Check out my weekly Spotify playlist featuring selected tracks from the artists playing in New York this week.
Wednesday, March 13
Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming join forces for a concert to celebrate Minnelli's 67th birthday. At The Town Hall. Also Thursday.
Thursday, March 14
Atoms For Peace is a new project of Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The band — which also contains Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) — formed to play alongside Yorke's 2006 album "The Eraser" and have gradually morphed into a fully fledged band. Their debut album "Amok" has just been released and explores a similar sound and texture to "The Eraser". Yorke says on the Radiohead website that the band "is a ongoing and open ended project, where it leads i know not for certain .... which is what is nice about it." Yorke and Godrich will be doing an Atoms For Peace DJ set tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.
Friday, March 15
Saturday, March 16
Sofia Rei and Alsarah & Nubatones play the famous Apollo Theater in their Music Café, a venue that explores music genres from the Apollo’s heritage – R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock. Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers.
Sunday, March 17
Brooklyn bred rapper Talib Kweli's music has been able to educate and entertain simultaneously. Both Jay-Z and 50 Cent have named Kweli as one of their favorite rappers. His next album "Prison Of Concious' is due in May this year, the tenth in a career that stretches back to the mid '90s and his first band Black Star with Mos Def. Tonight and Monday he'll be playing new material live with a full band. At Brooklyn Bowl.
Also tonight: Pinback's most recent album, 2012's "Information Retrieved" - their first since 2007's "Autumn Of the Seraphs" - has re-established the San Diego band as one of the most tuneful and easygoing indie rockers on the west coast. Formed in 1998 by Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow, their live lineup is expanded with live drums and other instrumentalists as needed. At Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Monday, March 18
Scottish electropop band Chvrches are in town for two gigs - first, the full band show at Mercury Lounge - and a DJ set at 285 Kent Ave on Tuesday night. The up and coming Glasgow based band recently signed with Glassnote Records in America, home to Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, and are releasing a new EP "Recover" later this month.
Also tonight: Australian classical guitarist John Williams (former member of progressive instrumental rock band Sky and jazz-fusion guitarist John Etheridge have collaborated for more than a decade. Tonight at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall they perform an eclectic mix of music for duo guitar, illuminating their distinctive skills and showcasing a wealth of musical experience across musical genres.
Tuesday, March 19
Founded by brothers John and Stephen Gomez, The Summer Set play highly polished emo indie rock. Their new album, "Legendary" is out next month. Check out their video for new single "Boomerang" here. At Gramercy Theater.
Also tonight: New York City rock icon Lou Reed, Israeli singer David Broza, performance art pioneer Laurie Anderson, and stand-up comic Judy Gold are among the line-up leading a spirited, imaginative and interactive Passover Seder dinner hosted by City Winery.
And: 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 their great tradition of writing catchy - and under appreciated - guitar rock. At The Bowery Electric.