Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.


A CONCERT FOR ISLAND RELIEF at Radio City Music Hall (Jan. 6, 7 p.m.). As the Caribbean region continues its recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, musicians are stepping up their relief efforts. A solo set by Dave Matthews and a performance by the Trey Anastasio Band — two modern jam-band masters, appearing without their usual troupes — are the main attractions at this all-star benefit concert for Puerto Rico and the United States and British Virgin Islands. But the most meaningful performance may come from Hurray for the Riff Raff, the band led by the Bronx-raised singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra, whose recent album, “The Navigator,” is a complex expression of Puerto Rican realness.
800-745-3000, concertforislandrelief.com

GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO at Union Pool (Jan. 9, 8 p.m.). This instrumental duo’s work is based on a simple idea: The guitarist Steve Gunn plays languid, dreamy notes while the drummer John Truscinski keeps an understated beat. The two musicians have found ample inspiration in this format, releasing three albums together, most recently the well-received “Bay Head” in late 2017. At the right time and in the right settings — including, perhaps, this Brooklyn date, free with RSVP — Mr. Gunn and Mr. Truscinski’s music is transportive.

THE KILLERS at Barclays Center (Jan. 9, 8 p.m.). In an era short on arena-level rock ‘n’ roll heroes, the Killers perform a valuable service simply by continuing to exist. The group’s fifth album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” is a good example: It’s a fun listen, and it provides a welcome excuse for the band’s frontman, Brandon Flowers, to strut through a decade-plus of Killers hits at concerts like this one in Brooklyn.
917-618-6700, barclayscenter.com

LONG NECK at the Silent Barn (Jan. 5, 8 p.m.). Lily Mastrodimos, formerly of the archly named punk band Jawbreaker Reunion, shifted her focus to this new project around the same time the real Jawbreaker reunited after a 20-year split. The change has proved apt, giving Ms. Mastrodimos room to show off her honed skill as a songwriter. The jokey air of her previous group is gone on Long Neck’s new album, “Will This Do?,” due out later this month, and this performance at the Bushwick community arts space the Silent Barn is a good choice for fans of emotionally direct indie rock. With Coping Skills, Mallrat and Leia Campbell.

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