The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/25/13


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Friday, 10/25:

The Julie Ruin
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $15
In 1997, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill retreated to her bedroom to create an excellent home-recorded solo album titled Julie Ruin. Six years later, this past June, Hanna’s vision for the project expanded into a full-band affair with a fast and fierce punk song “Oh Come On.” It’s from their full length, Run Fast, which came out on September 3, the same night Hanna’s band played to a sold-out crowd at Bowery Ballroom. Tonight, they return to NYC to headline a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. With Priests. — By Liz Pelly

BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building
8:00 p.m., $22-$25
With last year’s Shuffle Culture, Questlove attempted to re-create and rethink the experience of scrolling through an iPod live onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This year, in a program titled Electronium in honor of Raymond Scott’s late-’60s desk-sized synthesizer, the acclaimed drummer, producer, bandleader, shoe designer, and memoirist returns to explore–and once again shuffle through–a half-century of electronic music. Expect to see the likes of indie r&b dude How to Dress Well, beatboxing champ Rahzel, and experimental MPC fiend Jeremy Ellis interpreting the work of artists from Robert Moog to George Clinton in a show that won’t be matched until Questlove returns for 2014. — By Nick Murray

Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $20
As far as underground metal bands go, Savannah, Georgia’s Kylesa have always been difficult to pin down. Since forming in 2001, the ever-mercurial group has drifted from playing the extra-angry hardcore-punk mutation known as “crust” into far trippier territory. They added a second heavy-hitting drummer to their lineup sometime in the mid-’00s, and expanded their sound with psych-rock influences shortly thereafter. Now, with the release of their sixth LP, Ultraviolet, this past May, they’ve metamorphosed once again into a more psychedelic, even somewhat death-rock-influenced gargantuan. The thing is, they’re able to pull it off without sounding like they’re pulling one over on their fans. That’s because even at their headiest, they always manage to sound heavy. With Pinkish Black, Sierra, and So Hideous. — By Kory Grow

Nina Kraviz + Stacey Pullen + Alex from Tokyo
10:00 p.m., $40
A video profile of Nina Kraviz in March showed the knockout Russian DJ in a bubblebath, discussing the difficulties that come with being a female DJ. Though it stirred a mini-controversy on feminism in electronic music, Kraviz’s jacking, minimalist productions and DJing skills speak for themselves, making her a dynamic draw on the international circuit. Move fast if you’re intrigued: Tickets to this Halloween bash also featuring the Detroit techno of Stacey Pullen are already above $40. — By Aaron Gonsher

Joe Lovano’s Us Five
Village Vanguard
Friday through Sunday, 8:30 p.m & 10:30 p.m. daily, $25
The maestro’s two-drummer outfit is one of his most overtly swinging groups. As it searches for the sweet spots, it makes a swirl of sound that always dodges the okey-doke and reaches around the corner for something a bit more valuable. You can actually hear that exploration vibe come from the stage–it’s a crucial part of Lovano’s art at this late date. — By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 10/26:

Kris Davis
Cornelia Street Cafe
9:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $10
Whether it’s calm or agitation they’re generating, the quartet of pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and drummer Tom Rainey have an idiosyncratic way of sharing their nuanced expressionism. The freely improvised pieces on their new album for the Skirl label is one of the year’s most persuasive jazz outings–each of the six tracks are tethered to the next with an alignment of ideas and a juxtaposition of temperaments that recalls the kind of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t articulation of mentors such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. — By Jim Macnie

Hercules and Love Affair
11:00 p.m., $34.95-$69.95
Secret Location
Originally taking place on the Queen of Hearts cruise ship, a Halloween bash featuring the mature, muscular disco of Hercules & Love Affair has moved to a secret Brooklyn location. Essentially a solo project from Andy Butler featuring a revolving cast of talented vocalists such as Kim Ann Foxman and Shaun Wright, Hercules & Love Affair are still going strong since their dynamic DFA debut, which featured a haunting vocal from Antony Hegarty on “Blind.” — By Aaron Gonsher

Kellie Pickler
Best Buy Theater
8:00 p.m., $29.50
Like Carrie Underwood before her, Kellie Pickler came into her own after appearing on American Idol but went on to carve out a country music niche that soon blew her reality TV roots out of the water. Though she only made it to sixth place on Idol, after she was kicked off Pickler was soon picked up for a record deal from BNA and released her debut Small Town Girl in late 2006. Since then she’s released three more albums, including this year’s The Woman I Am, which continues her foray into independent pop country songs that pair easy Southern charm with an unrelenting independent streak. Expect pop country hooks that stick in your craw — no gimmicks but plenty of bubblegum. — By Caitlin White

Calvis Harris + R3hab + Michael Woods + Burns
Pier 94
9:00 p.m., $95-$145
This weekend, Halloween parties don’t get bigger than Calvin Harris’s gig at Pier 94 tonight. Go there if you’re into large crowds and larger hooks (the guy did produce “We Found Love,” “Feel So Close,” and “Sweet Nothing”). Ticket prices, however, are equally outsized, so if you’re looking to save some money to invest in your costume, there’s plenty happening downtown and in Brooklyn. For starters, the Rub is bringing up Philly’s Bo Bliz–he of the legendary White Tees White Belts party–for their annual Halloween soirée, while Mister Saturday Night residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter keep it in-house, so to speak, but promise to turn venue 12-turn-13 into an underwater paradise. Meanwhile, at a location not yet disclosed, Hercules and Love Affair reform to keep you dancing until long after the makeup has begun to wear off. — By Nick Murray

Sunday, 10/27:

Of Montreal + Surface to Air Missive
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $25
“I have a feeling you wanna be the female Henry Miller,” Kevin Barnes wryly chants on “Belle Glade Missionaries,” from Of Montreal’s latest release, Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Belle Glade refers to the notoriously crime-ridden Florida city with an extraordinarily high rate of gun violence, and the band foments the spirit of rebellion, channeling Bob Dylan and adding their own irreverent twist. This is their most self-consciously literary album, replete with cagey poetry, enhanced by a 24-track tape recording that conjures the thorny, lo-fi, twee intellectualism of ’60s counterculture, taking select moments away from the nasal to return to that lilting pastoral Americana. — By Aidan Levy

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