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Check It Out!: January 24, 2014

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs —

Under the Covers Vol. 3

(Shout! Factory) —

What started out as a 2006 project that found Sweet and Hoffs, (aka Sid and Susie), going through the canons of ’60s artists including The Beatles, Love, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, the Bee Gees, Bob Dylan and The Zombies has evolved into a third volume. With 2009’s Volume 2 tackling the ’70s (Mott the Hoople, Yes, Little Feat, Bread, Derek and the Dominos, Raspberries) , the two friends are shifting gears into the ’80s. Seeing as both artists are known for jangly musical manna replete with gorgeous harmonies, it’s no surprise to hear that there’s more of the same here. This particular decade also hits close to home for them as the duo got its start during this time — Hoffs as a member of The Bangles and Sweet as a major label solo artist in 1986. The cross-section of artists find the duo looking to English and American artists that were already established in this decade (Roxy Music, Dave Edmunds, Tom Petty, The Pretenders), peers from the world of New Wave (Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths), and domestic indie rock (R.E.M., The Bongos, The Go-Go’s, The dB’s). It’s a vanity project well worth hitting the repeat button for.

January 24


Marc Cohn @ The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave.

7 p.m. $55, $45, $35. DOS.


Marc Cohn has come a long way from attending Oberlin and singing jingles on Madison Avenue to seeing his 1991 self-titled debut go platinum. Since then, he not only bounced back from a 2005 carjacking that resulted in his getting shot in the head, was most recently opening for Bonnie Raitt last year. (With Rebecca Pidgeon.)

January 25


Classic Albums Live @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury,

960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $52.


This series originated out of Toronto back in 2003 when local musician/composer Craig Martin transitioned from producing boutique cabaret shows. Among the artists Martin and his crew have tackled are Led Zeppelin (II, IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, In Through the Out Door), Queen (A Night At the Opera), Radiohead (OK Computer), the entire Beatles catalog, Pearl Jam (Ten) and Prince (Purple Rain). This evening’s selection is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon followed by a mini-set of the band’s greatest hits.

January 25


The Gene Clark No Other Tour @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg,

66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $25 DOS.


The late Gene Clark was one of country rock’s unsung heroes—not only did he co-found The Byrds and pen a number of the band’s early hits (“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Eight Miles High,” “She Don’t Care About Time”), but helped cultivate this nascent musical genre along with newgrass via his work with banjo player Doug Dillard. And while Clark’s solo work never attained they heights of his success with the Byrds, he’s developed quite the cult following. His 1974 outing No Other may have been a resounding flop, but the eight songs on this collection has earned it a slew of fans thanks to its mix of folk, country, gospel, blues and psychedelia. For these two dates, a number of indie rockers will be recreating the album in its entirety. Attendees will get to hear members of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Grizzly Bear and the The Walkmen dip into Gene Clark’s masterpiece. (Also appearing on Jan. 26.)

January 25

Port Washington

Dar Williams @ Landmark on Main Street, 223 Main St. 8 p.m.

$47, $42, $37. 516-767-6444

In the past two decades, Dar Williams has taken a quiet and consistent ride to success. Not only has she been championed by folk legend Joan Baez, but Williams has gone down a few unorthodox paths including forming side project Cry Cry Cry with fellow singer-songwriters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. For now, the Mount Kisco native is back to beating her solo drum, with 2012’s In the Time of Gods, an album about Greek mythology being Williams’ latest project.

January 27


Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m.

$124.50, $104.50, $64.50. 212-707-3131

Even though Billy Joel last released a pop album back in 1993 by way of River of Dreams, he’s enjoyed his semi-retirement, choosing to sporadically tour whether it’s in a series of Face to Face tours with friend and fellow piano-playing icon Elton John or by himself. Joel’s most recent endeavor is setting up a residency gig at Madison Square Garden where he’ll be playing once a month indefinitely starting with this kickoff concert.

January 28


Madeleine Peyroux @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg,

66 N. Sixth St. 10 p.m. $45 adv. $50 DOS.


Blessed with a smoky phrasing that seems like she’s channeling Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux has been languishing in Norah Jones’ shadow despite preceding Jones by a few years. Three albums into her career, she’s interpreted Holiday, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Serge Gainsbourg, while her own song “Don’t Wait Too Long” was at the centerpiece of a long-running Dockers ad. She’ll be hitting Brooklyn in support of last year’s The Blue Room, a collection of songs that finds Peyroux taking a crack at elements of Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western. 

January 29


Keith Urban @ Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza.

7 p.m. $82.50, $59.50, $39.50.


Keith Urban is that rarity … an Australian-born country music artist. And while he’s become fully embraced by Music Row, the multi-instrumentalist has branched out to work on projects ranging from appearing on John Fogerty’s 2013 album (collaborating on “Almost Saturday Night”) to most recently returning to American Idol as a judge rounding out the panel of Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.

January 29


John Fogerty @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. 9 p.m.

$170.50, $150.50, $117, $107, $90.25, $79.75.


Believe it or not, there was a time when John Fogerty refused to play CCR material. Having gotten back to dipping back into his back catalog, he upped the ante with last year’s Wrote a Song for Everyone. On it, he duetted with a number of contemporary artists, including Keith Urban, Foo Fighters and Kid Rock, on a cross-section of originals and CCR warhorses. But unlike this coming off as pure marketing minus the thought of whether it’ll actually sound like some numbers cruncher was the impetus behind it (I’m looking at you, Carlos Santana), it wound up being the perfect pairing of artists with the right songs. With it is the idea that it’s okay to go a little deeper into the CCR catalog while showing there’s still plenty of creative kick left in this musical mule. (Also appearing on January 30.)