Of all the 2018 rockstars in all the world, Post Malone is the most 2018 of them all. From the face tattoos to the mix of trailer trash MAGA Rolling Stone profile, to the Olive Garden interview with Jimmy Fallon, Malone is the face of post-millennium rap and hip hop anxiety with a huge smile. Malone’s first album, Stoney, was huge, and his 2018 beerbongs and bentleys was nearly as big. When I saw him at Governors Ball this year I was awed, and can’t wait to see him again at Barclays Center on Saturday, December 29th.
Wednesday – Steve Tyrell – Cafe Carlyle
Thursday – The Roots – The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ – Black Thought has a pretty good new album and the one time I saw em live they were better than on record.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – The Fab Faux – City Winery – The premiere Beatles tribute band.
Thursday, Friday – Thursday – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – The post-hardcore early 00s star reunited.
Thursday – Eric B And Rakim – Sony Hall – FOR PRESIDENT!
Thursday – Otis Taylor Band “Unplugged” with special guest Tony Trischka – Iridium
Friday – Sunday – Phish – Madison Square Garden – The jam band’s annual New Year’s residency should be seen at least one New Year’s Eve, an experience and experiment in jazz vibes, Americana and flat out weirdness.
Friday – Clutch – Starland Ballroom – Owners of one of the best rock albums of the year.
Friday – Phoney Ppl – Mercury Lounge – Alt-y, jazz-y r&b
Friday – Tamar Braxton – Sony Hall – No, she isn’t Toni, and yes, she is a reality star, and still she can sing.
Saturday – Ja Rule – Sony Hall – From 2002 – 2005, Ja Rule ruled rap, and then he didn’t.
Saturday – Govt Mule – Beacon Theatre – The Southern jam band’s annual residency
Saturday – The Lone Bellow w/ Courtney Marie Andrews – Bowery Ballroom – Forget the headliner, if I wasn’t seeing Post Malone, I would show up early for the singer of “May Your Kindness Remain,” Courtney Marie Andrews.
Sunday – Get Up Kids – Rough Trade – Back in the late 1990s I went to a huge emo fest and these guys were the best of it.
Sunday – Macy Gray – Iridium
Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Album Releases 6-2-23 – 6-8-23
excellent, deeply melodic, indie rock
Going Steady: New Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
sort of Neil Young without the head cold and in full pop mode.
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, May 29th To June 4th
Grace Jones will be at OUTLOUD Music Fest
UK Top 10 Albums 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
outsold the rest of the Official Albums Chart Top 10 combined
UK Top 10 Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
an EDM plonker on top
Dead Babies: Helmut Berger And Martin Amis Leave Us
about how time decays us
The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
a major slice of bad news
The Cure At The Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, Reviewed
The most heart-pulsing moments took us back through the past 45 years.
The River Deep, Mountain High Soulfulness Of Tina Turner
an antidote to toxic male supremacy