The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/15/13


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Friday, 11/15:

Blood Orange
285 Kent
9:00 p.m., $15
Dev Hynes is inescapable. From his work with Solange on “Losing You,” to Sky Ferreira’s massive, “Everything is Embarrassing,” the Brooklyn musician has his hand in some the biggest independent hits of the last few years–all the while making seductively complex pop under the moniker Blood Orange. Friday marks the release for his upcoming Cupid Deluxe, an album that, if it’s anything like the world pop stylings of the single “Chamakay,” will prove to be dripping with sunny disposition. If it’s something new and characteristically melodic you’re after, look no further. — By Maria Sherman

Rick Ross + The 1500 or Nothin’ Band
Beacon Theatre
8:00 p.m., $44.50-$74.50
Even though the foundation of Rick Ross’s rap persona is a lie, and that lie echoes through most media accounts of his career, Ross has somehow managed to build that lie into a dynasty so fiercely opulent that it’s almost a legend. Also — like Gatsby faking hard in his West Egg mansion — Ross believes his own hype, flossing so furiously that the dead past becomes something hazy, indistinct, malleable, and open to interpretation. His brand of luxury fronting has become as much a cottage industry — dude improves almost every single he guests on — as an exercise in gross self-actualization. — By Raymond Cummings

Jon Hopkins + Clark + Nathan Fake
Santos Party House
7:00 p.m., $17/$20
Three renowned electronic alchemists will collide in this compact three-hour live showcase at Santos Party House: Warp mainstay and IDM maven Chris Clark will make his first appearance in New York since the release of this year’s schizophrenic remix compilation Feast/Beast, Nathan Fake takes a break from churning out lush, aqueous remixes for his psychedelic live set, and Mercury Prize-nominee/former Brian Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins continuing to rinse the epic emotions of breakthrough 2013 LP Immunity. — By Aaron Gonsher

And So I Watch You From Afar + TTNG
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
8:00 p.m., $13/$15
Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar takes its mostly instrumental brand of coke-prog way, way seriously, lashing together dozens of ideas in busted-Jiffy Pop bundles. These guys are fun to listen to in the way Hella used to be fun to listen to, except that ASIWYFA’s jam’s are more olly-olly-oxen-free sweet release than who-what-how grind. Anyone recommending a particular album is not to be trusted: Just get them all. — By Raymond Cummings

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Talib Kweli + Big K.R.I.T.
Theater at Madison Square Garden
7:30 p.m., $50-$75
Who knew 2013 would end up as the year of the Macklemore? After releasing the novelty rap song “Thrift Shop” (choice lyric: “I’m in this big ass coat/ from that thrift shop down the road”), the Seattle-based rapper struck back with a surprisingly sensitive song on same sex rights (“Same Love”), and a partying anthem about dancing on the ceiling (“Can’t Hold Us”). Armed with producer Ryan Lewis, Macklemore comes to New York to play three sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden. Wear your most moth-ravaged digs–tonight, you are amongst your tribe. — By Chandler Levack


Saturday, 11/16:

Anoushka Shankar
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
8:00 p.m., $40-$150
Following in her famous and late father Ravi Shankar’s footsteps, Anoushka Shankar has made a name for herself as versatile and extraordinarily dynamic sitar players. Once the youngest and first female nominee in the Grammy’s Best Contemporary World Music category, Anoushka has gone on to become world-renown in her field and has continued her father’s legacy. This year, she released her latest album, Traces of You, with her equally talented half-sister Norah Jones guest-singing on three tracks and music video for the lead single, “Traces of You,” directed by her filmmaker hubby Joe Wright (Atonement). With Shankar, though her talent can stand alone, it’s always a family affair. — By Brittany Spanos

Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard
Asia Society
8:00 p.m., $25
A Tehran-born performer of Kurdish descent, Kalhor is a virtuoso of the kamencheh spike fiddle. Ali Bahrami Fard is likewise a master of the santour hammered dulcimer. Together, they will improvise magnificently and incrementally extend the Persian classical tradition as they perform music from Kalhor’s most recent album, I Will Not Stand Alone. The evening is part of Asia Society’s “New Sounds From Iran” series, and don’t miss the “Iran Modern” art show while you’re in the house. — By Richard Gehr

Widespread Panic
Theater at Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $55-$75
When it comes to Southern rock behemoths, Athens, Georgia’s Widespread Panic are a big California Zinfandel compared to the Allmans’ half-drunk case of Bud. Two powerful and expressive guitarists — Jimmy Herring and bassist Dave Schools — fuel a complex express train fronted by epically urgent singer John Bell. Widespread returned to the road this spring after a hiatus and thus probably have something to prove. — By Richard Gehr

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Apollo Theater
8:00 p.m., $35-$50
Preservation Hall has been a New Orleans institution for more than 50 years, but the trad-jazz ambassadors have only recently released their first collection of new material, That’s It! Produced by the PHJB’s Ben Jaffe and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the new material does not reinvent the New Orleans shuffle, though it does include new tunes that sound like old ones. It’s unclear under how these songs fit into the club’s policy of “traditional requests” for $2, “others” for $5, and “The Saints” for $10, but rest assured that their greatest hit will be performed for no additional cost. — By Aidan Levy

Sunday, 11/17:

Jorge Ben Or
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
8:00 p.m., $69-$75
After releasing some of the most experimentally delicious Brazilian pop albums of the ’70s, Jorge Ben evolved into just another superstar, albeit one with an abiding passion for blending samba tropes with all manner of other styles. Expect him to perform hits like “Mas Que Nada” and “Taj Mahal” (from which Rod Stewart ripped off “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”) accompanied by enraptured audience sing-alongs. — By Richard Gehr

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