The 10 Best Concerts in New York this Weekend, 10/10/14
Catch New York-by-way-of Berkeley band We are Scientists (who also love pecans) at the CBGB Festival.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Friday, 10/10 CBGB Music & Film Festival Center 548 Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Prices Vary The CBGB & OMFUG insignia graces the spectrum of T-shirts from Hot Topic to John Varvatos, 315 Bowery's very own usurper. But the idealistic chutzpah behind the legendary rock club lives on, not as a screen print but as just that -- an idea. Oh, and also a city-wide party showcasing music, movies, talks, and all things DIY. The CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year. Seasoned veterans like Billy Idol, Devo, and Jane's Addiction will headline this round's music lineup alongside the young and rambunctious -- Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, and J-poppers Cheeky Parade among them. In a similar fashion, the film selections comprise old and new -- This Is Spinal Tap and Up in Smoke alongside brand-new fan fictions and rockumentaries on Joe Strummer and the Carter Family, among other luminaries. Drop in on one of the many talks and symposiums on making rock music today. This year, each event is individually ticketed, so feel free to pick and choose. -- By Heather Baysa
Yelle Irving Plaza 7:00pm, $25. French electropop band Yelle had a huge break with their debut album, 2007's Pop Up. Thanks to vibrant singles like "À cause des garçons" and "Je veux te voir," Yelle, also the stage name of their lead singer, Julie Budet, found a way to appeal to an audience way outside their origin country thanks to the universal language of dance. In September, they released their third album, the Dr. Luke-produced Complètement fou, which proves that, seven years since we were introduced to them, Yelle remain as colorful, appealing, and infectious as ever. You don't need to understand French to understand that Yelle are a good time, but you should definitely work on how fluent you are in the language of fun -- that's all you need to communicate at this show. -- By Brittany Spanos
Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Best Buy Theater 8:00pm, $45. What do you get when you put together a pair of boy-band men who have grown up and out of their boy-band heydays? Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, of Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, respectively, are here to give you an answer and pave a career path that turns away from the boy-band distinction without abandoning it entirely. Both members of Nick & Knight still consider themselves a part of the still-touring groups that brought them international recognition as teens, but that hasn't stopped them from pursuing solo careers in adulthood. Now, after a collaborative album and tour, the two seem to have found the right stuff when it comes to working as a pair. Together, they've made a sexy '90s r&b album and are peddling their act around the country to fans who still find these dudes larger than life. -- By Brittany Spanos
Bastille Radio City Music Hall 8:00pm, $35.00-$45. The rise of Bastille has been pretty swift. While most people will still mainly know them for their infamous hit "Pompeii", the London-based band has brought with them a number of feel-good tunes that are decently emotional while still remaining energetic and carefree for the most part. Their sound remains within the indie rock/pop scene while exploring more tribal, tropical elements as well as some rather trippy, jivey backbeats, with a moody piano riff and emphatic drumline accompanying most of their catchy and easily identifiable tunes. -- By Eleanor LambertSaturday, 10/11Oumar KonateBaby's All Right
8:00pm, $45. This young Bamako guitarist takes the tradition of players like Ali Farka Touré and Amadou Bagayoko to a grittier place on his impressive new Addoh (Tears). Recorded during Mali's 2012-13 political crisis, Konate sings for peace, tranquility, and the love of a good woman. Traditional instrumentalists and the Debo Band horn section, who may or may not be among tonight's advertised "special guests", accompany him. --By Richard Gehr
American Football Webster Hall Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:00pm, $25. Originally active from 1997 to 2000, American Football reunited this year, to sold-out shows and what Pitchfork nominated a "best new reissue" of their self-titled masterpiece. A band of University of Illinois alumni, each member has one foot in AF and one in another band from the same scene, emulating the kind of interdisciplinary closeness that college campuses produce (frontman Mike Kinsella, for one, is formerly of Cap'n Jazz and currently in Owen). Although they self-identify as an emo band, the "emo" comes out more in the tender instrumentation and minimal moodiness of post-rock rather than any sort of power-chord-driven angst. -- By Sarah Madges
Ethan Iverson & Ron Carter Mezzrow Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm, $25. The Bad Plus pianist knows the value of living history - he's made a point of interacting with elders during the last few years, and to a one, come away with intriguing results. At 41 Iverson is about the half the age of his partner, a revered bass master who has become one of improvisation's icons after a lifetime of extraordinary work. Their book of duets will stress standards, and the give 'n' take in such a cozy room - designed specifically for this kind of intimacy - will explode the goose pimple factor. -- By Jim Macnie
Chita Rivera Birdland Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm, $40-$50. 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 FinkleSunday, 10/12IceageBowery Ballroom
8:00pm, $15. On their just-released third album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, Danish punks Iceage have caught fans off guard by eschewing their signature post-punk noise for something a little darker; more country-tinged and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds sounding -- complete with strings and a horn section. Frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt's vocals still brim with attitude and punk angst, though, and in a recent interview with Noisey he defiantly explained the new sound by saying the group wanted to "destroy some of the expectations on what kind of band we are. We belong to no one." Still punk as fuck, then. --By Karen Gardiner
JEFF The Brotherhood Death by Audio 8:00pm, $16.50 Behold Nashville's local rock royalty in a true clash of the titans! JEFF the Brotherhood, arguably Music City's most beloved brotherly grunge duo, and Diarrhea Planet, another local six-pack of guitar-wielding punks, have been playing together since Glenn Danzig's house was the primo place for house shows, fueling one of the country's most thrilling, restless rock scenes since way before Jack White even built his Third Man Records compound down the street. Besides releasing five original LPs via Infinity Cat Recordings (which they founded with their dad, songwriter Robert Orall in 2002) and putting out countless works by other artists (Be Your Own Pet, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, Heavy Cream, Ed Schraeder's Music Beat) on the same label, JEFF just released their new EP Dig the Classics in September via Warner Brothers, which features covers of the Pixies, Beck, Colleen Green, My Bloody Valentine, The Wipers and Teenage Fanclub. In a shit-storm of flying beer cans, mystic shredding and long hair, their live show will be a chance for outsiders to crowd surf on a gnarly greenwave and catch a rare glimpse of some underground Nashville magic. -- By Erin Manning
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