Thursday's must-see concerts
Thu Aug 18 2011
Photograph: Tony Duran
Beyonc at Roseland Ballroom
Even if 4, the latest solo album from Lady Bey, weren't as compelling as it is, you'd still probably pawn your grandpa to catch her in a space this relatively intimate (us too). If you couldn't snag tickets for tonight, she also plays Friday.
Kreayshawn at Highline Ballroom
Admit it, you've been singing along to "Gucci, Gucci" since the moment that video went viral. Loudmouth Oakland talent Kreayshawn also happens to be a lightning rod for controversy. Go make up your mind (and have a stupid good time in the process). Check out our preview here.
Cheap Trick at West 21st St and Surf Ave
Power pop masters Cheap Trick miraculously have had the same lineup since 1974, and their current album, The Latest, is more of the same—and for that reason should go down as a treat at this free seaside show.
Tokyo Police Club + Against Me! + Japanther at House of Vans
Make sure to R.S.V.P. online for this free music bonanza in Greenpoint featuring quirky Canadians Tokyo Police Club, punk revivalists Against Me! and local hipster favorite Japanther.
STATS + Xaddax at Bruar Falls
Cathartic math-rock trio STATS (with TONY staffer Hank Shteamer behind the drums) fires up another local gig in support of its latest EP, Crowned. Brooklyn punk duo Xaddax opens.
Handsome Furs at Bowery Ballroom
Electro duo Handsome Furs (featuring Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and his wife) recently reemerged from silence with a new disc, Sound Kapital. You can expect a mean live show in the East Village tonight.
KMFDM at Irving Plaza
Industrial music has a reputation for being absurdly humorless, but KMFDM's slick techno-metal hybrid has long been a welcome exception since 1984. Still led by cofounder Sascha Konietzko, the band is touring behind its blackly comedic full-length, WTF?!