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Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks For The Week Of December 3rd, 2018

Hold the phone here, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa under the same roof for Z-100s annual Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday? That can only mean “ONE KISS”!!! Not as great a line up as last year, true, but not bad at all: along with Calvin and Dua, headliner Cardi B (I saw her last year and she was excellent), Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, G-Eazy, Khalid w/ special guest Normani, Alessia Cara, Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi & Sabrina Carpenter! I’ve been going to Jingle Ball for decades, long before my Great Niece Juliet Cruz was even thought of and so long that Juliet will be going with me for the second year.

Monday – Lennon Stella – Mercury Lounge

Monday – The Lox – Irving Plaza

Monday – Sunday – Yo La Tengo – Bowery Ballroom – Their eight days of Hanukkah residency

Monday – James McMurtry – City Winery – His father wrote “The Last Picture Show”.

Monday – Mitski – Brooklyn Steel – The Japanese- American singer songwriter, Steve Crawford wrote (here) ” it’s difficult not to admire her passion and utter fearlessness”.

Monday – Holiday Cheer For FUV – Beacon Theatre – Featuring John Prine and the Lone Bellow.

Monday – Steve Earle & The Dukes With Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks And Warren Hayes – Town Hall – Yup, a mini-Allman Brothers reunion.

Monday – Luke Bryan – Hammerstein Ballroom – Whatever you might think of Bryan, live he is awesome.

Tuesday – Kodaline – Politics Of Living US Tour – Irving Plaza

Tuesday – Joe Perry – Playstation Theatre

Tuesday – Lindsey Buckingham – Town Hall – The current career retrospective box set is excellent from the fired former Fleetwood Mac.

Tuesday – Rufus Wainwright’s All The Poses Tour – Beacon Theatre – Should make any boy feel as pretty as princes.

Tuesday – Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live – Bergen County Performing Arts Center

Wednesday – Mega Bash 2018 – Good not great lineup: Don Omar, Tego Calderón, Farruko, J Alvarez, Reik, Bryant Myers, Becky G, Anitta, Nio Garcia, Brytiago, Darell, Miky Woodz, Secreto, El Alfa, La Materialista, Alex Rose, Jory Boy, and Ala Jaza

Wednesday – The Ally Coalition Presents: The 5th Annual Talent Show – Town Hall –  Featuring Andrew Dost, Bleachers, Hayley Kiyoko, Jaqueline Novak, Lana Del Rey, Mitski, Regina Spektor, Rostam, Sasheer Zamata plus very special guests

Wednesday – tiny changes:a celebration of the songs of Scott Hutchison – Rough Trade – With performances by: Julien Baker, Aaron Dessner, Kevin Devine, Craig Finn, Ben Gibbard – Scott is the guy from Frightened Rabbit who killed himself

Wednesday, Thursday — Soccer Mommy – Music Hall At williamsburg – Time is running out to get there on the L

Thursday – Sasha Sloan – Mercury Lounge – The sad girl

Thursday – Alt 92.3 Not So Silent Night – Barclay Center – Muse, Florence + the Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Foster The People, Bastille, Chvrches, AJR and Mike Shinoda…. a whole lotta alt rock before Jingle Ball.

Thursday – P.O.D. – Highline Ballroom – The no longer youth of the nation have a good new album.

Friday – Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, The Blasters & Big Sandy – Stage 48

Friday – Tony Orlando And Dawn – NYCB Westbury Theatre – This is why I miss BB King’s… you just know they’d have been performing there as well.

Friday – Governors Ball Presents Sunflower Bean – Warsaw – If Sunflower Beans and The 1975 are on the same day at Gov Ball it will be unmissable.

Friday – J. Mascis – Rough Trade – The new album is dynamite.

Saturday – Parquet Courts – Hammerstein Ballroom

Saturday – Cyndi Lauper And Friends: Home For The Holidays –  Featuring Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Palmer, Angie Stone, A$AP Rocky, Bebe Rexha, Bishop Briggs,, Carson Kressley, Charlie Musselwhite, Elmo, Gina Yashere, Regina Spektor, Sara Ramirez, Shea Diamond

Saturday – CEG Presents/ The 29th Anniversary Celebration The Soft Parade: A Tribute to The Doors – Jim Morrison Birthday Show  – DROM – Possibly the greatest tribute band of all time

Sunday – Apollo Presents The Kings & Queens of New Jack Swing w Teddy Riley – Apollo Theatre – Which means Black Street will be there.

Sunday – Maxwell: 50 Nights Live – Hulu At MSG

Sunday – Brett Young – Playstation Theatre – “Ticket To LA” is a great song.



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