Wild Flag, Method Man, Cyndi Lauper And More: Your Guide To The Weekend’s Biggest Shows


The mouse-headed DJ Deadmau5 finally finished his six-night stand at the Roseland Ballroom earlier this week (in one of the week’s strangest press releases, I learned that the event was commemorated by a fancy cake that placed his signature headwear in front of the New York skyline), but the next three nights offer plenty of new opportunities for dancing to a host of other genres, including hard rock, cabaret, and jazz.

Let’s start with the latter: Tonight, Richard Gehr recommends checking out slide trumpeter Steve Bernstein and his Millenial Territorial Orchestra as they take on the music of Sly Stone at 92YTribeca (you can read more on Bernstein’s Sly inspiration in his interview with Jesse Jarnow), while Jim Macnie suggests going uptown to catch the third of Wynton Marsalis’s four birthday shows. Apparently, African drummers will be involved (not to mention tap dancers, fiddlers, and a gospel choir). Meanwhile, Pat Metheny and Larry Grenadier hold down the fort at the Blue Note all weekend, and Macnie suggests that the chemistry between the two will make for some great performances.

For something a little different, check out Singapore black metal vets Impiety’s St. Vitus takeover (it’s worth noting that this is part of something called the Vomit Chaos Across America Tour) or Trentemoller’s Goth-electronic set at Webster Hall. Craving the comforting sound of acoustic guitars? Then head to City Winery to see the “notoriously awkward” Jay Farrar or the Bell House to see lust-anthem-hollering Those Darlins. And if you don’t mind crossing the Hudson, Cyndi Lauper joins Dr. John at Newark’s The Wellmont. Me? I’ll be at the Best Buy Theatre watching Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Fiend, and more blaze through New York with the Smoker’s Club revue.

On Saturday, you’ll have another chance to catch Marsalis and Metheny, or you could ditch both and see the SOTC-approved Wild Flag (whose eponymous record is one of the year’s best) and Eleanor Friedberger (ditto her Last Summer) at the Bell House. They’re also playing Maxwell’s on Sunday. Elsewhere, Aurelio Martinez brings his Garifuna soul to the World Music Institute, and Art Department and Dennis Kurtel lead the night’s best dance party on Columbus Circle’s Good Units.

As usual, things slow down a bit on Sunday, but you’ll still be able to catch Throwing Muses “celebrating three decades of stunning quasi-bummer songs about losing your mind” (as Kory Grow puts it), again at the Bowery Ballroom, or “emo survivors” Thrice headlining Irving Plaza. Downtown, John Zorn hosts his monthly Improv Night at experimental music hangout (and former Chinese restaurant) the Stone.

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