Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks 9-3-18 – 9-9-18
Emo rockers who crossed pop with a vengeance have still never been entirely satisfactory live on stage, and their current album, Mania was a dog though it did try, and the one before it, a remix album was, at best, entirely redundant. Which leaves us at 2015 and and American Beauty/American Psycho and 2013’s Save Rock And Roll, which didn’t though at least Fall Out Boy tried their darndest. About a third of the show is from those two, so pay your money and take your chances on Tuesday at the Prudential Center.
Wednesday – Live Nation Presents Lil Baby – Harder Than Ever Tour – Irving Plaza – Sure his big hit is his big hit because Drake added his voice to “Yes Indeed” but Lil Baby is good anyway, great Southern whiner.
Wednesday – Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band featuring Nicki Bluhm and Eric Krasno – Summerstage – The Dead were so big that even their bass player got his own band.
Wednesday – Saint Etienne – Mercury Lounge – The indie EDMers go back a coupla decades, and the last album wasn’t much, but Mercury Lounge is still a rare opportunity to catch the UK band in a tiny venue.
Thursday – Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch – Jones Beach – You know who these metalcore rockers are, so act accordingly.
Thursday – A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper – Beacon Theatre – Hey, he was terrific last year at Jones Beach, opening for Deep Purple. Looked about the same as well.
Friday – The Soft Parade: a Tribute To the Doors – Highline Ballroom – One of maybe three tribute bands that was absolute genius.
Friday – Candi Staton – Bowery Ballroom – Great, old school, disco diva gospel singer, new album could be better.
Saturday – deadmau5 – The Rooftop At Pier 17 – The house DJ will kill at this open air venue, if it is a lovely night.
Saturday – Sugarland – The last album didn’t do much and for good reason, but Jennifer Nettles is worth watching live.
Saturday – Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 – Jones Beach – The last time I saw Ozzy was on one of his many Black Sabbath final tours, and it didn’t suck. That was four years ago and all I’m saying is… really, it didn’t (here).