This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, March 27
The Allah-Las speciality is authentic-sounding '60s Californian psych pop and surf rock. Formed by friends who worked together at legendary record store Amoeba Music, The Allah-Las have released four singles. In 2012 their self-titled debut album was described by their former employers at Amoeba as feeling “like some lost treasure dug up from the sand and polished to a perfectly faded sheen.” Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th St. Williamsburg.
Friday, March 28
Dance pop phenomenon Lady Gaga kicks off a run of shows - Lady Gaga’s artRAVE - (through April 7) to bid farewell to the closing Roseland Ballroom. Her third album “Artpop” was released late 2013 and, although not the mega smash of earlier releases “The Fame” (2008) or “Born This Way” (2011), has still sold more than 2 million copies, hitting the top spot in both the U.S and the U.K. Her next project “Cheek To Cheek,” a collaborative jazz record with singing legend Tony Bennett, was due for release this month but has been postponed until late 2014.
Saturday, March 29
Childish Gambino is actor, comedian and writer Donald Glover. He is best known for being a writer for 30 Rock and for his role as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy series Community. As Childish Gambino, Glover released his first studio album "Camp" in late 2011, with his most recent album “Because The Internet” arriving late 2013. The album reached the top 10, featuring guest appearances from Chance the Rapper and Azealia Banks. At Hammerstein Ballroom.
New Orleans’ Bonerama takes the brass-band concept to places unknown, evoking vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set, sometimes even the same song. At Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, doors 6 p.m. $12.
Sunday, March 30
New Zealand band The Wyld fuse dark electronic vibes (Depeche Mode) with big hip hop beats. Since the former architecture students got together in 2010, they’ve attracted the attention of the blogosphere (Pigeons & Planes, MTV Iggy and Cassette Couture), and released one studio album, 2012’s “Preface.” Grab a free ticket by hitting the School Night website. At Brooklyn Bowl,
Monday, March 31
Fronted by anti-establishment icon Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath helped to invent the hard rock and heavy metal genres with a string of influential albums and blistering live shows throughout the 1970s. Osbourne’s drug use led to his dismissal in 1978, with the band soldiering on through multiple lineup changes — incorporating members of Deep Purple and Rainbow and eventually dissolving in the mid '90s. The band’s 2013 reunion album “13” brought the band back to the top of the charts in the U.S with their first number one album since the 1970 masterpiece “Paranoid.” At the Barclays Center, Downtown Brooklyn.
“Lost,” the third studio album from Copenhagen-based musician and producer Anders Trentemøller, is his most eclectic and collaborative effort yet, featuring appearances from Minnestota’s Low as well as contributions from members of The Drums, Blonde Redhead and The Raveonettes. At the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Doors 8 p.m. $25.
Tuesday, April 1
Spirit Family Reunion’s foot-stompin’ joyous music will be ringing out at Williamsburg’s Union Pool tonight.
Wednesday, April 2
Founding fathers of electronic music and “robot pop,” Dusseldorf’s Kraftwerk hit town for a pair of special 3D shows Tuesday and Wednesday at the Washington Heights United Palace Theater. Kraftwerk hit their commercial peak in the mid-'70s with the album ‘Autobahn’ — by far their biggest US hit. Their "Trans Europe Express" (1977) and "Numbers" tracks were sampled into "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, one of the earliest hip-hop/electro hits, and their futuristic sound has influenced artists as diverse as David Bowie, New Order and Blondie.