6/1: Diane Birch, Conan O’Brien Live…

…and jazz export Stacey Kent brings her new album home

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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6/1: Diane Birch, Conan O’Brien Live…

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In his first post-"Tonight" show interview, Conan O'Brien said that if he had been in Jay Leno's shoes, he would not have taken back the show less than a year after publicly handing it off to someone else.

THROWBACK: While your Adeles and Duffys and Sharon Joneses all invoke the sounds of the ’60s, few current artists are mining the 1970s—leaving the field wide open for singer-songwriter Diane Birch. She comes straight from the folky-pop Carole King/Carly Simon mold, and does it up at Highline Ballroom tonight. 8PM. 

COCO BEFORE TBS: Conan O’Brien brings his between-TV-gigs Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour home to roost (well, close to home): Radio City welcomes the carrot-topped, lately embattled comedian as he peppers a nearly two-hour comedy show with trademark awkwardness, parched wit and, one assumes, the odd jab at his former employer. 8PM.

BI-MUSICAL: Joisey-born, London-based jazz chanteuse Stacey Kent is hee-uge in France and thereabouts, which explains why her new CD is a collection of songs recorded in French (it’s called “Raconte-Moi,” and should sit nicely in playlists that house early Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux). We dig her pure, spare Blossom Dearie-ish vocals, which should be fully on display as she launches the new disc in the US at Birdland tonight. 8:30, 11PM.

 

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