Check It Out: May 22 To May 27

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band


May 22
Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave. 8 p.m. $15. 718-963-3369

Ever since 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has drawn from the inspiration of traditional New Orleans jazz and put a contemporary spin on it by weaving bop and funk into its grooves. Over the years, the combo has hit the studio and backed an array of artists including Elvis Costello, Joss Stone, Modest Mouse, Joe Henry, Widespread Panic and The Balck Crowes. Along the way, the DDBB has quietly built up a solid canon with the latest entry being 2012’s Twenty Dozen, the band’s first release in six years. With the Honey Island Swamp Band.


Matt Sharp of The Rentals circa 2014
Matt Sharp of The Rentals circa 2014

May 22
The Rentals @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $18 adv. $20 DOS. 212-486-5400
Even though The Rentals have only released three albums since being founded in 1995, (the most recent is 2014’s Lost in Alphaville), founding member Matt Sharp has been a creative constant. Every since scoring a modern rock hit with 1995’s “Friends of P,” the Sharp-led Rentals enjoyed a brief hiatus before returning in 2005 and embarking on a quirky multimedia project called Songs About Time. Not only did it include three EPs consisting of digital downloads, but there was  a project consisting of 52 short films with music and scores exclusive to the films (Films About Weeks) and 365 photographs plus one roll of undeveloped film shot each day by Sharp (Photographs About Days). Expect loads of analog synth and heaps of Alphaville material.  With Rey Pila and Radiation City.



10,000 Maniacs
10,000 Maniacs

May 22 & 23
10,000 Maniacs @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $52, $48, $42, $35. 212-608-0555

For most people, Natalie Merchant twirling in a peasant dress is the image they have when you mention the name 10,000 Maniacs. But Merchant  has been gone since 1993, yet the Jamestown, NY outfit has soldiered on with founding member Steven Gustafson leading the way along with longtime fellow Maniac Jerry Augustyniak. Fast forward to 2015 and the quintet is still out on the road and have just fellow Jamestown native and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Barton to the fold. Folks heading out to the City Winery and/or Stephen Talkhouse will undoubtedly be getting a taste of the Maniacs’ recently released new album, Twice Told Tales, that features 13 traditional folk songs from the British Isles that influenced the band. (Also appearing on May 24 at Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St. Amagansett. 631-267-3117.




The B52s in Barcelona
The B52s in Barcelona

May 23
Westhampton Beach
B-52’s @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $225, $175, $125. 631- 288-1500

If you read Mike Barry’s Eye On the Island column in Long Island Weekly earlier this year, (“The B-52s Are Landing In Westbury,” January 21-27) and you should have, Athens, GA’s favorite new wave outfit is still pounding the tour trail. And while the band has been reduced to the trio of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, (Keith Strickland is still part of the group but announced his retirement from touring in January 2013), the threesome has plenty to draw from be it seminal songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Legal Tender” and “Love Shack” or more recent fare like “Funplex” or “Juliet of the Spirits.”


Ivan & Alyosha
Ivan & Alyosha

May 26
Ivan & Alyosha @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $15. 212-486-5400
Forget the fact that Ivan & Alyosha are from Seattle. This is not your older brother’s third-rate grunge band. Instead, this quintet that started out as the duo of Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary have somehow managed to fuse together elements of jangly, ‘60s-flavored riffs, ‘80s power popcraft and just a touch of honky-tonky and surf rock nuance. With the release of I&A’s sophomore bow It’s All Just Pretend, there’s a definite heightening of classic rock nods without this Pacific Northwest outfit coming off as sounding unapologetically derivative. With Kris Orlowski.

The Who
The Who

May 26
The Who @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m. $154.50, $92.50, $62.50, $49.50. 917-618-6700
Many fans feel The Who should have packed it in after wildman drummer Keith Moon died from a prescription drug overdose in 1977 and was subsequently replaced by Small Faces/Faces timekeeper Kenney Jones. After recording It’s Hard with Jones, Pete Townshend declared the band would embark on a farewell tour before becoming a studio-only entity. By the end of ’83, Townshend quit the band entirely. In that time, The Who reunited for Live Aid in 1985, staged a Kids Are Alright 25th Anniversary Tour in 1989, performed Quadrophenia for a mid-‘90s tour and subsequently played halftime at Super Bowl XLIV. So here we are for the group (which consists of founding members Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey adeptly rounded out by bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Zak Starkey) touring behind The Who Hits 50! By all accounts, The Who are hitting on all cylinders and have promised to pack it in when the band cannot put on a quality show. Early reports are that this isn’t the case and while the swing through Nassau Coliseum stirred up an incident where Daltrey threatened to walk off stage after he caught a whiff of some concertgoers smoking weed, the set and subsequent shows have been a tightly played walk through this legendary group’s storied canon. (Also appearing on May 30 at Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place. Forest Hills. With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Pixies (Photo by Jake Blakesberg)
(Photo by Jake Blakesberg)

May 26 & 27
Pixies @ the Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $79.50, $69.50, $59.50. 866-858-0008

Ever since the Pixies reconvened in 2004, fans too young to see them the first time ‘round got to cross the band off its wish list with the excitement over this long-awaited reunion being further stoked by whether or not this influential quartet would record any new material, (so far it’s only been the ’04 iTunes single “Bam Thwok” and a Warren Zevon cover for a tribute album.) So while the band teased that the alt-rock icons might address this dearth of new songs by heading into the studio, apparently it wasn’t wishful thinking as the Pixies released EP1 in September 2013. It did come at the expense of Kim Deal, who left the band and was subsequently replaced by Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. Shattuck’s membership was short-lived as she was dismissed shortly after almost three months later. The services of touring bassist Paz Lenchantin and the trio of Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering have subsequently released EP2 and EP3 before combining them into a LP called Indie Cindy that was put out in April 2014. (Also appearing on May 28 at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn. 929-210-8419. With John Grant.


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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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