In no particular order, here are 10 can’t-miss shows in New York this weekend. For the Voice’s full rundown of New York events, hit us up at villagevoice.com/datebook.
The Waldos, The Blessed, Andy Shernoff, The Weapons + DGeneration
The Bowery Electric
Sunday, 8pm . $15-$18
After celebrating their 30th anniversary earlier this year at the same venue, The Waldos are back in town, and they’ve brought a few friends along for the ride. The Blessed, Andy Shernoff of The Dictators, and a slew of other special acts will be gracing the same stage as these mainstay purveyors of authentically underground rock ‘n’ roll who have blended a punk rock vibe with a soulful musicality (see Rent Party track “Busted”) since the 1980s. All proceeds from the night go towards Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, which makes the music sound even sweeter. – Brittany Spanos
Beats in Space’ w/ Pachanga Boys + Andres + Tim Sweeney
Friday, 9pm . $20-$25
Arch-minimalist Superpitcher met Atias Aguayo-picked hyper-ist Rebolledo on vacation in Mexico; now they’re making sprawling house as Pachanga Boys. Andres–a/k/a Dez Andres, a/k/a DJ Dez–came up as part of Slum Village and worked with J Dilla. And his house collaborators are just as impressive as his hip hop credentials: Theo Parrish and Moodymann. Expect ruggedly smooth, sample-heavy soul from one of Detroit’s best. With Beats in Space’s Tim Sweeney. — Kristal Hawkins
Jeff Davis Trio
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
October 12, 9pm & 10:30pm . $10
There’s lots of slipping n’ sliding on the drummer’s new Leaf House. Davis’s tunes give pianist Russ Lossing and bassist Eivind Opsvik plenty of leeway when it comes to agile tumult. Even though reflection is collective strong suit, their music often finds a way to have glee spill forward. If it’s playfulness you want in your prog, step right up. — Jim Macnie
Calexico + The Dodos
Saturday, 6:30pm. $22-$25.
Guitarist-singer Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino add a mostly atmospheric New Orleans tinge to their moody and downbeat Southwestern sound on Calexico’s new Algiers. (Mas mariachi aqui, por favor.) They’re joined by another idiosyncratic and acousti-centric duo, San Francisco’s Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, who offer a credible, somewhat freaky Mumfords alternative to anyone in need of that sort of thing. — Richard Gehr
Zakir Hussain & Rakesh Chaurasi
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Saturday, 7:30pm. $30-$55.
Tabla titan Zakir Hussain may earn top billing, but this Hindustani showdown will bring out the cognoscenti largely because it marks the first mano-a-mano meeting of Hussain and former child bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia. One of the less employed instruments in the Indian classical arsenal, the bamboo flute makes for a refreshing mix of technical flash and emotional serenity. — By Richard Gehr
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
285 Kent Ave
Saturday, 8pm. $10 .
Matmos’ Icarus-level concept art-pop–electronic, heavily footnoted, icky sometimes–is a reliably high-minded, high-wire treat. But because these non-native Baltimoreans are perfectionists to a fault, the wait between dispatches for true believers can feel interminable. With the trippy new “Ganzfeld” EP out and a similarly telepathy-inspired LP scheduled for early next year, a presidential term of patience (Supreme Balloon dropped in 2008) seems to finally be paying off. — Raymond Cummings
‘Beats in Space’ w/ Matias Aguayo + Ivan Smagghe
Saturday, 9pm. $20-$25 .
Matias Aguayo has been a little quiet since joining up with chaotic Warp band Battles last year.. The Chilean-born producer followed his soaring early success as half of Closer Musik (“One Two Three No Gravity”) by conjoining minimalism, pop, and tropicalia on his brilliant 2009 Kompakt album, Ay Ay Ay; the stuff coming out on his own Comeme label has been just as inventive.France’s Ivan Smagghe’s darkly accessible techno and house built winning Robert Johnson and Kill the DJ mixes. With Tim Sweeney. Kristal Hawkins
‘Mr. Saturday Night’ w/ Move D
House of Yes
Saturday, 10pm. $15-$20.
Kunststoff, which David Moufang recorded as Move D in 1995, sounds as fresh now as it did 17 years ago, a warm, effervescent tribute to Detroit and Chicago by way of Heidelberg. Recent years have found Moufang resurrecting that alias–as well as his Reagenz project with Jonah Sharp–to good effect, firing new rounds of a curiously organic robot-jazz that will apparently never go out of style. With residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. — Kristal Hawkins
‘SF Jazz Plays Chick Corea’
Saturday and Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30 pm both nights. $30.
Annual line-up changes keep the Bay Area’s most high-vis repertory ensemble fresh, and the fact that they pepper their tributes with wily and gorgeous original pieces clears out any possible dustballs. But what’s always killed me is the chemistry they bring to their live shows. The charts are ultra-tight, and whether its Stevie Wonder, Horace Silver, or Wayne Shorter they’re saluting, the spirit is obvious. Bet they have a blast with Chick.
Mountain Goats+ Matthew E. White
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Saturday and Sunday, 9pm. $25 .
The newfound gravitas that permeates John Darnielle’s anxious and elegant new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth, arrives courtesy of horns arranger Matthew E. White. The guitarist-founder of Richmond, Virginia, slipstream jazz combo Fight the Big Bull, White is also a ’70s-channeling blue-eyed soul singer–a bearish, white Barry White, if you will. He has a terrific solo debut titled Big Inner (get it?), and his nine-piece group will open for the Goats during the bands’ two-venue, four-day NYC visit this week. White’s slow, sexy, funky outfit breezed through Big Inner like a warm summer wind at the Mercury Lounge a couple of months ago, stirring together gospel, reggae, and yacht rock into a sweet mellow haze. Don’t be surprised if it billows and swells with even more authority this time around when he opens for the Mountain Goats. Richard Gehr