The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/3/14


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Friday, 1/3:

Neon Indian + Joel Ford + Heathered Pearls
Cameo Gallery
11:59 p.m., $15
Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo is king of that ’80s-referencing bedroom synthpop that has replaced more schizo-frenetic electronic music of this decade. Palomo’s endearingly imperfect glo-fi sound has only received pitch-perfect reviews, and whether such accolades mean anything to you, trust that a DJ set he curates with fellow chillwavers Joel Ford and Heathered Pearls is going to be perfectly dreamy-meets-dancy — especially if Brooklyn’s electro-nightclub hub, Cameo Gallery, has anything to do with it. — By Sarah Madges

Steve Bernstein
Jazz Standard
Friday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $30-$35
What happens when a New Orleans piano giant meets the city’s most consistently entertaining big-band retrofuturist? After relocating to Brooklyn from the Crescent City, it didn’t take Henry Butler long to hook up with exuberant trumpeter and bandleader Steve Bernstein, whose Millennial Territory Orchestra has arguably been the city’s most purely entertaining jazz group for some time. Rearrangements of early New Orleans standards like Bessie Smith’s “Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)” and Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag” translated the pianist’s salubrious idiosyncrasies to a slithery, slamming nonet. Butler, Bernstein, and their rollicking Hot 9 — Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Doug Wieselman (clarinets), Peter Apfelbaum (saxophones), Erik Lawrence (saxophones), Charlie Burnham (violin), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Brad Jones (bass), and Donald Edwards (drums) — make early 20th-century jazz sound like it was born yesterday. — By Richard Gehr

The Glasslands Gallery
8:00 p.m., $10
One way to find Yvette? Spend a few months at venues like Silent Barn, Shea Stadium, and Knitting Factory and come to realize that this local duo is continually outplaying even the bands billed above them. An easier (and more cost-effective) one? Take our word for it and go see them tonight at Glasslands, where, a month and a half after the release of their new album, Process, they headline a show with Christines and Future Punx. If the record is any indication, expect songs filled with dopamine-triggering twists that suggest that warehouse noise rockers have just as much a claim on — in the words of the first track’s title — “Pure Pleasure” as do the pop stars and pop-ists. — By Nick Murray

Swearin’ + Cymbals Eat Guitars
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
6:00 p.m., free
It has been a while since New York City was graced by Cymbals Eat Guitars’ presence, and the band has been sorely missed. Alongside fellow ’90s worship act Swearin’, the band plays Brooklyn Night Bazaar Friday for the grand total of zero dollars. Later, those unfamiliar with Swearin’, the project of Waxahatchee’s twin sister Allison Crutchfield, are in for a treat, high energy power pop-punk littered with college radio influences. Fingers crossed the modern indie rock greats cover Guided By Voices or something equally awesome. A kid can dream! — By Maria Sherman

Marilyn Maye
Metropolitan Room
Friday through Sunday, 7:00 p.m., $30-$154.99
She made the room hers a few seasons back, just as she’ll make New Year’s Eve hers with this new run of shows. Singing professionally for over 70 years, Maye remains one of the youngest warblers on the circuit, at least in terms of undiminished vigor and working-the-room authority. No telling what she’ll sing, since she knows thousands of songs and is making the gig a “by request” affair. You can bet that whatever she and longtime accompanist Billy Stritch agree to offer will be as good as it gets. — By David Finkle


Saturday, 1/4:

Cary Loren & Thomas Carey
Issue Project Room 110 Livingston
8:00 p.m., $15
Filmmaker and Destroy All Monsters co-founder Cary Loren explores pop culture through the eyes of Martian invaders in The Legend of Mothman, which takes place on Halloween in dystopic Detroit. Bob St. Mary provides all the voices for this shadow-puppet production, while Loren, artist Thomas Carey, and set-designing percussionist-set Jimbo Easter dada-rock out in their Monster Island band persona. The shorter, and no less family friendly, Spookhaus Apokalypse! is also on tap at this C-movie tribute. — By Richard Gehr

Mary Halvorson Quintet
BAM Cafe
9:00 p.m., free
An ever-changing palimpsest of inside and outside moves that sound equally remarkable in either mode, the complex music produced by this guitarist’s hard-listening group suggests what a Jimi Hendrix jazz project might have sounded like if he’d ever taken the approach seriously. With Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), John Hébert (bass), and Ches Smith (drums). — By Richard Gehr

Afrika Bambaataa
Le Poisson Rouge
11:00 p.m., $15-$20
If there’s one thing regrettable about Afrika Bambaataa’s legacy, it’s the way that — for many — it has been reduced to one or two songs, namely “Planet Rock” and “Looking For a Perfect Beat,” jammers that were not only important for hip-hop, but also set off 30-plus years of dance and electro. As a leader, he formed the Universal Zulu Nation, and as a party-starter, he rocked some of the best of his time. A few naysayers coming out of Red Bull’s recent United States of Bass event suggested he might have lost his touch over the years, but even if that is true, fear not: Opener Cosmo Baker, formerly of The Rub, is worth the price of admission alone. — By Nick Murray

Sunday, 1/5:

Mongrel + Creeping Dose + Low Charge + Putrida
Don Pedro’s
8:00 p.m., $5
The price is right: Five bucks gets you into a show with four of the best hardcore bands around. East Coast punk favorites Putrida headline the night (their name is Spanish for “putrid,” their rotten-to-the-bone hardcore leaving little to the imagination) alongside Mongrel, Creeping Dose, and Philly’s Low Charge. Putrida features members of Dawn of Humans, Warthog, La Misma, Sad Boys, and more, truly showcasing what New York City has to offer. This is hometown pride at its most aggressive. — By Maria Sherman

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