The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/7/14


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Monday, 4/7:

Lady Gaga
Roseland Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $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

Tuesday, 4/8:

Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone
Blue Note
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $20-$35
This celebrated vibraphone player pioneered an intricate four-mallet technique and now serves as a dean a the Berklee College of Music. He always excels at building up a compelling supporting context around his idiosyncratic instrument, whether as a bandleader or in more barebones duo formats. Here he performs with Makoto Ozone, a Japanese jazz pianist and former student with whom he once released an unusual album of classical compositions with overlaid jazz solos. — By Vijith Assar

Mac DeMarco
Baby’s All Right
9:30 p.m., $30
Indie rock has been out of the the zeitgeist’s favor for a minute, but that hasn’t stopped Mac DeMarco from rolling out his sludgy, tobacco-flavored jams and jaunty poetry. Surely, DeMarco cashes in on the slacker/stoner vibe with his goofy noodling and glazed over aesthetic, but digging below the surface reveals sharp-witted, poetic takes on millennial existence. His third album, Salad Days, builds on the gap-toothed grinning approach he’s taken so far, but don’t overlook these songs–they’ve got legs, too. — By Caitlin White

The Wanted
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $29.50-$60
Since 2009, The Wanted have endured the extremes of boy band drama, from a beef with their main competitors, fellow U.K. kids One Direction, to romancing Lindsay Lohan, to a one-season reality show on the E! network. Unfortunately, their tumultuous time together is coming to an end as they plan to take a “hiatus” to “pursue other projects” after their tour. Though they have continued to do well back home, The Wanted can only count “Glad You Came” off their 2011 album, Battleground, as their one big U.S. hit. Seeing them now may be your last opportunity to give their tunes another chance — at least until the inevitable reunion tour. — By Brittany Spanos

Danny Brown
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $20
You can’t confuse Danny Brown with any other rapper. His voice leaps from stereo speakers like a garish jack-in-the-box, half-mad and strangulated. Unconventional attire and fascinations aside, what’s refreshing about Brown is how at home he seems on varied musical terrain, from hard street cuts to Euro house hybrids, from guitar strewn bangers to straight up indie rock. There’s no reason to believe that this Michigan MC isn’t capable of literally everything. — By Raymond Cummings

Wednesday, 4/9:

Kristeen Young
Bowery Electric
8:00 p.m., $10
Predating Amanda Palmer, Kristeen Young’s now logged over a decade of theatrical dervish shows along with a robust, ripe-for-rediscovery catalog of albums full of weaponized piano riffs and lyrics that aren’t TMI so much as too much candor, in the best way. She’s perhaps best known for railing at the canonical rock gods both on record (see: “Strangle Bowie with his neckerchief / Punch holes in the Beatles’ yellow boat”) and on stage. She’s probably best known for touring with Morrissey, getting kicked off the tour after accomplishing the not-entirely-difficult feat of saying something on stage Morrissey didn’t like, then joining the tour again a few years later. That said, her latest, The Knife Shift, is rather studio star-studded, co-produced by Tony Visconti and featuring players like Dave Grohl and Boz Boorer. She’ll be playing a four-show residency at Bowery Electric this month. — By Katherine St. Asaph

Laura Mvula
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., $25
Bursting onto the tired pop scene early in 2013 with an orchestral brightness and a gospel tranquility, Laura Mvula manages to question existence without falling into any sorry traps of self-loathing along the way. Sing to the Moon contained harmonies that splintered and broke into a million pieces, only to reform, mosaic-like a minute later. The award-winning musician carries herself with the air of someone operating on a different plane of existence, and as soon as she opens her mouth, the audience is transported there too. Versatile vocals, intricate compositions and introspective poetry–Laura Mvula is an artist in the truest sense. — By Caitlin White

Thursday, 4/10:

Joey Anderson
10:00 p.m., $15-$25
Joey Anderson’s productions lack traditional structure and easily digestible melodies and have elements that are quite often out of tune. This hasn’t prevented the eclectic New Jersey-based DJ from acquiring a rabid following for his raw releases. They have a hypnotic quality as they meander nowhere and everywhere at once, and his LP After Forever is the latest statement of Anderson’s singularity. See what the shaman offers alongside big-room techno act Nina Kraviz at the glossy Output. — By Aaron Gonsher

Tarrytown Music Hall
8:00 p.m., $38-$68
Leslie Feist’s presiding force reached its peak during the early 2000s with her second and third albums Let It Die and The Reminder respectively, even earning a Top 10 hit off the surprise success of “1234” when it was featured in an iPod commercial. Before her breakout, Feist worked closely with Peaches and toured with Broken Social Scene, who influenced her to take a more multi-instrumental approach. Feist’s odd, sultry vocal stylings and incisive, poetic lyrics have earned her many accolades as a women in rock, not pop, and she remains an international force to be reckoned with. — By Caitlin White

Friday, 4/11:

Cameo Gallery
11:59 p.m., $12-$15
In Darren J. Cunningham’s hands, beats splinter, frequencies seethe, melodies are rendered resolutely disconsolate. And while the energy level varies from release to release, there is always – amid the sloshing cadences and imitation ring tones and spiked samples – a very palpable edge to this British musician’s creations. His default sense of place lies somewhere between inescapable nightmare and club freak-out nightmare, and one gets the sense that that’s just how he likes it, whether we like it or night. — By Raymond Cummings

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