The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/27/13


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Friday, 9/27:

Korn + Asking Alexandria + Love & Death
Roseland Ballroom
8pm, $44.95-$55
It was inevitable. When founding Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch quit the nu-metal pioneers after finding God in 2005, fans hoped he would find the balance he needed to reunite with the band. Their hopes were justified earlier this year when he played with the band at some festivals. Then the reunited group wasted no time recording a new album–the true-to-thudding-form The Paradigm Shift–and getting back on the road. That brings us to tonight, the first time Korn’s original frontline has performed a concert in New York City in eight years. With Asking Alexandria and Head’s other band, Love & Death. — By Kory Grow

Le1f + Antwon + Lakutis
Santos Party House
7pm, $15
In this moment, New York underground rap is as creative as it’s been since before this new generation can remember, and Le1f, a Das Racist affiliate (he produced the group’s breakout “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”) working with Heem’s Greedhead label, is as creative as any of his peers. Dropping last week, Tree House, his second mixtape of the year, tops the first, effortlessly jumping from the even more spaced-out version of Jeremih’s spaced-out r&b found on “Hush Bb” to the tongue-in-cheek trap of “Damn Son.” The whole thing is a trip. Tonight, he heads downtown to Santos Party House, where he’ll be joined by Lakutis, another New York Greedhead dude, and Antwon, a San Jose, California, native whose hip-house throwback “Living Every Dream” might make you start your summer 2014 playlist three seasons early. — By Nick Murray

Ben E. King
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
8pm, $35/$40
Though best known for his iconic and timeless “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King’s long and rich history career far deeper: His work with the Drifters solo hits like “Spanish Harlem” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” are part of r&b’s multi-layered history and have remain revered and influential. At 74, King is still an enduring musical voice, even as he’s stepped out of the music business to focus on his philanthropy. In concert, King not only plays the songs of his that are some of pop’s most recognizable but provides a link to the past that helped shape the music we love today. — By Brittany Spanos

7:15pm, $10/$15
“Corned Beef and Sake,” “Night Train to the Ukraine,” “Persian Nightingale,” and “Bwiti” (a Gabon-ian religious ritual) are just four of the cross-cultural recuperations and mashups found on New Songs From the Old Country, the fourth (and best) album by a band specializing in making old and foreign music new again. John Kruth is the main composer behind this deft ensemble with a floating membership and a claim to being the best fake internationalists since Three Mustaphas Three. — By Richard Gehr

Gate + Tom Carter + Samara Lubelski + Marcia Bassett
Union Pool
9pm, $12
Gate is where Dead C guitarist Michael Morley gets to indulge his less convoluted impulses. While Dead C releases are unified by a decomposing sonic melange that’s immediately recognizable, Gate efforts can vary widely: Morley may try on spare, electronic composition or nuclear fallout drones or volcanic guitar ejacuations that last for days. The one rule to remember with regard to this long-running side project is this: Anything is not only possible but probable. — By Raymond Cummings

Friday, 9/27:

Atoms for Peace
Barclays Center
8pm, $49.50-$69.50
It seems nobody else has the guts to say what we’re all thinking, so here we go: Amok, the debut album by Thom Yorke’s new supergroup side project, is substantially better than Radiohead’s last release. Longtime producer Nigel Godrich is actually a formal band member this time around, exquisitely tweaking the same sorts of subtle fluttering digital hiccups that made Kid A so mind boggling at the turn of the century but felt trite on The Eraser five years later. This would be one for the ages if the longevity of the creative arts hadn’t already completely collapsed in on itself by now. Hmm, maybe Thom should write a song about that? — By Vijith Assar

Sidi Touré
Highline Ballroom
8pm, $12.50-$15
One of the Sahel’s sharper singer-songwriters, Sidi Touré is touring as a representative of Gao, Mali, currently under control by Islamist militants. His new album, Alafia, was recorded in Bamako and Paris and flows effortlessly with Mali’s blues-inflected guitars and supple polyrhythms. While he doesn’t break any new ground, he offers a clear line into one of the world’s great, and currently endangered, musical traditions. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 9/28:

Trash Talk
285 Kent Ave
8pm, $12/$15
A hardcore group that might be best known for signing to mishmash hip-hop collective Odd Future’s label in 2012, Trash Talk have been gaining critical recognition and even international success over the course of the past few years. Led by Lee Spielman, the group have worked with the likes of Steve Albini and Keith Morris (Off!/Black Flag) along with collaborations with OF’s Tyler, the Creator. Expect thrashing, expletives, and raucous energy carried off well but without much polish. — By Caitlin White

Sunday, 9/29:

John Zorn
Le Poisson Rouge
7:30pm, $30/$35
Downtown icon John Zorn’s month-long 60th birthday celebration winds down at typical breakneck pace with a visceral double header featuring his extensive backlog. The Song Project puts lyrics to Zorn compositions from Masada, Dreamers, Naked City, and other groups, interpreted by Zorn’s constellation of collaborators ranging from singer-songwriter Jesse Harris to iconoclastic guitarist Marc Ribot. Next, Zorn’s group Moonchild convenes to perform compositions from Templars: In Sacred Blood, featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More singing Gregorian chants opposite John Medeski’s haunting organ, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Joey Baron. Things will get weird, in a good way. — By Aidan Levy

‘Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis
Town Hall
7:30pm, $50-$100
The Coen Brothers are banking on their forthcoming movie Inside Llewyn Davis reviving the Greenwich Village pre-folk scene the same way their movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? reinvigorated old-timey country music. They’re so keen, in fact, that they’re staging tonight’s musical celebration pretty early (the movie, which received rave reviews at Cannes, comes out in December), maybe so they could accommodate all of the night’s talent, which includes Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, the Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith, the movie’s cast–including John Goodman, Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan–and more. — By Kory Grow

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