The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/31/14


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Friday, 1/31:

Funk Flex + Cipha Sounds + DJ Riz + Big Kap
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
11:59 p.m., $25-$30
The Tunnel was many things to many people: for house heads, a place to dance to DJs like Junior Vasquez and Danny Tenaglia; for young scenesters like Michael Alig and RuPaul, a place to see and be seen; for Rudy Giuliani, a nuisance in the way of Chelsea gentrification; and for New York City hip-hop fans, a place to get wild to the latest Jay-Z and B.I.G. records, as played by DJs like Cipha Sounds, Big Kap, and Funkmaster Flex. Tonight, that last group of clubgoers gets their day, as Flex and crew — joined by Canarsie’s DJ Riz, one of the quickest mixers in the city — come to B.B. King’s for a late-night reunion. — By Nick Murray

Maria Minerva + Lia Mice
The Mercury Lounge
7:30 p.m., $10
“We’re witnessing the end of Williamsburg right here, right now,” Maria Minerva told 285 Kent last month, at what was rumored to be the Brooklyn art space’s last show ever. So it’s oddly fitting that the 25-year-old Estonian electronic songwriter will play her very next show in Manhattan. Minerva, who lived in London before making New York her home last year, released her “Bless EP” in 2013 after several records with LA experimental label Not Not Fun and its dance-focused imprint 100% Silk; this month, she has a collaborative EP with Estonian producer Ajukaja out on Porridge Bullet/Pudru Kuul. On Friday, Minerva is joined by Lyons, France-based avant-pop songwriter Lia Mice. — By Liz Pelly

Mark McGuire + Forma
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $8-$10
Ride the kosmische tractor beam into the depths of your soul tonight with Cleveland solo guitarist Mark McGuire and Brooklyn electronic trio Forma. McGuire, a former member of electronica trio Emeralds, has embarked upon a journey of self-actualization culminating with his new Along the Way, a four-vinyl-sided, programmatic, personal reflection on “the quest of the individual seeking the answers to the great mysteries of life.” Does he succeed in delivering the Kantian epiphanies suggested in his liner notes? Check out his architectonic tapestry of droning, looping, layered sounds and decide for yourself, pilgrim. Forma’s Sophie Lam, George Bennett, and Mark Dwinell used vintage Moog, Roland, and Oberheim products for the pulsing Krautrock update heard on their 2012 release On/Off. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 2/1:

Red Hot Chili Peppers + New Politics + MS MR + J. Roddy Walston and the Business + Basic Vacation
Barclays Center
7:00 p.m., $91.80-$399.99
Though the world will get to see them join Bruno Mars on the Superbowl halftime stage the next day at MetLife stadium, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are joining in on the the pre-Bowl fun when a host of massive acts flood the city for a series of great shows in honor of the game. At Barclays, the Chili Peppers will headline their own funky party that will most likely be filled with plenty of shirtlessness and semi-possessed dancing on the band’s end. Though their most recent release, I’m With You, came out nearly two and a half years ago, RHCP has teased the making of another new album since the last tour ended. Maybe they’ll premiere a new tune or two this weekend, but no matter what, they won’t have to worry about having enough material to make two whole stadiums sing along. — By Brittany Spanos

Stirrers + Superhuman Happiness + Wolf!
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00 p.m., $14
Stirrers is an auspicious new trio consisting of guitarist Eric Krasno and bassist Neal Evans, from the bands Soulive and Lettuce, and Further drummer Joe Russo, each of whom can play just about anything (though I’d bet on large dollops of cosmic jazz-funk with a side of Dead). Superhuman Happiness is a swinging mess of afrobeat, funk, and indie rock tropes. And ace guitarist-of-a-thousand-styles Scott Metzger liberates his inner Danny Gatton in the howling Wolf! — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 2/2:

John Abercrombie Quartet
Jazz Standard
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $20
The action tends to glisten in the wily guitarist’s quartet music. Abercrombie has prioritized lyricism during his several decades as a bandleader, and his pearly runs mix nicely with the wise lines of pianist Marc Copland on the recent 39 Steps — sensitivity is everywhere. From the Bacharach nod to the deconstruction of “Melancholy Baby,” the band searches for the kind of consonance that centers on grace. — By Jim Macnie

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