Remember the ’90s, when all you had to do to sell records was pen an a capella pop song about sitting in Upper West Side diner, waiting for a cup of coffee? Who knew New York singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, she of the smash hits “Tom’s Diner” and “Luka” (that child abuse pop ditty later covered by Evan Dando), would become an unlikely trip-hop superstar, inspiring Tupac and Weird ‘Al’ Yankovic to imitate her brilliant blend of folk eclecticism and dance industrialism? Out with a new record of love songs (most about her affair with New York), Vega is playing a monthlong residency at City Winery. With Yuka Honda and Spooky Ghost.
Thu., May 6, 8 p.m., 2010