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Check It Out!: March 27, 2014

Black Sabbath: Resurrected And Ready To Rock

Black Sabbath — 13 (Vertigo/Republic) — It only took 35 years before Ozzy Osbourne finally reunited with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (drummer Bill Ward was bounced over contractual differences) to record a Black Sabbath album, the first since 1978’s Never Say Die! Helmed by uber-fan Rick Rubin, last year’s 13 found the trio, (joined by time keeper Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine), attempting to harken back to Osbourne’s first go-round with Sabbath. On a certain level, the Sabs do succeed on these eight songs with the keys being the band’s penchant for nihilistic and foreboding fare still remaining intact. Ozzy’s resilient vocals come as a pleasant surprise but what winds up being the heart of the proceedings are Iommi’s totemic riffs, which certainly sound more reinvigorated than when he was tucking into the Heaven & Hell project with the late Ronnie James Dio. Opening with the hammer-and-tong sludgefest “End of the Beginning,” Sabbath keeps the songs pieced together with interesting time changes that flirt with prog-rock lengths. The themes of songs like “Damaged Soul” and “God is Dead?” keep with the band’s history of weighty fare while Iommi truly shines on the ruminative “Zeitgest,” which has an arrangement reminiscent of Sabbath warhorse “Planet Caravan.” Gloom and doom never sounded so good.

Black Sabbath will be appearing on March 31 @ Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. For more information please call 917-618-6700 or visit, Black Sabbath (Barclays Center, March 31)

March 27


Easy Star All Stars @ Revolution Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd.

8 p.m. $20. 631-264-7712

Consider Easy Star Records to be the little label that could. While major imprints like Island and Heartbeat control the lion’s share of the reggae market, Easy Star has made their mark releasing a mix of archival and newer material by more obscure artists like Sugar Minott and The Meditations. The other way they’ve distinguished themselves is by using their house band, The Easy Star All-Stars to take on unusual projects. The first one was Dub Side of the Moon, a 2003 all-reggae interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. A decade-plus later, the All Stars are back out on the road putting a reggae spin on that masterpiece by Waters/Gilmour/Wright/Mason. With Thunder Body, The Warden & FAME, Soul Junkies.

March 28


Garland Jeffreys @ Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.

8 p.m. $30 adv. $35 DOS. 212-414-5994

A stalwart of the late 1970s/early 1980s era of rock & roll-inspired singer-songwriters whose ranks included Ian Hunter, Lou Reed and Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys always had a gift for writing songs about race and social injustice steeped in the sounds of rock, R&B and reggae. In the past three years, Jeffreys has been on quite a roll starting with 2011’s most-excellent The King of In Between and last year’s equally stellar Truth Serum.

March 29


Mavis Staples @ Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St.

8 p.m. $50. 631-727-4343

Best known as a member of The Staples Singers, Mavis Staples has nonetheless cultivated quite the solo career thanks to a number of famous fans who’ve served as producers including Prince, Curtis Mayfield and Ry Cooder. For the past couple of albums, Staples has served as a muse for Wilco’s Tweedy, with the end results being 2010’s You Are Not Alone and last year’s killer sequel One True Vine.

March 29

Port Washington

Jon Anderson: The Voice of Yes @ Landmark on Main Street,

223 Main St. 8 p.m. $67, $62, $57.


Even though he’s been out of Yes since suffering a severe asthma attack that caused acute respiratory failure, Jon Anderson has enjoyed a healthy recovery and is back to touring and making music. Always in a constant state of creativity, Anderson is not only in the midst of recording a sequel to his 1976 solo debut Olias of Sunhillow but is working on a record with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. In the meantime, Anderson is on the road, playing acoustic shows that draw heavily from his days playing with Yes.

March 29


Taylor Dayne @ the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts,

71 E. Main St. 7 p.m. $47, $35.


 Baldwin native Taylor Dayne returns to the Island for a highly anticipated homecoming show. And while the late ’80s and early ’90s was the heyday for the big-voiced singer born Leslie Wunderman thanks to hits like “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Don’t Rush Me,” she’s spent the past two decades keeping busy. Along with continuing to write and record music, Dayne has also taken up acting, appearing in the Showtime series Rude Awakening, Warren Beatty’s 1994 remake of Love Affair and a number of reality shows including VH-1’s Remaking, CMT’s Gone Country and Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. With Amber Ferrari.

March 30


Dream Theater @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave.

8 p.m. $107, $84.75, $74.50, $63, $52.50


Ever since playing its first gig at Frank Cariola’s Sundance back in the 1980s, Dream Theater has spent the past two decades-plus reigning atop the prog-metal scene. Ever since the band swapped names from Majesty to its current moniker, the Long Island outfit has gone through a myriad of personnel changes with the most earth-shattering being the departure of founding member Mike Portnoy three years ago. With the announcement that former Annihilator/Extreme drummer Mike Mangini was taking Portnoy’s place, Dream Theater has since released its 11th studio album, the appropriately named A Dramatic Turn Of Events with a self-titled follow-up dropping last year.

March 30


Jorma Kaukonen @ Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St.

7:30 p.m. $45. 631-727-4343

To say Jorma Kaukonen has had an interesting life is an understatement. As a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, he went from being onstage at Woodstock to forming Hot Tuna with running buddy Jack Casady. And while 2009’s River of Time, a handful of originals with solid covers of the Reverend Gary Davis, Merle Haggard and old friends the Grateful Dead was his last studio outing, he and his wife Vanessa have kept busy with the Fur Peace Ranch, a 119-acre music and guitar camp in southeast Ohio.

March 31


Lake Street Dive @ Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St.,

9 p.m. $18 adv. $20 DOS. 866-858-0008 www.boweryballroom

Founded a decade ago, this Boston quartet is really starting to hit its stride this year thanks a sound that blends soul, rock, blues and jazz. This talent extends to a number of exemplary covers of artists including The Jackson 5 and Hall & Oates and as such, Lake Street Dive’s new album Bad Self Portraits is shaping up to be an early entry for Best of 2014 honors. With Lazer Cake (Night 1) and Ages and Ages (Night 2). (Also appearing on April 1)