Hot Tickets: New Year's With My Morning Jacket; A Gay Rap Opera and a Dead Horse


My Morning Jacket have suddenly become A-list rockers. With the release of their fifth LP, Evil Urges, two weeks ago, their lauded double-set at Bonnaroo three days later, a profile in the The New York Times 48 hours later, and that sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall last week, the quintet have blasted onto the national consciousness with a force few could have imagined from a bunch of Dylan fans who recorded their early albums in a grain silo outside Louisville, Ky. (Singer Jim James moved to Chelsea this spring.)

Now, as if we needed any more proof of imminent world domination, My Morning Jacket recently lined up the coveted New Year’s Eve slot at Madison Square Garden. (MMJ at MSG on NYE, anyone?) Pack a lighter with your Champagne. [On Sale: Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m.]

And speaking of Southern rock stars, one of the originals, Jerry Lee Lewis, heads to the B. B. King Blues Club on Saturday, June 28, to help celebrate the club’s eighth anniversary. [On Sale Now]

The next day, the Hold Steady taps the keg at McCarren Park Pool for the first of the summer’s free Pool Parties. the Loved Ones and J Roddy and the Business will get things started at 2 p.m. The pool will be empty, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get to swim in the sweat of countless sunbaked hipsters. [RSVP at JellyNYC]


The new one-man play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard is titled Kicking A Dead Horse, and if you guessed it was about dead mammals and existential angst, you’d be right. As The TimesCelia McGee tells us, Dead Horse centers on "a man lost in the American West with no plan and a dead horse" whose "dilemmas flow from the search for authenticity and the roots of American global perfidy that has brought him, a New York dealer in expensive Western art, to his past’s terrain." Dead Horse, which debuted last spring in Dublin, is dedicated to its star, the "quintessential Irish actor" and longtime Shepard collaborator Stephen Rea. Previews for this limited engagement at the Public Theater started yesterday. [On Sale Now]

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Bash’d!, the wondrously profane "gay rap opera" that returned to the Zipper Factory this month after winning the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award. The rap duo of Feminem and T-Bag (the Canadians Nathan Cuckow and Chris Craddock) narrate the romance of Dillon and Jack—a modern-day Romeo and Romeo. Among Cuckow and Craddock’s predictable list of influences —Mos Def, the Roots, A Tribe Called Quest—is an odd choice: Eminem. "It’s like hearing David Mamet rap," Craddock told The Times. "Some hateful things came out of his mouth, but he really pioneered the polysyllabic rhymes, which are de rigueur these days." [On Sale Now]

Hot Tickets: New Year's With My Morning Jacket; A Gay Rap Opera and a Dead Horse