Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of March 9th, 2020
When seen at Radio City Music Hall last June (here), she was a huge star and now she is bigger, now she is the biggest, between grammys and 007 themes, and Brit Awards, and controversies and backlashes and sales, sales, sales… I’ve read the complaints, hell I’ve published em (here). But in 2020 Billie’s business in the music business is the least of our problems, and the world of baggie pants and incestous brother love (have you seen Finneas girlfriend -whoops!) and self-schooling industry manufacturing fades into irrelevance. I can’t wait to see her at Madison Square Garden, so much so that I don’t even care that it is a Sunday…
Monday – Town Hall Presents : Bonnie Prince Billy & Jonathan Richman – Something of a must see though it is completely sold out… if I wasn’t going to the remains of the Allmans the following day I’d be there.
Monday – Otis Taylor – Iridium
Tuesday, Wednesday – DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL: 20 Year Celebration – Webster Hall – Emo superstar
Tuesday – The Brothers – Celebrating 50 Years of The Allman Brothers Band – Madison Square Garden – I don’t know what to expect, not much is the simplest answer, but that new 50th Anniversary is spectacular though the lineup is the last Mach Allman remains: Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, Chuck Leavell, Duane Trucks, Reese Wynans
Tuesday – Saturday – Betty Buckley – Cafe Carlyle – I still have a crush on her from Eight Is Enough
Wednesday, Thursday – Wire – MHOW – Post-punk greats
Thursday – The Brooklyn Bluebirds, Bobby Valli (Proud brother of Frankie Valli) – Sixty Sixth Congress – Who knew Frankie had a brother?
Thursday – KRS One – Sony Hall – a second wave great, I once watched the “Sound Of da Police” rapper give Public Enemy a run for their money on stage.
Friday – Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Art Gray Noizz Quintet – The former teenage Jesus and the Jerks leader of No New York…
Friday, Saturday – Jimmy Vaughn – Iridium – he was real good opening for Clapton last time I saw him
Friday – A Place To Bury Strangers – Bowery Ballroom
Saturday – They Might Be Giants – Bowery Ballroom – the cultish weirdos are still at it
Saturday – Josh Ritter – Murmrr – great songwriter
Saturday – SOB X RBE
Saturday – Angelique Kidjo – Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall – Kidjo is great on stage (here) and the last time I saw her was opening for Vampire Weekend and she was excellent; with her excellent Remain In Light cover album and, if anything, superior Celia Cruz cover album, she should be spectacular.
Sunday – Dead Kennedys – Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday – Body Count featuring Ice-T – Webster Hall – His hardcore band returns after years
Sunday – Styx – Beacon Theatre