Madonna, Henry Rollins and Tame Impala Play New York
Wednesday, November 7
Psychedelic Perth rockers Tame Impala bring their highly anticipated live show to the Music Hall of Williamsburg. After beginning their musical journey together in Western Australian in 1999, Tame Impala signed with Modular Records after a MySpace fuelled bidding war during 2008. Tame Impala are predominantly the project of guitarist, singer and songwriter Kevin Parker. He describes their recently released second album "Lonerism" as a departure from the guitar-heavy debut album "Innervision." It incorporates an "expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective." "Lonerism" is their first album to chart in the USA and UK. Check out the psychedelic fuzz of their single "Elephant" here, featuring Analog Synthesized Video by Artist Yoshi Sodeoka. Also Saturday at Webster Hall.
Thursday, November 8
New Jersey's Fountains Of Wayne play blissful power-pop as well as anyone — remember their 1996 hit "Radiation Vibe" or their only gold record "Stacy's Mom" from 2003? Well, their most recent album, 2011's "Sky Full Of Holes," continues the band's great tradition of writing catchy — and under appreciated — guitar rock. At the Bell House.
Friday, November 9
Punk provocateur Henry Rollins has made his musical reputation over three decades, first as the young singer with groundbreaking '80s California punk-rockers Black Flag, and later with Rollins Band. An outspoken human-rights activist, Rollins' music activities have long been complemented by his spoken-word performances and recordings. His 1994 release "Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag," a double-CD set of him reading from his Black Flag tour diary of the same name, won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording. On his current tour, kicking off this week at Joe's Pub, the charismatic Rollins will no doubt have politics on the menu. Also Thursday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday, November 10
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is running this weekend, centred around Williamsburg at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly, Glasslands, Cameo and The Villain Space. Check out some of progressive electronic music's most interesting music-makers, including LA-based producer Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths, London-based producer Gold Panda, owner of the NY-based Clown and Sunset label and talented young producer Nicholas Jaar and English jungle producer Photek.
Sunday, November 11
Chris Isaak's latest album project "Beyond The Sun" salutes the epic voices of Memphis's Sun Records, covering Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. "I did this because I love this music — that's the entire reason," Isaak reportedly said. "You gotta listen to the original ones, they're classics, they're awesome but you can have fun with them. These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it. There's no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you've gotta give a little bit of your own take on it." At Beacon Theatre, rescheduled from Nov. 2
Monday, November 12
Now well into her fifties, Madonna continues to shine on the international stage. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's best-selling female recording artist in history by the Guinness World Records. While her singles from the new album "Give Me All Your Luvin" (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A) — "Girl Gone Wild" and "Turn Up the Radio" — have not been huge smashes, the videos are, as ever, entertaining. Her current global tour behind her 12th studio album "MDNA" was launched in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May 2012 and will finally come to a close in South America at the end of this year. She's in town for two dates at Madison Square Garden. Also Tuesday.
Also tonight: Teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber plays Barclays Center.
Tuesday, November 13
Kaki King's virtuosic guitar sound (watch this video for evidence) recalls fingerpicking giants such as Leo Kotke. Kaki's most recent and fifth studio album, 2010's "Junior," is based around the concept of espionage and living a double life. A new album "Glow" due this month has been described as an evocative, exuberant collection of genre-agnostic soundscapes, rich with wit, theme and inspired invention. At Le Poisson Rouge.