JOE BONAMASSA The house will be rocking when the blues guitarist plugs in. Bonus: new album, "Dust Bowl," hits stores today.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
INFO $76.95-$93; 516-334-0800, livenation.com
HOODIE ALLEN The pride of Plainview JFK comes home for a show.
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Friday, The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Rte. 110, Farmingdale
INFO $15 advance, $20 day of; 631-753-1975, clubloaded .com
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett; and 8 p.m. Saturday, YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore
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INFO Talkhouse: $25 general, $40 VIP; 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com
Boulton: $45; 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org
SCARS ON 45 British and acoustic.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St.
INFO $22; 631-288-1500, whbpac.org
DIERKS BENTLEY Country hunk alert! Read more in Saturday's Act 2.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
INFO $41.50-$74; 516-334-0800, livenation.com
LIL WAYNE What? Weezy appears on the next Limp Bizkit album? Read more in Friday's Explore LI.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nassau Coliseum
INFO $73.75-$145.45; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com -- Kevin Amorim
WHEN | WHERE May 13, Webster Hall, Manhattan
INFO $30.10; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
WHEN | WHERE June 17, Beacon Theatre, Manhattan
INFO $48.25-$111.75; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger
WHEN | WHERE Aug. 17, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
INFO $43.35-$156; 800-745-3000, livenation.com
COLD WAR KIDS Awww. Stop hating on these "indie rockers," will you?
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave.
INFO $52.90; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE They're rereleasing their eponymous '98 album and performing it in full. (Plus other tunes, as well.)
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St.
INFO $46.90; 800-745- 3000, ticketmaster.com
-- Kevin Amorim
Jennifer Hudson's "I Remember Me" (Arista)
Panic! At the Disco's "Vices and Virtues" (Decaydance / Fueled by Ramen)
Duran Duran's "All You Need Is Now (Deluxe Edition)" (S-Curve)
Yellowcard's "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" (Hopeless)
Pet Shop Boys' "The Most Incredible Thing" (Astralwerks)
Nelly and Kelly Rowland are certainly hoping lightning strikes twice with Nelly's new single, "Gone" (Universal Motown). Like their 2002 smash "Dilemma," "Gone" finds Nelly and Kelly in throwback-soul mode, with an R&B ballad that keeps the modern trappings to a minimum and focuses on the melody like they were the new-millennium Ashford and Simpson. Simple can be effective, and the duo have the balance right here. "Gone" is definitely going places. -- Glenn Gamboa