The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/21/14


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Friday, 2/21:

Rhye + Ricky Eat Acid
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $30
Quiet storm r&b gets less love than it logically should these days (seriously, when are the hipsters going to start liking Maxwell?) but Los Angeles duo Rhye is fighting the good fight. Their very good debut, Woman, propelled them to stardom, the lush, Sade-lite vocals of Robbin Hannibal melting into Mike Milosh’s lush, organic instrumentals. This is one to take a date to, and then try to make out with said date at. — By Drew Millard

Saturday, 2/22:

Four Tet
Terminal 5
9:00 p.m., $25
As a remixer, Four Tet has cut apart and glued together tracks by everyone from Madvillian and Steve Reich to Radiohead and the xx (his takes on their “Angels” and “VCR” are particularly memorable) and as a producer, he has imagined new directions for everyone from Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman to “Buffalo Stance” hitmaker Neneh Cherry. Live, though, he’s one of the most reliable DJs around, and while we’d rather see him play to a party like Mister Saturday Night, where two years ago he kept the crowd dancing late into the night, this Terminal 5 gig should more than suffice. With Martyn and Anthony Naples. — By Nick Murray

Romano Drom
Roulette Brooklyn
8:00 p.m., $25
This excellent Hungarian quintet named after the “gypsy road” hails from the Oláh community of Roma people. They still sing the old songs with onomatopoeic panache, using kitchen utensils for percussion, and over the years have extended their sound with Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and most recently, Balkan brass. Tonight’s pre-show festivities include free “cultural” cocktails and dance lessons. — By Richard Gehr

Spank Rock + Juiceboxx + @LILINTERNET
Cameo Gallery
8:00 p.m., $13/$15
He might not have released a record since 2011’s Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a F–king Liar, but that doesn’t mean Spank Rock is anything but ahead of the curve. The Baltimore club-rap weirdo has collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Benny Blanco, Santigold, and Mos Def, and his sound can be found in the rhythms of pretty much every hip-hop hero who might dare to go against the grain. Tonight, he’s joined by the jack-of-all-trades @LILINTERNET, who recently directed Beyoncé’s “No Angel” video and provided the music for Azealia Banks’ “Yung Rapunxel,” and whose Twitter account (if you’re into that sort of thing) is one of the most riotous around — By Drew Millard

‘Reflections of Monk’
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. daily, $30
Monk may be everywhere at this late date, but he can still be a tough nut to crack. The members of this tribute quartet — Harrell, Osby, Wilson, Allison, Goldberg — each have their own idiosyncrasies to inject into those of the master, and from ballads to burners, there’s sure to be enough wrinkles in the classicism to keep you guessing a bit. Recent Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana sits on Friday and Saturday. — By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 2/22:

Rosanne Cash
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7:00 p.m., $60
A secret about country music in 2014: Eric Church’s The Outsiders is getting the crossover critical love it deserves, but Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread is the best album of the year’s first month and a half, a journey through the Southern states that represents Americana in the most open sense of the term. Tonight, in conjunction with the Met’s ongoing “Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin” exhibition, the singer journeys back to her adopted hometown in order to play a show of music written and performed on father Johnny’s guitars. Hopefully that includes plenty of her own as well. — By Nick Murray

Glenn Kotche & Victoire
Zankel Hall at Carnegie
6:00 p.m., $35/$40
The Wilco drummer teams up with composer Missy Mazzoli’s all-female ensemble for an evening of world premieres commissioned by Carnegie Hall: Kotche’s Bells and Honey was composed on drum kit and arranged for Victoire; Mazzoli’s Vespers for a New Dark Age replaces the traditional liturgy with Matthew Zapruder’s words about technology, ghosts, and God; and John Luther Adams’s Ilimaq, for solo percussion, recounts a shaman’s journey into the spirit world and back. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 2/23:

Kanye West
Nassau Coliseum
8:00 p.m., $20-$194
How quickly does the time fly by! It’s been 10 years since the release of The College Dropout, and one has to ask the following questions: How did we get from “Jesus Walks” to Yeezus in less than a decade? How does an artist progress from celebrating divinity as a source of personal strength to effectively claiming “I Am a God,” full stop? The answer is simple: fearless work and shameless dedication, plus the awareness that the world is listening. Kanye West is still the same artist who locked himself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers; it’s just that as he works now, we’re locked in the room with him, which can be kind of suffocating. Watch him clear the air at Nassau Coliseum for the final show of his Yeezus tour. Breathe in, breathe out. — By Winston Groman

Cheap Time
The Mercury Lounge
9:30 p.m., $12
Glam-savvy punk fans rejoice! Cheap Time has been bringing fresh life to garage rock in one form or another since 2006, and the scuzzy Tennessee trio is bringing it back to NYC on their “Exit Smiles” winter tour. Powered by singer-guitarist and band nucleus Jeffrey Novak, Cheap Time has tirelessly pumped out four full-lengths — (three on In The Red Records) — plus enough bizarro music videos, singles, and Novak solo albums to feed an entire auto shop of Redd Kross disciples and worshippers of the Kinks, the Runaways, and Jay Reatard. 2013’s Exit Smiles expertly stitched together glittery power-pop guitars, distorted slap back vocals and keen observations snarled over squealing fuzz — further evidence that Cheap Time can be counted on to deliver an abundance of rock influences from all the right hiding spots with modern finesse. — By Erin Manning

Ray Anderson
Roulette Brooklyn
8:00 p.m., $20
The virtuoso trombonist reminded a Cobble Hill audience of his many skills — textural breadth and forward motion among them — a couple weeks ago, and this program finds him leading a large ensemble through a written piece of existential queries titled “The Point Being.” His associates are luminaries themselves, so expect some compelling answers. The second half of the show reunites him with Slide Ride, a four-bone romp factory always ready to hoot and holler. — By Jim Macnie

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