The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/10/14


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Monday, 3/10:

Roseland Ballroom
Monday through Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. daily, $42.50-$55
Lorde knew exactly what she was doing when she named her debut album “Pure Heroine,” the sort of pun that conflates Katniss Everdeen (the movie version) at her most plucky with Kate Moss at her most chic and maybe Courtney Love at her most shameless. The precocious Kiwi chanteuse has cultivated her image to simultaneously exhibit the three stages of White Girl Disaffection: warm-hearted rebellion, open-eyed ennui, and cloying attention seeking. That she backs this up with excellent lyrics, vocals, and productions that owe more to trap music than they do to teen-pop, alternative, or Celebrity Skin glam is a rousing example that postmodernity, despite its supposed rejection of Grand Narratives for fragmented cultural cliffhangers, still has some really amazing stories to tell. Lorde is definitely savvier than her years. — By Winston Groman

Tuesday, 3/11:

24th Annual Benefit for Tibet House
Carnegie Hall
7:30 p.m., $25-$200
Secretary of State John Kerry recently named a special coordinator for Tibetan issues, and China — surprise! — is displeased. The longtime standoff between these two cosmically mismatched powers provides the customary backdrop to minimalist composer Philip Glass’s 24th annual benefit for Tibet House, which packs a festival’s worth of dependably eclectic performers into Carnegie Hall for a night of intercultural consciousness raising. Following an invocation by Drepung Gomang monks, this year’s lineup includes New Order, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and members of the National; Tibetan traditionalist Techung; and Glass protégé Nico Muhly. While some of the evening’s more charming moments inevitably arise from Glass’s casual piano accompaniment, expect Smith to bring down the suitably opulent house. — By Richard Gehr

Noah Preminger
Jazz Standard
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $20
Turbulence does business with sentiment in the tenor saxophonist’s bracing music. He’s one of those cats that bring vigor to both ballads and bluster, splitting the difference in a way that exalts curiosity. This one-off quartet gig finds him sharing the stage with pianist Fred Hersch, a master who knows a bit about balancing overt lyricism and thoughtful tempestuousness. — By Jim Macnie

Chris Speed Trio
The Stone
8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m., $15
The saxophonist/clarinetist launches a six-day residence at John Zorn’s no-frills bunker with two evenings celebrating the release of Really OK by his excellent trio with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dave King (Happy Apple, the Bad Plus). Promising nights ahead include Human Feel with special guest Mary Halvorson on Thursday and the Clarinets on Friday, with Oscar Noriega and Anthony Burr joining Speed on their respective licorice sticks. — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 3/12:

Juicy J + Project Pat + Travi$ Scott
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $25
One look at Juicy J’s Twitter page shows the Memphis rapper/producer is up to no good these days. Ridden with #NeverSober hashtags and 140 character accounts of fans getting kicked out of shows, followers are offered virtual proof that the Never Sober Tour is fully TURNT UP. Joined by up-and-comer Travi$ Scott and Juicy’s older brother Project Pat, J’s touring in support of Stay Trippy, his third solo album, released last summer via Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang label. If you’re not a weed head or a college chick and you’re not already tapped into Southern hip-hop, do your homework by going to and playing “Stay Trippy,” a game that requires you to fling stacks of “Strippy Cash” and sling gallons of paint at four strippers as they greasily struggle to stay on their poles. It’s wildly inappropriate and mildly entertaining — nowhere near as juicy as a live show — but if you stick around long enough you’ll unlock 17 songs on a music player and receive a message reading, “Shit son! You racked up $107,250 at the Strippy Club! Juicy J is Proud of You.” — By Erin Manning

Wednesday, 3/12:

Ellie Goulding
Theater at Madison Square Garden
Wednesday & Thursday, 8:00 p.m. daily, $29.50-$45
It may seem at times as though her songs are buried beneath production gimmicks, but this British singer is still a strong songwriter underneath it all, and occasionally she excavates bare acoustic renditions that hold up nicely. That makes everything feel a lot more sensitive, but with the ornamentation in place, songs that might otherwise collapse into weepy lamentations are given a kick in the pants and dragged out to the club by pulsing 808s. — By Vijith Assar

The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 p.m. daily, sold out
The Brothers don’t always play in New York, but when they do, they play at the Beacon. This year marks the band’s 45th anniversary, and their 25th anniversary residency at the 2,800-seat venue, totaling 222 utterly unique, mind-bending midnight rides to the brink of Southern rock, featuring eclectic surprise guests from Clapton to Donald Fagen. With an old-school psychedelic light show, endless jams on “Whipping Post,” “Soulshine,” or “Melissa,” and, well, Gregg Allman, there’s a reason these shows fetch upwards of $400 a ticket. As per usual, the 14-night run has already sold out, but scalpers are easy to find outside the venue. — By Aidan Levy

Thursday, 3/13:

Trinity Church
1:00 p.m., free
If any neighborhood could stand a little redemption, it’s the Financial District. In a free afternoon program devoted to “Grace,” the approachably experimental string quartet Ethel will perform Ennio Morricone’s score to the 1986 film The Mission, new arrangements of Jeff Buckley tunes from his gracefully titled 20-year-old album, and works by Vijay Iyer, Son Lux, Marcelo Zarvos, and Nico Muhly. — By Richard Gehr

Reeds Ramble
Smalls Jazz Club
Thursday & Friday, 9:30 p.m. daily, $20
It only takes a spin or two to hear that this two-tenor romp from Chris Cheek and Seamus Blake is all about panache. On their new Criss Cross album, the saxophonists ping off each other, and with every move their rhythm section has ’em covered with the kind of pliable mainstream swing that’s fully focused on nuance. It’s certainly an unusual jazz outfit that turns to the hymn of the Beach Boys’ “‘Til I Die,” but this one is cagey enough to plop it adjacent to “I Surrender Dear.” Breadth is everything. — By Jim Macnie

Friday, 3/14:

‘Soul Jazz Festival’
92nd Street Y
Friday, 7:30 p.m., $25
The inaugural two-day festival honors the rich interplay between soul and jazz, often called nu-jazz, showcasing the inventive sampling of DJ Logic, Hammond-B3 grease monkey Joey DeFrancesco, multi-reedist Brian Landrus, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. A bandleader is only as good as his sidemen, and in this case, their respective groups are rounded out by consummate players, among them drummer Billy Hart, saxophonist George Garzone, keyboardists Leo Genovese and Ray Angry, vocalist Nadia Washington and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Spalding closes out the festival with music from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album, replete with soul covers, standards, and her earthen tones in the upper and lower registers. — By Aidan Levy

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