The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/1/13


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Friday, 11/1:

Steve Aoki + Waka Flocka Flame + Borgore + Pharrell Williams
Pier 94
9:00 p.m., $65-$125
Borgore ruined dubstep, per the title of the Israel DJ’s fifth EP, Borgore Ruined Dubstep, but the man who pushed a once-underground sound in the direction of hard rock and mainstream acceptance is only an opening act on this lineup of taste-breaking debasers: Where Google results show that fellow opener Waka Flocka Flame, that post-crunk Atlanta rapper who came up under (but is currently in conflict with) Gucci Mane has ruined everything from “a fan’s marriage” to “every song he’s in,” headlining L.A. electro don Steve Aoki has supposedly botched both “Kid Cudi’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness'” and “the long-haired look for Asian guys.” The exception, of course, is Pharrell Williams, the singer and former Neptunes producer who has contributed to universally acknowledged articles of greatness such as Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker,” Ludacris’s “Southern Hospitality,” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” — By Nick Murray

Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
Indie icon Lou Barlow always stays in perpetual motion. Over the past decade or so, he has put out solo albums and reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and, in 2007, he reignited Sebadoh, the bristly, sometimes melancholic indie-rock group he formed after he was kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. in the late ’80s. These days, he’s pulling double- or triple-duty, depending on which band has the most current album. The carte du jour features Sebadoh’s first album since the ’90s, Defend Yourself, which Barlow & co. put out this past September. It’s a typically quirky, shambolic and catchy offering from the group, picking up right where they left off in 1999. “Failure is a state of mind,” Barlow sings on the album’s boot-scootin’, countryish “State of Mind”; it’s an aphorism that fits Barlow’s M.O. perfectly. With Octa#grape. — By Kory Grow

Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $17
Everything awe-inspiring and horrifying about Japanese underground music — including ultra-chirpy female vocals, Gojira-scale percussive pummel, and smarter-than-you’ll-ever-be guitartronics — fuses into a hyperactive pop-savvy whole on Melt-Banana’s 11th and latest album, Fetch. Bass-slinging singer Yasuko Onuki and fifth-dimensional guitarist Ichirou Agata’s first studio album in six years (they recorded their lo-fi debut, Speak Squeak Creak, in Steve Albini’s basement studio in 1993) is an equally dazzling and daunting half-hour of infotainment overload. Drummers having come and gone, Onuki and Agata are touring as a duo, with impossible percussion provided by a computer. Avant-karaoke or not, the music’s core remains Onuki’s sweet-and-sour, hectoring motormouth and Agata’s time-hacking, electronically augmented speed-metal architectonics. Like their opening track suggests, Melt-Banana are a candy gun. — By Richard Gehr

‘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

Friday, 11/1:

Colin Meloy + Eleanor Friedberger
Town Hall
8:00 p.m., $33.50-$40
It’s been five years since Colin Meloy has embarked on a tour without his indie darling band the Decemberists, but this fall, songwriter will be flying while he prepares a new installment of his cover song collection Colin Meloy Sings… Otherwise, Meloy has been busy with his successful series of novels The Wildwood Chronicles (produced with wife and illustrator Carson Ellis), so this tour marks a triumphant return to music after the blissful release of his band’s 2011 effort, The King Is Dead. Prepare to be taken on a mystical lyrical journey, and expect to hear the singer give his own fantastic take on some of your favorite songs, as well. — By Brittany Spanos

Saturday, 11/2:

Silly Witches
54 Below
11:00 p.m., $25-$35
The silly witches flying in on their brooms for this immediately post-Halloween coven meeting are, in alphabetical order, Jackie Hoffman, Christine Pedi, Mary Testa, and Christine Zbornik. If you tried to find four funnier women in the New York metro area, you couldn’t. Go ahead. Try. Waste your time. See if we care. Bottom line: Get on your own brooms and soar over to 54 Below. Sorta trivia: Testa and Hoffman are reuniting from Xanadu. Will they reprise their “Evil Woman”? Let’s hope so. — By David Finkle

Black Dice + RatKing + DJ Pizza Party
285 Kent Ave
8:00 p.m., $12/$14
Black Dice are a bunch of weirdos who daringly indulge in nearly every electronic-based avenue that avails itself, from thrash-influenced noise to ambient psych fuckery. Currently based in Brooklyn, the band has been through a lot of identity crises and on a lot of tours over the past 16 years. Like Animal Collective with more pedals and less vocals, Black Dice create bizarre sonic panoramas that make you feel that transcendental kind of stoned, and everything’s okay. — By Sarah Madges

The Orb
Webster Hall
7:30 p.m., $25
Twenty years ago, the Orb sampled Pat Metheny playing Steve Reich’s “Music for Counterpoint” for their seminal chill-out composition “Little Fluffy Clouds,” launching the duo on a path to rave superstardom–or at least as much renown as an ambient chill-out act can expect to achieve. Ever since, original member Alex Paterson and a revolving lineup of contributors have been twisting minds with an innovative mix of dub, ambient, minimal techno, and all manner of luscious, cosmic psychedelia. The comedown kings celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a rare New York gig at Webster Hall. — By Aaron Gonsher

Steve Earle and the Dukes + The Mastersons
Town Hall
8:00 p.m., $35-$50
Steve Earle is an American powerhouse. Over the past 20 years, the singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and native Texan has established himself as a storyteller and ace guitar player, combining rootsy blues and country with a political streak and a penchant for rock and roll recklessness. Earle’s latest release is The Low Highway, a reflection on forgotten Midwest forgotten landscapes that pairs his signature gravely poetry with rippling guitar lines. Expect old school sounds mixed with radical politics and unforgettable imagery. — By Caitlin White

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