Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks Week Of May 7th, 2018
Last time I went to SOBs was to see Anderson Paak. Doors at 8, by midnight he still wasn’t on stage. So I am worried about the Dr. Phil “cash me later” girl Bhad Baby coming on stage too early, though since she is only fifteen years old perhaps she has curfew. Danielle may be all personality and little talent but the little talent she has is very impressive. Find out for yourself on Wednesday.
Monday – Jessie Ware, Albin Lee Meldau – Brooklyn Steel – She is Anne-Marie but she is good.
Monday, Tuesday – Alice in Chains – Hammerstein Ballroom – Art metal from the 90s, their new single, “The One You Know” shows no rust on the goth-y riffalagy, so remember a simpler time.
Monday – GRAHAM PARKER W/ JAMES MADDOCK – – Graham released three albums so great up to 1980, we’ve simply continued to listen ever since.
Tuesday – Stryper – Gramercy Theatre – There is something inherently amusing about ChristianCore – it’s like they took their fave Judas Priest songs and substituted God for the devil. So find God the old fashioned way….
Tuesday – Leon Bridges ‘Good Thing’ Album Release Show – Rough Trade – The new album is a soul
Wednesday, Thursday – Bon Jovi – This House e Is Not For Sale – Tour – Madison Square Garden – I saw this from the second row last time I was in town and they were still the worst members of the RNR Hall Of Fame.
Wednesday – Arctic Monkeys, Cameron Avery – Brooklyn Steel – I hate em, rock nycs Helen and Mary mother and daughter act love em, you be the judge
Wednesday – WESLEY STACE’S CABINET OF WONDERS FEATURING BIRD OF YOUTH, DAVE HILL, STEVE KISTULENTZ, LYDIA LOVELESS, ANAIS MITCHELL, CARLA RHODES, WILL SHEFF (OKKERVIL RIVER) – John Wesley Harding to you, Will and Lydia make this a more than usually attractive proposition.
Thursday – Wale, Kemba – Sony Hall – Wake once performed a lousy gig and I never got behind him again, but his latest single “Negotiations” is the definition of flow.
Thursday – Ani DiFranco, Gracie and Rachel – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Fuck her and her untouchable face.
Thursday – Lake Street Dive, Mikaela Davis – Brooklyn Steel – Rachel gets her soul on on the new album.
Thursday – JAMES BLOOD ULMER (SOLO) AT THE LOFT – I haven’t seen him since he opened for Public Image Ltd at the Palladium. He was great then, he will be great now.
Friday – Melvins – Warsaw – They are still going and their somewhere between grunge and metal deep sink sound is still this side of pretty good.
Friday – ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS BIRTHDAY BASH – City Winery
Saturday – Craig Finn & the We All Want the Same Things Band, Laura Stevenson – I’ve met Craig twice and he was an asshole both times, and I wasn’t crazy about the gig I caught at City Winery last year, but if all he had done was write “Honolulu Blues” he should be seen.