Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of December 11th, 2017
This is the first time I have ever made a private gig a top choice but Marla Mase has had a year so dramatic and so extreme, rounding it up with a performance where the miracles may be refound for one night makes perfect sense. Miracles: Lost And Found was one of the best albums of 2016 and she has been working on expanding it into a musical ever since, but it has been taken a back of the queue to “The Pill,” an astounding memory play which will be making its world premiere at La Mama early next year. This gives us an opportunity to see Marla take control of her heart and her music in a private setting. Marla has only performed this in its entirety once before, an August New Jersey gig that I missed. Assume, if you are not invited, you will certainly get your opportunity to catch her in 2018. “Next Saturday night December 16 “Miracles~Lost & Found” written and performed by Marla Mase, directed by Lisa Milinazzo, Movement by Heather Benton, featuring The True Groove All-Stars and a choir of otherworldly characters – Marty Vidnovic, Ingrid Roumengas, Shoko Tamai, Peter Appel, Declan Maloney Drummond, Samantha Spellman and Janet Sarno. All Songs written by Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker!!” It is at DCTV Firehouse if you wanna gatecrash and shake your booty…
Monday – TDE Presents: The CTRL Tour – SZA with Smino and Ravyn Lenae – Irving Plaza – I am not the fan some folks are but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate her at all, “Love Galore” deserves the acolytes
Monday, Tuesday – BETTY ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH EXTRA SPECIAL GUEST GLORIA STEINEM – City Winery – You may only know the all wimmen rock band from “The L Word Theme,” but isn’t that enough?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday – LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – I might have made my way to even Terminal 5 for this, a band who should never have gotten back together, but also, a band who have been embraced by the base one more time. I was just listening again and I can’t hear it but the rule of thumb is, you can’t judge a band from the record.
Monday – Perfume Garden – Bowery Ballroom – Potentially, the only indie singer songwriter out there who could give Sufjan Stevens a run for his money, the man is one of the most deeply felt and feeling stars out there, to hear him is to exit the pop world for deeper moment.
Monday – Fantasia, Demetria McKinney – Highline Ballroom – She is bonkers, crying and praying on stage… what fun!
Tuesday – Lil Pump – Playstation Theatre – “Gucci Gang” is awesome and he is one of the best emo rappers around.
Wednesday – Fresh 102.7’s Holiday Jam featuring Backstreet Boys & Fergie – Beacon Theatre – A little how are the mighty fallen, right? Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.
Wednesday – Andrea Bocelli – Madison Square garden – Somewhere Luciano Pavarotti is shrugging his shoulders
Thursday – Hot 4 The Holidays – Prudential Center – Chris Brown, 21 Savage, Yo Gotti, Cardi B, Remy Ma, Lil Kim, Dave East, Tee Grizzley are around for this Hut 97 presentation, an odd mix of new and old. Chris Brown and (already!) Cardi B are pretty good live, I’ve yet to see Yo Gotti and the Danny Brown soundalike super-villain 21 Savage, Dave East is a past master, I could do without Lil Kim and Remy Ma. If it was in the city and/or on a Friday, it would be a no brainer.
Thursday – H.E.R. – Brooklyn Bowl – That “anonymous” gimmick always hit me as lame beyond belief, but this chill r&b flava is very powerful. Her Drake cover, “Jungle,” is awesome.
Thursday – Kip Moore – Town Hall – Scream for “Somethin Bout A Truck”
Friday – Wreckless Eric, Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen) – The Safari Room at El Cortez – He’s travelled the whole wide world to be here tonight.
Friday – The Marshall Tucker Band – BB Kings – The great Southern country rockers are back… “Can’t You See” remains a classic of the genre.
Friday – Holiday Cheer For FUU – Now that’s we’ve recovered from Jingle ball, it is time to see what WFUV, the for profit NPR, has to offer us. Well, Jeff and Lo Moon are as boring a one two as humanly possible, but Aimee Mann always puts on a good show and Randy Newman is a living legend and as good behind a piano as Aimee is behind a guitar
Sunday – Los Lobos – City Winery – Always awesome to see these cats on stage.