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