The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/28/13


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Monday, 10/28:

Drake + Miguel + Future
Barclays Center
7:00 p.m., $79.75-$109.75
Bad news, Future fans who purchased tickets to see the Atlanta rapper open Drake’s Barclays gig: The guy behind the prettiest hooks in hip-hop got kicked off the tour for telling Billboard that the songs on the headliner’s recent album, Nothing Was the Same, is full of hits but not ones that make you want to fall in love. He’s right, of course–even the lush “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is spoiled by the oddly possessive “I know exactly who you could be”–though for many, that’s the appeal. If the hook from “Furthest Thing” doesn’t hit you, you probably gave up on this guy a long time ago. But fear not, lovebirds: Miguel will still be there to romance you with tracks like “#Beautiful” and “Adorn.” — By Nick Murray

Update: Scratch that scratch? Reports are that Future will indeed be opening tonight.

Alan Jackson
Carnegie Hall
8:00 p.m., $39.50-$99.50
Alan Jackson is probably best known for his 9/11 tribute song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” but fans know that his career began back in 1989 when he signed to Arista’s country division and issued his debut album Here in the Real World the following year. His particular brand of country music has always centered on the everyday occurrences that blossom into unforgettable moments. From the tongue in cheek sing-a-longs like “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” to tracks that attempt to tackle national tragedies, Jackson is as all-American as they come, and his appearance at Carnegie Hall only affirms that. Just this year, Jackson released both Precious Memories, Vol. 2 and The Bluegrass Album, continuing his foray into the rich tradition of American music with takes on (respectively) gospel and bluegrass. — By Caitlin White

Webster Hall
8:30 p.m., $30
To say you’ve “grown up” with Sparks, the Los Angeles-raised brothers who released their debut album in 1971, is to suggest a vertigo-inducing oscillation of witty pop kicks and refreshingly distanced cerebral strategies. Like Queen, only funnier, Russell Mael’s eternal falsetto plays off Ron Mael’s needling baroque omnipop keyboards in songs ranging from ’70s hits like “Amateur Hour,” “Propaganda,” and “Something for the Girl with Everything” through their amazing Giorgio Moroder electropop collaboration, No. 1 in Heaven, the 2002 classical gas Lil’ Beethoven, a pop musical titled The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, and many more. Here, however, you’ll find nothing more (nor less) than the brothers alone as they reprise the “Two Hands One Mouth” tour that kicked off last year in Europe. — By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 10/29:

Chance the Rapper + DJ Rashad + DJ Spinn
Tuesday, 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $18/$22
Starting with the sunny, Sunday-morning harmonies that open “Good Ass Intro”, Chance the Rapper’s April mixtape, Acid Rap, is a striking accord of feel-good, neo-soul sounds and compulsively-rhymed, P.T.S.D.-afflicted raps. Chance was apparently raised in a loving, middle-class home, but not far from the “Chi Raq” war zone which is home to Chicago’s “drill” scene (e.g., Chief Keef, Lil Durk), and accordingly, the titular “acid” refers to Chance’s two preferred palliatives for coping with the 2011 murder of his friend Rodney Kyles, Jr., which he witnessed firsthand: acid tabs and acid jazz. — By Rajiv Jaswa

Yonder Mountain String Band + Founding Fathers
Brooklyn Bowl
Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., $25/$30
Led by scatting mandolinist Jeff Austin, Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band is a super-tight improvising bluegrass quartet that reliably transforms wherever they happen to play into a sizzling skillet of inventive picking, compelling crooning, and general high, lonesome mayhem. The Founding Fathers, meanwhile, consist of Infamous Stringdusters members who fled Nashville for Charlottesville, Virginia. — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 10/30:

Bryan and the Haggards w/ Eugene Chadbourne
The Stone
8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m., $10
Led by saxophonist Bryan Murray, the Haggards perform outlandish, inventive, and often hilarious jazz-instrumental renditions of tunes by the great country songwriter Merle Haggard. Guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Eugene Chadbourne, who’s been infusing country music with hyperactive improvisation and humor for decades, kicks their goofy brilliance into overdive on the quintet’s terrific third album, Merles Just Want to Have Fun. — By Richard Gehr

Oozing Wound + The Dreebs + Pop. 1280 + Sediment Club
Death By Audio
8:00 p.m., $7
Chi-town metal long-hairs Oozing Wound have head-banged their hardcore-cum-thrashtastic bludgeon into their exclusive hometown Thrill Jockey Records realm. Utterly ferocious with an unrivaled ear-splitting heaviosity, the new Retrash is a bulldozing epic of sleazy throat-bawling metal terror that would make those old dudes in Metallica and Slayer blush. Even better still, the heavier-than thou dirtbags in in Oozing Wound are the complete package: They cuss like mofos and are quintessential deviants and wise-cracking goons. Christ, the lead-off track on Retrash is called “Everybody I Hate Should Be Killed.” Enough said. — By Brad Cohan

Thursday, 10/31:

The Juan Maclean + Justin Strauss + Evan Michael
Cameo Gallery
10:00 p.m., $15/$20
While Holy Ghost! challenged Phoenix’s melodic ebullience, Factory Floor became critical darlings with their skeletal throb-rock debut, and James Murphy ran off brewing coffee somewhere, DFA scored two bonafide house hits thanks to longtime family member Juan Maclean. Both “You Are My Destiny” and “Feel Like Movin'” include effervescent vocals from ex-LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang, and their compact, celebratory joy has revived Maclean’s career as a deep house DJ. A full album in 2014, please? — By Aaron Gonsher

Friday, 11/1:

‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’
Theater at Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $62.50-$112.50
Theater at Madison Square Garden: Stop it already with your ironic enjoyment of the theme from Super Mario Brothers–that’s actually a pretty lazy choice as nostalgic video game music goes. At this show, nearly thirty years of tunes from the Legend of Zelda game series will get a full orchestral treatment, which should reveal more of the complexity. Until then, just keep scanning the virtual radio stations programmed into the cars of Grand Theft Auto V and hope one of the DJs decides to go rogue and offer up a preview? — By Vijith Assar

‘Verboten’ w/ Carl Craig + Moodymann + Kenny Larkin
The Paper Box
10:00 p.m., $25
Kenny Dixon Jr., a/k/a Moodymann, throws roller disco parties in his hometown of Detroit and has been known to hand out T-shirts at gigs that say “Your Girlfriend Prefers 12 Inches.” It would be a mistake to think Moodymann is a gimmick, though: For over two decades house fans have considered Dixon an unparalleled raconteur and inimitable selector of deep funk and soul. It will be intriguing to see how his humor plays when he spins in Bushwick alongside a famously stone-faced icon of Detroit techno’s 2nd wave, Carl Craig. — By Aaron Gonsher

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