The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/28/14


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Friday, 3/28:

Lady Gaga
Roseland Ballroom
Friday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. daily, $52-$202
What better way to close out Roseland Ballroom’s final week than a residency from one of pop’s most eccentric artists and proudest New Yorkers? Before it became a concert venue hosting some of music’s most popular acts, Roseland popularized marathon dancing, hosted some of the biggest names in hot jazz, and put on many a controversial disco night. Several years shy of what would’ve been its 100 year anniversary, the ballroom is closing its doors, but not without a final ball from the ever-theatrical Gaga. Before heading out on her stadium tour ‘ArtRave: The Artpop Ball,’ she’ll be giving a more intimate last stand and provide the last dances that floor will ever see. — By Brittany Spanos

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Bowery Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $18-$20
When Austin’s . . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead decided to perform their critically acclaimed 2002 album, Source Tags & Codes, in its entirety, they surely anticipated that (as someone intones in the middle of “Days of Being Wild”) “your audience is the people of New York.” Trail of Dead’s best album is a thing of wild beauty. The New York connection appears most clearly whenever founding members Conrad Keely and Jason Reece’s guitars hit that Sonic Youth-by way of-My Bloody Valentine pitch. Redolent of adolescent rage and pathos, Source Tags is a rare album whose sizzle, in this case a lot of elegant feedback and industriodelic segues, is as compelling as its steak: big, beefy slabs of hard-rock romanticism. — By Richard Gehr

Steve Coleman & Five Elements
Jazz Gallery
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $20
The veteran alto player’s intricate grooves play hopscotch through your cranium, making skips and leaps to points that previously seemed impossible to connect. On stage his band is ridiculously tight and enjoying all the kinetic advantages of deep teamwork. With titles like “Cardiovascular” and “Cerebellum Lean,” last year’s Functional Arrhythmias had been clearly inspired by body rhythms. Steeped in the power of idiosyncrasy, Coleman and his crew always dodge any cliché that comes their way – no wonder he’s become one of the scene’s most influential presences. — By Jim Macnie

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $15
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is a pretty perfect name for a band that sounds like a fuzzier version of The Smiths, and let’s hope they further that sound on their upcoming album. At the end of April, the indie pop troupe will release their third full-length titled Days of Abandon, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s well-received and swooning Belong. Judging by their latest single “Simple and Sure,” Pains are continuing to ride poppy waves and letting their sound be, as the song’s title says, both simple and sure. — By Brittany Spanos

The Kronos Quartet
Carnegie Hall
8:00 p.m., $15-$75
The Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th birthday tonight with a reliably eclectic and stylish program. The foursome may be entering midlife, but there’s no sign of a crisis among the dozen pieces representing both the international and experimental axes of their charter. More traditional notes will be struck during world premieres by minimalists Terry Riley and Philip Glass, while Kronos’s global reach expands with works by Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman and Osvaldo Golijov’s five-quartet arrangement of El Sinaloense by Mexico’s Severiano Briseno. And the younger composers the group nurtures through commissions are represented by Bryce Dessner’s Aheym (Homeward), Aleksandra Brebalov’s Bubbles, and Jherek Bischoff’s A Semiperfect Number, whose title just about nails Kronos’s own charmingly imperfect mastery of the unknown. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 3/29:

Jerkagram + Low Fat Getting High + Big Neck Police + Done + Stolen Girls
7:00 p.m., $5
From the destucto face melt of Lightning Bolt and Hella to No Age’s dreamscape maelstrom to the brutal noise-rock of Xaddax, it’s duo bands who are exacting the superior ear-gauging damage. Now the latest twosome to crash that noise-making fracas is Jerkagram, a Brooklyn via Connecticut pair of fraternal twin brahs (guitarist Derek and drummer Brent Gaines) who’ve been wreaking a Herculean cacophony since 2008. Jerkagram’s just-dropped Let’s Talk About Us is an epically complex and deafening beast of Pelican-ish arena-sized instro-metal riffage and Don Caballero-esque punk-jazz noodling combined with space-rock improv trips into the sonic netherworld. Yet, not all is serious in their universe: they cite Keiji Haino and K-Fed as artists they like and getting laid as a band interest. In other words, the brothers Jerkagram fuckin’ rule. — By Brad Cohan

Callithumpian Consort
Roulette Brooklyn
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m. daily, $25
Works by microtonal magus Alvin Lucier are the focus of this New England Conservatory ensemble’s two-night stand at Brooklyn’s finest experimental-music hall. This evening marks the local premiere of Lucier’s glacial, spatial Braid along with Fideliotrio, Two Circles, and Slices; Christian Wolff’s miniscule Microexercises; and Tristan Murail’s Lachrymae. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 3/30:

Jim Black
The Stone
Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. daily, $10
An expertise in abstract designs gives the drummer a refreshingly wayward approach to trad time-keeping, but the raucous pummeling and florid crashes that he’s honed into a personal lingo over the last two decades provide his outfits with a sage physicality – it’s not impossible to see him as a Keith Moon of jazz improv. This week’s stretch of shows finds him in duets with percussionist Ches Smith, a trumpet hook up with Peter Evans, a threesome that features pianist Teddy Klausner, and the return of the long gone Bloodcount, the revered ’90s quartet that includes Tim Berne, Chris Speed and Mike Formanek. Caprice is a bedrock element of the entire program. — By Jim Macnie

The Ataris
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $20-$25
Pop punk nerds can rest easy now that the Ataris have reunited with their original line-up. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of their most successful album, So Long, Astoria, the midwestern band got back together last year to tour once more and play the album in its entirety across North America. With that, there’s a definite guarantee patient fans will finally get to hear hits like “In This Diary” and their spunky cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” played by all the people who contributed to making So Long so special. — By Brittany Spanos

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