The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/4/13


Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

‘The Music of Prince’
Carnegie Hall
Thursday, 8pm, $48-$299
The Roots will be the house band for impressario Michael Dorf’s latest Carnegie Hall fundraiser benefiting music education programs for underprivileged kids. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Amos Lee, Elvis Costello, D’Angelo, Talib Kweli, Bettye Lavette, DeVotchka, Sandra Bernhard, the Waterboys, and the Blind Boys of Alabama take a stab at everyone’s favorite vegan Seventh-day Adventist, here’s your opportunity. — By Richard Gehr

Paquito D’Rivera
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, 7:30pm, $55
It’s almost fifty-eight years to the day that Charlie Parker’s joined the Hot Seven in jazz heaven, but Bird lives, as the saying goes, in this case through consummate Cuban multi-reedist Paquito D’Rivera, who brings an Afro-Cuban flair to standard bebop repertoire. Cue the violins as he recreates Parker’s seminal 1950 collection of ballads, Charlie Parker with Strings, a well-suited complement to D’Rivera’s diaphanous sound. Parker was no stranger to Latin clave, having recorded with Machito and Chico O’Farrill, and D’Rivera mines that catalogue with an uncanny, virtuosic style that channels the ghost of a legend. — By Aidan Levy

Andrew W.K. + Dom+Cities Aviv + Dickpic + Cool Serbia
285 Kent
Wednesday, 8pm, $16
Best known for a single “Party Hard” that also summarizes his creative ethos, Andrew W.K. is a hard rocker who got his start in the cradle of Michigan’s punk scene. Once claiming he wanted his music to sound like freedom, W.K. writes anthemic rock songs with pounding piano, brash guitar, and repeated mantras about drinking and partying. Appropriately, his songs have ended up on everything from frat party playlists to beer commercials and Jackass. Now with six studio albums and a handful of EPs out, he’s got quite the repertoire of simplistic but wildly catchy rock songs. — By Sarah Madges

French Montana
Monday, 9:30pm, $25
By the end of 2012, French Montana had emerged as a quintessential figure of the reigning rap vogue, riding high on the (post-Coke) wave of his appearances on last year’s most seasonally significant 
anthems: “Shot Caller (Remix)” (winter), “Stay Schemin’ ” (spring), and “Pop That” (summer). That Rick Ross also appeared on all three songs, and Drake on two of three, doesn’t render Montana’s 2012 streak any less remarkable. His first foray into the rap game was making the Cocaine City street DVDs, so he’s effectively a sideline reporter who sidled his way into rap’s starting lineup. In the process, his obsequious habit of referencing other rappers’ “notable quotables” has thickened into a fully-realized, broadly-appealing style–yesterday’s hot lines paired with today’s hottest beats (and ad libs, juuhearddd). — By Rajiv Jaswa

Indians + Night Beds
The Mercury Lounge
Thursday, 9:30pm, $12
Mystic Danish indie rocker Søren Løkke Juul, the man behind Indians, records heavily reverberated, fuzzy soundscapes of whining keyboards and scratchy acoustic guitars, then he sings lines like, “I’m haunted,” in a falsetto that sounds as though he really is. His true talent, though, is replicating the sonorities of his debut, fittingly titled Somewhere Else, in a live context. It requires stacks upon stacks of synthesizers and electronics, but when he opens his mouth, all the heavy equipment is worth it. — By Richard Gehr


The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8pm, $50.99-$150.99
There are few New York traditions that unite Southern and experimental rock, jam band, jazz, and country fans under one roof, but the Allman Brothers annual Beacon run has become a rite of passage and pilgrimage for nearly a quarter century. They’ve grown older, perhaps wiser, and more stylistically deliberate, yet no amount of setbacks has stopped them from playing “Whipping Post” or Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” as the endless, escalating jam-based sermons that made their name. Their psychedelic, fractal-based light show hasn’t changed since the ’80s either, but a timeless period décor is typical of most religious institutions. — By Aidan Levy

Bodega Bamz + A$AP Twelvy
Santos’ Party House
Wednesday, 7:30pm, $13/$15
On 2012’s Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., Spanish Harlem’s Bodega Bamz resurrected the dormant “Rap-o Clap-o” of his neighborhood’s original rappin’ salsero, Joe Bataan, but with the added goth trap-pings of A$AP’s current reign over Harlem World. It’s a good fit. Bamz spends el sábado living gigante like “Don Francisco,” but Sunday in church contemplating salvation. So when Trap Lord A$AP Ferg offers absolution by repetition on the chorus of “Say Amen”, he gratefully accepts. — By Rajiv Jaswa

Django Django + Night Moves
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday & Thursday, 9pm, $20/$22
Arty London indie rockers Django Django wear coordinated outfits and occasionally work with visual artists to make a stronger impact live, but that’s about where the predictability ends. As last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut proved, the quartet is capable of fusing clickety-clackety electronics with prog-rock vocals, jam-band intuition, and (on songs like “Default” and “Life’s a Beach”) even something that sounds like an abused dulcimer. More impressive, the whole thing actually sounds fun. So much so, that Django (whose name was inspired by the Spaghetti western movies of yore, so “the D is silent”) were nominated for a Mercury Prize. — By Kory Grow

Joel Harrison 8
Roulette Brooklyn
Thursday, 8pm, $15
The guitarist-composer augments music from his lovely 2011 album Search with a new extended piece, “Train Dreams.” Harrison blends jazz improvisation with classical writing without a whiff of cliché, neatly splitting the difference between the Allman Brothers and Olivier Messaien. This version of his octet features Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Paul Hanson (electric bassoon), Stephan Crump (bass), and Rudy Roston (drums). — By Jim Macnie

The Roots
City Winery
Wednesday, 8pm, $45-$65
Having trouble seeing the Roots any night of the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Catch them rehearsing for the Prince tribute show at Carnegie Hall a night early. — By Brittany Spanos

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