The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/6/14
Neil Young returns to Carnegie Hall this week
Courtesy of WBR Press // Credit: Gary Burden
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Neil Young Carnegie Hall 8:00 p.m., $50-$200 Over four decades ago, warble-throated folkie Neil Young played a couple of nights at Carnegie Hall in support of his classic record, After the Gold Rush. Both nights sold out. Now he's playing four nights at the same New York institution and at press time demand looked equally high. Although he's not coming back specifically to celebrate his original 1970 stint, he did recently put out a live recording from that same year that contains performances from a residency at San Francisco's the Cellar Door. It finds Young in rare form, joking about smoking weed and singing songs that have become canon: "Old Man," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Cinnamon Girl." Young has always been the type to keep moving forward, playing his latest oeuvre at concerts, but he has never totally abandoned those songs. Maybe tonight, and over the next three evenings, he'll revisit the spirit of '70. -- By Kory Grow
Dimitri From Paris Cielo 10:00 p.m., $12 Over the past few years, two adopted New Yorkers, Duck Sauce's A-Trak and Armand van Helden, have become hipster dance faves for their revisionist disco-house bangers. They deserve all the success that comes to them, but said hipsters themselves deserve to go a step further and jump into the music of Dimitri From Paris, a man who has been mixing, creating, and compiling records for longer than many of them have been alive. That makes his catalogue intimidatingly extensive, but his stuff is consistent enough that you can start anywhere -- just make sure to end up at this late-night Cielo gig. -- By Nick Murray
Tom Wopat 54 Below 7:00 p.m., $34-$54 If Burt Lancaster had been a singer, he would have sounded like this guy: The two share the same rare brand of masculine grace. Having concluded his extremely appealing "A Trip to Bountiful" run, he's back on the cabaret stage, probably with the masterful Tedd Firth at the ivories. The ditties he'll croon with the usual grit will be from his "I've Got Your Number" CD, which features a couple of hot-hot numbers he penned. Above, you've got his number. Call it. -- By David Finkle
CREEP + Narcisse + Aeon Rings The Glasslands Gallery 7:30 p.m., $10 You know how you know a band's had a rough go of it? When the OTT Scary Movie-isms of witch house were the least embarrassing genre they got stuck (well, stuck themselves) with. But maybe CREEP were just before their time. Brooklyn's Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax were mining trip-hop (Echoes goes relatively deep, featuring a between-comebacks Tricky and -- of all people -- Lou Rhodes from Lamb) two years before everyone finally admitted that's what all those Weeknd and chillwave and "witchy" records basically were. And more to the point: CREEP transcends the shtick. Much like another electronic duo from across the pond, Disclosure, Dillard and Flax work best when arranging elaborate shrouds around unexpected guests: Rhodes, performance-auteur Planningtorock, the perennially underrated Nina Sky, and even Sia, who after endless Guetta and Flo Rida bosh proves she was at one point haunting. They play Glasslands January 7; AEON Rings and Narcisse open. Expect vibes. -- By Katherine St. Asaph
Winter JazzFest Blue Note Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m., various prices Some say it's grown too much and is officially overwhelming. Others say overwhelming is the only way to go. After a decade in business, Winter JazzFest is a cornerstone event for the local improv community, kicking off each year with a tsunami of talent that uses jazz as a starting point for a variety of stylistic approaches. From skronk to unk-fay, everything is covered. This year widens the calendar to five nights and includes a few new venues. Very cool single shows (such as Bobby Previte) act as a ramp-up to the blistering beehive that is the two-night marathon dominating the Bleecker Street area. Shows you shouldn't miss include Ben Goldberg, Blue Cranes, Thiefs, Nate Wooley, and Henry Threadgill's nod to his pal Butch Morris. Starts today, through January 11, at various venues. For more information, visit winterjazzfest.com. -- By Jim Macnie
Robert Glasper + Jason Moran Town Hall 8:00 p.m., $27-$47 For Blue Note Records' 75th birthday party tonight, pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran will reprise some of the four-handed duets the boogie-woogie pioneers Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis recorded in 1939 for the venerable jazz label's maiden release. This Winter Jazzfest concert will also find Glasper and Moran performing personal benchmarks from later in the label's formidable catalog alongside saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, singer Bilal, bassist Alan Hampton, and drummer Eric Harland. Although it began with Ammons and Lewis's proto-rock 'n' roll, the label founded by German-born Alfred Lion and Communist writer Max Margulis would eventually come to signify a bespoke outlet for quality experimentalism, and Glasper's and Moran's samplings should be deeper than most. -- By Richard Gehr
Marilyn Maye Metropolitan Room Wednesday & Thursday, 7:00 p.m., $30-$154.99 She made the room hers a few seasons back, just as she'll make New Year's Eve hers with this new run of shows. Singing professionally for over 70 years, Maye remains one of the youngest warblers on the circuit, at least in terms of undiminished vigor and working-the-room authority. No telling what she'll sing, since she knows thousands of songs and is making the gig a "by request" affair. You can bet that whatever she and longtime accompanist Billy Stritch agree to offer will be as good as it gets. -- By David Finkle
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