The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/22/13


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Friday, 11/22:

Sleigh Bells + Danny Brown + Doldrums
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $25
Yes, we have seen less than half of 1 percent of all Sleigh Bells shows, but we still feel confident in claiming that their 2010 Treats album release gig at Ridgewood Masonic Temple was among the duo’s all-time best. And last year’s Reign of Terror-supporting Terminal 5 affair? Nearly as good, with Alexis Krauss’s strolling vocals and high-energy stage presence translating to the midtown warehouse just as seamlessly as Derek Miller’s hardcore-influenced guitar licks and hip-hop-influenced programmed drums. Expect tonight’s show to fall somewhere in the middle: Krauss and Miller’s third album, Bitter Rivals, doesn’t match their debut, but Detroit’s Danny Brown is set to provide the best opening act the band has ever played with. — By Nick Murray

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

Iva Bittova
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7:00 p.m., $40
The Calder Quartet has been juicing up its Metropolitan Museum series of Bartok string quartets with musicians from outside the classical world. David Longstreth performed some Dirty Projectors tunes with them earlier this month, and Czech violinist-vocalist Iva Bittova is their guest tonight. Born in 1958, Bittova is a uniquely fascinating figure who, like Bartók, takes profound inspiration from the folk songs of Moravian Slovakia. The old ways burn bright in her fractured, ghostly cadences. The Calder Quartet perform Bartok’s second and sixth quartets; Bittova joins them for Moravian song arrangements by Leo Janacek (as heard on her 2004 album Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) and to explore the sorts of otherworldly improvisations featured on ECM’s Iva Bittova, released earlier this year. — By Richard Gehr

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

Jonathan Richman w/ Tommy Larkins + Hilton Valentine
Bowery Ballroom
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

Saturday, 11/23:

Kitty Pryde
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
6:00 p.m., free
As far as hip-hop origin stories go, Kitty Pryde’s “Claire’s clerk from Daytona Beach posts sung-rap on YouTube that becomes popular first on Tumblr, then in The New York Times” was certainly a new one. Since she uploaded her song “Okay Cupid” back in May of 2012, the music video has received more than 1 million hits, and Kitty has toured the country with artists like Danny Brown and Anamanaguchi. Tonight, in her adopted home, she headlines this week’s installment of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a warehouse after-hours flea market featuring vendors (both culinary and commercial), mini-golf, ping-pong, and opening act Party Supplies, a Fool’s Gold DJ-producer whose live sets unfortunately do not live up to the mixtapes he has made alongside Action Bronson. — By Nick Murray

BRIC House
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10
The brilliant and charismatic solo artist, playwright (Passing Strange), and Negro Problem bandleader presents two unstructured evenings devoted to works in progress. Drawing from three musicals, a song cycle, and a video tribute to his Brooklyn neighborhood, all slated for 2014-15, Stew’s “Listening Party” will undoubtedly also contain powerful melodies, soulful singing, whomping improvisation, and hilarious between-song chatter. — By Richard Gehr

Porches + Sirs + Shark? + Carmen + Radical Dads
Shea Stadium BK
8:00 p.m., $8
Porches is the New York-based disheveled lo-fi folk rock project that put out the album with the title of the year: Slow Dance in the Cosmos. That name is just a hint of the strangely honest, poetic lyrics that the record contains. The group is fronted by singer-songwriter Aaron Maine, who has put out eight records in the last six years under different monikers, but together they hone slow-pop sadness through the mesh of taut Casio strains. Come for the slow reel squalor, stay for the cosmic comparisons. — By Caitlin White

Todd Edwards + Studio Casual
Cameo Gallery
11:59 p.m., $17/$20
James Murphy claims to be the first to play Daft Punk for the rock kids, but it was Todd Edwards who brought garage house to the robotic duo themselves. An acclaimed remixer with a notable sampling aesthetic that makes microscopic vocal samples irresistibly funky, Edwards is a major-label magic maker who also happens to count the most ubiquitous group in electronic music as massive fans. Edwards co-wrote and sang on the Daft Punk hit “Face To Face” as well as appearing on their recent Random Access Memories, but at Cameo his DJing should focus on the giddy house and two-step garage with which he made his name. — By Aaron Gonsher

Sunday, 11/24:

‘Trombone For Lovers: A 78th Birthday Concert for Roswell Rudd’
Le Poisson Rouge
3:00 p.m., $25/$30
An emotionally savvy trombone experimentalist with a huge capacity for capital-F fun, Roswell Rudd has inspired countless similarly boundary-free players. Fans and peers including John Medeski, Steven Bernstein, Bob Dorough, Gary Lucas, Fay Victor, Michael Doucet, and the NYC Labor Chorus will give it up for Rudd at this 78th birthday tribute and benefit to allay his recent medical expenses. — By Richard Gehr

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