Nick Jonas Ditches His Bros to Top This Week’s Best Concerts in New York

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Nick Jonas was to the Jonas Brothers what Justin Timberlake was to *NSync — the talented star who could soar without the support of his fellow boyband members. Powering forward with the hits off his 2014 self-titled album, Nick returns to New York for a blowout show at Terminal 5. Other concert highlights for the week include Swedish-Australian duo Say Lou Lou and a solo performance from Cat Power.

Monday, 9/7
Meek Mill
50 Kent
4 p.m., $30–$40
Philly rapper Meek Mill came at the king and he did not miss. Since calling out Drake over Twitter for alleged ghostwritten lyrics, Meek Mill has successfully maneuvered himself into the spotlight, even earning a quick nod during Jon Stewart’s farewell Daily Show monologue. A signee to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group, Meek Mill sounds determined to replicate Rozay’s lavish lifestyle, and his rapid, high-octave flow headlines this Fool’s Gold Day Off extravaganza. A-Trak, Flatbush Zombies, Skepta, and more will round out a restless Labor Day Monday. — Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 9/8
Thee Oh Sees
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $20
At the core of San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees is John Dwyer, a singer and guitarist who can churn out record after record of fuzzy garage rock as if he were an industrial-size machine. The band has seen multiple lineups and band names (sometimes calling themselves The OhSees or OCS) but as the flagship Thee Oh Sees, they’ve put out nine albums since 2008. They released Mutilator Defeated At Last last May, which continued to highlight Dwyer’s impressive melding of psychedelic freakouts with menacing, distorted guitar leads. — Silas Valentino

Slavic Soul Party!
Barbès
10 p.m., $10
Slavic Soul Party are Eastern Europe's answer to the funk (and "grunt") of the J.B.'s or, more recently, the Budos Band. On their recordings, and every Tuesday at Barbès, the ten-person brass ensemble pins Gypsy melodies against the sort of jazzy r&b horn collages you hear in movies adapted from Elmore Leonard books. The best part, though, is how they interact with their audience at their concerts, sometimes breaking the fourth wall, and really making each word in their name — especially the last — pull its weight. — Kory Grow

Wednesday, 9/9
Chelsea Wolfe
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 p.m., $18
Queen of the industrial underworld, Chelsea Wolfe crafts nightmares with her gothic electronica while despairing in a lyrical prose fit for folk. For her fifth LP, Abyss, she enlisted producer John Congleton — whose fingerprints can be found on St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson, and Earl Sweatshirt records — and their union produced a batch of intense songs that work like Halloween: as frightening as they are joyous. Abyss hits a peak during the haunting acoustic ballad “Crazy Love,” where violin strings descend like bombs around Wolfe’s stirring lead. Sit back and admire how Wolfe transforms the Music Hall of Williamsburg into a cathedral of misery. — Silas Valentino

Say Lou Lou
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $15
Swedish-Australian twin sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, who perform as Say Lou Lou, create seductive and often melancholy downtempo electropop. Following a string of well-received singles, starting with 2012's quietly devastating "Maybe You," their growing fan base eagerly awaited a full album. Their debut, the shimmering, synth-washed Lucid Dreaming, was finally released worldwide on April 7, preceded by the sweeping and cinematic "Nothing but a Heartbeat." — Karen Gardiner

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Cat Power
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Cat Power
Webster Hall
9 p.m., $30
For this Webster Hall appearance, Cat Power sheds her band and will perform solo as Chan Marshall to highlight her immense skill as a songwriter. Her most recent album, 2012’s Sun, was an honest and heartbreaking examination of failed love. Though the songs were magnificently detailed and expertly produced (by Marshall herself), an opportunity to hear “Ruin” or “Manhattan” stripped to its bones offers subtle jubilation. Opening is New York singer-songwriter Willy Mason, whose tender folkie blues will serve as an astute appetizer for the evening. — Silas Valentino 

Lou Barlow
Rough Trade NYC
8 p.m., $15
Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, the Folk Implosion — Lou Barlow’s band résumé reads like a long-lost favorite mixtape. Barlow helped convince our ears that we didn’t need a fancy recording studio to produce powerful music — a Portastudio four-track cassette recorder with Goodwill-quality mics was good enough. His penchant for lo-fi hasn't disappeared on Brace the Wave, his first studio LP since 2009’s Goodnight Unknown, but his arrested development is quickly redeemed. Why attempt to fix something that isn’t broken? Barlow’s humbled charm during Wave highlights “Pulse” and “Repeat” is clearly detected and unmistakably soothing. — Silas Valentino

Nick Jonas
Terminal 5
6:30 p.m., $35
When Nick Jonas hits that gratifying high note during the chorus of his single “Jealous,” all those doubts and purity-ring mockery he endured during his stint as a Jonas Brother quickly vanish. It was no secret that Nick was the strongest singer of the brotherly bunch, but in the past year the extent of his pop music aptitude has been on glorious display through insanely catchy hits like “Chains” and “Teacher.” The shackles of his boyband past have been undone, leaving Nick Jonas free to experiment and progress — with marquee results. — Silas Valentino

Thursday, 9/10
Weyes Blood
Rough Trade NYC
8 p.m., $12
“Cardamom,” from Weyes Blood’s forthcoming EP, Cardamom Times, sways by the plucking of an acoustic guitar while an airy flute circles around the melody. It’s as if this New York–based songstress is channeling the vintage folk that once echoed out of Laurel Canyon — with some medieval Celtic flair shuffled in. Weyes Blood cranks up the reverb on her recordings, giving the songs a grandeur that embraces the open space. For this Rough Trade appearance she’ll join the California freak-folk artist Little Wings. — Silas Valentino

Beirut
The Bell House
7 p.m., FREE
A show at Radio City Music Hall feels like a triumphant return for Beirut's Zach Condon, who's been off the scene for a few years. And to prepare for this big return on October 1, Beirut are offering a free show to fans in Brooklyn. The group's first album since 2011's The Rip Tide, this year's No No No is Condon's first new output with Beirut following touring-related health issues and a divorce. Even so, the new music reflects an uplifted spirit paired with Beirut's signature eclectic and folk-inspired stylings. The horn-inflected title track, for example, is a sure-to-be shining moment ringing through the halls of the Bell House. The show is free with an RVSP. — Jill Menze

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