Tour Buzz: Jay-Z, The Black Crowes and New Politics



HEY NOW, HEY NOW/DON’T DREAM IT’S HOVA: Hot on the heels of wife Beyoncé’s recent concert appearance, Jay-Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to Mandalay Events Center on December 13-14 ($39-$150). Any rapper can boast about Lamborghinis and Bugattis, doing drugs, sleeping with models and making fat stacks. Jay-Z, whose recent album Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail was his 13th No. 1, distinguishes himself by rapping about Sotheby’s auctions, Basquiat, Picasso, Fendi, Gucci and Tom Ford. On “Crown,” he informs listeners, You in the presence of a king/Scratch that, you in the presence of a God. Considering he can tackle racism while simultaneously mocking Miley Cyrus (“Somewhere in America”), he’s probably right. Let Hova have his fun; rappers with low self-esteem aren’t worth a listen.

SOMETHING TO CROWE ABOUT: When it comes right down to it, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being known as a good-time jam band. The Black Crowes may be 20 years removed from the height of their fame, but that name on the marquee still guarantees an evening of solid, Southern-fried sonic entertainment. Chris Robinson and the gang rock The Joint on December 13 ($34.50-$70), which means they’re going to perform the hell out of their mid-’90s hits, along with some well-chosen covers. Can I get an amen?

ON SALE NOW: There’s a perfectly good reason I never heard of Danish rockers New Politics. I don’t play video games, so I didn’t get exposed to “Yeah Yeah Yeah” when it appeared on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010. And my kids are too old for Disney movies, so the fact that “Harlem” is featured on the Frozen trailer doesn’t mean squat. But you know what? I like both of those songs. New Politics plays Vinyl on February 12 ($15), and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to go.