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Live Through This: rock nyc’s Concert Picks For The Week Of May 28th, 2018

Governors Ball  is always a top pick of any given week: Friday looks wet, less so Saturday and Sunday… And there always seems like a 50/50 for tepid weather or worse because they won’t change the too early for the season start date. As Bethany Cosentino famously put it at the wettest Gov Ball ever (2013): “This fucking sucks”. Jack White, Travis Scott, and Eminem, are the headliners, but my niece Juliet Cruz is hanging for Halsey, my friend Sydney is psyched for Halsey, and me? Yes, Eminem, but also Post Malone. It seems as though Governors Ball has downgraded, of the three headliners only Eminem could fill a stadium and the second ringers, with exceptions, couldn’t fill a 20K Arena. Still, it is the biggest game in town, Friday to Sunday at Randall’s Island.

Monday – Chronixx –  Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk – The poster boy for Rastaman Rising is the latest Reggae superstar to fail to break as big here as he might have, his latest is as featured artist on Richie Spice’s “Unity We Stand” -another goodie.

Tuesday –  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – The 90s stars have fallen to earth, but they will always be a harbinger of about a seventh of raps sound.

Tuesday – Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour – Madison Square Garden – Obviously, the calling card here is Kendrick Lamar -but I’ve seen him many times and I am extremely interested in seeing if SZA can bring it

Tuesday, Wednesday – Joan Armatrading – City Winery – Her new album shows no rust at all and after peaking in the mid-70s she has remained peak (though not sales wise)

Wednesday – Hop Along, Saintseneca, Bat Fangs – Brooklyn Steel –  Hop Along are a not untypical Saddle Creek indie rock band, which means catch em.

Thursday – An Evening With Johnny Marr – Gramercy Theatre – He isn’t much of an MC but he is sure one helluva  guitarist. Like Paul Weller, he needs a haircut.

Thursday – Fun Lovin’ Criminals, the Tangiers Blues Band, DJ Mateo Difontaine – Highline Ballroom – 90s stars Fun Lovin’ Criminals still robbin’ banks all whacked out on Scooby Snacks

Friday – Yo! MTV Raps – Barclay Center – Eric B., Rakim, KRS-One, Epmd, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, Fat Joe? What’s not to love?

Friday – 21 Savage, BlocBoy JB – Terminal 5 – I didn’t care for 21 Savage for the longest time, but I read this review where the writer put the spotlight not on flow or rhyme, but on that guttural rumble voice and that’s where it should be. BlocBoy JB’s Drake featured “Look Alive” has been in the charts for a coupla months.

Friday – Natalie Prass – Rough Trade – Her latest is streaming on First Listen (here) and this show is an album release party for her clearly excellent, plenty good,  soul funky new sophomore album The Future And The Past.

Saturday – Luke Bryan: What Makes You Country Tour 2018 – MetLife – I can’t take Luke on record but on stage he is a blast, the MSG show in 2017 was terrific (here) and though the opening acts aren’t as good here, and though a stadium isn’t optimum, Luke needs to be tricked out at least once in your lifespan.

Saturday – Gov Ball After Dark Presents: Vic Mensa – Bowery Ballroom – The wolves guy is a good performer… get up close.

Saturday – Gov Ball After Dark Presents Aminé – Irving Plaza – You probably think all he has is “Caroline” but he has more.

Sunday – Gregory Porter – Sony Hall – The beautiful voiced jazz soul man is always worth seeing.

Sunday – Booker T. Jones – City Winery – Yes, THAT Booker T.


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