The 9 Best Concerts in New York This Week: Child Abuse, Fleetwood Mac, Slavic Soul + More
The Slavic Soul Party! holds down a regular, rowdy, Tuesday-night gig at Barbès.
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Tuesday, 1/20 Sufjan Stevens Howard Gilman Opera House Tuesday–Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $30–$65 Remember when Sufjan Stevens vowed to make an album about each of the union's 50 states? Ultimately he got stuck somewhere around the Great Lakes, only making it as far as Michigan and Illinois, but the grand ambition of the project was enough to convince us of his love for Americana in all forms. Tonight, the indie singer-songwriter-composer serenades another U.S. tradition: the rodeo. In "Round-Up," a new multimedia performance commissioned by BAM, Stevens presents an electronic score about the bull-wrangling American phenomenon, with members of the Yarn/Wire ensemble on percussion and piano. A film by Alex and Aaron Craig, composed of footage from Oregon's 2013 Pendleton Round-Up, will provide the appropriate atmosphere. — By Heather Baysa
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. — By Kory Grow
Child Abuse Silent Barn 8 p.m., $8 Maximum slayage of the highest head-exploding order commences tonight as the schizoid death sludge of Child Abuse brings its noise to the Silent Barn. Owners of, arguably, the raddest press photo ever (take a gander at that pic), the best band name of all time (calm down: they obviously don't condone that heinous act; those are their friggin' kids in that photo), and one of 2014's top — if not most criminally ignored — slabs, in Trouble in Paradise (check this writer's Pazz + Jop ballot), Child Abuse are piloted by Lydia Lunch Retrovirus bassist Tim Dahl, memoirist/drummer Oran Canfield, and synth stabber Eric Lau. The demonically brutal yet cosmic death metal these methodical assassins dole out is deliciously evil and weirdly catchy. — By Brad Cohan
Vijay Iyer performs at the Stone through Sunday night.
Vijay Iyer Residency at The Stone The Stone Tuesday–Sunday, 8 p.m., $20 He's made his name with his jazz trio, a flagship enterprise that will drop its best album yet in early February, but pianist Vijay Iyer has been involved in several improvising outfits, and a handful of them are part of this six-night run and its ever-changing cast of characters: a duet with trumpet icon Wadada Leo Smith, collabos with Open City author Teju Cole and poet Himanshu Suri, experimental ensembles both electric and acoustic, and overt instrumental nods to his Indian heritage. Iyer's is an art of integration that takes chances and flies high as a matter of course. Put a circle around the "Intuitionists" date, which finds him in cahoots with guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Reggie Workman and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey. There'll be magic there. — By Jim Macnie
Wednesday, 1/21 Landlady Union Pool 9 p.m., $10 For Adam Schatz — visionary architect of the annual Winter Jazz Fest spectacular that took over downtown just over a week ago — there's nary a minute to revel in the bacchanal's latest triumphant turn. Schatz is back onstage with Farfisa and electronic gadgets in tow and fronting Landlady, his DIY-or-die, melody-laced art-pop collective. On last year's terrific and eclectic Upright Behavior, the perpetual charmer Schatz, always with heart on sleeve, led his troupe through a colorful set of precise, yet elastic, soul jazz. With Schatz's husky croon taking center stage, Landlady's stadium-sized, hook-dripping Stax Records–influenced rock fuses elements of Talking Headsian African rhythms (their double-drummer percussive attack is lethal) and TV on the Radio–like electro-r&b, a combo exuding the community-minded spirit the frontman is known for. Fellow Brooklynites and pop darlings Leapling also lay the melodies on delightfully and contagiously thick. On the Dan Ames–led quartet's forthcoming revelation, Vacant Page (due February 10 via the ascending Exploding in Sound label), Landlady weave majestically orchestral dream-pop that's as soothing as it is complex. Heaven for Real open the show, which begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. — By Brad Cohan
Himalayan Happy Hour Rubin Museum of Art Every Wednesday, 5 p.m., FREE Non-members enjoy 10 percent (members: 15 percent) off menu items at this unique hump-day happy hour featuring live South Asian–inspired music performed around the spiral staircase, as well as book launches or talks in the theater. Gallery tours can be arranged in advance.
Fleetwood Mac play Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
Courtesy Warner Bros.
Thursday, 1/22 Fleetwood Mac Madison Square Garden 8 p.m., $49.50–$199.50 After founding guitarist Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac three years in and took with him his bluesier pedigree, the band pivoted to create some of the following decade's finest pop. They owe much of that success to inspiration drawn from doomed internal romances, often featuring spooky singer Stevie Nicks and slick guitarist Lindsey Buckingham at the center of that narrative. The current tour notably features the return of keyboard player Christine McVie, who hasn't played with the Mac since the band supported 1997's terrific, chart-topping (mostly) live album, The Dance. — By Vijith Assar
Friday, 1/23 Ferry Corsten Space NYC 10 p.m., $20–$50 After recently highlighting his musical evolution as a producer, Ferry Corsten retains that same, beloved trance flavor in most of his music. Since he broke onto the EDM scene under pseudonyms like System F and Gouryella, Corsten has been developing his sound — and has allowed it to follow the trends for the time being. More recently, Corsten teamed up with fellow trance-man Markus Schulz to create duo New World Punx, and between these varying musical personas Corsten has traversed the world of EDM subgenres. This Friday, Corsten will perform at Space NYC with a Full On Ferry show, a staple of his since 2007, and will feature a wide array of his music, from the deep-trance hits off L.E.F. to newer, harder songs like "Hyper Love." Corsten will be performing with fellow producers Max Vangeli and Mike Saint-Jules. — By Eleanor Lambert
Joe Russo's Almost Dead Brooklyn Bowl 9 p.m., $25–$30 Joe Russo's Almost Dead: Don't you dare slag them off as a mere cover band. The group, otherwise known for its experimental Led Zeppelin instrumentals as Bustle in Your Hedgerow, here works its high-octane magic on Grateful Dead material, taking the improvisations to wild new realms. Keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Scott Metzer (who's been raising the ghost of Danny Gatton in his other group, Wolf!), are the special sauce. On Friday, the lanes will be energized by the annual Freaks Ball, thrown by a local group of rabid live-music connoisseurs. $25–$30. 9 p.m. 21 and over. Brooklyn Bowl and the doors open at 6 p.m. — By Richard Gehr
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