Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:21
With brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson, (both sons of the late and legendary producer/musician Jim) , at the helm of North Mississippi All Stars, the band has always avoided going down the route of producing weekend warrior-flavored blues. The rustic and raw Delta Blues associated with juke joint-flavored imprint Fat Possum has always been more of a guidepost, especially given the fact that the NMAS has worked with a number of that label’s artists in the past. The 2009 death of the duo’s pop may have caused them to go on hiatus, but their return to the studio is a testament to their father be it in the title (one of Jim Dickinson’s favorite sayings) or in the innovative way in which they blend raw playing, snippets of ambient noise and clips of previously recorded fare by late Fat Possum stalwarts Othar Turner and R.L. Burnside.
The overall result is a chaotic yet captivating stew of sounds that runs from the Luther Dickinson original “Turn Up Satan” with its blend of fuzz guitar, stomping groove and splash of Middle Eastern-flavored riffing and fife and drum cadence in a reading of Turner’s “Shimmy” to “World Boogie,” a lo-fi shuffle roiling with guitar that’s equally squalling and bouncy all tied together with a cackling vocal that bounces between falsettos and growls. Elsewhere, Burnside’s “Get the Snakes Out the Woods” gurgles with jagged riffing peppered by dirty-sounding slide and gospel-like harmonies all fed through layers of distorted sonics that give it a swampy, garage rock swagger. And while the list of guests include a harp-blowing Robert Plant (an ominous reading of Junior Kimbrough’s “JR” and the lighter and slighter original “Goat Meat”), Alvin Youngblood Heart and Lightnin’ Malcolm, it’s fare like a version of the blues standard “Rollin ’N Tumblin” that sounds like the love child of Beck and the White Stripes that gives you an idea of just how the musically innovative apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Bryan Adams: Bare Bones Tour @ the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd.,
8 p.m. $78, $58, $32.50. 516-299-3100 www.tillescenter.org
Kudos are in order for the intimate, 2200-seat Tilles Center for the Performing Arts as they scored quite a coup in landing Bryan Adams to play this humble venue. Although 2008’s 11 was the last studio outing for this 54-year old Canadian rocker, 2010’s Bare Bones, which was a compilation of global solo acoustic performances he performed, is the inspiration behind this current tour. And while Adams doesn’t dominate the charts the way Beyonce and her ilk do, he still retains considerable cache that’s resulted from a hit-filled canon and an ability to fill ginormous venues overseas.
Eileen Ivers An Nollaig “An Irish Christmas” @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St.
8 p.m. $45, $40. 631-969-1101 www.boultoncenter.org
A well-respected and iconic performer in the world of Irish music, the Bronx native has not only toured with Riverdance and been a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, but she’s joined forces with fellow female violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter in a show dubbed Fiddlers Three. This trip out to the Island finds Ivers in a holiday spirit, where she’ll be performing a set dubbed, “An Nollaig — An Irish Christmas” that has become annual event at Bolton Center.
Salsapalooza @ the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd.,
8 p.m. $88, $68, $43. 516-299-3100 www.tillescenter.org
With Hispanics having become the largest minority community in the past decade according to the United States Census Bureau, it’s no surprise that the Tilles Center could host an event like Salsapalooza. The boriqua trio of Jerry Rivera, India and Eddie Santiago are the co-headliners, each carrying an impressive resume in the world of salsa. Rivera, who grew up in Levittown (Puerto Rico), comes from a family of musicians, is a Grammy Award/Latin Grammy Award-nominated vocalist and was one of four judges in the 2011 Puerto Rican version of American Idol. La India, “La Princesa de Salsa” (The Princess of Salsa), went from being a founding member of freestyle act TKA to becoming a respected salsera who has worked with numerous greats including Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente and Marc Anthony. Santiago has made his reputation as a multi-platinum balladeer who has worked with numerous high profile names on the Latin music scene including Elvis Crespo, Huey Dunbar and Victor Manuelle.
Monster Magnet @ Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St.,
9 p.m. $25. 866-858-0008 www.boweryballroom.com
The East Coast answer to Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet has been serving up its style of stoner rock since founding member Dave Wyndorf named his group after a favorite 1960s Wham-O toy and released the group’s first demo cassette, Forget About Life, I’m On Dope, in 1989. Nearly two and a half decades later, Wyndorf and his crew are out on the road in support of the recently-released Last Patrol, a collection of songs that the Jersey-born founding member described as, “…full-on space rock with a ’60s garage feel…” With Royal Thunder & Anti-Mortem.
A Rockapella Christmas @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St.
8 p.m. $65, $60. 631-969-1101 www.boultoncenter.org
Best known for being the house band for the PBS show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the NYC a capella outfit is at a point where none of the founding members is still involved in Rockapella. That said, the current line-up will be bringing those golden pipes to the Boulton Center for what’s become yet another Bolton Center annual tradition.
John Mayer @ Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. 7 p.m. $99.95, $66.75. 917-618-6700 www.barclayscenter.com
Often, John Mayer is perceived as a sappy, soft-rock knockoff of Dave Matthews. But in recent years, Mayer’s earned plenty of respect for his considerable guitar-playing chops be it via a memorable appearance on Chappelle’s Show, touring with the likes of Buddy Guy or recording an impressive, live power-trio album alongside respected studio vets Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. Having recovered from vocal surgery, Mayer released his sixth album Paradise Valley back in August and is currently out in support of it with Season 11 American Idol champ Philip Phillips, (who has also been tagged with the Jack Johnson/Dave Matthews label) serving as an opening act.
Breeders @ Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St. 8 p.m. $30. 212-260-4700 www.websterhall.com
With Kim Deal having departed from the Pixies earlier this year, she’s reunited with sister Kelley, bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the group’s sophomore bow Last Splash, which has been reissued as LSXX. Both that and the group’s 1990 debut Pod, will be played in their entirety during this tour.
The Funky Meters @ The Space at Westbury, 290 Post Ave.
8 p.m. $50, $305 $20. 800-745-3000, www.thespaceatwestbury.com
I don’t have near enough space to laud The Meters’ accomplishments both as a self-contained unit and as sidemen for a myriad of artists. And while the original lineup of Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr. and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste that reunited in 2005 was the funk music equivalent of Pink Floyd regrouping, the Funky Meters that has been on the predominantly on the road since the original group first broke up in 1977. And while only Neville and Porter team up with guitarist Brian Stoltz and drummer Russel Batiste Jr. to form the Funky Meters, the end result still winds up being the real-life affirmation of Funkadelic’s call to arms, “Free your ass and your mind will follow.”
ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) Holiday Record + CD Sale
The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) is a non-profit music library and archive based in Manhattan that contains more than five million items and growing, making it the world’s largest collection of popular music. More than 250,000 recordings are donated to the ARC every year. Subsequently, items are sorted through and cataloged with the goal being that the two best copies of each title go into the collection. Third copies and more are then sold off to the public, with sales being used to improve the permanent collection, free up space and offer up a fresh crop of great recordings twice a year. For one week every December, ARC is the largest record store in New York City. There will be 5,000+ recordings for sale in all genres and formats (45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes). There will also be books, posters, DVDs, VHS, magazine and a vintage flea market and yard sale items available for purchase. This year’s specials include an incredible collection of punk/new wave 45s and LPs, three big boxes of Christmas LPs, more CDs than ever before, and a special Lou Reed section. Also hundreds of modern art, experimental and modern classical LPs (Glass/Varese/Crumb/Carter/Satie). All recordings never offered before; the ARChives starts fresh every sale.