The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/18/13


For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 11/18:

Nightmares on Wax
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
Since coming up in the bleep techno scene associated with Warp Records, English producer George Evelyn’s career as Nightmares on Wax has diversified, undoubtedly influenced by a permanent move to Ibiza and his continued engagement with international hip-hop. The plural in Nightmares on Wax suggests an inherent eclecticism, and latest album Feelin’ Good is suitably ebullient and far-reaching, with nods to downtempo hip-hop, Northern Soul, and sun-soaked dub. — By Aaron Gonsher

Tuesday, 11/19:

Kanye West + Kendrick Lamar (Tues.)/A Tribe Called Quest (Wed.)
Barclays Center
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$159.50
Has any 20-time Grammy winner ever been taken less seriously than Kanye West? Ignore the types — bloggers, Twitter trolls, late-night TV hosts — who consider his passionate accounts of racism and classism to be rants from a lunatic (all while complaining that pop stars these days aren’t as political as they used to be) and listen to the dude on his own terms: At his last New York show, West announced that his forthcoming Yeezus wouldn’t sound like what’s on the radio, and at this follow-up he displays the 
glorious results, songs that pop with 
elements of everything from trap to 
industrial to dancehall. — By Nick Murray

Wednesday, 11/20:

Nation Time
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
7:00 p.m., $30
The sonic skronk and squall that informs the downbeat post-pop expressionism of artist Christopher Wool, currently the subject of a career retrospective at the Guggenheim, is reflected in Nation Time, an evening of music and performance 
co-curated by the artist himself. His selections reflect a happy symmetry: They include punk godfather Richard Hell, who reads here, and Arto Lindsay, whose trio DNA virtually defined the No Age sound with brief blasts of head- or room-clearing noise. Even better, the free-jazz spirit embodied by Wool’s snarliest graffiti-inspired paintings is represented by legendary 
improviser Joe McPhee and the Scandinavian trio known as The Thing, whose new Boot! opens with a scalding reinterpretation of Coltrane’s sanctified “India.” — By Richard Gehr

Roy Ayers
9:00 p.m., $25
Roy Ayers is one of those musicians’ musicans who inspired Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Dr. Dre, but also has equal respect from jazz luminaries such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris. The 73 year-old godfather of jazz-funk and composer behind ’70s hit “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” still rocks the vibraphone as he continues to represent the common lineage between jazz, r&b, and hip-hop. Ayers makes as much sense at S.O.B.’s as he does at the Blue Note, where he has also played. Similarly, his music is as likely to turn up on the soundtrack for The Pink Panther as it is in 8 Mile. — By Aidan Levy

The Hunt
Home Sweet Home
10:00 p.m., $7
New York institution Sacred Bones Records celebrated their five year anniversary last year at Joshua Tree, the very eve the Mayans planned the apocalypse. Industrial art-pop maven Zola Jesus headlined the festivities (check her out in the trailer for the latest Romeo & Juliet film) with the label’s first signee, the Hunt, opening. The proto-Cult of Youth band will release The Hunt Begins, tracks recorded in 2009 as Sacred Bones 100th release this week, and the celebration will take place at the weekly goth party Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home in the Lower East Side, with label founder Caleb Bratten and Pieter Schoolwerth of Wierd Records in the DJ booth. Vampric attire not required, but highly recommended. — By Maria Sherman

Thursday, 11/21:

Jonathan Richman w/ Tommy Larkins + Hilton Valentine
Bowery Ballroom
Thursday & Friday, 9:30 p.m., $18
Over 40 years into his career, Jonathan Richman remains one of underground rock’s most intriguing figures. His ’70s band Modern Lovers inspired punks like Sex Pistols and art rockers like John Cale, and then he achieved quasi-fame in the ’90s, thanks to an appearance with drummer buddy Tommy Larkins in There’s Something About Mary. He largely refuses interviews so what we know of him, we’ve gleaned from his performances and songs: He loves the Velvet Underground, he resents air conditioning, he’s not afraid of romance, he likes to dance at lesbian bars. What more do we need to know? — By Kory Grow

‘PopRally’ w/ Body/Head
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
8:00 p.m., $24
Now that some of the hoopla has died down from another singer gallivanting around claiming some affinity for “artpop,” one of the original musicians to fuse art and pop is playing in the Museum of Modern Art. Kim Gordon, who was a founding member of downtown art-rockers Sonic Youth, has since started up Body/Head, an experimental group with the like-minded musician Bill Nace. On top of this, the program will also feature a DJ set by Julie Ruin/ex-Bikini Kill firebrand Kathleen Hanna. — By Kory Grow

Rubblebucket + Body Language
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $15/$17
Rubblebucket is a Brooklyn-based septet bringing dream pop into its funkiest fruition yet. Standouts from their latest EP (out this past October) include a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes” and lilting, brass-hooked title-track single “Save Charlie.” Led by singer Kalmia Traver and trumpeter Alex Toth, who are romantically involved outside the band, this is a group that brings an air of the dramatic to their indie pop. Expect complex, crisp arrangements and carefree harmonies along with a sense of goofy freedom not often found in Brooklyn bands. — By Caitlin White

Friday, 11/22:

Celestial Shore + Banned Books + Laser Background + Zula
Shea Stadium BK
8:00 p.m., $8
Prog-pop with a psychedelic glint doesn’t get much better than this spunky young Brooklyn trio consisting of Greg Albert (bass), Max Almario (drums), and Sam Owens (guitar). Their Greg Saunier-mixed 10x is a smart, concise mix that Deerhoof and Dirty Projectors fans would do well to access. In person you will be impressed by their jagged pummel and high voices. Also: Banned Books, Laser Background, Zula. — By Kory Grow

Beach Fossils + Perfect Pussy
285 Kent Ave
12:00 a.m., $10
It’s been a long road for Beach Fossils. Beginning as the solo project of Dustin Payseur in 2009 and quickly rising to fame with a self-titled debut and EP, Beach Fossils created a space of fuzzed-out indie pop that would define their native Brooklyn for years to come. At the beginning of 2013, the band released “Clash the Truth,” a cleaner, albeit more formulaic post-punk work, somehow complicating and harkening back to their initial, undeniable energy. Take all that and add new Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, and you’ve got a late night riot. — By Maria Sherman

Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking
How Not To Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide
The Oral History of NYC’s Metal/Hardcore Crossover
Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT