Fall preview: Music
Mon Aug 23 2010
Time Out Ratings :<strong>Rating: </strong>1/5
Sept 28, 29
Drake prepares to collect bras
You must get a lot of weird stuff thrown onto the stage.... Is it basically underwear?
Yeah, yeah. I have a trunk, it's a big black trunk, and it's got about five or six hundred bras in it. Panties I don't save. I can't save panties, that's too personal. What do I do with [the bras]? I just hold them. There are days when I'll just walk over to the trunk and open it and stare inside.... [Laughs] And that's pretty much it. I just keep them, and one day—one day I think when I can afford a huge house—I'm gonna have the bra room. I'm just gonna make a room and put all the bras in the room.
That's better than my fantasy, which is that you'd give them away to charity and they'd be in some remote place, all these women wearing real sexy bras....[Laughs] No, no, that would be unfair to the women that have gone braless at all my shows. I could never give them away, I've gotta somehow make a shrine for these women that take off their bras. But I will continue that, by the way, on this tour. Bras are always welcome. No matter how old I get.—Sophie Harris
Radio City Music Hall (866-858-0008, radiocity.com). $44.25--$95.25.
Three breakthrough concerts to put on your calendar
We asked these must-see musicians to defend their recent recordings: Are albums still important in an age of digital singles and downloads?
Frankie Rose, Frankie Rose & the Outs
"I'm not sure how much of the population does care anymore; most people just hit up iTunes and spend 99 on the single. I feel like an album is an entity; it should be a piece of artwork, including the album art. It's a complete package."—Beatrice Rothbaum
Glasslands Gallery (glasslands.blogspot.com). $10. Frankie Rose & the Outs is out Sept 21.
Arone Dyer, Buke & Gass
"If singles were more important, we'd only play one song per show, which would be excruciatingly dumb.... But no, the album as our generation—and generations before us—knew it with fondness, doesn't have as much importance as it used to. We just wish it did."—Steve Smith
Santos Party House (santospartyhouse.com). $14. Riposte is out Sept 14.
Sept 29, 30
Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast
"Packaging and artwork is important to the record itself. That's the way the artist intended for you to listen. [But] I don't care if people download my music or buy the record in a store; I'm just stoked that they are getting the music."—Corban Goble
Sept 29: Bowery Ballroom. Sept 30: Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows: bowerypresents.com. $15. Crazy for You is out now.
Jason Moran mashes up jazz
Long-running working groups were the norm for jazz in decades past, but you don't find them nearly as often these days. Pianist Jason Moran deserves props just for keeping the Bandwagon, his trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, in business for a decade. But the real reason to celebrate—as heard on the group's recently released Blue Note album, Ten—is Moran's hip, progressive approach, combining traditional jazz with hip-hop and dance music.
How have you managed to sustain the Bandwagon for a decade?
Tarus, Nasheet and I have known each other for many years. The most important part is that we actually like each other. Early on, we had our doubters, and I'm sure even after ten years there are still doubts, but to me their trepidation is fuel. Like I'll say in response, "Oh really, but have you ever thought/heard of something like this?" Tarus and Nasheet are always up for the bizarre: It's where we live, and our Bandwagon audience is just as willing as we are.
What's the best thing about playing at the Village Vanguard?
The proximity to the people. You hear and feel the audience, the good and the bad, from the bodacious applause to the dirty bar brawls—all of which I've seen there. Also, the sound is impeccable: I dub the Vanguard "the Carnegie Hall of jazz." It sounds the best, and if you sit in the back, the old-school cash register gets into the percussion area with all of its number punching and cash-drawer sliding in and out.—SS Village Vanguard (villagevanguard.com). $25, plus a one-drink minimum.
Best of the rest
Rock the Bells 2010 with Snoop Dogg + A Tribe Called Quest + Wu-Tang Clan + Lauryn Hill + Rakim and more
Sept 19, 21--24
Indie rock's biggest band of the '90s broke up just before the genre began to attract huge audiences. The reunited quintet returns to play the old nonhits for the first time in a decade. Sept 19: Williamsburg Waterfront. Sept 21--24: Central Park Rumsey Playfield. All shows: ticketmaster.com. $38.50.
Oct 8, 9
Michael Gira's seminal New York band, resurrected after slightly more than a decade, offers a fresh vision of industrial-folk music with cryptic sounds, brooding grooves and titanic climaxes on its forthcoming album, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, due September 21 on Gira's Young God label. Oct 8: Brooklyn Masonic Temple (ticketweb.com). $30. Oct 9: Bowery Ballroom (ticketmaster.com). $32.