The Nine Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/13/15
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Friday, 2/13 The Hold Steady Bowery Ballroom 9 p.m., $40 Basketball and rock fans will collide at the second annual Alt Star party, a fundraiser for the Rock On Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner. Everyone's favorite barroom rockers The Hold Steady are headlining the Bowery Ballroom bash, with support from Brooklyn's STRNGRS and a pretty damn sick roster of DJs including Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Dapwell (Das Racist), and Stefan Marolachakis (Caveman). The event coincides with various other NBA All-Star Weekend activities, meaning tickets for the show went hot, but you can find them on the secondary market at prices that are not ridiculous -- attainable, even! It's for a good cause (and music), after all. Doors are at 8 p.m. -- Jill Menze
Hollywoodland Le Poisson Rouge 7:30 p.m., $10 - $35 A Valentine's Eve song & dance homage to the golden age of the silver screen with The Love Show Dancers, Jason Trachtenburg and The Pendulum Swings, Amber Ray, Corn Mo, Tara Quinn, David F. Slone, Esq. + surprise guests!
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Saturday, 2/14 Aesop Rock The Gramercy Theatre 7 p.m., $29 Spend Valentine's Day with your loved one (or find one, or maybe just your friends) in the company of this musical duo: Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, otherwise known, with DJ Big Wiz, as Hail Mary Mallon. As part of their Bestiary Tour, in support of Hail Mary Mallon's November-released album of the same name, the hip-hop group is pleasing all the hardcore-loving romantics at the historic Gramercy Theatre for the holiday. Don't miss the opportunity to see the dual New York MCs spit their best game. -- Jill Menze
Two Gallants + Happiness Rough Trade NYC 8 p.m., $20 On the heels of Two Gallants' just-released fifth album, We Are Undone, the San Fran duo is hitting a trio of small clubs in New York, and tonight, they're at Rough Trade in Williamsburg. The new songs find the group of Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel in full-on rock 'n' roll mode, a welcomed boost for Two Gallants' live shows from the band's folksy roots. Though the show tonight is sold out, look for tickets on the secondary market. Happiness, a side project from members of Deer Tick, opens all three nights. -- Jill Menze
Father John Misty Bowery Ballroom 9 p.m., $25 Father John Misty is a formidable figure. The alter ego of Joshua Tillman, Father John Misty is the jokester, the folk-rock hero to Tillman's musical past. Formerly a solo artist by the name of J. Tillman and a member of Fleet Foxes, Tillman's new moniker created one of 2012's best albums, the Laurel Canyon-inspired Fear Fun. To mark the release of his latest album, I Love You, Honeybear, out February 10, Father John Misty plays Bowery Ballroom with opener Guy Blakeslee. Although the show is sold out, tickets are available on the secondary market. Grab one to catch live standouts like "Bored in the USA." Read our interview with Father John Misty in this week's Village Voice. -- Jill Menze
Annual Valentine's Day Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert & Dance Music Hall of Williamsburg 8 p.m., $20 - $25 Featuring the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, DJ Jonathan Toubin with special performances from Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye, Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone, Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, Christian Peslak and more.
Paul Van Dyk
Sunday, 2/15 Paul Van Dyk Location TBD 10 p.m., $50 - $100 On the tumultuous EDM spectrum, there is an undeniable sense of over-saturation, stagnation and repetition. It is rare that someone sticks to their subgenre, and even rarer that they find new ways of exploring that sound. This is not so when it comes to Paul Van Dyk, who has been maneuvering trance since his still-relevant 1994 hit "For An Angel." 20 years later, he's still topping Beatport lists with singles like "Guardian" with Aly & Fila and putting out bangers like "Come With Me" with Ummet Ozcan. For the two decades he has been producing and performing music, his sound has traversed both maturity and vigor all while maintaining a euphoric, uplifting trademark. Van Dyk has always been known for his extended sets, and his February 15th show will be no different: the 6-hour exhibition of him and his sound has a bit of an old-school feeling to it, as it is being held in a secret warehouse in Brooklyn. Want to know where? Only ticketholders will have access to that information, with directions being sent out 24 hours prior to the event. -- Eleanor Lambert
Sinkane Rough Trade NYC 8 p.m., $15 - $18 Sinkane frontman Ahmed Gallab isn't a household name yet, but he probably should be. His fifth studio album, Mean Love, was released last year to critical acclaim and expertly blends pan-African rhythms with DFA disco-punk and a healthy dose of soul and R&B. Having played in Caribou and Yeasayer, not to mention his continuing stint as band director for ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, Gallab's at his best in a live setting. Best of all, you can snag a copy of his latest record at Rough Trade (64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn) before the party starts in the back. Tickets are $15 for those 21 and up; doors are at 8 p.m., and if you're in by 9 you'll also catch Cookies, whose poppy Music for Touching anthems will be sure to get the crowd going. -- Lindsey Rhoades
Maudlin Strangers Bowery Ballroom 9 p.m., $20 Hailing from Angora Hills, California, Maudlin Strangers meld together several musical sensibilities: The cascading swoons of shoegaze and house, the arena roar of rock 'n' roll guitars, the foregrounding sleaze of lounge-lizard pop. The foursome's new Overdose EP is simultaneously repulsive and resolutely come-hither, improving considerably at the moment you stop over-thinking it and allow it to own you. Like Kevin Rudolf's To The Sky, it's ace nu-white boy soul so big and bold that it can be difficult to understand why this group hasn't already colonized America's malls and coffee shops. Bad Suns headline, and Coasts also performs. The show, which is open to those 16 and over, is sold out, but you can find tickets on the secondary market. -- Raymond Cummings
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