The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/3/14
Catch 2 Chainz at Roseland Ballroom this Wednesday evening.
Courtesy of Island/Def Jam Recordings
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Sunny Ozell + Jim Campilongo Trio + Jussi Reijonen Rockwood Music Hall 8:00 p.m., free Just another night on Rockwood's Stage 2, with three fine acts popping out among the scheduled seven. Start with sultry Sunny Ozell's country-tinged torch songs. Stick around for nuance-rich guitarist Jim Campilongo and trio, who are working out a new blend of electric Miles and laid-back twang all month. And finish with Finnish oudist-guitarist Jussi Reijonen playing a subtle mix of jazz and Middle Eastern modes with his ensemble Un. Also: Elsa Nilsson Quartet, Carbon Mirage. -- By Richard Gehr
Tinariwen Rough Trade NYC 8:30 p.m., $22 The nomadic Tuareg tribesmen, who sport robes and headscarves onstage, recorded their forthcoming album in the California desert town of Joshua Tree rather than in the politically imploding Sahara. Part trance and part provocation, the band's bluesy sound evokes its West African desert homeland through vamping electric guitars, chanted choruses, clapping hands, and djembe drums. -- By Richard Gehr
Panic! At the Disco Roseland Ballroom 6:30 p.m., $47 Over the course of four albums, Panic! At the Disco has experienced numerous shifts in genre and line-up. However, Brendon Urie and his taste for the theatrical has never changed and on their 2013 release, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, the baroque pop king returned with his own hip-hop inspired restructuring of the punchy dramatics that made them famous. From jumping, beat-fueled lead single "Miss Jackson" to the slithering and sexy "Girls/Girls/Boys," with a video inspired by an equally racy D'Angelo clip, P!ATD took a turn for the even catchier and showed there are no limits to the directions their eras can take. Hope that leaves room for Urie to bring his Vine-famous series "Positive Hardcore Thursday" to fruition on their next release. -- By Brittany Spanos
Lang Lang Carnegie Hall 8:00 p.m., $21-$130 Immediately following his genre-thrashing Grammy performance with Metallica and "Happy Chinese New Year", a diametrically opposed EP that drops Jan. 31, the 31-year-old alliterative classical icon proves that his versatility matches his virtuosity with a selection of Mozart sonatas and Chopin ballades. Lang Lang's meteoric rise blends accessibility with a charismatic persona, spanning everything from soundtrack work on Gran Turismo 5 to a Second Life avatar and real-life appearances at Carnegie Hall. His sensitivity and masterful technique outline how Mozart's 18th-century Classical-era genius yielded Chopin's 19th-century Romantic expressionism for an evening presenting some of the most subtle yet evocative works for piano ever written. -- By Aidan Levy
Haden Triplets Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium 7:30 p.m., free As though sharing a womb for nine months weren't enough intimacy for a lifetime, producer Ry Cooder recorded the Haden Triplets' debut album around a single microphone, Carter Family-style, in Tanya Haden's home. Petra, Rachel, and Tanya are the offspring of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who grew up singing country and folk music on the radio with his own Iowa family. His daughters' super-close harmonies manifest the warm genetic connection heard in sibling stars including the Louvin Brothers and the Carters. The sisters' eponymous release on Jack White's Third Man label contains tunes associated with both family units -- including "When I Stop Dreaming" and "Single Girl, Married Girl" -- along with songs eternalized by Kitty Wells ("Making Believe") and even Nick Lowe ("Raining, Raining"). -- By Richard Gehr
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings play the Beacon Theatre this Thursday evening.
Credit: Jesse Dittmar
2 Chainz Roseland Ballroom 7:30 p.m., $45-$55 By now, it's probably safe to assume that you're familiar with Tauheed Epps, the Atlanta rapper better known as Tity Boi and best known as 2 Chainz, a 6foot5, punchlinedropping unlikely superstar who nails guest verses (lately: "Headband," "Fuckin' Problems," "Feds Watching") but still holds it down on his own LPs (in 2012, Based on a T.R.U. Story, and in 2013, its followup, B.O.A.T.S. II). Four months after a canceled Williamsburg Park show and two months after a short set at Power 105.1's Barclays Center winter megashow, Chainz gets the stage he deserves at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom. Show up on time and catch performances by "I Luv This Shit" crooner August Alsina and Pusha T, the former Clipse rapper who's coming off the best solo release of his career. -- By Nick Murray
Keith Jarrett Carnegie Hall 8:00 p.m., $45-$100 The maestro's epic recitals shine a light on what takes place inside that beguiling cranium of his. Recently saluted as an NEA Jazz Master, he used his acceptance speech to remind that onstage he's often "oversaturated with input" that flows through him. More often than not, transcendent passages bubble up from the deep rhythmic glide that defines these solo excursions. -- By Jim Macnie
Outer Spaces + Gregory and the Hawk + Field Mouse + Laughing Fingers Death by Audio 8:00 p.m, $7 At some point during the last few years, Cara Beth Satalino adopted "The Outer Spaces" as the name for the winsome folk-pop singles and EPs she records with friends. Ironically enough, what Outer Spaces accomplish is almost startlingly intimate, a teasing interplay of snaking, searching vocals with guitars acoustic and otherwise. The vibe is sleepy, but never complacent, and fairly begs for actualization in full-length form. -- By Raymond Cummings
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Beacon Theatre 8:00 p.m., $35-$45 Funk/Soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings enter the Beacon Theater on the wings of last year's solid Give the People What They Want, an album that consolidated their status as pioneers of the classic soul revival, complete with strong female vocals, a grooving rhythm sections, and vocals strong enough to take you there. Where? Well, to Georgia, home to James Brown and Gladys Knight, a pair of musical touchstones that get at the seductive mix of power and elegance characteristic of both Sharon Jones's voice and of the Dap Kings' instrumental backdrops. -- By Winston Groman
The Hold Steady + Tim Barry Music Hall of Williamsburg 9:00 p.m., $25 There was a time when indie kids wouldn't admit to listening to Springsteen -- the alt-country kids might cop to liking Nebraska, but that was it. That is, until the Hold Steady crashed the party, and a whole scene reawakened to its love for anthemic paeans to the hopeless hopefulness of America's suburban outsiders. Where 2004's Almost Killed Me skillfully merged the wordy Van Morrison/Bob Dylan operatics of early Springsteen with the barfly poetry of prime Thin Lizzy and the wistful whimsicality of Minneapolis punk, 2006's Separation Sunday upped the lyrical and conceptual ante, hoisting Craig Finn's almost-annoying vocals over tracks that pushed THS's Boss fetish towards Darkness on the Edge of Town territory, setting a template that the band has followed ever since. 2014 promises the release of Teeth Dreams, and if single "I Hope this Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" is any indication, Finn and company have picked up right where they left off. -- By Winston Groman
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