Don’t worry, we’ll say it for you – the winter blues have officially hit. Whether it’s the colder, more inclement weather, the lull between semesters, the plateau after the holidays, or all of the above – there’s an itch that needs scratching and we suggest a show to lend a helping hand. It’s natural to look forward to something, so thank goodness the weekend is about to intervene before the urge to at Valentine’s Day chocolates three weeks before it’s appropriate does. (Although we’re impartial to a 2-lb. box of See’s Candy any old day.) Check out our picks for the weekend below…

  • Toys and Tiny Instruments | Friday, January 20 | 8:00 pm | 21+| $8 | Cake Shop, Brooklyn, NY – Map | This Brooklyn-based band gives of a total Barenaked Ladies meets Magnetic Fields meets Broadway musical vibe. In other words, as quirky, symbolic, intelligent and theatrical as one can get times, um, ten million would probably be the best way to describe the ensemble. We are choosing to refer to them as such. If in need of a quick fix, download the track “Lottery Ticket” for free as evidence, as well as stream the rest of their self-titled EP via bandcamp while it’s hot. With Hannah Vs. The Many, Haley Bowery Band, Boy Girl Party – for more information, call (212) 253-0036.
  • Har Mar Superstar | Friday, January 20 | 8:30 pm | All Ages | $10 | The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA – Map | Har Mar Superstar is sexy, has an awesome voice, and we would love to hang out with him. Our favorite tidbit about the singer/songwriter is that his tongue-in-cheek single “Tall Boy” was originally written for Britney Spears, although with slight bias we can say that it fits his swagger much better. If you live in Los Angeles and don’t yet know who he is, this is your chance, this is your chance, this is your chance before he up and leaves for a residency in Austin, Texas. With Fur Pillows, Paulene – Buy Tickets
  • Statutes of Liberty | Saturday, January 21 | 10:00 pm | 21+ | $8 | Schubas, Chicago, IL – Map | Oh yeah, we are totally feeling the freedom rock vibe in between the rifts and rolling rhythms of the Chicago-based band. Having a stance is one thing, but shouting it – or rather, stylistically working it a la the uber satisfying classic rock era and genre – is one of our favorite ways to make a point. Clearly, this band share the same position. The Muggs, Black Actress – Buy Tickets
  • Fujiya & Miyagi | Saturday, January 21 | 9:30 pm | 21+ | $12 | Mercury Lounge, New York, NY – Map | Trippy experimental electro-rock by this Brighton, UK foursome is only the beginning of what they have to offer our ears and other senses. Those with fear of ventriloquist dummies need not apply, but we find the imagery theme at the very least intriguing. They’ll (the band, maybe the dummies?) be on a two-week date-dense tour of the US from now until the beginning of February. With Jangula, Dinowalrus, AIMES - for more information, call (212) 260-4700.
  • Mirror Lady | Sunday, January 22 | 8:00 pm | 21+ | $5 | Central Social Aid & Social Club, Los Angeles, CA – Map | The Silverlake, Calif.,-by-way-of-Brooklyn-based band put out a pair of tracks last year (which you can access freely here) and by the impression their social network handles give us, are always writing/fleshing things out. But apparently this will be their first live show. In other words – a slew of new material. Fresh meat. Nice and juicy. You’d better bet we’re licking our musical chops, especially considering how lofi their music is. We might as well have been transported to some hip hangout in the sky via a cotton candy pink cloud. In other words – ultra dig-worthy. With Tennis System, Flora & Fauna – Buy Tickets

Those are our picks and we’re sticking to ‘em. Who’s on your To See List this weekend?

Photo by Rose McDonnell