching spring here in New York City (and breaking record high temperatures along the way), I've noticed a fairly optimistic shift in my Spotify playlists. Maybe its the looming beach weather or the plethora of festival lineups tempting me from afar, but I've been blasting a lot of dancier tunes this week. Because of it, I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to check out a Miike Snow tour stop this weekend -- the Swedish indie pop trio will be hitting a bunch of dates down south starting this weekend, including Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, and Dallas. Tickets are cheap too-- ranging from $50-88 for most of the dates.
Fun fact about Miike Snow: Two of the group's producers used to operate under the moniker Bloodshy & Avant. They've written a ton of huge songs for other artists, including my guilty pleasure fave, "Toxic" by Britney Spears.
Tim Dolan, Lead Writer
NOFX Hepatitis Tub and Other Stories
Critically-acclaimed punk rock operas, massive BDSM dungeon renovations, new music. These days it seems like there’s nothing stopping Fat Mike from keeping his creative wheel turning, and the iconic punk rocker is upping the ante with NOFX this spring. Not only will the band embark on a six-week jaunt through the U.S. beginning next week, but they’ll be doing so in literary fashion.
The tour will run in support of the band’s new, fittingly-titled autobiography Hepatitis Tub and Other Stories. With a name like that, who could resist getting their feet wet at an upcoming show? But that’s not the best part. Sure, watching Hefe rock a trumpet solo is already worth the price of admission, but the band is also slated to make in-store appearances at local bookstores in most cities along the tour. Sign me up.
NOFX hits the road next Friday at the New Orleans House of Blues. 17 shows are scheduled through April 30, when the tour wraps at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Erin O'Connor, Social Media Team
Bruce Springsteen The River Tour 2016 - West Coast Swing
As someone who grew up In Bruce Springsteen's backyard, I should be sick of him. I can't escape The Boss. I go to the bar, Bruce is there. I go to the store, Bruce is playing. A guy cuts me off on the parkway, his Welcome To Asbury Park bumper sticker mocks me. However, I'm not sick of him because that would mean somewhere along the way, I ate a dumdum sandwich and forgot how to appreciate great music and even greater showmanship.
He spends the whole show running back and forth between bandmates, sliding around on his knees, singing his heart out and connecting with the crowd in a way that makes you forget you're in a stadium with thousands of other people. He gives every show, without exception, 100% of his heart and it shows. Bruce's only settings are "just chillin" and "rocking your face off." AND, he's playing a ton of oldies so you're in for a treat because you haven't lived until you see what happens when The Boss and the E Street Band play Rosalita.
West Coast, The Boss is coming your way next week, with shows in Arizona, Oakland and LA, and stops in Portland and Seattle the following week. If you haven't done it yet, go see what all the fuss is about. If you already have, you know what to do.
Dan Pizzuta, Managing Editor
Brian Regan 2016 Tour
From now until the end of the year, Brian Regan will be touring pretty much non-stop. A few newly announced dates are set to go on sale Friday morning. If you enjoy comedy, you enjoy Brian Regan. You probably remember him from when you were in high school, probably, with bits like the Science Fair and You Too, but even this far into his career Regan hasn’t lost his comedy chops. His views on seemingly simple subjects remain sharp and his delivery is still incredible. I got to see him perform when he did his live Comedy Central special at Radio City Music Hall and the laughs were nonstop from him new material and taking a trip to see him live is well worth it.
Also, in a somewhat related note, if you’re in New York City, go see Mike Birbiglia perform his one-man show Thank God For Jokes at Lynn Redgrave Theater. The show, which was only supposed to run through February but got extended through the end of May. It’s a small theater, so there’s really no secondary market for these shows, so go to the Culture Project website and buy tickets there. Birbiglia is arguably the best storyteller in comedy and the way his show is set up, he weaves in and out of personal anecdotes and punchlines seamlessly.