The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/29/14
Aloe Blacc by Timothy Norris
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Monday, 9/29 The Raveonettes+Coves Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday & Saturday, 9:00pm, $25.00 Beneath the sweet vocals, dreamy fuzz and jangling guitars, there is a darker edge to Danish duo, The Raveonettes. "Boys Who Rape Should All be Destroyed" was the title of a sunny track on their 2009 album, In and Out of Control, while new album Pe'ahi deals with the recent death of Sune Rose Wagner's father and features a song, "Endless Sleeper," about his near-death experience while surfing. While never straying too far from obvious Jesus and Mary Chain and shoegaze influences, the Raveonettes, now on their seventh album, always manage to keep things interesting. -- By Karen Gardiner
Tuesday, 9/30 Aloe Blacc Santos Party House 7:00pm, $30.00-$35.00 Whether you recognize the name or not, the voice of Aloe Blacc is unmistakable. Blacc, a former rapper born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III from California, is the man featured on "Wake Me Up," the mega-mega club hit he co-wrote with DJ Avicii. He's also the behind the ridiculously catchy "I Need a Dollar" and the hat-tip to Elton John, "The Man." Much like Stevie Wonder, Blacc has rich, soulful vocals that can be both deeply emotional and uplifting, as best heard on his latest album, Lift Your Spirit. -- By Jill Menze
Prong Santos Party House 7:00pm, $18.00 New York stalwart Tommy Victor formed and nurtured Prong in the NYC of the '80s, and happily, the singer/guitarist's '90s move to California didn't dim the band's urban, industrial-tinged-metal, ruthlessly propelled by a driving, organic, aggro strength. Prong's most seminal tracks -- the ominous grind of 1994's "Broken Peace" and the incendiary, staccato "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" -- may be the band's best, but the years have been kind: the trio's latest, this year's 11-song Ruining Lives, remains as taut, precise and intense as earlier albums. Prong's rifftastic metal onslaught remains a touchstone for old and new school metallers alike. -- By Katherine Turman
BANKS Terminal 5 8:00pm, $25.00 Jillian Banks was all over Fashion Week this year, and it came as a surprise to no one. As BANKS, the L.A. singer is custodian of a smoldering, excessive minimalism, if it's not too oxymoronic to say so. With her futuristic r&b jams and most of her videos shot in black-and-white (or colors so muted that they pretty much aspire to be), she seems tailor-made for the industry (Victoria's Secret and Garnier Fructis have already tapped her ouevre for ads). Now touring to promote this month's new release, Goddess, she reaffirms herself as the quiet dynamo -- so many contradictions! -- that she is. Check her out with fellow purveyors of the sparse, Movement and Lil Silva, as they draw you into a world of perpetual dusk. -- By Heather Baysa
Chita Rivera Birdland Tuesday through Friday, 8:30pm daily, $40.00-$50.00 She's just back from Williamstown, where she once again paraded as Claire Zachanassian in the never-quite-gets-to-Manhattan musical, The Visit. In recognition of the classy gig, she'll tribute its tunesmiths John Kander and Fred Ebb, who've written for her several times now. She's heralding the return as "Chita's Back," and, although she may not dance as much as she has in her past cabaret shows, she remains Broadway's leading spitfire. -- By David FinkleWebster Hall
9:00pm, $20.00 Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Lo is entering legit pop star territory with her chart-storming "Habits." It's a cathartic tale of nursing a broken heart by binging, going to sex clubs and throwing up in the tub with an infectiously anthemic power pop chorus. Though her songs are in the dark, unpolished vein not so often present in mainstream pop, she has, with her revealing lyrics and ear for a good tune, stumbled upon mainstream success. After this tour, she's heading out on the road again to open for Katy Perry. --By Karen Gardiner
Jungle Warsaw 8:00pm, $27.00 London's latest foray into modern soul comes cloaked in the accidental secrecy of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who went simply by "J" and "T" when the pair signed to XL Recordings sans press photos or much information. But the music spoke for itself -- rich, funk-dipped pop that bubbled and spurted in its own kind of mesmerizing dance -- and their group, Jungle, quickly became an act to watch both stateside and across the pond, earning a Mercury Prize nomination along the way. Now they're performing live at the decidedly Polish and spacious Greenpoint venue Warsaw, an ideal backdrop for the five-piece band that joins the core duo when they perform live. The air of happiness and joy that seems to spurt up from Jungle's music pushes it into a realm of light that the heaviness of commercial pop has all but abandoned. A must-see for fans of retro soul and click-snap r&b tones alike. -- By Catilin White
Thursday, 10/02 Geryon Trans-Pecos 8:00pm, $10.00 Not only do experi-metallers Charlie Looker (of Zs, Extra Life, Seaven Teares and Period) and Andrew Hock (formerly of Castavet) inflict their drum machine-bashing, melodic avant-metal torture all over the Brooklyn DIY underground pantheon as Psalm Zero, the terrorizing twosome have managed to meld their damaged aesthetics and blackened leanings to cook up an erstwhile concert series they've dubbed Chaos Bodies. This evening, ultimate savage crew Geryon -- featuring metal titans Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein of Krallice -- will unleash the bleakest of apocalyptic death metal in its epically crushing form. Geryon -- as evidenced by its intricate, ear-bleeding debut released last year -- is ready to assume the void left by Hock's recently disbanded Castavet. Prepare to die. -- By Brad Cohan
Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue Cornelia Street Café Thursday & Friday - Thursday 8:30pm, Friday 9:00pm & 10:30pm $10.00 hanks to constant work, the guitarist's ideas are boundless these days. She's built this quartet around reed player Chris Speed, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tomas Fujiwara to enjoy textural gambits and counterpoint experiments. Abstraction is the welcome mat of their new album on the Relative Pitch label, but poignant moments and defined landscapes are always popping up. -- By Jim Macnie
Friday, 10/03 Cro-Mags Saint Vitus 8:00pm, $20.00-$25.00 There's always been something scruffy about this on-again, off-again NYC crew. Ostensibly punk, Cro-Mags songs plow ahead with a not-inconsiderable weight - but these guys embrace ponderousness to the extent that they're not hardcore, and three-cord riffage arrives outfitted with enough butt rock and metal flourishes that slotting them in a sub-genre bracket feels like a fool's errand. Cro-Mags are still around and kicking 33 years after forming, so any amateur musicologists among the group's fan base may ponder the incongruities while headbanging along to "Death in the Womb." -- By Raymond Cummings
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