Fellow megastars Lorde and Pink play arena shows this month, but Timberlake’s latest album, “Man of the Woods,” intros a career-altering frontiersman persona, so he gets the nod.
TYLER THE CREATOR
Rap’s ballsiest agent provocateur revealed his surprisingly sensitive side on 2017’s “Flower Boy.” Will the tenderness translate to his live performances? We’ll find out together.
March 2 and 3
BOB WEIR AND PHIL LESH
The Grateful Dead brand (or is it now a secular religion?) makes its bid for continuing relevance in the age of digital downloads with two of the founders teaming up to keep on keepin’ on.
March 10 and 11
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Music’s merry pranksters tour their twentieth studio album, “I Like Fun,” and their smirky, too-smart-for-their-own-good cleverness suddenly seems heroic in our era of banner-waving ignorance.
PARTHA BOSE, INDRANIL MALLICK
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
Two Indian virtuosi (Bose plays the sitar, Mallick the tabla) offer a ravishing antidote to ubiquitous western musical forms.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena,” and his literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.