Wednesday, February 20
Jonathan Richman began playing guitar at 15, and in the early '70s formed the hugely influential Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound - think The Velvet Underground - helped lay the groundwork for punk rock. By the time the group's debut album (including the much-covered "Road Runner," a Top Five single in Europe) was released in 1976, Jonathan had already moved on to a quieter sound and a gentler lyrical focus. Since then, he's continued to record and tour, first with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, later on his own and, eventually, as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins. Richman's music has absorbed many influences, from doo-wop to country, without sacrificing his effervescent personality. With Tommy Larkins on drums, at The Bell House.
Also tonight: Since forming in 1994, San Franciso's high-energy and unpredictable noise pop band Deerhoof has released a dozen albums, the most recent being "Breakup Song" from 2012. Tonight, Deerhoof and contemporary ensemble Dal Niente will collaborate on a new work for the first time after sharing a bill in Chicago's Millennium Park last summer as part of the Wordless Music Series. At Merkin Concert Hall.
Thursday, February 21
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are two of the pioneers of Americana. Their solo recordings, songwriting, studio session work and live performances alongside Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam and the Dixie Chicks have made them treasures of the roots and country music scene. The two have collaborated to make a duets record "Buddy and Jim," trading licks and verses. At The Bowery Ballroom.
Also tonight: The hypnotic and chilled out sounds of Teen Daze and xxyyxx should compliment each other beautifully tonight at 285 Kent Avenue. Both share electronic textures and an ambient dance aesthetic that gets you dancing on the insides.
Friday, February 22
Har Mar Superstar curates a late night event on the last Friday of each month at the Knitting Factory and tonight he features literate rapper Mike Mictlan, whose "Snaxxx" album was released towards the end of 2012 on Midwest hip-hop label collective Doomtree. Mictlan's live set is described by his label as "a spectacle of sweat and laughter and fury and communion".
Also tonight: Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”. With Beacon, Notemoves, Heathered Pearls (DJ set) at Glasslands Gallery Late show, doors at 11.30pm.
And: The Highline Ballroom pays tribute to the irresistible pop sounds of The Purple One and The King of Pop with the The Prince and Michael Jackson Experience, with guests Angela Harriell and Dorian Cervantes of The Love Show.
Saturday, February 23
Things will be getting suitably heavy at Saint Vitus tonight with San Francisco's stoner rockers Acid King in the house. Formed in 1993 by frontwoman Lori S, the band's most recent release "The Early Years" is a compilation of two out-of-print albums from 1994 and '95.
Also tonight: Imagine Dragons presents "Night Visions," their first ever headlining tour in the wake of a platinum-selling single “It’s Time," at Roseland Ballroom.
And: Beach Fossils is the '50s influenced indie project of Dustin Payseur from Charlotte, North Carolina, now based in New York City. During the recording period of his new album "Clash The Truth," the studio was flooded and destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and the band had to relocate to another studio to finish the LP.
At The Bowery Ballroom.
Sunday, February 24
Lord Huron is Los Angeles based musician Ben Schneider. In 2010, Schneider wrote three spacious, epic sounding songs inspired by communing with nature, and the Lord Huron project was born. The debut album "Lonesome Dreams" was released in 2012, and features the track "Time To Run." At the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Monday, February 25
Although overshadowed by her big sister Beyoncé, Solange Knowles has carved her own path in the the entertainment world, dabbling in acting and fashion. But it's in music where her heart lies. Since signing with Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's record label Terrible Records, she has been working on new material. The recently released "True" EP (watch the video for the "Losing You" single here), her first new release since "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams" hit the top 10 in 2008. At Webster Hall.
Tuesday, February 26
In a Nashville-style "guitar pull", artists will often accompany one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections. Appearing tonight are Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, alongside many other special guests. Proceeds from this event will support the preservation of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's collection, as well as sustain its public and school programs that share country music with a world-wide audience. At Best Buy Theater.
Also tonight: Bob Mould plays The Bowery Ballroom behind the release of his great new high energy rock album "Silver Age," which is reminiscent of his work with groundbreaking American post punk rockers Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Also tomorrow, Wednesday February 27.
Emmylou Harris, Solange and Bob Mould Play New York
Wednesday, February 20