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Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of January 29th, 2018

Last year, Jane Birkin (Charlotte Gainsbourg’s mommy) released Birkin / Gainsbourg : Le symphonique, adding strings to Charlotte’s late pop Serge Gainsbourg’s songs and then singing em. On Thursday, Jane is performing them at Carnegie Hall, though her closest friends might suggest she pass on “Je T’aime Moi Non Plus” -she could strain her back.

Monday – Anthony Hamilton – Suite 36 – The excellent soul singer of the 00s  is well worth catching.

Tuesday – Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute – The Theatre At Madison Square Garden – Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin,  Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Elton, who will also take the stage to perform a selection of hits from his highly acclaimed discography… according to the Grammys. Where is Ed? Oh, and did you know Chris Martin has won seven Grammys? Why?

Tuesday – The Mercy Suite: The Songs of Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker – La Mama – Tomas  performs The Mercy Suite, Khalil Kain and friends read Yusef’s poetry, Tomas ends the evening with selected songs from his two other Yusef collaborations, Big Apple Blues and the upcoming Black Magnolia.  Just wait till you hear the latter.

Wednesday – Ja Rule – BB Kings – The moral to the Ja Rule story is if you are going to be the biggest star of the 00s, don’t go prison for four years.

Wednesday – Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Red Fang – Playstation Theatre – As strong a hard rock line up as you’ll find in 2018.

Friday – Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell – The Town Hall – The Australian Americana country good ol’ boy has a new album with some big time names, including Rodney Crowell… if you are in the market for someone to sing “I’m a Mississippi man and a Conway Twitty fan and I haven’t heard a song I like in years,” look no further.

Saturday – Jools Holland – The Blue Note – Celebrating his 6th birthday, Jools is Tony Wilson without the record company but with the history of a professional musician.

Saturday – Jason Isbell – King’s Theatre – He was really really good at the Beacon last year.

Sunday  – Teddy Thompson & Sasha Dobson –  City Vineyard  – Teddy vs the Superbowl? With Teddy at least you don’t have to see that preening egotist pick up MVP.


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