rock nyc Concerts In Order Of Preference Through February 28th, 2018
Robert Plant And The Shape Shifters At the Beacon Theatre, Wednesday, Friday, February 14th – When compared to his closest contemporaries, say David Gilmore, he has managed to be the biggest low key figure in rock, a classicist scoping the width and breadth of sound but playing theatres, with a small strong band, and very little stage effects, allowing his voice to lead the way, as he moves and grooves with vigor.
Steve Earle And Sarah Jarosz At City Winery, Tuesday, January 16th – The first fifteen minutes last night was Earle redux, you sat with your mouth agape. Just Earle, his guitar, a harp, and a hacking cough from a cold, and songs that flowed with effortless skill and power. At first I thought he was rushing them, a little Ramones-y, but it was much more a matter of getting to the point, making his point, and moving on. A seamless immersion in Earle country folk god.
The Mercy Suite: The Songs Of Tomas Doncker And Yusef Komumyakaa At La Mama, Tuesday, January 30th – This is what Tomas called treats
Birkin/Gainsbourg: The Symphonique With Jane Birkin And Wordless Music Orchestra At Carnegie Hall, Thursday, February 1st – It’s all a little bit of an over reach, but since it is Birkin’s history to overreach towards, and since Birkin is a sublime interpreter of the self-reflected world of songs like “Ballade De Johnny Jane” and “Baby Alone In Babylone” it would be the essence of sophistication to whinge about it
Lana Del Rey At the Prudential Center, Friday, January 19th – The Hitchcock blonde after therapy that works but not all the way.
Denny Laine At BB Kings, Tuesday, January 9th – Throughout the evening, despite his scruffed up ageism, Denny was charismatic with an easy going on top of it all; you can see why he has managed such a long career.
Tyler The Creator At The Theatre At Madison Square Garden – Saturday, February 24th – the concentrated power and glory of his rapping and his backing, Tyler isn’t the scatalagocial, daddy issues, homophobic mess he once was
Jools Holland “Piano, Vocals and Drum Frenzy”at the Blue Note, February 3rd – he was as charming as you could imagine, self-deprecating, witty, and so easy going you fell into his boogie woogie groove with ease
Jessi Mason At Groove, Friday, January 5th – During an impeccable hour long performance at Groove in the Village last night, Jessi Mason proved the power of the version: she covered James Brown, Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, and Radiohead, and if you include her original song “Blue,” which doubles as a Joni Mitchell tribute, the musically distilled and protean young singer songwriter placed her own shimmering jewels on stage
Steve Earle At City Winery, Monday, February 19th – The problem with the nearly 105 minute set is that Earle seemed a little sad and it is off putting. Maybe it’s his singing, a melodic croak that seems wrapped in a battleground against all the outside forces -his singing is almost melancholic, almost elemental. Earle is at his best not on “Jerusalem,” and not when digging into his belief in God, but on the heart aching “Goodbye”
“1964”… The Tribute Featuring Robert Miller and the Orchestra, At Carnegie Hall, Saturday, February 17th – While Helen found their visual naffness a problem, I didn’t care, it was the complete inability to sing these songs well enough that I couldn’t get over
Bananarama at the Playstation Theatre, Saturday – February 24th – The girls are not back, this was their first NYC concert ever, and it was syb Spice Girls, if not, indeed, sub Little Mix
Stew And The Negro Problem At Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook,” Wednesday, February 7th – Mark Stewart (aka Stew) has that rare ability to be simultaneously unctuous and obnoxious, the motor mouthed black rocker’s public fellatio of American Songbook and Spike Lee, sitting front and center , was only slightly less offensive than his cool breeze self-regard