KEYS TO THE CITY: Critics didn’t exactly trip over each other to praise Alicia Keys’ most recent release, 2009’s “The Element of Freedom,” but the plain truth is that she could bring Madison Square Garden to its knees with the power-combo of “No-One” and “Empire State of Mind” alone (no word on whether she’ll be, ahem, joined by a special guest on the latter). Meanwhile, Robin Thicke brings his reserves of cool to his gig as her opener. Also opening: The soulful Melanie Fiona. .
NO YOU DIDN’T: While we’re a little sad about the Upright Citizens Brigade nixing O’Harold, their St Patrick's Day night of drunk improv, we’ll sign up for The Rejection Show, wherein host Jon Friedman roasts guests based on the rejected ephemera of their lives, from turned-down pilots to breakup notes. Awful, wonderful stuff. .
THE CUT: Before Lady Gaga started parading around wearing bubbles and Kermits, the Scissor Sisters were the only ones injecting any playful bombast into our wan little music landscape. Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy et al. bring their glampop to Bowery Ballroom, .