Tame Impala, Mavis Staples and Yo La Tengo Play New York
Wednesday, February 13
Toro Y Moi's most recent album, the just released "Anything In Return" was described by music blog Delusions Of Adequecy as "the first great album of 2013" and featured a more R & B, dancefloor vibe. At Webster Hall Wednesday and Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night.
Also tonight: Why? produce literate, classically influenced indie pop with hints of hip hop. Their fourth album "Mumps, Etc." was released late 2012 and features wry ruminations on the life of a touring musician. At Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Thursday, February 14
Mavis Staples, is a gifted R&B and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who first recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band, in the mid '50s. She went solo in the late '60s and has been lately enjoying the attention of notable producers Ry Cooder (2007's "We'll Never Turn Back") and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (2010's "You Are Not Alone"). Staples was also recently recognised as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was also included in VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. Hear the living legend at the Allen Room, Lincoln Center, as part of the annual American Songbook series.
Also tonight: Drummer and joint frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, DJ ?uestlove presents a very special Valentine's Day Bowl Train: Bowlmance at Brooklyn Bowl.
Friday, February 15
The Soul Rebels formed when members of New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band decided they wanted to play the new, exciting music they were hearing on the radio, while respecting the tradition they loved. Friday and Saturday with The Slide Brothers in support at Brooklyn Bowl.
Also tonight: Brooklyn's bass-heavy dance producer Baauer (Harry Rodrigues) has remixed the likes of The Prodigy and No Doubt and is responsible for the underground dance and video viral hit "The Harlem Shake." At Webster Hall Friday night.
Saturday, February 16
Tom Morello hits the spotlight as part of the American Songbook series at the Allen Room, Lincoln Center. In addition to being the guitarist of alt-rockers Rage Against the Machine, Morello is also known as The Nightwatchman, a modern-day troubadour standing up for a better world at Occupy Wall Street protests, union rallies and on critically acclaimed albums like 2011's self-produced "World Wide Rebel Songs."
Also tonight: Since forming in 1984, Yo La Tengo have explored the fringes of tuneful guitar rock, often with a sweet feedback-drenched sound reminiscent of their heroes The Velvet Underground. Their 13th album "Fade" has been getting great reviews — Clash music blog says "there’s not a whiff of complacency to their first album in four years. A whistle-stop tour of Yo La Tengo’s hooky indie, shoegazing ballads and, in the epic finale "Before We Run," belching brass. This is more than just a re-treading of water but the musings of an outfit achingly self-aware of their twilight years." At The Town Hall.
And: '60s pop and soul icon Lulu ("To Sir With Love") plays B.B. King Blues Club and Grill.
And: The '70s Soul Jam returns to The Beacon Theatre for a pair of Valentine's Day concerts featuring Philadelphia soul outfit The Stylistics, The Emotions, The Manhattans, Blue Magic, The Chi-lites and Cuba Gooding Sr. Two shows, 3pm & 8pm.
And: English electronic music producers Above & Beyond have built an underground trance music empire with their own record label Anjunabeats and their own weekly radio show Group Therapy Radio. "Anjunabeats Volume 10" is the forthcoming tenth instalment in their Anjunabeats Volume compilation series, launching tonight at Roseland Ballroom.
And: LA pop rockers Maroon 5 play Madison Square Garden, with special guests Neon Trees and Owl City.
Sunday, February 17
Amsterdam-based DJ Chuckie, known for his anthemic Dutch House productions, plays Pacha NYC.
Monday, February 18
Ocean Carolina and Paul Basile of Great Elk play The Mercury Lounge tonight. Ocean Carolina merge a classic outlaw country sound with a touch of folk from Neil Young, and a love of bands the likes of The Cure, Oasis and Pink Floyd. Their debut album "All The Way Home" has just been released.
Tuesday, February 19
Perth, Australia rockers Tame Impala bring their highly anticipated psychedelic live show to Terminal 5. Forming in 1999, Tame Impala signed with Modular Records after a Myspace fuelled bidding war during 2008. Tame Impala is predominantly the project of guitarist, singer and songwriter Kevin Parker. He describes the recently released second album "Lonerism" as a departure from the guitar heavy debut album "Innervision" by incorporating an "expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective." "Lonerism" is their first album to chart in the USA & UK. Check out the psychedelic fuzz of their single "Elephant" here, featuring analog synthesized video by artist Yoshi Sodeoka.