The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/11/13


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Friday, 10/11:

Brandon Seabrook & Mary Halvorson
Roulette Brooklyn
8 p.m., $20
Gonna be a big one. Two of town’s most inspired guitarists bring their leftie POVs to a room that breeds experimentation. Seabrook can be high-flying, with a fearless blitzkrieg approach. Halvorson is as sneaky as they come, twirling her lines in a way that lassos you before even realize she’s got a rope in her hand. There’s always a mix-and-match mentality to these kind of things, but I bet their hijinks find a lot of common ground. — By Jim Macnie

Zevious + Sonar
ShapeShifter Lab
8 p.m., $8
Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter has already established itself as a haven for jazz-metal, but now NYC forward-thinkers Zevious enter into the fray: The trio’s deconstruction of the Minutemen’s jazz-damaged punk, Nels Cline avant-guitar godliness, and Behold The Arctopus-like tech-metal precision converge head on on Passing Through The Wall, the trio’s just-dropped second record. Zevious’s compositions are punk-jazz yet tight and complexities are abound with metallic underpinnings. Prepare to have your brain fried on sick riffage and drums assault. — By Brad Cohan

Hanni El Khatib + Bass Drum of Death
Bowery Ballroom
9 p.m., $15
After spending a good amount of time as a creative director at the skateboarding/clothing company HUF, Hanni El Khatib decided to pursue music as a career instead of a hobby. Taking his expertise in the fields of marketing and design to the helm of a new label, Innovative Leisure, he helps promote other bands on the label while simultaneously putting out gritty, throwback rock that sounds black and blue instead of punk. His sophomore album Head in the Dirt presents a raucous, unapologetic ride through blues with revved guitars and walls of drums. — By Caitlin White

Saturday, 10/12:

Meat Puppets
Brooklyn Bowl
8 p.m., $12
The Meat Puppets are one of those bands whose omnipresence and influence within alternative music can’t be missed: From Nirvana to Pavement, this cowpunk band and early SST Records signee, fronted by Phoenix’s Kirkwood brothers, have been unapologetically themselves since the early ’80s. This year, they released their fourteenth album, Rat Farm, which stays true to their psychedelic form and exemplifies why they’ve been able to continue being as pervasive as they have been all these years. — By Brittany Spanos

The Mercury Lounge
10:30 p.m., $12
This aptly monikered young California trio–consisting of Roland Cosio (bass), Charlie Moothart (guitar), and prolific garage-psych overachiever Ty Segall (drums, vocals)–revives the meth-fueled blast furnace of early Blue Cheer. Moothart has Leigh Stephens’s overdriven, underappreciated sound down pat on the band’s debut, a half-hour of unironic existential caterwaul that also nods to Sabbath, Hawkwind, Mountain, and their pileous ilk. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 10/12:

Webster Hall
8 p.m., $25
White-girl hip-hop, Tin Pan Alley, light opera, and old-fashioned feminist freak folk are a few components of the precious yet increasingly enjoyable music of peripatetic Iowa-born sisters Bianca Leilani (“Coco”) and Sierra Rose (“Rosie”) Casady. The Casadys are at their most gorgeous and glitchy on their Valgeir Sigurosson-produced Tales of a GrassWidow, and tonight they’ll be dancing, beatboxing, and singing about child brides, nature rape, and history’s end. Backed by various combinations of musicians augmented with toy and electronic instruments, the duo draw upon shamanism, serendipity, and merry-fairy pranksterism. Not unlike Prince Rama, CocoRosie is a sister act, political movement, and art project rolled into one. And we can’t wait to hear their music for Robert Wilson’s forthcoming production of Peter Pan. — By Richard Gehr

Roulette Brooklyn
8 p.m., $23/$30
Brooklyn’s Afrobeat ambassadors turn on the juice at Surround Sounds Brooklyn, a benefit for MIMA Music, an urban outreach non-profit dedicated to providing arts and music education to NYC schools. The 11-piece orchestra has been enlisted to help raise $10,000 to expand the program to ten schools by Spring 2014, not a lofty goal for a group rooted in the radical activism of Fela Kuti. Opener Tuelo and Her Cousins features MIMA teachers with charismatic South African singer-songwriter Tuelo Minah, who often breaks into her native Setswana to complement a style that emanates from the folk aesthetic of Paul Simon and Hugh Masekela. — By Aidan Levy

Simone Felice
Rockwood Music Hall
7 p.m. & 10 p.m., $16/$20
The novelist, former Felice Brother, and Duke and the King co-founder is working on (and crowd-funding) his second solo album and latest rhapsodically chilling dispatch from the Catskills. The angelic-voiced Felice’s intimate emotional geography defies you to distrust its blatant attachments to the early-’70s folk-rock heyday. Expect top-shelf singer-songer showmanship and revival-meeting moments of transcendence with help from his latest circle of friends. — By Richard Gehr

Oddisee + Diamond District
8 p.m., $12/$17
This DC-based rapper has maintained a cult following longer than some hip-hop characters can keep a major label interested, yet he’s never made a full foray into the mainstream. Melding conscious, thought-provoking raps with string-heavy instrumental backing and traditional melodic structures, the lack of radio material is assuredly part of his pigeonholed status. Still, the man born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa raps with the power of predecessors like Rakim and borrows from the sonic junkyard of groups like A Tribe Called Quest. — By Caitlin White

Sunday, 10/13:

Tom Harrell Quintet
Village Vanguard
8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, ends Sunday
The “dream” reference in the trumpeter’s new Colors Of A Dream harks to his take on Dali’s esthetic, and at its most vivid Harrell’s spin on the hard bop lingo can claim several surreal moments. His working quintet brings a feisty punch to every stage it commands, but it’s always searching for ways to trick the persistence of memory into becoming a door to the future. Secret Weapon: drummer Johnathan Blake. — By Jim Macnie

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 11, 2013

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