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


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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

Houses + Jamaican Queens + Modern Merchant
The Mercury Lounge
10:30pm, $12
After an impulsive move to the dreamscape of Hawaii, Chicago duo Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina were inspired to leave behind their past as Apple store employees and engage in art full-time. Gaining a wave of critical acclaim based on the strength of his first release, “Endless Spring,” Messina joined Tortoriello in creating ambient, emotional electronic music. Littered with unlikely samples and melancholy duets, Houses deliver a poignant, rhythmic set that will set your mind reeling. — By Caitlin White

Trouble & Bass
Sullivan Room
10pm, $20
Back in May, Red Bull Music Academy’s NYC takeover was highlighted by a genre-crossing Culture Clash, a fierce musical battle that was won by an unexpected crew: local dance squad Trouble & Bass. Led by Drop the Lime, a born-and-raised New Yorker who leans toward unforgiving electro and club in his sets but infuses his solo releases with (of all things) rockabilly, T&B are teaming with Verboten to throw themselves a seventh birthday party tonight at the West Village’s Sullivan Room. Expect guest sets from Fool’s Gold duo Oliver and Altern-8, that pair of Roland-wielding British rave pioneers who have performed in gas masks and chemical-protection suits. With Star Eyes, AC Slater, Tony Quattro, Doctor Jeep, Jubilee, DKDS, and Dev/Null. — By Nick Murray

Glass Candy + Chromatics
Terminal 5
9pm, $25
This Northwest synthpop quartet Chromatics 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

‘The Bunker’ w/ Luke Slater + Abdulla Rashim + Deadbeat + Bryan Kasenic
10pm, $15/$20
Seminal English techno DJ Luke Slater has enjoyed a career renaissance in 2013, headlining Detroit’s Movement Festival in a rare live appearance as Planetary Assault Systems and announcing his debut album under the alias L.B. Dub Corp. Slater’s productions are predatory beasts that growl with ballistic energy, and his luminous soundscapes will be balanced at the Bunker with the North American debut of Abdulla Rashim and his brooding, slow-burn techno. — By Aaron Gonsher

Saturday, 9/14:

Screaming Females + Waxahatchee + Tenement
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $14/$16
Live in Brooklyn long enough and you’ll discover two things: The G train isn’t that bad, and Screaming Females gigs at Music Hall of Williamsburg are the most reliable in town. Tonight, take the former to the latter, and catch them with their Don Giovanni labelmates Waxahatchee. Where the Screamales’ Marissa Paternoster rocks as hard as anyone in town, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield (once of P.S. Eliot) prefers acoustic to electric (her first release under the name was entirely solo), slaying the audience more with her lyrics than her riffs. Can’t make it tonight? Take the G to the F and see them on Monday at the Bowery Ballroom. With Tenement and Heaven’s Gate. — By Nick Murray

DJ Sprinkles
Cameo Gallery
12am, $17/$20
“The House Nation likes to pretend clubs are an oasis from suffering, but suffering is in here, with us.” So begins Midtown 120 Blues, the invigorating and melodically beautiful 2008 album by Terre Thaemlitz, a transsexual icon of New York City deep house. Terre is as much a philosopher as a DJ, and her thoughtful, passionate taste in house can educate and inspire in equal measure, which she’ll do in an unusual all-night gig at the intimate Cameo Gallery. — By Aaron Gonsher

Eric Hofbauer
9:30pm, $10
There’s something deceptive about the informality the Boston guitarist brings to his solo work: On the recent American Grace he makes dabbling a fine art. A short inversion of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” a reverie sparked by Ornette’s “Peace,” a Sacred Harp chant spun for six-string–they’re all loosely filtered through a personality that likes to bend, not break, orthodoxy. This tiny room is perfect for his recital. Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton opens at 8:30 pm with his own solo presentation. — By Jim Macnie

Sunday, 9/15:

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $30
Like the Little Engine That Could, Yoko Ono just keeps on chugging, drifting further and further afield of the avant-garde her late husband flirted with in the decade before his assassination. Disco, spoken word, primal scream, and noise are all flavors she wears as neatly and instinctively as the myriad collaborators who climb aboard her artistic caravan. New album Take Me to the Land of Hell features Questlove, Nels Cline, and Sean Lennon; not long before, Ono was fucking shit up with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Expect the unexpected, and more besides. — By Raymond Cummings

‘Zorn @ 60: Masada Marathon’
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
7pm, $35-$65
The day after Yom Kippur, downtown visionary composer John Zorn hosts an extended evening of his Book of Angels series, perhaps the crown jewel of Masada, his spiritually irreverent and irreverently spiritual sect of avant-Judaism. For three and a half hours, a school of collaborators, from Secret Chiefs 3 to idiosyncratic guitarist Marc Ribot, join the unofficial rabbi of Alphabet City to continue his 60th birthday celebration, part of the ongoing international Zorn @ 60 series. It may sound like Jewish overload for some, but services at the temple of Zorn are as far from traditional as it gets. — By Aidan Levy

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