Last year, Billy Joel’s Christmas show at MSG was one of the best I’ve ever seen, this is what I wrote December 2016: “the ticking intelligence that fueled Billy, as he opened with “Movin’ Out” continued with “The Entertainer” and “Prelude/Angry Young Man” (only one of which I actually like) and settling on the closest thing he had to a Christmas song, “She’s Right On Time” (Billy to Columbia Records: “Really? A Christmas record? That’s never been done before”), Then he settles in and doesn’t lose anything for two hours. It is so rare to be this cool and this hot at the same time: I’m not discussing self-confidence here, self-confidence has doubt in its DNA, this isn’t that, this is just this: the absolute certainty and control of one of the greats”. Wednesday night at MSG, this should be the goods.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – From the morons who brought you T5, more BS. Not that crazy about LCD Soundsystem, but it has been many years since I’ve seen em live… maybe I underestimate the current album.
Monday, Tuesday – Yo La tengo – Bowery Ballroom – I lost interest in these guys twenty years ago, though their hannukah shows are meant to be excellent.
Monday – Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, DJ Austin Millz, Lil Skies – Terminal 5 – I’d love to see Lil Uzi vert, just not here.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – A Darlene Love Christmas: “Love For The Holidays” – BB Kings – It isn’t jyst baby please come home but even if it was, who is complaining?
Thursday – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour – Beacon Theatre – The sound of voices raised together in support of song modern and ancient. Not for me but there isn’t much else to do.
Comment: It’s about now rock nyc takes its Christmas break but I haven’t decided whether I want to this year. Certainly, things are a little on the slow side and Alyson and I could use a break… let’s wait and see.
distinct and wondrous without being obvious or obnoxious
except for the title track the songs are on vacation
simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs
essentially a disco remix of “Rocket Man” featuring one of the the UK’s biggest stars…
“I literally really need you to jump up and down”
Friday night might kill us but Thursday evening is a blast
it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years
an impressive sonic ride.
a high-spirited Post Pandemic anthem