The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/8/13


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Friday, 11/8:

The Eagles
Madison Square Garden
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $49.50-$199.50
Summer is over and New York City is a continent away from the sun and shine of California, but maybe the Eagles’ shows at MSG will bring you some warmer thoughts. Bringing the band’s group and the member’s solo hits together in concert, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, and Timothy B. Schmit celebrate the massive band documentary, History of the Eagles, released earlier this year. — By Brittany Spanos

Os Mutantes + Capsula
Le Poisson Rouge
7:30 p.m., $20/$25
For three decades, between the release of their self-titled 1968 debut album and Beck’s 1998 Mutations–whose name is a tribute to the São Paolo legends–there wasn’t much talk about Os Mutantes. That started to change after Mutations dropped and the record’s best song, “Tropicália,” a lush homage to the Brazilian psych-pop sound that Mutantes helped forge, started to get serious burn on college radio and mixtapes. The next year, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released a Mutantes compilation, and in 2008, the band hit paydirt when their classic track “A Minha Menina” was featured on a McDonald’s commercial for the 2008 Olympics. By then, ostensible leader Sérgio Dias Baptista had already reformed the band, and recent albums, including this year’s Fool Metal Jack, show that they can still conjure up magic, even without most of their founding members. — By Winston Groman

Red Baraat + Underground System
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00 p.m., $15
Led by Sunny Jain, whose double-headed dhol drum serves as its heartbeat, the eight-piece “dhol ‘n’ brass” band expands India’s wedding-band template into a more inclusively throbbing caterwaul evocative of joyous brass-band cultures from New Orleans to the Balkans, but with a Bollywood bent. Underground System Afrobeat is an 11-piece juggernaut, with a strong Argentinean frontwoman, who update and Brooklyn-ify Fela Kuti’s revolutionary sound. — By Richard Gehr

Mick Turner
Union Pool
9:00 p.m., $10
For the last two decades, Aussie six-string luminary Mick Turner has sculpted majestic soundscapes through the lens of groundbreaking instrumental nomads, Dirty Three. In the group, Turner’s finger-stab pick and strum, melted with the piercing shriek of Warren Ellis’s violin, has broken hearts, but the guitarist also owns a bevy of intrepid records under his own name, and his latest epic, Don’t Tell The Driver Out, is described as the “first post-rock rock opera of our times.” Its immaculate arrangements bustle with horns and angelic singing, but Turner pilots the ship with intricate and hypnotic guitar lines steeped in twang, jazz, and Latin accents. — By Brad Cohan

Zankel Hall at Carnegie
8:30 p.m., $38-$44
Bless the Sufis, for whom music isn’t just a permissible spiritual practice — especially compared to the Islamic hardliners who would do away with it altogether — but mandatory. Born Fatemeh Vaezi, the 63-year-old Iranian singer known as Parissa has transcended religious and gender barriers to become one of the great champions of Sufi music in Iran. She was forced into silence after Iran’s 1979 revolution, but re-emerged to teach other females the traditional dastgah style based on Persian art music’s modal system, singing centuries-old poetry by Hafez, Rumi, and Omar Khayyam. A formidable improviser with a remarkable alto, Parissa appears here with the Dastan Ensemble: Hamid Motebassem (tar lute), Hossein Behroozinia (barbat lute), Saeed Farajpouri (kamanche fiddle), and percussionists Hamin Honari and Arjang Ataollahi. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 11/9:

Que Bajo!?
Le Poisson Rouge
11:00 p.m., $10-$15
Year four has been a big one for the Que Bajo!? boys, taking resident DJs Geko Jones and Uproot Andy as high up as the Roseland Ballroom, where, earlier in the year, the crew (assisted by similarly minded party-starters like Lady Leshurr and Jahdan Blakkamoore) held their own at the Red Bull Music Academy’s cross-genre Culture Clash. Still, their monthly party at (Le) Poisson Rouge remains one of the most reliable in town, and tonight they celebrate their fifth birthday with DJ Blass, a reggaeton legend. — By Nick Murray

Oneohtrix Point Never + Thug Entrancer + David Kanaga
The Glasslands Gallery
11:30 p.m., $20
The music of Daniel Lopatin, the Brooklyn-based electronicist who records as Oneohtrix Point Never, is as elegantly designed and tragically fractured as the screen of a dropped iPhone. Accompanied by Nate Boyce’s disorienting visuals, Lopatin has been performing music from R Plus Seven, which solidifies his reputation as a preeminent stylist of twitchy, unresolved, post-singularity swing. Part of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 11/10:

Mark Fell
Artists Space
9:00 p.m., $10
With wonky releases like this year’s N-Dimensional Analysis and 2012’s Sentielle Objectif Actualité, renowned electronic artist Mark Fell continued a career of twitchy experimentation and sonic reductionism that has included releasing 7″ records composed entirely of locked grooves and presenting sound installations in anechoic chambers. Fell’s algorithmic compositions can be surprisingly lush, and he’ll be taking a break from his current residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy with this performance, which will focus on his renowned stereo installations. — By Aaron Gonsher

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Cornelia Street Cafe
8:30 p.m., $10
The boys head to New Orleans on the impressive new Red Hot, thinking up ways to boot King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton into a world where bursts of free improv pave the way for their now patented anything-goes approach. Polyphony is the lynchpin between these epochs; it’s also the band’s strong suit. Their brass/reeds/bass/drums jump cuts are always up for a roof-raising blat or two. — By Jim Macnie

The Blow
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $17/$20
Following a seven-year gap between LPs, the Portland-based electro pop-performance art duo The Blow returned this year with a new, eponymous full-length last month. The group, which now consists of founder Khaela Maricich and her girlfriend, Melissa Dyne, wrote 10 catchy, upbeat tracks for The Blow that seem to ooze Maricich’s observations on love, girls, and her everyday life. At concerts, they perform on opposite ends of the room, situating the audience in the middle. The couple has said that they look at shows as a forum for experimentation, where Dyne — an installation and sound artist — handles her respective media and Maricich works with the narrative of the songs, reacting to Dyne’s art. They’ll likely be in rare form tonight, as it’s the last concert they’ve scheduled in support of the new record. With Love Inks. — By Kory Grow

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