The Eight Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/13/15
Courtesy of Hermitude
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Friday, 3/13 Twerps Rough Trade NYC 8 p.m., $12 Though it's a world away, Melbourne is a lot like Brooklyn in one respect: There's no shortage of buzzed-about bands. Twerps aren't quite as unhinged as Eddy Current Suppression Ring or as nihilistic as Total Control; in fact, the mellow, earnest jams on recently released sophomore record Range Anxiety will draw more comparisons to former tour-mates Real Estate. The crowd might feel a little bipolar as Twerps cartwheel between idiosyncratic acoustic moments and sunny indie pop, but audience members are certain to have a good time. If you're too superstitious to catch them at Rough Trade on Friday the 13th at 9 p.m., they're following that show up with an appearance at Mercury Lounge on Saturday at 10. Both shows feature support from Ultimate Painting. — Lindsey Rhoades
Hermitude+Carmada Webster Hall 10 p.m., $18 Australia's freshest bass boys have just released a wicked new single, "Through the Roof," are embarking on a U.S. tour, and are set to release a new album this May. Once Australia's hidden gem, Hermitude are ready to go global. Their sound is silky and clean but oscillates with a monstrous power, and is nostalgic of something old-school while still feeling brand-new. Often compared to fellow Aussie producer Flume, their music breaks down seductively before quickly re-emerging in waves of raw energy, all while playing around with elements of trap, tropics, and mariachi (to name only a few genres). The duo are bringing their hip-hop-inspired bass tunes to Webster Hall this Friday and will play alongside the trippy and wobbly Carmada. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the show is open to everyone 19+. — Eleanor Lambert
"We Are the Music Makers" NYPL Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Every Week, Monday–Friday, 12 p.m., FREE The Music Maker Relief Foundation, in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Americanafest NYC, presents a multimedia exhibition to educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. "We Are the Music Makers" features photo and audio documentation of Southern roots musicians active in the past twenty years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy, the Foundation's founder, in his quest to preserve the form by partnering with the artists who make it. The multimedia materials will highlight questions of how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, giving rise to the widespread notion that the musical traditions they perform have "died out."
Saturday, 3/14 Kindness Bowery Ballroom 9 p.m., $20 Over the past couple of years, British singer and producer Adam Bainbridge, a/k/a Kindness, has increased his profile with some notable remixes and production work, but that pales next to the release of Otherness, his singular second album. Featuring appearances from Dev Hynes (a/k/a Blood Orange), Kelela, and Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, the album smoothly bridges electronica, alternative r&b, and jazz fusion. Perhaps inevitably, Swedish superstar Robyn's appearance on the sublime and swelling — yet gloriously unsettling — "Who Do You Love" is the standout. New Orleans–born experimental soul artist Pell opens. — Karen Gardiner
Keb' Mo' B.B. Kind Blues Club & Grill Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m., $55–$60 Although he'd been playing professionally under his given name, Kevin Moore, since adolescence, Keb' Mo' adopted his bluesy stage name a couple of decades back to announce his devotion to the form. And while he knows its history backward and forward, Mo's no revivalist. His refreshingly honest originals, however, often invoke that tradition, along with gospel and soul, and he's a terrifically articulate guitarist to boot. How modern is he? An intense weekend of couples counseling unlocked a handful of tunes that became the thematic core of last year's BLUESAmericana. — Richard Gehr
Björk Carnegie Hall 12 p.m., $45–$150 With a new album (the heartbreaking breakup record Vulnicura), a MoMA retrospective, eight shows in New York, and an upcoming appearance at Governors Ball, this is the season of the ever-experimental Icelandic artist Björk. Her NYC residency kicked off at Carnegie Hall on March 7, the same day her career-spanning MoMA retrospective opened. Joining her at these intimate shows is a fifteen-piece orchestra and the percussionist Manu Delago. Arca, the Venezuelan producer and musician who collaborated with Björk on Vulnicura, will be joining her for the matinee shows. The shows are all sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market. — Karen Gardiner
Craft Spells+The Bilinda Butchers+Foxes in Fiction+Heavenly Beat Brooklyn Night Bazaar 7 p.m., FREE Though he became something of a recluse in the time between the release of acclaimed debut Idle Labor and last year's Nausea, Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros has returned to form, touring nearly non-stop in support of the lush new record. The band plays two dates in NYC with the Bilinda Butchers, a band that really does sound as if it's made up of several My Bloody Valentine guitarist clones. On Saturday, March 14, at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker Street, Brooklyn), you'll get the added bonus of swaying to local bedroom-pop producers Foxes in Fiction and Heavenly Beat, plus it's free and all ages are welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m. for shopping, air hockey, and artisanal foods, with bands starting later. You can RSVP to skip the line. — Lindsey Rhoades
Sunday 3/15 Ms. Lauryn Hill The Cutting Room 9 p.m., $125–$195 Ms. Lauryn Hill's long reign as an almost mythical figure in hip-hop and r&b is twice as impressive given that she hasn't put out a proper release in over fifteen years; actually, might as well immediately double it again in light of her recent history of erratic live appearances. Hill has been playing a number of acoustic sets lately, and the Cutting Room had to add a second night to her engagement because people can't seem to get enough of her in this intimate setting. The show is sold out, but you can find tickets on the secondary market. — Vijith Assar
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