Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of April 30th, 2018

Written by | April 29, 2018 4:16 am | No Comments


Last year, Brett Eldredge was the best thing about Luke Bryan’s excellent anyway  MSG gig, and while the album wasn’t as good as I hoped “Loved Someone” was a masterpiece. Now, Brett is headlining at the Hammerstein on Saturday and you can bet I am going. Brett exemplifies all that is best about country: a sweet disposition and a way with a melody that cuts through the Red State vibe and invites us all in, including a song about picking up a girl in New York City.

Monday, Tuesday – Roy Wood$ – Irving Plaza – Mentored by Drake and you can hear it, he hasn’t improved on his first album but he is still constantly excellent.

Monday. Tuesday – The Breeders – Brooklyn Steel-  The album came and went but this harbinger of new feminism bleeding into riot grrrls is a major thing… if you go on Tuesday Screaming Females are opening.

Tuesday – Citi Presents Ms. Lauryn Hill Live from The Apollo – Apollo Theatre – It doesn’t say this is part of the Miseducation tour, but the Apollo might forced her to concentrate harder.

Wednesday – Kate Nash – Irving Plaza – The album wasn’t terrible but except for a song or so it didn’t stick, she should be good on stage.

Wednesday – Lazarus – King’s Theatre – This is the movie of the Off Broadway musical David Bowie presented late in his life, here it is presented on screen with the original band (but no Michael T Hall) performing the music live.

Thursday – BrooklynVegan Presents Tricky – Irving Plaza – Nice to see the Tricky kid, he lives the life you wish you did.

Thursday – Chris Tomlin: Worship Night In America – Prudential Center – I would catch this much the same way and for much the same reason I went to see Ted Nugent: intellectual curiosity.

Thursday – SiriusXM Presents Todd Rundgren’s Utopia – Not my scene but my friend Tomas Doncker adores them…

Friday – King Krule – Manhattan Center – I saw him a coupla years ago and on a dark stage smoking a joint he looked like Tricky, and he has some of same vibe but with an ambient glow, last year’s The Ooze was very good indeed.

Friday – Camila Cabello – Terminal 5 – What a waste, stick her in Radio City for fuck’s sake.

Friday, Saturday  – Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget – Beacon Theatre – If Steve is putting down his banjo and doing stand up (or holding his banjo and doing stand up) this is a must see.

Friday – Soccer Mommy – Rough Trade – For the record, this is one band that survives the hype.

Saturday – Haim Radio City Music Hall – I’m not a fan and the last album stiffed, but this is a real big gig for em.

Saturday – Panda Bear – Brooklyn Steel –  Does he have a new album out? News to me…



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