Thursday's must-see concerts
Thu Sep 22 2011
Photograph: Autumn de Wilde
Wilco + Nick Lowe at Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Beloved alt-country heroes Wilco play a sold-out outdoor show in celebration of their eighth LP, The Whole Love—a melodic, charming affair. Erstwhile Jesus of Cool Nick Lowe opens the show; check out our live preview here.
Mac Miller + Casey Veggies at Irving Plaza
At a mere 19 years old, Mac Miller has confirmed himself as the latest in a recent surge of workaholic teenage rappers bent on dominating the world, one Twitter follower at a time. Opening for Miller is ex--Odd Future member Casey Veggies. For more info, check out our live preview.
Girls + Nobunny at Bowery Ballroom
Girls mix up psychedelia, bubblegum pop and Nuggets garage rock, eschewing rosy nostalgia in favor of a doomy mood—check out our interview with the band. Freak-punker Nobunny—who wears, like, the scariest mask ever onstage—opens the show.
Opeth at Webster Hall
Opeth tours in support of its new album, Heritage, which finds the band playing long, loose and even jazzy at times, foregoing its signature death-metal crunch.
Beirut at Terminal 5
Beirut's Zach Condon brings his Morrissey-like vocals and penchant for Balkan flourishes to Terminal 5, playing two nights in celebration of new album The Rip Tide.
Steely Dan at the Beacon Theatre
Fans create the setlist for tonight's "By Popular Demand" show by voting for their favorite Dan tune at steelydan.com. Expect a greatest-hits vibe.
POPs Ball at Hiro Ballroom
This tribute to the New Orleans Mardi Gras MOMs ball features Dave Malone of now-defunct swamp funk legends (and MOMs regulars) the Radiators, plus Swedish bluesman Anders Osborne.