This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday , April 17
Atlanta’s garage rockers Black Lips released their latest album “Underneath the Rainbow” on March 18 — their first in three years. The band is known to occasionally perform wild antics on stage, so be prepared for some craziness. Doors are at 7 p.m. at Webster Hall with Natural Child opening. Tickets are $20.
Friday, April 18
Liam Finn, son of legendary New Zealand artist and former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, just released his third album, “The Nihilist.” The first track released off the album, “Snug as F**k,” is dreamy, but tense. Finn often plays songs solo during live shows, looping guitar and drums. His passion and musical chops don’t make it seem like he’s showing off — more like he needs to channel his sometimes manic energy through as many outlets as possible. With Weyes Blood and Evil J & Saint Cecilia at 9 p.m. at Union Pool. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, April 19
Blues legend B.B. King is still going at 88. He was heckled a bit at a recent St. Louis show when some concertgoers apparently felt he was aimlessly rambling through songs. Even if King is, understandably, not in peak form, it’s still more than worth it to see a man who helped shape American music in the 20th Century. At 8 p.m. at Lehman College Center for the Performing Arts in The Bronx with tickets starting at $55.
Sunday, April 20
New Jersey’s Delicate Steve excels at bright and sunny guitar driven instrumentals. His guitar work is intricate and emotional, so his music never comes across as cheesy. Check him out at Baby’s Alright, a relatively new music venue with multiple bars next to Peter Luger’s in Williamsburg. Show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Dustin Wong and Deradoorian are opening
Monday, April 21
Blaqstarr is a Baltimore-based rapper, singer, producer and DJ who helped shape M.I.A.’s groundbreaking second album “Kala.” He’ll be showing off his DJ skills at Shrine in Harlem at 11 p.m. There is no cover and the venue is all ages.
Tuesday, April 22
Gender bending legend Boy George is out with a new album, which he described to Brooklyn Vegan as being influenced by The Stones' “Beast of Burden,” amongst other 1970s classics. The Irving Plaza show is sold out, but not to fret: there are still tickets on StubHub starting at around $70.
Wednesday, April 23
Former Roots member and beat boxing wizard Rahzel will perform with the Lifted Crew and some promised “special guests,” at at 9:30 p.m. at the Cutting Room on East 32nd Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of.