Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks For The Week Of December 24th, 2018
Of all the 2018 rockstars in all the world, Post Malone is the most 2018 of them all. From the face tattoos to the mix of trailer trash MAGA Rolling Stone profile, to the Olive Garden interview with Jimmy Fallon, Malone is the face of post-millennium rap and hip hop anxiety with a huge smile. Malone’s first album, Stoney, was huge, and his 2018 beerbongs and bentleys was nearly as big. When I saw him at Governors Ball this year I was awed, and can’t wait to see him again at Barclays Center on Saturday, December 29th.
Wednesday – Steve Tyrell – Cafe Carlyle
Thursday – The Roots – The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ – Black Thought has a pretty good new album and the one time I saw em live they were better than on record.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – The Fab Faux – City Winery – The premiere Beatles tribute band.
Thursday, Friday – Thursday – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – The post-hardcore early 00s star reunited.
Thursday – Eric B And Rakim – Sony Hall – FOR PRESIDENT!
Thursday – Otis Taylor Band “Unplugged” with special guest Tony Trischka – Iridium
Friday – Sunday – Phish – Madison Square Garden – The jam band’s annual New Year’s residency should be seen at least one New Year’s Eve, an experience and experiment in jazz vibes, Americana and flat out weirdness.
Friday – Clutch – Starland Ballroom – Owners of one of the best rock albums of the year.
Friday – Phoney Ppl – Mercury Lounge – Alt-y, jazz-y r&b
Friday – Tamar Braxton – Sony Hall – No, she isn’t Toni, and yes, she is a reality star, and still she can sing.
Saturday – Ja Rule – Sony Hall – From 2002 – 2005, Ja Rule ruled rap, and then he didn’t.
Saturday – Govt Mule – Beacon Theatre – The Southern jam band’s annual residency
Saturday – The Lone Bellow w/ Courtney Marie Andrews – Bowery Ballroom – Forget the headliner, if I wasn’t seeing Post Malone, I would show up early for the singer of “May Your Kindness Remain,” Courtney Marie Andrews.
Sunday – Get Up Kids – Rough Trade – Back in the late 1990s I went to a huge emo fest and these guys were the best of it.
Sunday – Macy Gray – Iridium