Tonight: Mary J. Blige, Broken Bells, Natalie Douglas
- Mary J. Blige’s Music Saved My Life tour -- a somewhat curious in-between-albums live project, for which she’s enlisted the onstage help of comeback circuit-thumper El DeBarge, plus smooth newbie Miguel and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan -- alights at Radio City tonight and tomorrow. Expect surprises. 7:30PM.
- The innocuous clip-art cover of Broken Bells’ self-titled debut album doesn’t hint at the power-hooks contained therein -- but fans (of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer, who make up the band) knew better. Their Terminal 5 show with Elf Power is sold out; may we suggest Craigslist? 8PM.
- Natalie Douglas has repeatedly proven herself too formidable and playful a vocalist to be bogged down by old-school cabaret tropes, and she’s got the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards (seven of them) to prove it. She tackles the music of Nat “King” Cole at Birdland in Nat on Nat. 7PM.