For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Skerik's Bandalabra Cameo Gallery Tuesday, September 11 Better than: A tale of one city. When it comes to music, Tolstoy's dictum about the only two kinds of stories1) someone goes on a journey, or 2) a stranger comes to towncan usually be distilled into a single notion: We hop on th ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 S.O.B.'s Wednesday, July 27 Better than: FELA! on Broadway. It's not hard to see why Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti"Seun" (SHAY-oon) for shortwas asked to star in the musical about his bandleader father that, after a stint on Broadway that ended this year, is now ... More >>
A legend turns 70
Calle 13 Irving Plaza Friday, May 6 Sure, they came onstage 45 minutes later than advertised, but the crowd was only a little grumpy about being kept waiting. (Those who booed and threw empty beer cans and plastic cups at Irving Plaza's hanging video screen every time a new song came over th ... More >>
Once the dubmaster for Out Hud and bass provider for !!!, Justin Vandervolgen has been negotiating rock and dance music for well over a decade, forgoing the former for the latter a few years back. This year has been a busy one for Vandervolgen: rocking underground dance parties, dropping an o ... More >>
St. Anns Warehouse brings Broadway to Brooklyn
Heating up Michigan, beat by beat
Black Thought greets his (overflowing) public. Photos by Nicole Ankowski, more below.The Roots and friends Prospect Park Bandshell Sunday, July 11 Welcome to another preposterously well-attended Celebrate Brooklyn! fete, David Byrne-ian in its excess of humanity, thousands upon thousa ... More >>
Ease on down to Henry Street
We have praised Tony-nomination-dominating Fela Kuti musical Fela! at some length around here, and for good reason, which will become perhaps more readily apparent on June 8 when the official cast recording is finally released, featuring, of course, the incomparable Afrobeat stylings of Brook ... More >>
West Africa Story: Fela!. Photo by Chad GriffithIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla writes the back story to and guesses at the future of Fela!, the Fela Kuti Broadway biopic that is every bit as fantastic as it needs to be to survive--not that the fact will necessarily help it, in the ... More >>
Allow us to get a bit navel-gazing here for a second and say that if you ever had any interest in Fela Kuti the man or the bizarre process by which a complicated and politically volatile biography gets turned into a Broadway show marketed (at least in part) to people from Illinois who couldn' ... More >>
Pretty light evening tonight. If you're the sort who'd be into seeing Soulfly at Blender Theater at Gramercy, we suspect you already know about it. If you must go out, the fantastic Fela Kuti musical, the imaginatively titled Fela!, starts previews tonight for a mid-November opening on Broadway. Her ... More >>
Fela! transfers to Broadway
Fearlessly combining Afrobeat with Chinese mysticism
Afrobeat's most famous son knows his own power
Before the Daptone empire, there was a Nigerian Afrobeat crew that did not exist
Youssou NDour brings the hits
In this week's Village Voice, Matthew Shaer plays witness as the Brooklyn Book Festival becomes a "destination event," thanks to Didion, Lethem, Klosterman, MacKaye, et al. Annie Fischer visits the Brooklyn Flea Market and reports on the upcoming Superstar DJ Record Fair. Karla Starr investigates ... More >>
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti gets his own musical
A half-decade of joyful Nigerian mimicry
Afro rhythms heat up the BK
Two reissues honor Afrobeat's funkiest drummer and one of its most exuberant innovators
Transcending genres and avoiding landlords with Staten Island's mighty Budos Band
Three "golden age" hip-hop compilations remind us when now is
Sophistipop at summer's end, remembering the global fusion of the '70s
Westernizing Anglophone West Africa