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This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

By Ben Fractenberg | April 17, 2014 7:13am
  The Black Lips, Patti Smith and B.B. King are all playing New York City April 17 through April 23. 
Gigs of the Week, April 17
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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.

Gigantic Williamsburg record store Rough Trade NYC is hosting a slew of bands as part of Record Store Day including Perfect Pussy, The Rails and Hospitality.

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. 

Patti Smith is taking a break from touring Europe to play her hometown. The event at WNYC's The Greene Space will mix music and poetry.