Hip-Hop's New No Wave

Downtown's odd relationship with rap bravado continues this fall—now with Muppet costumes

Celtic Frost
September 14–15

Four years ago, after a 10-year hiatus, Celtic Frost reformed and began work onMonotheist, their first record in a full 15. It marks a hell of a second go-round: Like Slayer, they've found themselves in the odd spot of leading a metal revival no one ever thought they'd see. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St, 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

Rolling Stones+Kanye West
September 27

Bandy (the Kid America Club) hold the elevator for you.
Bandy (the Kid America Club) hold the elevator for you.


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    Try a little of everything at fall dance smorgasbords
    by Elizabeth Zimmer
  • Hope Floats
    Wet hot American bummer: Chris Adrian's post-flood Magic Mountain
    by Phyllis Fong
  • Early RSVP
    Wedding bells are ringing for Rudnick and his glittery cast
    by Michael Feingold
  • Past Masters
    A rich repertory selection saves the year for cinephiles
    by Joshua Land
  • Crossover Alley
    Krazy Kat and Vegetable Sex to greet the fall season
    by R.C. Baker
  • Not much unites this bizarre double bill of genre titans except, perhaps, a shared penchant for excess and an enormous sense of self-importance. Both have songs that you know and like, however, and they are sure to play them. Giants Stadium, Meadowlands, NJ, 201-935-3900

    'Back To School Jam '06': T.I., DMX, Yung Joc, and Lloyd Banks
    September 30

    T.I. is running out of things to prove this year, having already released 2006's best single ("What You Know") and best rap album (King) so far. These other jokers aren't the guys to challenge his spot. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpk, Uniondale, NY, 516-794-9300

    The Mountain Goats
    September 30–October 1

    John Darnielle's curious new album, Get Lonely, finds him largely sans guitar and in a fragile, falsetto mode—the kind of sound that quiets a room in a hurry. It will take time to see whether these songs portend something rawer and more elemental, but there is and always has been an undeniable joy in figuring out what he won't tell. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey, 212-533-2111, bowerypresents.com

    The Hold Steady
    October 1

    The Hold Steady are the alcohol-soaked live darlings of the New York scene, a band that so regularly tops itself onstage that they currently inspire Dead-level repeat visits. They have a new record that is better than their old record, which is to say a contender for best of the year. Grant frontman Craig Finn's wish for a really big show, and touch some people you don't even know, yo. Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl, 212-777-6800, irvingplaza.com

    Wolf Eyes+John Wiese+Thurston Moore/Prurient
    October 6

    Wolf Eyes are a noise band only insofar as they abandon trad song structure for explosive reggae-on-smack riddim; John Wiese, a California laptop warrior, counters with blurry units of gravelly sound; Prurient and Thurston Moore, as a duo, fall in between. These bands could probably produce a great pop song if they wanted to, but that's not really the point, is it? The Hook, 18 Commerce Street, Brooklyn, 718-797-3007, thehookmusic.com

    'Nintendo Fusion Tour'
    October 8

    Emo-punks Hawthorne Heights recently took the noble and overdue step of suing their own record label, Victory Records, for conducting, in their name, a quasi-racist campaign against the young r&b artist Ne-Yo. Here, they're replacing last year's headliners, Fall Out Boy, on Nintendo's marketing tour/emo showcase. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd Street, 212-247-0200, roselandballroom.com

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