Tommy Castro & the Painkillers @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $35, $30. 631-969-1101
Tommy Castro is a California native who has always cut quite a figure on both the local and national blues scenes thanks to the way he nimbly weaves soul influences into both his singing and axe wielding. Having already cut sides for imprints like Telarc, Blind Pig and 33rd Street, Castro’s latest stop has been the Chicago-based Alligator imprint, where he made his label debut with 2009’s Hard Believer and cut his most recent effort for the label by way of last year’s The Devil You Know.
Psychedelic Furs @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $59.50, $39.50, $29.50. 631-673-7300
Still going strong with the Butler brothers at the center of the proceedings, the Furs have been known to lately perform 1981’s Talk Talk Talk in its entirety up to and including classics like “Pretty In Pink” and “Into You Like a Train.” With Black English.
May 15 & 16
Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Ave., 8 p.m. $152, $82, $42. 929-210-8419
Nearly five decades after making their debut at Woodstock and touring on the heels of the last year’s CSNY 1974, an anthology culled from hitherto unreleased recordings of the 1974 tour by Nash and longtime band archivist Joel Bernstein, Crosby, Stills & Nash take their brand of socially conscious-folk rock to the masses. While Crosby and Neil Young are apparently on the outs, expect to hear the existing trio dip into a canon of classics that includes “Wooden Ships,” “Teach Your Children” and “Marrakesh Express.”
May 15 & 16
Bruce Cockburn @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $55, $50, $45, $40. 212-608-0555
One of Canada’s most revered singer-songwriters, Bruce Cockburn has quietly flown under the radar in the States aside from the occasional “hit” (“If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” “Wondering Where the Lions Are”). On his last album, 2011’s Small Source of Comfort, the soon-to-be-septuagenarian Canuck went from paying homage to Canadians killed in Middle East combat and coming off like a poor man’s Richard Thompson while musing about the complexities of modern life (“Called Me Back”) to positing Richard Nixon getting reincarnated as a single mom who’s “hit the skids.” Last year saw him looking back at his long and rich life via Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.
Edwin McCain Trio @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $50, $45. 631-969-1101
After a four-album stint on Atlantic Records, Edwin McCain went back to his singer-songwriting roots on his last record, Scream and Whisper. Armed with little more than an acoustic guitar and his voice, McCain not only delivers stellar, self-penned character-driven tales like “Say Anything” but he also includes a bonus cover of “Maggie May.” His latest album, 2011’s Mercy Bound, found him reuniting with collaborator Maia Sharp (who also produces), includes guest stints by Anders Osborne and Warren Haynes and will be at the heart of McCain’s annual swing through the Boulton Center.
Shelby Lynne @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $65, $55, $45. 631- 288-1500
Always the proverbial square peg in the conservative, round hole of contemporary country music, Shelby Lynne finally bit the bullet and set up Everso Records to self-release her imprint’s debut project, 2010’s Tears, Lies and Alibis. The only question is why it took so long. Packed with plenty of blue-eyed soul and honky-tonky that gets plenty personal and vulnerable, this creative direction continued on the Deluxe Edition of 2011’s Revelation Road that was released a year later and contains her first-ever live CD, Live at McCabe’s and the live DVD Live in London. With her Rounder Records debut I Can’t Imagine having dropped on May 5, Lynne will be giving quite the treat to concert-goers by performing her newest in its entirety as well as all of her 1999 commercial breakthrough I Am Shelby Lynne. Having already crushed it at her recent show at The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture a couple of days before this gig, expect more of the same on the East End.
Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Hill Country Barbecue/Market
345 Adams St. 9:30 p.m. $25. 212-255-4544
A leading light in the Texas progressive country music movement, Ray Wylie Hubbard not only penned the classic “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” but has led an interesting life that included his forming a folk group with fellow roots music iconoclast Michael Martin Murphey. While Hubbard’s confidants over the years have included Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, he’s also cranked out an intriguing string of albums that liberally mix in swaths of country, rock, punk and folk into a mix that goes up to and includes the recently released The Ruffian’s Misfortune. This year will also see the release of his forthcoming autobiography, A Life…Well, Lived.
Glen Phillips & Emerson Hart @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 7 p.m. $40, $35. 631-969-1101
Even though Glen Phillips is best known for his work in Toad the Wet Sprocket, he’s spent the past decade carving out quite the impressive solo career for himself. In recent years, Phillips has joined forces in the supergroup The Scrolls, which featured members of Nickel Creek, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Elvis Costello’s Imposters. Phillips is out on the road with Emerson Hart of Tonic, whose most recent foray into the studio was last year’s Beauty in Disrepair, his second solo outing.
Delbert McClinton @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd St. 7:30 p.m. $42.50 adv. $50 DOS. 212-997-4144
At the age of 74, Delbert McClinton is still creatively kicking. While that’s him you can hear blowing harp on the 1962 Bruce Channel classic “Hey! Baby,” he also wound up giving pointers to John Lennon on playing harmonica on a subsequent tour of England. He later went on to get covered by The Blues Brothers (“B Movie Boxcar Blues”) and Emmylou Harris (the 1978 country chart-topper “Two More Bottles of Wine”) as well as duetting with Tanya Tucker (“Tell Me About It”) and Bonnie Raitt (“Good Man, Good Woman”), the latter for which he won a 1991 Grammy Award. The man’s solo canon runs long and deep and during this richly traveled path of his, the Lubbock native has also been the subject of a documentary (Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey) and been inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame back in 2011.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $30, $28, $25, $20. 212-608-0555
A stalwart of Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour from 1997 through 2004, Larry Campbell has also been a much in-demand sideman who’s lent his talents to numerous artists including The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash in addition to being a confidant and musical director for the late Levon Helm. Campbell teamed up this year with his singer-songwriter wife Teresa Williams for the duo’s self-titled Red House Records debut that will be at the center of this swing through the Big Apple.
Jane’s Addiction @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 9 p.m. $99, $89, $75. 631-673-7300
Not unlike the fictional Spinal Tap and that band’s difficulty in keeping the drum chair filled, Jane’s Addiction has had a similar problem with bass players ever since founding member Eric Avery first quit the band back in 1991. And while he briefly returned to the fold in 2008 and toured through 2010, over the years his spot has been held by a number of substitutes including Flea, Duff McKagan, Porno for Pyros’ Martyn LeNoble and TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek. With Chris Chaney (Alanis Morisette/Methods of Mayhem) forming the rhythm section with Stephen Perkins, Jane’s isn’t out on the road behind a new studio effort (the last one was 2011’s The Great Escape Artist, only the band’s fourth studio album). Instead, it’s a ride on the nostalgia train as JA will be playing its classic 1988 debut Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety. With A Place to Bury Strangers.
Steel Panther @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8:30 p.m. $69.69, $35, $25, $20. 631-673-7300
Just when you thought glam metal was a thing of the past, Steel Panther comes roaring out of the ‘80s with lots of spandex, big hair, screaming guitars and a huge sense of humor to go along with it all. Having already made their bones touring with big names like Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Guns ‘N Roses, Steel Panther has also done alright on the studio recording side of the coin having put out four full-length albums with the most recent being last year’s All You Can Eat. With Like a Storm.
Jason Isbell @ The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $55, $35. 800-745-3000
Riding a wave of critical acclaim that’s found his latest solo outing Southeastern land on numerous Best of 2013 lists, Jason Isbell is reaping the benefits of his post-rehab life. The ex-Drive By Truckers guitarist has turned around and created a collection of detail-rich songs about touchy topics like cancer and sexual abuse that gibe well with quasi-acoustic arrangements that had made this Isbell’s best solo outing to date. But with his follow-up Something More Than Free set to drop in July, early reports are that Isbell could be set to surpass himself. With Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. (To read a full feature on Jason Isbell, click here.)
TV On the Radio @ Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Ave., 9 p.m. $45, $39.50, $35. 929-210-8419
Known for a ferocious live show and an uncompromising sense of experimentation in the studio, TV On the Radio returned last year with Seeds, the band’s fifth studio album and first since the 2011 death of bassist Gerard Smith. Expect quite the electrified atmosphere at what is essentially a homecoming gig for this Brooklyn quartet.
Doobie Decimal System @ Still Partners
225 Sea Cliff Ave. 8:30 p.m. $10. 516-200-9229
If there’s any group working the whole grassroots ethic hard, it would be Doobie Decimal System. Comprised of Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Tedd Thompson) and Roger McNamee (Moonalice), DDS releases a new music video every week, has live streaming HD video of every performance archived for free listening on its website (ddsband.com) and social media channels and offers a different commemorative poster by a well-known artist to fans at each show. A straight-up rock duo, the band serves up sets that mix originals with covers of Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and The Beatles.