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Live Through This: rock nyc’s Concert Picks For The Week Of July 8th, 2019

In the UK, in the early 1970s, piano men  Elton John and Gilbert O’Sullivan were running neck and neck. Elton had the breadth and scope of all music, and was a better singer to boot… Gilbert had the tunes. It wasn’t enough and so despite selling three million copies of various songs in the US, Gilbert’s headlining tour was a disaster and forty-three years later he returns to the States on Tuesday at City Winery. If all you know is “Alone Again, Naturally” go and get acquainted to his terrific catalog.

Tuesday – Los Campesinos! – Brooklyn Bowl – Ten years ago I thought they’d be the biggest band in the world, but the follow up to the We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed was as disastrous as their touring mates Titus Andronicus’ follow up to The Monitor. Still, their show at Bowery Ballroom in February 2009, quite literally, changed my life…. Maybe it is time to reacquaint yourself.

Tuesday – Earth, Wind And Fire – Beacon Theatre – Over exposed, but surely the next step down from MSG was Radio City?

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  – Dar Williams – City Winery

Wednesday – Belle And Sebastian – Brooklyn Steel – Caveat emptor, they can be a bore live.

Wednesday, Thursday – Rita Coolidge – Iridium

Thursday – Billy Joel – Madison Square Garden

Thursday – Chvrches – Radio City Music Hall

Thursday – True Groove Allstars – Parkside Lounge – Featured guests include the return of Sam Huber, and members of The Wailers, Funkadelic, and, er, Pink Floyd.

Friday – The Psychedelic Furs And James – The Rooftop At Pier 17 – An ace line up

Friday, Saturday – Jennifer Lopez -It’s My Party – Madison Square Garden – I caught the Vegas version and wasn’t thrilled (here)

Friday – Dru Hill – Sony Hall

Saturday – Yeasayer – Webster Hall

Saturday – De La Soul – The Rooftop At Pier 17 – Yes, DE LA SOUL

Saturday – The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw – Iridium – Now, that’s a line up to make your eyes water.

Sunday – Lynyrd Skynyrd w/Hank Williams Jr – Forest Hills Stadium


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