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Asaf Avidan

One part of Asaf Avidan, the Israeli songwriter who gave a solo concert on Friday night at Irving Plaza, is a lot like Leonard Cohen: the Leonard Cohen who sings delicately fingerpicked songs full of finely calibrated metaphors, aphoristic phrases, paradoxes and mournful romance. "I said, Baby you are magic/ She said, No, hon, just a trick," he sang in "Anchor."

But his vocal range is octaves above Mr. Cohen's bass, in the androgynous zone of altos and countertenors. And he's far from Mr. Cohen's reserve. As his voice climbs he gives it a ragged, bluesy edge, yowling or wailing, even shrieking at the right moment, to infuse his songs with riveting drama. In that he's like Robert Plant, the Led Zeppelin singer who exults in the acrobatic extremes of the blues. Mr. Avidan even has a hard-strumming blues, "Hangwoman," that could be a sequel to Led Zeppelin's "Gallows Pole." [Jon Pareles for NY Times]

The last two times Israeli singer Asaf Avidan played NYC were at Irving Plaza (in February of 2014 and 2015), but his next trip here will have him playing his most intimate NYC shows in a while. He' doing four nights at Rough Trade on April 10, 11, 13 and 24. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/8) at noon. No other dates announced at the moment.

The NY Times review quoted above is from his 2014 Irving Plaza show. The first sentence compares him to Leonard Cohen, and that's the first thing we heard when listening to his latest album Gold Shadow too (though a much higher-pitched Leonard Cohen). "The Labyrinth Song" especially sounds like him. On the other hand though, NPR's Bob Boilen also compared him to Janis Joplin and Nina Simone, so he's certainly not just aping any one person. If you haven't heard the album, you can listen via Spotify below, where you can also check out the video of the Tiny Desk concert he recorded for NPR.

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Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

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Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.

The pair travel the US for all of February - they'll play a NY-area show at Maxwell's on Saturday, March 6th. Tickets are on sale

Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.

Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

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