The XX, Johnny Winter and Cat Power Play New York
Wednesday, January 23
Taking a turn away from solo home-recording of his past records toward the more collaborative environment of the studio, Ducktails’ Matt Mondanile (he also plays in Real Estate) has roped in friends and colleagues Jessa Farkas of Future Shuttle, Joel Ford of Airbird and bandmate Martin Courtney of Real Estate to make something more adventurous yet easy-going on his new album “The Flower Lane." Album launch tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.
Also tonight: Reformed '90s alt-rockers Soundgarden play the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom.
Thursday, January 24
Since forming in London during 2008, The xx have quickly built an international following with their spacious ambient indie sound. In 2010, the band won the UK's top music award the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album "XX." Their latest album "Coexist" - another intimate affair - has also been drawing strong reviews. At Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom (also Friday.)
Also tonight: Florida rockers Hot Water Music are back with a new album "Exister," their eighth in nearly two decades. At the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
And: Reggae legends and former bandmates of the late, great Bob Marley, The Wailers play first then make way for ?uestlove's (DJ Set) Soul Train at Brooklyn Bowl.
Friday, January 25
Do you like your punks with plenty of youthful exuberance? Danish rockers Iceage certainly fit the bill. Formed in 2008 and already with one classic album under their belt (2011's "New Brigade"), Iceage has a great reputation for letting it rip. Pitchfork music blog described the music as "mixing the black atmosphere of goth, the wild-limbed whoosh of hardcore and the clangor of post-pun." With Raspberry Bulbs, Nomad and Deformity
at 285 Kent Ave.
Also tonight: Syracuse, NY rockers Ra Ra Riot have a new album under their belt, "Beta Lover." Curious? The album is currently streaming in its entirety on Youtube. At Webster Hall.
Saturday, January 26
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti was never satisfied with being the king's heir. He freed himself from his father and afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's legacy in 1985 by putting together his own band, The Positive Force, finding his own voice in the process. At Webster Hall.
Sunday, January 27
Lotus formed in college in Indiana in 1999 and, after a few years of playing what they describe as "jamtronica," recruited percussionist Chuck Morris in 2001 and shifted their focus to instrumental music, taking inspiration from progressive electronic musicians such as The Orb. They have produced ten albums, including the most recent "Build." At the Knitting Factory.
Monday, January 28
Constantly shifting between simple country blues to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Johnny Winter was an early and clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock. Join Johnny in The 3rd Annual Winter in Winter Residency at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill.
Also tonight: Indie popsters Tegan and Sara at Beacon Theatre. (also Tuesday)
Tuesday, January 29
Mention African song and many Americans think of South Africans like Solomon Lindy, Miriam Makeba and, perhaps more than anyone else, the vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In a career that has spanned 30 years, the've recorded 40 albums and sold more than six million records. Brought to the attention of an international audience through Paul Simon's "Graceland," (check out "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" from that album) Mambazo's first US album "Shaka Zulu" won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1987. Since then, the group has been nominated for a Grammy eight additional times, winning its third award in 2009 and receiving its latest nomination for 2011's Song From a Zulu Farm. At Highline Ballroom.
Also tonight: Two blues stars from different eras join forces tonight for "An Evening of the Blues" with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at Irving Plaza. Their new album collaboration "Get Up!" is officially released today.
And: Singer/songwriter Chan Marshall is Cat Power. She writes sparse and moving tales that touch on folk and indie rock and pop. Hear tracks from her acclaimed 2012 album "Sun" tonight at Terminal 5.