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Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of October 3rd, 2017

After catching Harry Styles at Radio City Music Hall earlier this year, and with Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson performing at Jingle Ball in December. That leaves Zayn Malik, who apparently suffers from serious stagefright (bizarre after all those stadium show) and Niall Horan who has rebooted himself as a 70s style singer songwriter, and has outsold Harry. Obviously, he is still no Harry and excitement for Niall’s show at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday (aka Halloween!) is nowhere near the fever pitch it was for Harry: for instance front row for Niall is changing hands at $600, Harry was for $6,000. Even so, a peek at a member of one of the top boy bands ever should be well worth your time.

Monday – US Girls – Mercury Lounge – Meg Remy, accompanied by a 9-piece sample emulating band, it says here…

Tuesday –  GWAR – The Blood of Gods Tour – Irving Plaza –  Metal satirists should put on the show of a lifetime, funny or otherwise.

Tuesday – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – 2nd Annual Halloween Funkdown – The mothership isn’t what it once was and four hour freakouts are a thing of the past, but as funk jam bands go, these guys are the cream of the crop.

Tuesday – Lil Peep: Come Over When Youre Sober Tour – Highline Ballroom – With tattoos all over his face, Lil Peep’s career choices boil down to sitting on the corner of Herald Square with a sign that reads “Please help, need $67 for a ticket home” despite tickets to Long Island, New York, are more like $10, and becoming a rock god. His emo-hip hop sound, a cousin to xxxtentacion and Ski Mask The Slum God, is very good, very addictive, melodic bummers for the self-proclaimed drug addicted bi-sexual. Soundcloud Rap can be a bummer live so caveat emptor.

Tuesday – Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers plus John K. Samson: “We All Want The Same Things” Tour – City Winery – I thought Craig was really pretty good when I caught him pushing the same album at the same venue.

Wednesday – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice) – Beacon Theatre – The two smuggest  guys in indie folk rock is for believers only.

Wednesday – THE WEEPIES – COMPLETELY ACOUSTIC AND ALONE – City Winery – This folk duo co-wrote Many Moore’s best album. If they don’t perform “All Good Things” demand your money back.

Thursday – Elbow – Terminal 5 – Despite their latest album being a dog, I’d go if it was either a) a Friday or b) anywhere else.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday  – Grizzly Bear, serpentwithfeet – Brooklyn Steel – That’s a terrific double bill, you know Grizzly Bear but serpentwithfeet is a first class gay identifying soul brother.

Friday – Strand Presents: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson – Gramercy Theatre – A fascinating character reading from his memoir “What Does This Button Do,” who knows he might throw in a song while he’s at it.

Friday – JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson – Beacon Theatre – That’s the great thing about being old before your time, you never seem to grow any older.

Friday – John Mclaughlin / Jimmy Herring Meeting Of The Spirits – Last time I saw the jazz guitarist was at Bluenote where he begged us to buy DVDs because his recorded royalties had dried up due to streaming… This is sold out so it might help fill the coffers.

Friday – Masters of Ceremony, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, T-Pain, Jeezy – Barclay Center – I bet they ain’t stampeding the room for this one, the class of 00s revisited.

Saturday – Worriers Album Release Show with Thin Lips, Katie Ellen – Knitting Factory – I saw these guys at a Don Giovanni concert a coupla years ago and was blown away by their impassioned rock em sock em punk pop. Their third album, Survival Pop, was released September 29th and it is excellent, so if you can make it to Brooklyn, make it to Brooklyn.

Saturday – Eleanor Friedberger (Solo) – Half of the Fiery Furnaces re-imagined as an arty singer-songwriter. Her latest album was co-written with John Wesley Harding…

Saturday – The Rural Alberta Advantage – Bowery Ballroom – They bore me but one of my best friends swears by em…

Sunday – The Breeders – Bowery Ballroom – No Tanya Donelly but Kim Deal is still leading em.

Sunday – Shawn Colvin and Her Band: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour w/ Special Guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams- City Winery – Has it really been 20 years? Colvin is worth seeing under any circumstances, but performing this magnificence early Americana masterpiece? A must see.

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