Vic Mensa & Jesse
Mensa went full-bore political this year with his confrontational single, “Camp America.” He shares the bill with The Neighborhood’s Jesse Rutherford.
The lush production of Natalie Mering’s fourth album, “Titanic Rising,” might not translate to the concert stage, but her serenity-in-the-shadow-of-doom message surely will.
The New Zealand singer-songwriter tours her remarkable new album, “Designer,” whose infectious tunefulness lures the listener into complex ambiguities.
The Black Keys
After a five-year gap, the blues-rock duo has returned with a back-to-basics new album, “Let’s Rock,” the title of which might be a mission statement for this tour.
The soul-pop diva tours her album, “Cuz I Love You,” which continues her ascendancy in the charts, the culture and the entire time-space continuum.
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.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. 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.