The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/23/13


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Monday, 12/23:

Mack Wilds
9:00 p.m., $10
After growing up on Staten Island and attending the borough’s Michael J. Petrides School, Tristan Wilds quickly went from being Cold Case and Law & Order bit player to student in Ryan Gosling’s Half Nelson schoolroom to netting a regular role as Michael Lee in HBO’s The Wire. These days, the 24-year-old is best known — at least in his hometown — for the r&b he performs as Mack Wilds. Over the summer, his “Own It” got play on local institutions like Hot 97 and Video Music Box, and in September, New York: A Love Story, his ’90s-indebted, alaam Remi-produced debut LP, exceeded the hype around it. Last week, it picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and tonight, Wilds celebrates at S.O.B.’s. — By Nick Murray

Tuesday, 12/24:

Dudu Aharon
Town Hall
8:30 p.m., $70-$100
For an alternative to the Matzo Ball, the annual Christmas Eve diversion for the Jews, Dudu Aharon is the Israeli Josh Groban, and he’ll be bringing his peace-loving Jewish pop to Town Hall, with honeyed Hebrew vocals that range from loving his father and mother to finding his Beshert. Does Israeli pop perhaps have a sunnier disposition than one might expect? Of course, and it’s all the more reason to channel Aharon’s escapist idealism and seek refuge from the winter doldrums when everyone knows that the only other solace resides in Chinese food, which is never a good idea two nights in a row. — By Aidan Levy

Michael Feinstein
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $75-$200
Homeless since his Loews Regency room on Park Avenue shuttered and now operating out of new San Francisco base, Feinstein has here found a temporary perch for the yearly warbling of seasonal standards including Tom Lehrer’s “Chanukah in Santa Monica.” For those wondering whether he’ll put down permanent roots here, rumor has it there’ll be a new base come November 2014 and that it may be Birdland-affiliated. Until then, catch him jazzing under these holly branches with pianist Tedd Firth, trumpeter Warren Vaché, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Sean Smith, and drummer Mark McLean. — By David Finkle

Steve Tyrell
Cafe Carlyle
Tuesday through Friday, 8:45 p.m.; Friday, 10:45 p.m., $65-$185
As an A&R man he’s overseen Rod Stewart, but perhaps he has taken a step back since becoming a gritty crooner in his own right. Always remember, though, that Tyrell did sing with his Texas rock band back in the day. Now he’s into standards exclusively and will saunter through venerable tunesmiths like Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Michel Legrand, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. — By David Finkle

Wednesday, 12/25:

‘John Zorn Improv Night’
The Stone
8:00 p.m., $25
Tonight through Sunday, the saxophonist-composer bumps up his no-frills venue’s usual sawbuck ticket price in order to subsidize same. But when you’ve got top-notch players like Ikue Mori (electronics), Ches Smith (drums), Uri Caine (piano), Chuck Bettis (electronics), Nonoko Yoshida (sax), David Watson (guitar), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Mark Feldman (violin), and Chris Otto (violin) on hand, why complain? A different lineup will be making it all up from scratch each night. — By Richard Gehr

Thursday, 12/26:

The Disco Biscuits
Best Buy Theater
Thursday & Friday, 8:00 p.m., $42.50
The core doesn’t get much harder than when this veteran Philadelphia improv-rock quartet hits town for a multi-night run. (This one ends Sunday.) Whether drawn from one of their two rock operas or pastiched from dub, hip-hop, prog, or even vaguely Hawaiian sources, the Biscuits’ tunes are secondary to extended trance-rock jams that bubble and slice and regularly hit ecstatic peaks of white-hot, crowd-thrilling intensity amid an epileptic fit of strobing, lasering lights. — By Richard Gehr

Friday, 12/27:

Psychic TV
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
8:00 p.m., free
Throbbing Gristle. Coil. The Cult. Soft Cell. In ’80s industrial England, these were the pinnacle of goth experimentation, the bands you’d be lucky to know about. At the center was Genesis P-Orridge, god/dess of the art collective Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth and founding member of Psychic TV. As it goes, the band has had a revolving lineup of these legendary acts, a surprising and ever-changing treat throughout decades. On Friday they play at free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (fun fact: all the shows here cost $0.) Expect psychedelic post-punk at its finest. — By Maria Sherman

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