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Check It Out!: September 5, 2013

Steve Earle & The Dukes

(& Duchesses) —

The Low Highway (New West)

Steve Earle, consistency is thy name. Yes, the term Renaissance man gets overused, but given the man wears the hats of singer, songwriter, producer, actor, playwright, author and anti-death penalty advocate, it’s a pretty appropriate moniker. For this most recent outing, not only does he serve up a dozen solid songs, but shows stylistic versatility in the process. He easily transitions from Cajun-flavored shuffle (“That All You Got”) and mandolin-soaked bluegrass road song (“Down the Road Pt II) to a gnarly Crazy Horse-like workout (“Calico County”) and a strolling barroom lament worthy of Mose Allison (“Pocket Full of Rain”). But for as adept as Earle is at dabbling in genres, his work as a storyteller is equally up to par whether he’s singing about an old man facing his mortality (the stark “Warren Hellman’s Banjo”) or wondering aloud where the flyin’ cars, teletransporters and “the future Kennedy promised me” are (the jangly “21st Century Blues”). Aided by wife Allison Moorer, Earle continues to be one of music’s more talented yet underappreciated artists as he continues to make the kind of country music that Nashville seems unwilling or unable to handle.



Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St.,

For some reason, kids tend to be entranced by animals and sea creatures. Thanks to channels like Animal Planet and Nat Geo, little ones have had that appetite stoked considerably more. Families fortunately have an outlet in which to indulge their children’s curiosity about sealife — the Long Island Aquarium. This Riverhead-based of aquatic fauna has a slate of upcoming programs designed to give children experience with sea life via hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and live animal encounters. Starting in October and running through April, the aquarium is running monthly classes centered on Mammals, Creatures of the Deep, Wings (butterflies, birds, bats and penguins), Fishy Antics (funny fish, seahorses, stingrays and sharks), Wacky World (jellies, octopi, pirates and camouflage), Rainforest Fun (reptiles, frogs, plants and insects)and Living Seashore (horseshoe crabs, sea stars, shells and turtles). Aquarium admission is included for one parent and a registered child. Reservations are required. $60/series. ($15 per class). Please call 631-208-9200 ext. H20 (426)

September 6


Depeche Mode @ Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m.

$147.45, $113.75, $59.15. 917-618-6700

Arguably one of the most successful and popular electro-pop acts of all time, Depeche Mode has always enjoyed a strong and devoted following in our area. Chalk it up to the non-stop support offered by WLIR in the‘80s coupled with a consistent string of albums and it’s no wonder that the band’s global touring profits rival those of U2. With Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher still going strong, the trio recently released Delta Machine, the band’s thirteenth studio album and first for new label Columbia Records. The third consecutive outing produced by Ben Hillier, (following 2005’s Playing the Angel and 2009’s Sounds Of the Universe), this collection of songs is steeped in the kind of dark eroticism that have had the goth masses returning year after year. With Bat For Lashes (Also appearing on September 8 @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater,1000 Ocean Pkwy, 800-745-3000 www.jones

September 7

East Meadow

David Cassidy @ Eisenhower Park,

Hempstead Turnpike and Stewart Avenues, 7 p.m. Free.

Baby Boomer teeny-boppers have had a rough go of it lately between the passing of Monkees frontman and British cutie Davy Jones and now, the recent arrest of The Partridge Family’s David Cassidy for D.W.I. (To make the irony that much richer, the arresting officer’s name was Tom Jones.) With his most recent efforts for being in the public eye including a stint on the 2011 edition of The Apprentice, hope rings anew that the man formerly known as Keith Patridge gets past his demons.

September 7


The Allman Brothers Band @ Nikon

@ Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, 7 p.m.

$99.50, $79.50, $49.50, $39.50, $20.


With Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Consider this a second chance to catch the Allman Brothers Band for those who missed its traditional run of dates at the Beacon back in March. And while the granddaddies of southern rock and jam-band nation have been back at it non-stop since 1989, frontman/keyboardist Gregg Allman continues to be the heart and soul despite undergoing a 2010 liver transplant. Steve Winwood had joined the Brothers on the most recent set of dates leading up to this show and while the Traffic founding member won’t be putting in any cameos, do be sure to get there early for jamband darling and righteous rocker Grace Potter, who just might pop up during the headline set for a song or two.

September 8


The Gaslight Anthem@ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave.

8 p.m. $80, $47.25, $42.25, $35.25.


Falling somewhere between The Hold Steady and Jesse Malin, The Gaslight Anthem have an obvious Bruce Springsteen affectation that’s become its hallmark. The band’s recent album, last year’s, Handwritten, finds them cutting back slightly on the Boss-ish nuances and returning to the GA’s more punk origins. It’s still a fine blend that allows these tattooed street poets to still possess enough originality to avoid being a Backstreets-type tribute band disguised as a third-generation punk band. With The Sidekicks and Gates.

September 11


North Mississippi Allstars @ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place,

7 p.m. $20 adv. $22 DOS. 212-307-7171

Luther and Cody Dickinson, (along with buddy Chris Chew), maintain the roots rock flame by way of genealogy. Both are the offspring of late great Memphis producer/musician Jim and as such, have recorded a fine string of six blues-based albums that found the trio being named “Americana music luminaries” by National Public Radio. Those yearning for more will be sated by the recently-released World Boogie is Coming, a mix of originals and numerous covers including songs by Bukka White, R.L. Burnside and Otha Turner. Lightnin’ Malcolm, one of the album’s many guest artists along with Robert Plant, Burnside sons Duwayne and Garry and Alvin Youngblood Hart, opens the show.