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Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of April 30th, 2018

Last year, Brett Eldredge was the best thing about Luke Bryan’s excellent anyway  MSG gig, and while the album wasn’t as good as I hoped “Loved Someone” was a masterpiece. Now, Brett is headlining at the Hammerstein on Saturday and you can bet I am going. Brett exemplifies all that is best about country: a sweet disposition and a way with a melody that cuts through the Red State vibe and invites us all in, including a song about picking up a girl in New York City.

Monday, Tuesday – Roy Wood$ – Irving Plaza – Mentored by Drake and you can hear it, he hasn’t improved on his first album but he is still constantly excellent.

Monday. Tuesday – The Breeders – Brooklyn Steel-  The album came and went but this harbinger of new feminism bleeding into riot grrrls is a major thing… if you go on Tuesday Screaming Females are opening.

Tuesday – Citi Presents Ms. Lauryn Hill Live from The Apollo – Apollo Theatre – It doesn’t say this is part of the Miseducation tour, but the Apollo might forced her to concentrate harder.

Wednesday – Kate Nash – Irving Plaza – The album wasn’t terrible but except for a song or so it didn’t stick, she should be good on stage.

Wednesday – Lazarus – King’s Theatre – This is the movie of the Off Broadway musical David Bowie presented late in his life, here it is presented on screen with the original band (but no Michael T Hall) performing the music live.

Thursday – BrooklynVegan Presents Tricky – Irving Plaza – Nice to see the Tricky kid, he lives the life you wish you did.

Thursday – Chris Tomlin: Worship Night In America – Prudential Center – I would catch this much the same way and for much the same reason I went to see Ted Nugent: intellectual curiosity.

Thursday – SiriusXM Presents Todd Rundgren’s Utopia – Not my scene but my friend Tomas Doncker adores them…

Friday – King Krule – Manhattan Center – I saw him a coupla years ago and on a dark stage smoking a joint he looked like Tricky, and he has some of same vibe but with an ambient glow, last year’s The Ooze was very good indeed.

Friday – Camila Cabello – Terminal 5 – What a waste, stick her in Radio City for fuck’s sake.

Friday, Saturday  – Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget – Beacon Theatre – If Steve is putting down his banjo and doing stand up (or holding his banjo and doing stand up) this is a must see.

Friday – Soccer Mommy – Rough Trade – For the record, this is one band that survives the hype.

Saturday – Haim Radio City Music Hall – I’m not a fan and the last album stiffed, but this is a real big gig for em.

Saturday – Panda Bear – Brooklyn Steel –  Does he have a new album out? News to me…


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