By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Street. Brooklyn, bam.org
Jay-Z & Kanye West
There's no surprise in the quality of Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative luxury-rap LP, Watch the Throne. Which isn't to say there's no surprise: More than a month after the album's release, those mock-heroic horns in "New Day" still catch me off guard. But good records are what these guys do; the Throne is a business, man. Jay and 'Ye's live show might end up a different beast, at least if those Page Six reports about pre-tour bickering are to be believed. Will the two rappers hold it together? Will they fall apart? Fork over $250 for a floor seat and find out.
158 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
Category: Music Venues
Region: Greenwich Village
Izod CenterEast Rutherford, NJmeadowlands.com
When Taylor Swift played the Garden in 2009, she stood onstage silently soaking up her fans' adulation for a full two minutes—one of the most prodigious expressions of faux-naïf wonder in a career already overflowing with them. Two years (and millions of album sales) later, you can be sure she'll try to top it during these shows, the final North American dates of her yearlong world tour behind 2010's excellent Speak Now.
Madison Square Garden
2 Pennsylvania Plaza. thegarden.com
Tori Amos sounded a little starved for inspiration on 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin, so it was probably wise that for her new one, Night of Hunters, the piano songstress lifted themes from some dependable old hitmakers: Frédéric Chopin and Erik Satie. (It's out September 20 on Deutsche Grammophon, which last year released Sting's surprisingly good Symphonicities.) As her superdevoted fans know, Amos rarely allows an opportunity for high drama to pass by unexploited. But onstage she can also give in to an appealing vulgar streak. Don't anticipate an overdose of decorum here.
2124 Broadway, beacontheatre.com