Show Me Your Undies

Local Record Labels Strip Down to Just the Essentials

March 15 and 18
Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, 307-7171
March 22
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, Long Island, 307-7171
April 6
Continental Airlines Arena, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 307-7171

Riding creatively (but not commercially) high with Songs From the West Coast, Elton's bound to hold his own on this local stop of the superstar duo's second "Face to Face" tour. Knowing what's good for him, Billy's bound to go easy on his ersatz classical album, Fantasies and Delusions, and sell his latest hits package instead. This is one show where you know exactly what you're getting for your hugely inflated ticket price—176 piano keys and a whole lot of memories. (Walters)

March 18
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 219-3006

Mothers of Unconvention: Angels of Light's How I Loved you album cover
Mothers of Unconvention: Angels of Light's How I Loved you album cover

Like Barbara Manning and Liz Phair, her sisters in the educated, brown-haired, indie singer-songwriter press darling sub-subgenre, Dougher isn't much of a vocalist, but she comes across with such girl-in-the-dorm-room-next-door realness, you can't help but be charmed. Her latest, The Bluff, rocks out a bit more than previous solo offerings, but I still prefer her work with Corin Tucker in the girl group Cadallaca, which is more concerned with having fun. (Phillips)

March 21
Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, 777-6800

None other than Sir Elton made a surreal surprise appearance at young Ryan's Irving show in the fall, so maybe Springsteen will show up this time around for a game of Last Man Standing—Adams can't he won't and he don't stop, as tireless a showman as he's prolific a songwriter. The diffident goofball also tends to play dirty and wasted, all the better to rough up his increasingly slick AOR product and shrink any venue down to barroom size. (Winter)

March 21
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 307-7171

Headlining will be sax man Karl Denson's all-star funk-fusion band, featuring Charlie Hunter, Chris Wood, DJ Logic, and others. But to my ears the support acts are more impressive: West Coast undie hip-hoppers Blackalicious are as stagewise as rap bands get, especially when Lyrics Born comes along for the ride; Michael Franti's Spearhead, always ready with a groove no matter how programmatic the raps get; and Nikka Costa is a pretty darn funky diva for Don Costa's daughter. (Christgau)

March 23
Knitting Factory, Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 219-3006

Prolific as rabbits and side-project-prone, Kawabata Makoto's quasi-hippie commune/psychedelic band has a range much broader than the lysergic jamming that's their specialty. (They recently tackled Terry Riley's "In C.") Mostly, though, they're about sustained altered states of being, evoked via sustained guitar overspill. (Wolk)

March 23
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 533-2111

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' dirty no wave-garage is so thrilling that they deserve every last accolade. Singer Karen O is well on her way to becoming a superstar, and she's got the voice and attitude of a young Lydia Lunch. With the Detroit-based Dirtbombs, legendary former Gorie Mick Collins's revolving-door two-bassist, two-drummer garage-punk freakout. (Phillips)

March 26
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 533-2111

Like Jim Steinman said, too much is never enough, and this former indie weirdo turned toast of England specializes in huge fist-in-the-air anthems—on getting wasted, on getting wet, on loving New! York! City! He's a younger, skinnier bat out of hell, with a penchant for bloodying his face and a mighty mountain of bombast behind his passionate lisp. (Wolk)

April 4
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 533-2111

Less fragmentary than their debut, Internal Wrangler, Clinic's new Walking With Thee is still giddy and jittery on the same aphrodisiac fuzz-organ fumes, and at this point frontman Ade Blackburn sounds altogether panicked (notwithstanding cozy-domestic song titles like "Come Into Our Room" and "Sunlight Bathes Our Home"). Even Bowery head-nodders will throw down for the title track's Mysterians-meets-Mission of Burma pogo rumpus. (Winter)

April 5
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 219-3006

Erase Errata's visits here are erratic, so take this opportunity to see the ladies barrel through their set of furiously convulsing—or is it passionately shimmying?—two-minute tunes. Locals Black Dice play here all the time, but never the same set. A recent turn into feedback symphonics seems to have ended; expect them to rip barbed, burning grooves out of their instruments and effects. (Catucci)

April 10
B.B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42nd Street, 997-4144

Sizzling hot son from an all-star Cuban dance band led by former Sierra Maestra trumpeter Jesús Alemañy. The horns swagger, the polyrhythms percolate around conguero "Tata" Guines, and for a few sweet hours all will be right with the world. (Gehr)

April 10-11
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, 307-7171
April 13-14
Continental Airlines Arena, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 307-7171

Downsizing from stadium to arena to assure continued sellouts and also because nights get cold in the spring, the pop-pop-pop fivesome will demonstrate to any young female you care to buy a ticket that they do too have talent and (in one case) are too too good for Britney. (Christgau)

April 12-13
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 307-7171

For the third April in four, the Great African Ball hits the Ham, and you should do what you can to make it an annual event just in case it proves not to be. Why mince words? Not only does N'Dour possess the finest voice in popular music, a many-octaved thing of surpassingly mellow body and sweetness, he leads the finest band. You think I'm lying, there's only one way to find out—at a show that generally lasts over three hours, starting with the fusion stuff and getting more Dakar as the night deepens. (Christgau)

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