The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/18/2013


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Friday, 10/18:

Father John Misty + Kate Berlant
Town Hall
8 p.m., $30/$35
Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tilllman has been touring the bejezus out of 2011’s terrific Jonathan Wilson-produced Fear Fun. But there’s new material on the way, and this is a solo version, so there will probably be even more amusing banter than usual in-between this ersatz guru-stripper’s gimlet-eyed musical observations draped in vintage Laurel Canyon arrangements. — By Richard Gehr

Eric Prydz
Hammerstein Ballroom
8 p.m., $20-$69
Eric Prydz? Nearly a decade ago, the Swedish DJ’s chart-topping “Call on Me” just about invented EDM, but soaring tracks like “Allein” and his so-called “Private Remix” of M83’s “Midnight City” keep him at the top of festival bills to this day. Tonight’s Hammerstein gig marks the American debut of the show he debuted two years ago in London, supposedly the first dance event to incorporate 3-D holograms, which are said to work “in conjunction with enormous custom-built projection surfaces, rotational 3-D mapping, and laser displays.” In the words of country star Brad Paisley–another guy who helps plan his arena lightshows–welcome to the future. — By Nick Murray

The Dismemberment Plan
Terminal 5
8 p.m., $27.50/$33
The Dismemberment Plan were the standard bearers of indie rock during the period between the implosion of Pavement in 1999 and the emergence of the Strokes and the White Stripes in 2001. As rock seemed to be on its last legs, the D.C.-based band stumbled upon a sound that funneled their post-hardcore roots into a late-Pavement-like languor with chord progressions that sounded like Sting at his solo best. In other words, they made music ideal for Gen Xers making the bumpy transition from a restless youth to some sort of maturity, a common egoic crisis well represented in album titles like Emergency & I and Change. Having soundtracked this moment, the band dissolved, and its members got jobs, had kids, and learned to live normal lives. Thankfully, the impulse to create never fully fades, and after a few recent tours and performances, the band decided to go all-in, cooking up Uncanney Valley, which is in stores now. — By Winston Groman

Fuck Buttons
Le Poisson Rouge
8 p.m., $28
The career of Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons has been an odd one. Out of the gate, they swung with a haphazard, noisy approach that was almost hardcore in nature, while on their next outing, they glommed fast to beats. By the 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies and Slow Focus, issued earlier this year, Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power had sorted out how to marry both approaches into a hybrid that’s a cross between acid house and experimental mind-melt. Suddenly, they’re capable of such drowny, crippling glory it’s possible to forget how dumb their name still is. — By Raymond Cummings

Aaron Parks
Jazz Gallery
9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $15
Fans of the pianist’s vivid imagination have been waiting for his solo move, and the impressionistic vibe of the new Arborescence is a sizable payoff. In a recital that stresses a commitment to mood over a show of chops, each of the pieces in his suite-like program are brimming with a sense of place. Boasting a bit of drama, a folkish ambiance, and an provocative sort of reflection, it’s just right for the seasonal change taking place outside. — By Jim Macnie

Friday, 10/18:

Riff Raff + DJ Sliink + Heems + Lil Debbie
Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $25
With his array of gaudy tattoos, bling, and the accentuated visuals of his videos, Houston rapper Riff Raff might remind you of the colorful fruit-flavored sodas, quarter waters, and cheap candy so characteristic of childhood in the Southern hoods of the U.S., where young people grow up in a world in which striking blends of high fructose corn syrup and food coloring often end up discarded onto hot asphalt, spilling over into gasoline rainbows or hardening under heavy sunlight into piles of neon goo. And so, when Riff Raff names his forthcoming album Neon Icon, is it because he is trying to literally embody the colorful world of the Houston hoods that he purports to come from, with their candy paint jobs and dye-colored candies? Or is it because as a white rapper, he has learned to use color itself as a means of distracting from his “lack” of color? Either way, his show will be quite colorful. And who could ask for more? — By Winston Groman

Saturday, 10/19:

Joe’s Pub
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 p.m., $20
Formed in 2001, Terakaft is literally related to Tinariwen, the oldest and most respected of the Tamashek-speaking Tuareg bands of northern Mali. Original Tinariwen songwriter Liya Ag Ablil (a/k/a Diara) joined his nephew, guitarist Sanou Ag Ahmed and Kedou Ag Ossad in 2006. Like Tinariwen, Terakaft plays what they call “assouf,” although you may know it as Mali’s desert blues. It’s still a vamping, hand-clapping, call-and-response groove. — By Richard Gehr

Exploding in Sound Records’s Unofficial Birthday Party Spectacular
Silent Barn
3 p.m., $5-$7
What does this year’s CMJ have in common with those of recent years? The best parties are the unofficial ones. Today, none are better than Exploding in Sound Records’s Unofficial Birthday Party Spectacular, the afternoon-into-late-night event featuring 11 bands, four of which we can confirm are really good. Headliners Speedy Ortiz, for instance, are riding on the much deserved acclaim that followed their recent album, Major Arcana (acclaim that their earlier “Sports” EP deserved as well). Pile and Porches will appeal to fans of local bands like Titus Andronicus and Parquet Courts, and Ovlov is best heard at a house show in suburban New England, but, here in New York, Silent Barn is close enough. The other seven are probably great, too, but there’s only one way to find out. — By Nick Murray

Sunday, 10/20:

Bombay Jayashri
Carnegie Hall
2 p.m., $25-$55
One of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music’s deepest devotional singers, Jayashri is also the composer and performer of “Pi’s Lullaby,” from Life of Pi. Beside being immersed in the classical tradition, she was also a renowned Bollywood “playback” singer and has collaborated with Finland’s Avanti orchestra. She’ll perform here accompanied by violin, mridgangam drum, and ghatam pot, so expect classical transcendence. — By Richard Gehr

Tal National
The Mercury Lounge
7:30 p.m., $10-$12
The year’s most exciting West African music comes from Niger, the largest regioin in the nation. Based in the capital city of Niamey, Tal National, making its New York 
debut in a stripped-down sextet configuration, was formed in 2000 by guitarist Hamadal “Almeida” Moumine, who still performs with the band when not engaged in his duties as teacher and municipal judge. A speed rush of contrapuntal guitar lines, hard beats, and chattering mbalax-flavored talking drums, Tal National’s music is a high-octane hybrid greater than the sum of its parts. Fans of Janka Nabay’s Sierra Leonean Bubu sound will notice similarities, too. Kaani, the group’s third album and first export, is a raw, energetic concoction bearing the traces of the dilapidated conditions in which it was recorded. — By Richard Gehr

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