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Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of February 18th, 2019, Reviewed

 

I saw Michael Buble back in 2010, I’d seen him before and thought he was a blast live, but at Jingle Ball I was joined by 20K tweens in my admiration. His recorded work is too obvious, he has a talented practitioner of Great American Standards, and has co-written a handful of great songs himself, but on stage he is a skilled charmer. Back on the road after spending four years taking care of his young boy who was diagnosed with liver cancer, his son is in remission and Buble is back on the road, performing at Madison Square on Wednesday.

Monday – Metric & Zoé 2019 Tour with July Talk – Kings Theatre

Wednesday – Matt Nathanson – Irving Plaza

Wednesday – Tedeschi Trucks Band – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House – – If you read Mark Reichenbach’s review of their new album (here), you might find it difficult not to show up for this one. This will be a night of celebration, both the new album and the life of keyboardist  Kofi Burbridge who passed earlier this week.

Wednesday – Larry Campbell w/ Teresa Williams – City Winery

Wednesday – Branford Marsalis –  Jazz Standard – He seems to be reaching legendary status

Thursday – Bob Mould – Brooklyn Steel – The new album is another goodie, the latest in a long list.

Thursday –  Vince Staples: Smile, You’re On Camera – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom – A top rapper and a true original.

Thursday – Rickie Lee Jones – Sony Hall – The pirate is back

Friday – Richard Buckner – Mercury Lounge – The country singer, I wonder why he’s in town

Friday, Saturday – Jonathan Richman – I wish he’d do a Beserkley tour…

Friday – Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom –  Three years ago performers like Anderson and Chance were the future, in 2019 not so much. Thanks to “Tints,” he sold out Hammerstein anyway.

Friday – Marsha Ambrosius – Sony Hall

Friday – Cheap Trick – Capitol Theatre

Sunday – Elvis Depressedly – Knitting Factory

Sunday – James Blake – Terminal 5 – He has the second best album and the best song of the year under his belt, but Sunday at T5 for a performer who isn’t exactly exciting? I dunno .

 

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