The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/7/14


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Friday, 2/7:

Danilo Pérez’s Panama 500
Jazz Standard
9:30 p.m., $30
The ever-engaging pianist loves to dissect his cultural history, and the traditions of Panama help define his work as a bandleader. His latest album offers the longest look yet, using a killer band to scrutinize everything from Balboa’s historic arrival to rural village frolic. It’s both impressive as scholarship and engaging as performance. This gig’s rhythm section speaks for itself, but watch out for the violinist, he’s sneaky. — By Jim Macnie

Sweet Banditry + Pulverize the Sound
8:00 p.m., $10
NYC/Danish sound-fuckery mavens Tom Blancarte and Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen are the first couple of daring, skronktastic freedom music. After playing in acts like the Home of Easy Credit, the Gate, and the Peter Evans’ Quintet, the pair have launched their own extreme music label (Marsken Records), recruited two of Brooklyn’s ascending experimentalists (Brandon Seabrook and Talibam!’s Kevin Shea), and formed metallic death-jazz unit Sweet Banditry. Farvefisen blomstrer is the quartet’s apocalyptic, mind-bending debut, and it’s a crusher thick with Jensen’s satanic howling and sax squeals, Seabrook’s chugging metal maelstrom, Blancarte’s rhythmic boom and Shea’s usual bonkers beats. Prepare for rip-faced improv chaos with these four purveyors leading the charge. — By Brad Cohan

Lake Street Dive
Zankel Hall at Carnegie
10:00 p.m., $43
If you haven’t seen LSD’s sidewalk version of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” you will. Closing a double generation gap, this former quartet of New England Conservatory jazz students switched their allegiance to pop a decade ago. They deliver a charming blend of Motown soul, Sixties melodic snap, and British Invasion insistence with a light touch and understated chops. Vocalist Rachael Price carries the day with accessible swagger. — By Richard Gehr

Mutual Benefit + Leapling
The Mercury Lounge
7:30 p.m., $12
The music of Mutual Benefit always seems to emerge from an especially complicated loom, with heartbreaking, massed vocals, soaring strings, gingerly plucked guitars, and tickled pianos flowing together in a single, dream-like stream. Choir, lounge act, and doo-wop jags swirl in and out of the compositions of Jordan Lee and his compatriots in a way that seems less predetermined than happy happenstance. Debut Love’s Crushing Diamond deserved greater notice than it received upon last year’s release, but rest assured that the group’s bandwagon will swell over time. — By Raymond Cummings

‘Fixed’ w/ John Talabot + Shit Robot
SRB Brooklyn
10:00 p.m., $15/$20
With a name like Shit Robot and debut album cheekily titled From the Cradle to the Rave, unsuspecting listeners might peg Irish electronic musician Marcus Lambkin as a novelty, but just a few minutes listening to his sublimely funky productions should provide enough proof that Lambkin’s sense of humor does nothing to detract from his house and disco bonafides. A close collaborator of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Lambkin is playing in New York as he prepares to release his second album, We Got A Love, another vocal-heavy set featuring high-voltage contributions from singers varying from the Rapture’s Luke Jenner to multitalented comedian Reggie Watts. — By Aaron Gonsher

Saturday, 2/8:

Arctic Monkeys + Deerhunter
Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $30-$49.50
Since the 2006 release of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the Arctic Monkeys’ musicianship has had to compete against hype. Regarded as the “next Beatles” by UK press and having had the fastest-selling indie record in UK history, the Monkeys have had to prove that they’re not just a product of internet fandom but a veritable rock ‘n’ roll band that has left some type of mark on the genre. With last year’s AM, the band took a few cues from former tour-mates the Black Keys and gave their old post-punk sound a bit more of a bluesy, r&b jolt. Their newer sound is mature, slowed down, and proof that a product of the hype machine can find ways to progress and grow after passing through it. Because of that, the Monkeys have become the stadium headlining band many always wanted and expected them to be. — By Brittany Spanos

You Blew It! + Crying+Prawn + Living Room
Shea Stadium BK
8:00 p.m., $10
There’s nothing more misleading than receiving an email with “You Blew It!” in the subject line. There’s also nothing more intriguing: What did I blow? What did this band blow? Why the negativity? The answer, naturally, is found in the so-called emo revival (Did I mention that this band, You Blew It!, is playing with a band called Crying? Because they are.) and if you’re one of the many who grew up worshipping at the altar pop-punk, here’s your solace: The genre didn’t go anywhere, but it got a hell of a lot cooler. — By Maria Sherman

Imrat Khan + Wajahat Khan
Symphony Space
8:00 p.m., $30
At 78, Ustad Imrat Khan is one of the more venerated masters of north Indian classical music. He plays both the sitar and the surbahar (meaning “spring melody”), the rarely heard bass sitar developed by his great-great grandfather. Imrat plays with grace and playfulness and will delight and astound you. His sarod-slinging son Ustad Wajahat Khan joins him, with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee accompanying them on tabla. — By Richard Gehr

Baio + Headband & Hooligan + Griffin Camper
Cameo Galllery
11:59 p.m., $12/$15
The remixes and Balearic pop jams Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio makes on his own time as BAIO may not win him a Grammy, but in the meantime they’re more than enough to banish the winter doldrums. His bouncy low-end, which underpins his main act’s infamously Afrobeat-indebted rhythms, is on euphoric display on this year’s “Mira” EP and 2012’s aptly named “Sunburn” EP, both of which are by more fully realized offerings than bandmate Rostam Batmanglij’s 2009 electronic foray as Discovery. — By Harley Oliver Brown

Sunday, 2/9:

Colin Stetson + Trevor Dunn + Greg Fox
Grand Victory
8:00 p.m., $10
Experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson is arguably indie-rock’s most in-demand woodwind specialist, having performed with Arcade Fire, Feist, and the National in addition to earning critical acclaim for the series of solo albums, the most recent of which was 2013’s New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light. It’s as a performer, though, that Stetson’s formidable technique really shines. Forsaking loop pedals in favor of circular breathing and percussive playing, his physicality makes for an intimate viewing experience that rivals any of his better-known indie peers emotional range. — By Aaron Gonsher

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