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


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Monday, 11/11:

Sky Ferreira + Smith Westerns
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $22
With the release of her 2010 single “One,” a gorgeous track assembled by producers Bloodshy and Avant (Britney Spears, Miike Snow), Sky Ferreira became a favorite of hip dance parties and certain pop-loving corners of the Internet. But the song’s follow-up single and EP both went nowhere, and what should have been her debut album was shelved indefinitely. Hey, sometimes the label gets it right: In the years since, Ferreira has switched up her style, mining everything from new wave to grunge, teamed up with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Charli XCX), and released an EP (last year) and an album (last week) both living up to the promise of that first single. Tonight, she celebrates the latter with a performance at Webster Hall ; come prepared to dance. With Smith Westerns. — By Nick Murray

Anna Calvi + Gems
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $20
Among the women who dare lapse into the darkest, deepest parts of the psyche and emerge musically stronger, Anna Calvi has cut her own path through the jungley doom of melancholic sirens. Although she, of course, evokes comparisons to the obvious forerunners–Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, namely–it seems a disservice that whenever a woman strays into moody rock she’s ultimately pegged as a disciple of one or the other. On her latest album, out this October and titled One Breath, Calvi manages to weave her scruffy voice in and out of nuanced guitar licks and up into a throaty soprano that wraps itself around simple, cosmic lyrics. Expect to feel transported and frozen on the spot–Calvi has that thing you just know when you hear it. — By Caitlin White

My Bloody Valentine
Hammerstein Ballroom
Monday & Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., $58.50-$99.50
Despite their reputation for crushingly loud concerts, My Bloody Valentine can be surprisingly understated on wax–creative lead Kevin Shields apparently had the foresight to realize that shoegaze would need to provide both spectacle and introspection simultaneously. Last year’s m b v, their first album in over 20 years, updates the fuzz so it sounds as if it’s obscuring an important message coming from a million miles away. Good luck figuring it out through your earplugs. — By Vijith Assar

Tuesday, 11/12:

Morbid Angel + Vadimvon + Winter Nights
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $25
Who says death-metal growlers can’t be sentimental? Tonight, one of the genre’s founding bands, Morbid Angel, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its touchstone third album Covenant. But you can’t fault them for feeling mushy, as a report 10 years ago named it the best-selling death-metal album of all time, with 150,000 copies purchased at the time of publication. The blast-beating, riff-grinding crew will be playing the record–which they filled with touching, Keats-like odes such as “World of Shit,” and booty-call classics like “Angel of Disease”–from front to back. — By Kory Grow

Marty Ehrlich
The Stone
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. daily, $10
From the variety of bands he builds to the number of horns he plays, versatility is everywhere in this saxophonist’s art. The current week-long showcase underscores that, pairing him with (among others) a string quartet, a poet, and his famed Dark Woods Ensemble. I’m partial to his Rites Quartet’s slippery post-Ornette zig-zag and can’t wait to hear him trade lines with sax player Adam Kolker in an update of his Traveler’s Tales foursome, but what seems most enticing is a duet with drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The two of them will make a wily pair, no doubt. — By Jim Macnie

Wednesday, 11/13:

Charli XCX + Kitten
Irving Plaza
8:00 p.m., $18
Charli XCX is on her way to synthpop stardom, and she has only recently turned 21. With a guest spot on one of this year’s biggest and most infectious singles, Icona Pops “I Love It,” and her own well-received major label debut album True Romance, Charli has found the right time and place to market her modern and fun take on 90s goth and pop. As she’s begun headlining her own shows and gaining even more notice from the music world and its fans, expect to see more from this budding English talent. Or at least prepare to have one of her songs stuck in your head for days. — By Brittany Spanos

Ty Dolla $ign + Vic Mensa + Deniro Farrar + DJ Get Live!
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
9:00 p.m., free w/ RSVP
Ty Dolla $ign sings, writes, and produces, has a premium pedigree (his dad was in Lakeside, of “Fantastic Voyage” fame), and is proficient with all the instruments and sounds in the r&b/electro/funk constellation. In short, he’s a prodigious talent whose emergence hasn’t yet been circumscribed by mainstream machinery. Despite his frankness, however, he doesn’t get deep like the Ocean. The recent Beach House mixtapes rely extensively on Auto-Tune–pitch-correction software developed from the same mathematical modeling that allowed wildcatters to explore new substrata with less actual digging–to explore the womb of figurative possibilities offered in depersonalized groupie intercourse. — By Rajiv Jaswa

Wooden Shjips + Cave
The Mercury Lounge
9:30 p.m., $13/$15
Unlike many acts, Wooden Shjips’ albums don’t so much present unique impressions of points in time (like chapters in a book), but a fluid representation of a band swirling around in its own headspace (more akin to a lava lamp). The psychedelic San Franciscans just released their sixth official full-length, Back to Land — betwixt a bevy of singles, demos, and other apocrypha — but really it’s just another view of their groovy state of mind where acid-rock never died and the history of the world is written in the interplay of cymbals and guitar fuzz. — By Kory Grow

Thursday, 11/14:

Gary Clark Jr. + Alice Smith
Apollo Theatre
8:00 p.m., $39.50
Whether heralded as the next great bluesman or a soul and rock extraordinaire, Gary Clark, Jr. has put in the work to achieve such accolades. Although the 29 year-old has only one nationally available full-length to his name, last year’s excellent Blak and Blu, he duked it out on the stages of Austin, Texas, way before he became a go-to guest guitarist for people like Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder. Tonight, he’ll enjoy a little of the success he’s reaped so far. — By Kory Grow

Rockwood Music Hall
8:00 p.m., $10
For that mid-week pick-me-up, Aabaraki will be there to provide a gritty alt-soul fix. Celebrating the release of a full-length recording of live performance on Rockwood Music Hall Recordings, Aabaraki, consisting of guitarist Brian Forbes, vocalist and keyboardist Akie Bermiss, bassist Ari-Folman-Cohen, and drummer Attis Clopton, will be bringing their sound back to the venue where it was all recorded. Catch them on Stage 2 for a taste of that sure to be blazing LP. — By Brittany Spanos

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