Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks For The Week Of September 24th, 2018

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Roger McGuinn and Chris Hellman are joined by Marty Scott to perform the Byrds’ Sweetheart Of The Rodeo  on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The seminal recordings, with Gram Parsons (vocals later removed due to contractual obligations) is the birth of country rock as well as the  antidote to the 1960s. The concert at  the Town Hall on Monday starts with a career spanning first set,  two Marty Stuart songs followed by the entire album second set, and finally the encore, a mini-tribute to Tom Petty and a  closing song that’s too close for comfort “Turn Turn Turn”. Without a doubt, this is the most important concert of the fall season.

Monday, Tuesday – Hozier – Beacon Theatre – A terrific voice and every now and then a  great song, including his breakthrough “Take Me To The Church” and his new Mavis Staples duet “Nina Cried”.

Monday – Badfinger perform “Straight Up” in its entirety feat. Joey Molland – City Winery

Monday – Patti Smith: Words and Music at the Minetta Lane – I have never even met Patti and I consider her family. Minetta Lane Theatre is very intimate.

Monday – Graham Coxon – Bowery Ballroom – The best thing about Blur today is their excellent lead guitarist Cox, jump at this opportunity to see him in a smaller venue.

Tuesday – Knitting Factory – Dream Wife – The band name is ironic, these are hard hitting indie rock women from the UK whose eponymous debut is a must hear. You won’t have to shout for “Hey Heartbreaker” -it’s their biggest song- but do so any way…

Wednesday, Saturday  – Lil Xan – The sound of mumble rap from Noah Cyrus’ ex and one of the biggest stars in the genre.

Wednesday – Sting & Shaggy – The 44/876 Tour – The Rooftop At Pier 17

Wednesday – Amy Helm w/ The National Reserve (Album Release) – City Winery

Wednesday –  Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience – Prudential Center

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Alvvays, Snail Mail, Hatchie – Warsaw – Superb line-up of indie rockers -state of the art stuff.

Wednesday – Jade Bird – Bowery Ballroom

Wednesday – Blood Orange, Yves Tumor Summerstage

Thursday – John Popper – the Hits, The Stories, The Experience with Lisa Bouchelle – Or my alternate title, how many times can you perform “Run-Around” and “Hook” in 90 minutes.

Thursday – Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour – Madison Square Garden – a motherfucking funny guy, gonna break your Kevin Hart boy…

Thursday – Steel Panther – Sunset Strip Live with The Wild – Playstation Theatre – The only way to be this sexist is as metal satire.

Thursday – Børns, Twin Shadow – Radio City Music Hall

Thursday – Lenny Kravitz- Raise Vibration Tour – United Palace – Quite possibly, hopefully, it could be as bad as Phil Collins at MSG -the early winner of worst concert ever award. If you add Sting/Shaggy to it…? Somebody call the Guiness Book Of Records for two worst ever in the same week.

Friday – Bill Laurance (Of Snarky Puppy) and Liv Warfield Duo – Iridium

Friday – Ginuwine – Sony Hall – Same ol’ G

Friday – BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF’ – Prudential Center – The biggest boy band in the world, just had the first K-Pop # 1 US album ever.

Saturday – Global World Citizen – Central Lawn – At the Great Lawn… The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Shawn Mendes… oh, and Cardi B! But man is it a bitch to navigate.

Saturday, Sunday –  The National Presents: There’s No Leaving New York – Forest Hills Stadium – A terrific line up, better than Global Citizen in some ways, Saturday has Jason Isbell and Phoebe Bridgers, Sunday has Cat Powers… better go to both.

Saturday – RapCaviar Live featuring Chance the Rapper- Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island – a busy day

Sunday – Circle of Sisters’ R&B Live – Prudential Center – RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike, Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Brandy, Stokley, more…

Sunday – Diana Ross The Rooftop At Pier 17 – Time has changed Diana Ross, the terrible bitch diva of the 1970s is now the supreme legend at ease with herself and with her position. She was excellent when I saw her last year (here) and I expect no less  on Sunday.

Sunday – Nils Lofgren – City Winery – I bet working for Bruce is like having a moody girlfriend, you’re always waiting for the phone to ring.


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