The 10 Best Concerts This Weekend, 10/24/14
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Friday, 10/24 Anandi Bhattacharya Saint Peter's Church 7pm, $30-$40. World Music Institute founder/impresario Robert Browning wraps up his important recent series of female Indian classical musicians with the local debut of Bhattacharya, a remarkable singer who happens to be the teenage daughter of slide-guitar virtuoso Debashish Bhattacharya. Like her father-guru, Anandi, who has been performing since age four, is at home with both classical rigor and jazzier fusion. Ramesh Misra (on sarangi, a bowed lute) and Subasish Bhattacharya (tabla) accompany her. -- By Richard Gehr
Benny Benassi Webster Hall 10pm, $33. Remembered fondly for his 2002 hit "Satisfaction," Benny Benassi has traversed the dance music scene for quite some time. His current live sound plays more with a heavy-handed bass and quick, hard drops than his previous work has, and as a result we have his Danceaholic tour, which will require some very comfy sneakers, a rowdy group of friends, and a strong neck for some inevitable head-banging. -- By Eleanor Lambert
Buster Poindexter Cafe Carlyle Friday & Saturday, 8:40pm, $70-$130 Buster Poindexter is best known for "Hot Hot Hot," the one song that subway-platform steel-drum performers play that isn't outrageously irritating, but -- far from the one-hit wonder he's sometimes chalked up to be -- his impact on pop culture is all around us. While even novice music trivia buffs might have some inkling of his punk-rock past, what may come as news is that Buster Poindexter (or his sometimes credited real name, David Johansen) has touched each of our lives in some capacity or another. -- By Chaz Kangas
The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $50.99-$200.99, SOLD OUT There are only five more opportunities to hear the Allman Brothers Band live. Possibly ever. Over the past 45 years, since the ramblin' men from Macon, Georgia, played their first show for $1 tickets in 1969, they've taken myriad midnight rides, but after more than 200 shows at the Beacon, Southern rock's indefatigable progenitors have become more synonymous with the venue than even the Fillmore East. Through tragedy, personnel changes, and health scares, they've kept on hittin' the note, but as they go into the mystic with their own solo projects, it looks like it might finally be the end of line. -- By Aidan Levy
Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Blue Note Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8:00pm & 10:30pm, $20 Bar, $35 Table Dizzy Gillespie, with his puffed-cheek embouchure, bent trumpet bell that curved skyward, and trendsetting horn-rimmed glasses, was always au courant. The living legacy of the idiosyncratic wit behind "Salt Peanuts" lives on in the All-Stars, a ghost band that's possessed by the spirit of its late leader, helmed by the high-flying trumpet trio of Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and Freddie Hendrix. A bebop forefather who wasn't afraid to punctuate his legato phrasing with a Latin punch, Dizzy felt as at home on "Groovin' High" as he did on "Manteca," and this band of seasoned veterans delves deep into his eclectic catalog. -- By Aidan Levy
Saturday, 10/25 Slowdive Terminal 5 7pm, $35-$40. SOLD OUT Of all the early-'90s guitar-band comebacks, this year's Slowdive reunion (after a 20-year hiatus) has been one of the most welcome -- and successful. Their first London show was sold out in minutes, followed by a few festival dates -- which included playing for a 25,000-strong crowd at Primavera -- and now a full North American tour. While a new album is in the works, '90s nostalgists can rest assured the live set will be largely determined by popular demand. Joining the iconic shoegaze band for their Terminal 5 show will be another '90s indie-rock great, Low. -- By Karen Gardiner
Shakir Khan Roulette 8pm, $25-$30. Like the late Ravi Shankar, this 28-year-old Hindustani sitar hero made an international splash at Woodstock. OK, in Khan's case it was a 2008 Polish version of the iconic outdoor event, but there were again a few hundred thousand on hand. The son of the revered Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Shakir is an eighth-generation sitar slinger and possesses the sprezzatura, feel, and unbelievable chops to justify all the acclaim. Young tabla speed demon Enayet Hossain joins him here. -- By Richard Gehr
New York P'an: Spiritual Exuberance Symphony Space 7:30pm, $35-$100. "P'an" is short for pansori, a Korean style of musical storytelling -- with shamanic roots -- that pairs a vocalist with a drummer playing the buk barrel drum. Intended to edify and entertain, the songs are sung with high emotion and lots of improvised commentary. Expect fabulous costumes and extended technique. Pansori stars Shin Yung-hee and Lee Kwang-soo headline tonight's bill, which also includes the local Sounds of Korea. Although rarely heard in these parts, pansori is one of Korea's Important Intangible Cultural Properties, and Shin is a designated National Human Treasure. -- By Richard Gehr
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Sunday, 10/26 Digitalism Music Hall of Williamsburg 8pm, $18. German dance duo Digitalism hail from the pre-EDM era and are proud of it. They idolize Daft Punk and are known for remixing the likes of the Presets, Klaxons, Tiga, and other artists reminiscent of the genre once dubbed "bloghouse" (the era of dance music 2006-08) by Hipster Runoff. The Music Hall of Williamsburg will be flooded with late-twentysomethings who remember when electro reigned over trap and dubstep as Digitalism bring their live performance to Brooklyn. Known for sets that evoke a rock show, Digitalism's tracks are often played by other heavy-hitting producers Boys Noize and Justice. Still touring off their last release back in 2011, I Love You Dude, Digitalism are bringing their live show, which includes synth, drums, and, if you're lucky, the occasional live vocal, throughout North America this winter. Bring some life to your usual club night with this one. -- By Lina Abascal
SBTRKT Terminal 5 9pm, $28-$32. The intentionally masked musings of electronic producer SBTRKT hit back in 2008 when neither electronic music's resurgence nor anonymity was in vogue -- in a way his career paved the way for the mystery of Rhye and the popularity of Disclosure. Pairing his house-heavy and dubstep-soul sounds with vocalists like Little Dragon and Jessie Ware, it was his frequent collaborator Sampha that really stuck. The sonic landscape now contains a number of acts like SBTRKT, but he was one of this electronic era's pioneers and remains at the forefront of the movement. -- By Caitlin White
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