This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
With the Super Bowl hitting town this week, the live music scene is overrun with one-off concerts and VIP parties. Unfortunately many of the shows are corporate events that require special ticketing.
The Bud Light party boat docked on Manhattan's west side is hosting Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and The Roots on Thursday. On Friday, Imagine Dragons will play. Over the weekend, Foo Fighters and the Zac Brown Band will play Saturday, and Fall Out Boy and Jake Owen will take the stage Sunday.
If you don't have tickets to any of the hyped Super Bowl concerts, don't despair — there are plenty of other great show on offer. Read on, and tune in to the Spotify playlist below.
Thursday, Jan. 30
In 1967, Vanilla Fudge emerged as one of the East Coast's first heavy, psychedelic rock bands. Their speciality was reinterpreting pop songs and giving them the heavy and slow Vanilla Fudge treatment. Most successful was their version of The Supremes hit "You Keep Me Hanging On." Original members Carmine Appice (drums), Vince Martell (guitar) and Mark Stein (keys) are joined by Pete Bremy (bass) at 7:30 p.m. at B.B King's Blues Club & Grill
Dum Dum Girls celebrate the release of their third album, "Too True," at The Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side
Friday, Jan. 31
Former LCD Soundsystem keyboardist and The Juan Maclean band member Nancy Whang hits the decks for a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg
The English five-piece post-punk band Eagulls play Baby's All Right in Williamsburg
Saturday, Feb. 1
Jazz legend John Abercrombie is bringing his well-seasoned quartet — featuring his long-time piano ally Marc Copeland — to the Jazz Standard for a run of shows with three sittings tonight at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. 116 E. 27th St. Murray Hill
Red Hot Chili Peppers alongside MS MR and J. Roddy Walston and The Business play Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn as part of sport radio station “WFAN’s Big Hello to Brooklyn, celebrating the Super Bowl
Ziggy Marley's Bryant Park show is sold-out. Although free, a ticket is required for entry. From 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 2
On the final day of the Mike Kelley exhibition at MoMA PS1, former Sonic Youth guitarist and singer Kim Gordon — now of the band Body/Head — is collaborating with visual artist and writer, Jutta Koether. Kelley's artwork was used on Sonic Youth's iconic 1992 album "Dirty." 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens. From 4 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3
Tinariwen's origins are the deserts of the Southern Sahara. The band formed in the rebel camps of Libya under Moammar Gadhafi, forging a droning, percussive, blues rock style that has been dubbed "Tishoumaren," or "the music of the unemployed". At Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg
Billy Joel continues his monthly Madison Square Garden residency. Tonight's show is sold out, but tickets are still available for his Aug. 7 and Sept. 17 shows.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Australian folk-blues rockers John Butler Trio play alongside Little Hurricane tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. At Bowery Ballroom on Monday.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
25 years ago, human rights organisation Amnesty International spread its message to an emerging generation with live concerts featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and many more. Now Amnesty is trying to bring its message to a new generation.
Masha Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot will take the stage of the Barclays Center and be introduced by Madonna. Also performing will be The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, Tegan and Sara and the Cold War Kids. From 8 p.m. in wowntown Brooklyn
On the back of his fifteenth studio album "The Low Highway", Steve Earle is kicking off a month-long residency (every Wednesday night) at City Winery, Tribeca.
"This time out, he brings all his influences together into an LP that may be his most musically diverse offering yet," Magnet Magazine said in their 9-out-of-10 star review.
PopMatters called the album Earle's best since 2004's Grammy winner "The Revolution Starts Now." Tonight's show is a solo acoustic performance featuring audience requests.