Check It Out: April 3 To April 7

Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker

April 3
Williamsburg
Benjamin Booker @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $20. 212-486-5400
www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com
Bubbling under and already all the buzz, Benjamin Booker traffics in a sound that’s alternately been labeled folk-punk, garage rock and just blues. But given the fact that the 25-year-old Virginia Beach native claims a wide array of influences that includes the odd trio of Blind Willie Johnson, T. Rex and The Gun Club, this should come as no surprise. Having already toured with Jack White and gaining rave reviews for the self-titled debut he released last year, here’s a chance to catch this eclectic talent in a most intimate venue before he blows ups. With Olivia Jean.

Black Label Society
Black Label Society

April 3
Huntington
Black Label Society @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $60, $44.25, $37.25, $34.25. 631-673-7300
www.theparamountny.com
One of a long line of guitarists that include the late Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee who honed their six-string chops playing alongside Ozzy Osborne, Zack Wylde has blazed his own path first in the southern rock-inspired Pride & Glory and currently with Black Label Society. His latest outfit has been at it since its 1999 debut Sonic Brew. Sixteen years later, Wylde and BLS are still at it. And while last year’s Catacombs of the Black Vatican is the band’s latest effort, this current “Unblackened” tour, which shares the name of a BLS 2013 live acoustic album, also finds Wylde going semi-acoustic, turning the volume down and even finding the hulking axe-master taking a turn or two at the piano. With Wino.

The Decemberists
The Decemberists

April 6
NYC
The Decemberists @ the Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $46. 866-858-0008
www.beacontheatre.com
Now that Colin Meloy was able to translate his idea for a rock opera into 2009’s most excellent The Hazards of Love, The Decemberists followed it up with 2011’s The King is Dead. This far more conventional outing featured famous guests Peter Buck and Gillian Welch and may very well have been the band’s most commercial outing despite managing to include the Fairport Convention-flavored influences that have marked all of the band’s work up to this point. That said, Meloy and the rest of the band wound up taking a four-year hiatus that was eventually ended when The Decemberists returned earlier this year with its seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

The London Souls
The London Souls

April 7
NYC
The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St., 9 p.m. $15. 866-858-0008
www.boweryballroom.com
The latest duo to come down the pike, The London Souls have cut quite a path for themselves since the release of the twosome’s 2011 Ethan Johns-produced self-titled debut. The raw playing generated by guitarist/lead singer Tash Neal and drummer/singer Chris St. Hilaire has landed the boys on the bills of numerous big name artists including The Roots, Black Crowes, Tedeschi-Trucks Band and Taj Mahal. A near-fatal hit-and-run accident that Neal was in sidelined the Souls for a year of recovery. Rehabilitated and ready to go, The London Souls are returning to the stage on this night for the release of the band’s sophomore bow, Here Come the Girls. With The Skins.

Robbie Krieger
Robbie Krieger

April 7
Huntington
Robbie Krieger of The Doors @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $76.25, $54.25, $43.75, $37.25, $30.75. 631-673-7300
www.theparamountny.com
And then there was one. With Ray Manzarek having passed away in 2013 and drummer John Densmore turning his creative pursuits to the theater and acting, (save for reuniting with Manzarek and Robbie Krieger to record the 2012 song “Breakn’ a Sweat” with DJ Skrillex), it’s been left to Krieger to carry on The Doors legacy. And while he’s gone down different musical paths with Densmore (in a ‘70s band called The Butts Band), Manzarek (Manzarek-Krieger) and as a jazz fusion guitarist, Krieger has always returned to the comfort zone that is The Doors. For this tour, he’s out on the road with son Waylon for an evening of music appropriately dubbed “An Evening of The Doors’ Greatest Hits.”

Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez

April 8
Williamsburg
Jose Gonzalez @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $30. 212-486-5400
www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com
Subtlety, thy name is Jose Gonzalez. Proving restraint is as effective as cranking up a set of Marshall stacks, Gonzalez and his mellow style of acoustic strum have been mentioned in the same whisper as late cult icon Nick Drake. Using guest stints with trip-hop stylists Zero 7 as a launching pad, this Swede of Argentinian descent continued fanning the flames of alt-folk idolatry via his 2005 debut Veneer. With the release of the 2007 sophomore follow-up In Our Nature, he unleashed more melancholic, acoustic-driven fare that included a forcefully rendered cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” that stood out amid the album’s other solid yet sublime compositions. Following a brief two-album detour and return to Junip, Gonzalez is back with Vestiges & Claws, his first solo effort in several years and a collection of songs that he self-describes as an attempt to “…aim somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Simon & Garfunkel.” With Olaf Arnalds.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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