The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/9/13


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Tuesday, 9/10:

Kendrick Lamar
Williamsburg Park
5:30pm, $35
With Jay Z sacrificing his hyphen to the artistic world and Yeezy pursuing the train of his muse’s dark dress, it’s clear–only two years after “Ni**as in Paris”–that the Throne has been abdicated. After the unmitigated success of his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, a fusion of Outkast skill, Devin the Dude vibe, Wu cinematics, and West Coast geography, it shouldn’t be a shock that Kendrick Lamar was the first to go for it. What is a shock is that he’d announce his claim on a Big Sean remix, and maybe this is why his “Control” verse doesn’t quite reach the bar that it aims to set. Regardless, all rappers have been warned that the true quest for the Hip-Hop Holy Grail is on, and if NYC is Hip-Hop’s Camelot, Kendrick is looking like the best bet to pull the (liquid?) sword from the stone. — By Winston Groman

Beacon Theatre
8pm, $55-$85
“Drew,” the single from Goldfrapp’s upcoming album Tales of Us, is a mellow whirlpool of Alison Goldfrapp’s whispered vocals and Will Gregory’s plucked guitar with a hint of spaghetti western foreboding. It’s far removed from the treacly synth-pop of Goldfrapp’s previous Head On, and a promising foundation for what will be Goldfrapp’s only U.S. performance this year (with Wordless Music Orchestra, who are sure to fill arrangements around Goldfrapps’ singular ethereality with lush orchestral accents). — By Aaron Gonsher

Wednesday, 9/11:

Blink-182 + New Beat Fund + Diiv
Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
8pm, $35
For about six years beginning in the late ’90s, Blink-182 were the snottiest, most puerile trio to emerge from the wake of Nirvana’s and, by proxy, Green Day’s punk kerplunk, whining about “All the Small Things” and asking “What’s My Age Again?” on MTV. They seemed unstoppable–at least until Good Charlotte came along and ruined everything for everyone. They’ve since broken up and reunited, and tonight, they’re giving back, playing a 9/11 charity show. I guess this is growing up. — By Kory Grow

Kate Boy + ASTR
The Mercury Lounge
6:30pm, $12
New to electro-pop, Kate Boy hasn’t let inexperience stop them from taking the indie-sphere by force. Swedish pop is having a moment right now and lead singer Kate Akhurst’s swelling, magnetic vocals, here accompanied by sizzling synths and endless percussion, make this Stockholm four piece an enticing addition to the current scene. — By Caitlin White

Miguelo Valdés
Jazz Standard
7:30pm & 9:30pm, $20
The Standard’s Cuban drum series continues with a Mexico-based master conguero whose credentials include stints with Celia Cruz, Israel López, and the Buena Vista Social Club. The congo lays down, embellishes, and then fractures the rhythmic consensus, so expect fireworks galore when Valdés leads a percussion-heavy band with Enrique Fernandez (flute, alto sax), Edgar Pantoja (piano), Mario Rodriguez (bass), and Marvin Diz (timbales). — By Richard Gehr

Thursday, 9/12:

Violent Femmes
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
6pm, $49.50
Alt-rock grandfathers Violent Femmes formed in Milwaukee in 1980, and have been on and off ever since. The band’s stripped down folk-punk with sixties-style sing-alongs and almost Dadaist lyrics gained them instant popularity, with “Blister in the Sun” even ending up in a Wendy’s commercial (which actually precipitated one of the band’s break-ups). Incorporating spiritual themes and country strumming, the trio created a minimalist Americana sound that was complicated by Gordon Gano’s idiosyncratic whine and Brian Ritchie’s jagged bass-playing. With Dresden Doll-er Brian Viglione stepping in on drums as of this July, who knows what’s going to happen. — By Sarah Madges

Sex Mob + Cuddle Magic
ShapeShifter Lab
8:15pm, $15
Led by gregarious slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, Sex Mob is filled out by Kenny Wolleson (drums), Tony Scherr (bass), and Bridget Krauss (alto sax). The quartet covers deliciously familiar material–ranging from John Barry and the Grateful Dead to Nino Rota–with virtuosic chops and high energy. Chamber-pop collective Cuddle Magic is locally sourced, artisanal, and cute as heck. — By Richard Gehr

Pere Ubu + Gagarin
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $20/$24
The bad news is that two members of the legendary UK-based punk-industrialist pataphysicians were denied visas for this tour; the good news is that Cleveland guitarist David Cintron will fill in, with the Brits joining by remote link. Expect the music to wobble between industrial-strength rock and abrasively expressionist passages of musique concrète as wined-up frontman David Thomas tries gallantly to awaken from pop’s endless nightmare. — By Richard Gehr

Friday, 9/13:

Brooklyn Bowl
9pm, $25
Even though the alt-country quintet Deer Tick has a new album, Negativity, coming out September 24, they’re celebrating another negativity-themed LP tonight: Nirvana’s dark swan song, In Utero, which debuted 20 years ago today. Performing as Deervana, the group promises to mimic every shambolic Dave Grohl breakdown and each growled invective that dripped from Kurt Cobain’s lips on the grunge archetype’s original third record. The last time Deervana played Brooklyn Bowl two years ago, mosh pits broke out for nearly every song and the band ended the set by destroying its instruments à la Cobain and Co. at the VMAs. It’s exactly what you’d want a Nirvana tribute to be. With T. Hardy Morris. — By Kory Grow

Glass Candy + Chromatics
Terminal 5
9pm, $25
This Northwest synthpop quartet have been mixing and matching members to create a fuzzy, disco-infused lo-fi sound that’s been nearly a decade in the making. Last year’s Kill for Love saw the group growing into an eclectic, electronic sound both sinewy and sinuous, offering the sort of mashup of violence and passion suggested by the title. Expect Northwest grit with the grunge sanded right out. — By Caitlin White

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