What’s going on Wednesday?
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss is currently in the midst of his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which runs through February 10. At these shows, Bruce plans to give fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.” The run has him playing completely solo, to a crowd of roughly 960 people – a much smaller crowd size than he’s used to.
Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples @ Beacon Theatre
Earlier this year, Bob Dylan released his standards covers album Triplicate, and he just put out a new box set, Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981. Additionally, Mavis Staples just put out her excellent new record, If All I Was Was Black, written and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. The two are currently playing a five-show run at NYC’s Beacon Theatre, a very intimate venue for Dylan especially (he played a sold-out show at the much larger Nassau Coliseum with Mavis earlier this month). Aside from tonight, the two are also playing the Beacon on Friday (11/24) and Saturday (11/25).
Method Man & Redman @ BB King’s
Longtime pals Method Man and Redman have kept busy as of late, playing several shows together throughout the year, and appearing together at this year’s Governors Ball. Redman also appears on the new Wu-Tang album, The Saga Continues, which came out last month.
Hot Tuna (acoustic) @ City Winery
Blues rock veterans Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are constantly on the road, and they’re currently embarking on an intimate, acoustic tour across the Northeast. This show is sold out, but you can join the wait list. Tuna also play City Winery next week.
Jhene Aiko, Willow Smith, St. Beauty, Kitty Cash @ Brooklyn Steel
This quadruple bill should make for an eclectic night of alt-R&B. Jhene Aiko is fresh off the surprise release of her ambitious double album Trip, and this Brooklyn date is part of her wide North American tour. Also, Willow Smith recently released her second album The 1st last month.
Modern English, The Veldt @ Rough Trade
Post-punk veterans and “I Melt With You” hitmakers Modern English released Take Me To The Trees last year, the first album in 30 years with the band’s original lineup. The band had to cancel many of their 2017 spring tour dates after guitarist Gary McDowell had to undergo an emergency procedure. With all band members now in good health, the band has since rescheduled these dates, which includes shoegaze outfit The Veldt as openers.
Kamasi Washington w/ special guest Robert Randolph, Break Science @ Terminal 5
Kamasi released a great new EP Harmony of Difference back in September, adding to the buzz he created with 2016’s The Epic. He’s supporting the EP on tour, joined by Robert Randolph (who has also been playing in Phil Lesh’s band this year).
Jonathan Richman (w/ Tommy Larkins), Xylouris White @ The Kitchen
The Modern Lovers founder and frontman makes his return to The Kitchen after nearly 40 years, with frequent collaborator Tommy Larkins backing him up on drums. He’s currently in the midst of a five-show run at the venue, and Wednesday’s show will mark the run’s last show. Xylouris White serve as openers, and they’re set to release their third LP, Mother, early next year.
Ho99o9, Pink Mass, GDP, The Bennys @ White Eagle Hall
Earlier this year, LA-via-NJ duo Ho99o9 (pronounced “Horror”) released their debut album, United States of Horror, which blends rap, punk, industrial rock and other abrasive sounds in a way that’s not unlike Death Grips or Show Me the Body.
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