That Thanksgiving weekend food coma won’t last forever, so once you regain consciousness, we’ve got your plans all figured out. Push through the tryptophan haze and check out some live music around NYC and Brooklyn this week with the help of our trusty Pancake Picks below.



Jay-Z, Vic Mensa @ Barclays Center – If you’re up for some good honest rap, then tonight’s your lucky night. Catch night two of Jay-Z’s 4:44 tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, featuring opener Vic Mensa (who you may know from collaborations with Chance the Rapper). Amazingly, there are still tickets available here, so jump on ‘em fast.



Spoon, Ron Gallo @ Brooklyn Steel – The much-loved Austin, Texas-based rockers, Spoon, will be playing Brooklyn Steel this Tuesday night, and it’s sure to be a killer show – particularly with opener Ron Gallo, whose punky set was a blast at Gov Ball this year. And if you can’t make it on Tuesday, you’ve got another shot on Wednesday, because they added a second show due to demand, for which White Reaper will open.


Warbly Jets @ Mercury Lounge The rockers are currently on tour supporting Liam Gallagher and have made room for a special one off show at Mercury Lounge in the early slot (6:30), don’t miss out!



The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl – If you’re a big fan of The Hold Steady, there’s no way you haven’t heard about the long residency happening on their home turf this week. But just in case it slipped – the Brooklyn rockers will be playing shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the beloved bowling alley/venue, and they just posted info about a limited ticket release here.


Jacob Banks @ The Bowery Ballroom – Jacob Banks, the english soul singer-songwriter who wowed us at the Meadows Festival this year, will be playing the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night, with opener Bibi Bourelly. And if you really dig it, you can catch the same lineup at the same spot the next night, as they’ve added an additional show on Thursday.



Sunflower Bean @ Elsewhere Hall – Make your way out to Elsewhere Hall in Brooklyn on Thursday to catch burgeoning Brooklyn rockers Sunflower Bean, who have been getting a lot of buzz for their classic sound and style. Wondering where on earth Elsewhere is? Location here. (It’s a brand new venue, so you don’t have to feel uncool for checking a map).



The Barr Brothers @ MHOW – Hailing from Montreal, The Barr Brothers – made up of real-life brothers Andrew and Brad Barr – will be bringing their many-layered folk and delta blues sound to Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday night. The duo will be joined by LA indie singer-songwriter Shannon Lay, who will open the show.


Glassjaw @ Saint Vitus – The post-hardcore/alt-metal rock outfit, Glassjaw, who have been shredding since ‘93, are on schedule to destroy Saint Vitus this Friday night. And even better, it’s a special occasion, because the band will be celebrating the release of their long-awaited third record, Material Control.



Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Steel – Deer Tick returns to the city with a new tour dubbed Twice Is Nice and will be playing an acoustic and electric set with an intermission and a comedian opening – sounds like a good time.


Lily & Madeleine @ Baby’s All Right – Indy-based folk duo Lily & Madeleine will be taking the Baby’s All Right stage in Brooklyn this Saturday night. You can expect to hear plenty from their latest full-length record, Keep It Together, which was released last year.



St. Vincent @ Kings Theatre – This Sunday is your chance to experience the art rock and experimental pop of St. Vincent, because she’s playing the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn as part of her Fear the Future tour. She’s hot off the release of her new LP, MASSEDUCTION, so it’s sure to be a set filled with fresh material.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ The Bowery Ballroom – Philly’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be filling the Bowery Ballroom with indie rock/pop goodness on Sunday night, along with opening act, Baltimore’s Outer Spaces. Having just released their new full-length album, The Tourist, and a 10th anniversary edition of Some Loud Thunder, it’s an exciting time to see CYHSY live.


Gin Blossoms @ Irving Plaza – If you remember “Hey Jealousy” (yep, that sweet 90s hit below), then you probably dig the Gin Blossoms, who penned it. The long-running alt-rock group are still going strong and know how to put on a party with their live show. You can catch them in NYC at Irving Plaza this Sunday night.




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