The Cranberries, Feist and The Beach Boys Play New York
By Kiratiana Freelon on May 2, 2012 7:58am
By Daniel Jumpertz
Special to DNAinfo
Wednesday, May 2
Celebrating the opening of the Frieze New York art exhibition, Martha Wainwright performs a full concert in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome amidst the Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 installation. The set includes her Edith Piaf renditions, followed by her own songs, which climax in a tribute to the German electro-pioneers specially created for the occasion. The evening will conclude with a special DJ set by Mark Ronson. 22-25 Jackson Ave., at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, Queens.
Also tonight: In the early to mid-'90s, The Cranberries brought a distinctive dose of Irish female attitude to the grunge movement. Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, the group enjoyed several global hits including the abrasive "Zombie" and the sublime "Linger" — a track that echoed the dreamy pop of The Smiths. After an extended hiatus, The Cranberries are back with their first album since 2001, titled "Roses." At Terminal 5.
Thursday, May 3
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is three days of music at BAM (through to Saturday) curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National. Among the acts appearing are The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Ava Luna, Benjamin Lanz and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Tickets to a single night are $45, while a three-day festival pass is $110.
Friday, May 4
Norah Jones's debut "Come Away With Me" catapulted her to international stardom, selling 25 million copies worldwide. Since then, she's released three more successful solo albums and two albums featuring her country band, Little Willies. Her latest solo album, "Little Broken Hearts," was produced by Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and sees her move to a slightly more textual and subtle, beat-driven sound. At Snug Harbor Music Hall, Staten Island.
Also tonight: The reincarnation of Frank Zappa's original band The Mothers of Invention — The Grandmothers of Invention — serve up vintage psychedelia, including rock songs with surreal, often hilarious lyrics and jazz-like harmonies with flashes of wacky satire. Featuring former Zappa cohorts Napoleon Murphy Brock, Tom Fowler and Don Preston, The Grandmothers of Invention are capable of interpreting and re-imagining some of crazy Frank's most bodacious tunes. At Iridium.
Saturday, May 5
Canadian singer Feist released her fourth solo album, "Metals," last year — her first album to reach the US top 10. On the album, Feist aimed for a sound she described as "modern ancient," mixing old and new instruments. As a teenager, Leslie Feist started out as a singer in a Calgary punk band, who's claim to fame was supporting Radiohead back in 1993. More bands followed, and she did stints first as a bass player and later as a rhythm guitarist. She performed with techno-punk Peaches and joined Canadian indie band Broken Social Scene. Her first solo album was released in 1999 "Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)," but it was 2007's "The Reminder" — and the single "My Moon, My Man" — that earned her mainstream attention. At Radio City Music Hall.
Sunday, May 6
Scissor Sisters declared that they were "spawned by the scuzzy, gay nightlife scene of New York" when they formed back in 2001. Their first hit was a disco-fied version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and ever since then, they have thrilled audiences (particularly in the UK) who enjoy flamboyant pop and outrageous live performances. Collaborations with Kylie Minogue and Elton John received rave reviews, and their latest album, "Magic Hour," is due for release later this month. The album features guest vocals from New York rapper Azealia Banks, as well as Jake Shears under the pseudonym Krystal Pepsy. At Bowery Ballroom.
Monday, May 7
Space rockers Spiritualized formed back in 1990 and have released seven albums, their latest being "Sweet Heart Sweet Light." Influenced heavily by the sound and aesthetic of The Velvet Underground, Jason Pierce, Spiritualized's founder and primary songwriter, was also a member of influential UK underground rockers Spaceman 3. Aside from his work with Spiritualized and Spacemen 3, Pierce has been active with a network of free jazz players and improvisers, collaborating with acclaimed artists, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, jazz pianist Dr. John, Primal Scream, Daniel Johnston and Yoko Ono, among others. At Terminal 5.
Tuesday, May 8
American music legends The Beach Boys — featuring original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine — are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a world tour that brings them to the Beacon Theatre tonight and tomorrow, May 9. “Fifty years ago, we started something very big,” Brian Wilson said of the experience. “So now we’re celebrating together in a very big way.” An album of new material "That's Why God Made The Radio," will be released in June.
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