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Friday Riffs: What musical things are you anticipating in 2013?

For 10 days I’ve read the stories, heard the discussions and rolled my eyes at those who wonder if 2013 will be a “bad luck year” because of the number 13.

Please. Some of us – including, famously, Taylor Swift – love the number 13. My birthday is the 13th of November. Dan Marino is my forever-favorite quarterback. I consider it the best luck ever if I draw a hotel room at a casino with the number 13 in it (sadly, a useless talisman most of the time). Hey, and guess what else? I have two black cats! Just send me off to Salem.

Since I’m looking forward to what 2013 has in store, especially from a music/entertainment standpoint, here are a few of those things that are written in bold on my calendar.

Let me know what you’re excited about hearing and seeing in the upcoming year.

  • Meow. Photo: Getty Images.

    Meow. Photo: Getty Images.

    Demi Lovato and Britney Spears couldn’t do it for me. But put Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey together in front of cameras where they’re being paid to “entertain” as much as “judge” on “American Idol” and I’m tuned in. When Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, told Howard Stern last fall that the hiring of Minaj after the courting of Carey was “like they had filet mignon and doused it in ketchup,” it was, well, awesome. And poor, sweet Keith Urban stuck in the middle of this mess. Hope the paychecks for all are worth it. Jan. 16 on Fox.

  • The DVD release of “Searching for Sugar Man.” I know I cheerlead for this movie at any given opportunity, but I’m not stopping now. Thrilled that it’s nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar. If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s my interview with Sixto Rodriguez himself to give you some insight into this gem. Jan. 22.
  • Paul Simon played Chastain in May 2011. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

    Paul Simon played Chastain in May 2011. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

    Paul Simon is coming to Emory University for a weekend in February as part of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature. The free tickets offered last month disappeared in moments, but it never hurts to circle back on these events closer to the date. On Feb. 10-11 he’s lecturing about music made between 1966 and 1970; then on Feb. 12 he’ll talk with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and later perform with guitarist Mark Stewart.

  • Other concerts I’m anticipating: Keane at The Tabernacle Jan. 24 (because their melodies are soul-soothing); Pink at Philips Arena March 1 (because she’s fearless and cool); Leonard Cohen March 22 at the Fox (because he’s Leonard Cohen and I’ve never seen him live); Black Crowes April 23 at The Tabernacle (welcome back, boys).
  • Cee Lo is bringing his snazzy style to the city where it will be most appreciated. Photo: NBC

    Cee Lo is bringing his snazzy style to the city where it will be most appreciated. Photo: NBC

    Cee Lo Green’s “Loberace” show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s the reason he temporarily bailed from “The Voice,” so you know he’s invested. The shows will surely capitalize on the Atlanta native’s flair for the garish and absurd, but let’s not forget he’s a rather terrific soul singer, too. Feb. 27-April 13.

  • On the new music front, the releases with dates: The Eels, “Wonderful, Glorious” on Feb. 5 and David Bowie, “The Next Day” on March 12.
  • And those without dates: Beyonce, Cher, D’Angelo, Missy Elliott, U2 and Vampire Weekend.

16 comments Add your comment

david c

January 11th, 2013
7:38 am

Any article that starts with American Idol just proves there is no hope for music in 2013.

ozzfest

January 11th, 2013
7:46 am

WHAT IS THIS THAT STANDS BEFORE ME…FIGURE IN BLACK WHICH POINTS…AT ME?

WHY THAT WOULD BE BLACK SABBATH…WITH OZZY OSBOURNE…WHO RELEASE THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 34 YEARS IN APRIL. (NAME ONE OTHER COMMERCIAL ACT THAT HAD THE STAYING POWER TO WAIT 34 YEARS BETWEEN ALBUMS. THIS IS UNPRECIDENTED.

THE SABBATH REUNION TOUR STARTS IN AUSTRALIA IN APRIL, AND HITS THE STATES IN JUNE…THOUGH THERE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE NO ATLANTA STOP ON THE TOUR.
HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL SHOWS DRAW MUCH LARGER CROWDS IN CHARLOTTE AND NASHVILLE THAT THE ATL. WE A RAP TOWN.

mrman

January 11th, 2013
8:51 am

I’d like to have an AJC music editor who was not focused on garbage. C-Lo? Lawd… Would love to hear discussion between Melissa and Jeff Clark. Get out of your la-z-boy an support local music, people!

Jeff A. Taylor

January 11th, 2013
9:03 am

Gojira and Devon Townsend at The Masquerade on Feb. 5th.

oldnitebaker

January 11th, 2013
9:09 am

My most anticipated music event this year is Fleetwood Mac in June.

FM Fats

January 11th, 2013
9:27 am

Leonard Cohen at the Fox in March and the new Richard Thompson album produced by Buddy Miller.

Hep Cat

January 11th, 2013
10:10 am

John Scofield, April 12th at Variety Playhouse.

ATLWmn

January 11th, 2013
11:07 am

That’s a very narrow view of the upcoming concerts. Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac are both coming to Atlanta this year, and there is no mention of them in this article. Or is this story just meant for the “passing fads” in the music industry. Can’t wait to see Slow Hand at work!

Melissa Ruggieri

January 11th, 2013
11:36 am

ATLWmn – I am looking forward to seeing both Clapton and Fleetwood Mac, but since I’ve been fortunate to see both many times over the years, they weren’t as high on my list as some other acts I haven’t seen much – or at all.
And MrMan – I’m not sure what you’re basing your opinion of Cee Lo on, but if you go back and listen to his work from the start of his career with Goodie Mob and then through Gnarls Barkley, I think you’ll find that he’s a legit talent.
Thanks for your comments!

Cheers,
Melissa

ramsey

January 11th, 2013
11:51 am

A new Tool Album… (may be a long shot, but hey, a kid can dream)
Puscifer – Donkey Punch The Night in Feb.

ylojkt

January 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

I’m with david c, how can anyone take you seriously as a music columnist if you’re writing about American Idol.
Also, the new Black Sabbath album is the most awaited album of the last five years, if not more. Ozzfest quit coming to Atlanta because of Sharon, not attendence. Ozzfest was always packed to the gills here, someone here pissed Sharon off and that was that, we don’t even get any of Ozzy’s solo shows.
Don’t know about the rest of the Bowie album, but the new single he just released was awful, and I’m a huge fan of all phases of his career.
I’m really looking forward to the new Alice In Chains album, and would love to see a new Tool album as well.

brockep

January 11th, 2013
1:42 pm

Merle Haggard, Athens 2-14
Clapton 3-27
And the Allmans in a beautiful theatre in March. Have to go to NYC for that!

Hoping the Stones swing through here in ‘13

Timmy

January 11th, 2013
2:19 pm

This Tuesday we get A$AP Rocky, Christopher Owens and Yo La Tengo. Not a bad way to start 2013.

MoFaux

January 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

Thanks Hep Cat for the heads up. I wish Scofield and Marcus Miller would tour together and do some Miles tunes (or anything really).

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Greg Doucette

January 11th, 2013
4:35 pm

Looking forward to seeing Leonard Cohen on Mar 22,at the Fox Theater, if I can get tickets.