Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks 9-11-17 – 9-18-17

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In a busy week, no one is bigger than Paul McCartney. You simply can’t see him enough, though eight times in two weeks is open to discussion. Not sold out, which must be a first for Paulie… blame himself for playing at Metlife just last year and Barclay’s two years before that -even New York can reach overload! I am going to Friday’s gig at MSG.

Monday – Roger Waters – Barclay Center – Roger has been around town for a week or so, pushing his current, pretty good album Is This The Life We Really Want? -political polemics go from poetic to prosaic and back, but David Gilmore’s last album was better and if Roger wants to compete with Gilmour’s 2016 concerts, he will have his worked cut out.

Monday – Cindy Wilson (B-52’s), New Myths, Howlin’ Al King – The Knitting Factory – Cindy follows Fred and Kate into solo album land, here is a taster of her upcoming album.

Monday – Depeche Mode: Global Spirit Tour with special guest Warpaint – I caught em yesterday at MSG, not a fan but they do deliver if you are a fan.

Tuesday – Bayside – Irving Plaza –  Local emo punks done good

Tuesday – Arcade Fire – Infinite Content 2017 – Madison Square Garden – The more their popularity has waned, the more I’ve grown to love AF. It started with Reflektor, continued with the ridiculously maligned Everything Now, and at some time between the two I  double backed and grew to love the earlier material. The setlist is ace, although no “Creature Comfort”? Unacceptable…

Tuesday – Dead Cross – Gramercy Theater – SoCal metal supergroup, the album ain’t bad.

Tuesday – Prophets Of Rage – Apollo Theatre – If you only know their recordings, they are much better live.

Wednesday – Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour – Beacon Theatre – Looks more and more like a tubby Johnny Depp every day.

Wednesday – James Blake (solo piano) – The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center – Blake might not be the most scintillating live performer of all time, he still sounds magnificent

Thursday – Fresh Fall Fest ’17 feat. Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Julia Michaels – The Theatre AT MSG – If it wasn’t such a busy week, I’d fit this in just to see Julia Michaels.

Thursday – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo | Toto – Beacon Theatre – Again, if it wasn’t such a busy week I might catch the “Love Is A Battlefield” Pat plus worst band ever if only to to play the scoundrel mocking their solemnity.

Thursday – Sturgill Simpson – Radio City Music Hall – The respectable, acceptable face of Americana.

Friday – Sunday – The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Featuring JAY-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future – I was planning to go on Friday to catch Jay Z but I couldn’t fit him in and when he added the Barclay gig I didn’t have to, I am going on Saturday for Gorillaz but I don’t like the event, it is in the car park of Citi Field and it is very busy, very concrete, and very uncomfortable.

Friday – Alison Moyet – Irving Plaza – The great English singer,

Friday – Sizzla, Gary “Nesta” Pine – Came up alongside Buju Banton in the 90s, doesn’t have the voice but at least he wasn’t a braggart who got jailed for no reason.

Friday – The Mavericks – Beacon Theatre – Good not great when I caught them a coupla years ago, but always worth a visit.

Saturday – Jake Clemons – City Winery – Clarence’s nephew steps out…


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