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Let’s Active: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of May 11th, 2015

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On Saturday night at Avenue A’s Sidewalk Cafe is an unbeatable and completely unique line up, and one I can’t imagine us getting ever again. At 8pm the high heeled new Baby Jane herself, an intense performer with a voice you must hear Cheri Dahl, at 9pm the rock and roll bad ass Susan Said Band whose Big Life from last year will knock you for a loop,  and topping it off, with The American Dream just released, post-punk blues avatar Phil Gammage’s new band Adventures In Bluesland. It is free, it is great, and if you are planning a night out, don’t even think about it twice, go.

Monday – Azealia Banks – Irving Plaza – the eccentric and super aggressive rapper who just stripped for Playboy, no doubt because she is broke with expensive tastes, this is a huge gig for young Banks, with a lot to prove, and an album that has already proven a lot. Yeah, we know she’s bitchy but I couldn’t be more excited.

Monday – Surfer Blood – MHOW – When I caught em at the CBGB’s Festival last year I was much more impressed than I thought I’d be with the indie poppers, plus they have a new album ready to drop.

Wednesday – Kaiser Chiefs Irving Plaza – I predict “I Predict A Riot”.

Thursday – Joy WIlliams – Gramercy Theatre – With the Civil Wars on an indefinite leave of absence, and one great song off her upcoming album album already dropped, the Queen of Americana Joy Williams should be great.

Thursday – Shelby Lynne – Popdose’s Ken Shane: “I Can’t Imagine is Shelby’s best album since I Am…”

Thursday – Kool And The Gang – BB Kings – I saw em open for (wait for it) Van Halen, a coupla years ago, and they were awesome at MSG, the mind boggles at how great they will be at a smaller venue

Friday, Saturday  – Crosby, Stills And Nash – King’s Theatre – If you’ve held off checking out the new Brooklyn 3000 seater refurbished from the golden age, now is your chance.

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