The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/26/14


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Friday, 9/26
Iggy Azalea (pictured above) + Vic Mensa
JBL Live at Pier 97
7:00pm, $48.00
This is Iggy Azalea’s summer, and we’re all just living in it. Lending her signature southern (via Australia) twang to tracks with Charli XCX, Rita Ora, and Ariana Grande, the curvaceous rapper topped charts and made her way into every possible radio station and spin class playlist in town. Headlining the standing room only venue, JBL Live at Pier 97, right off the Hudson River, Iggy will be joined by opening act, rapper (and sometimes crooner, check out “Down on My Luck”) Vic Mensa from Chicago. See why this unusual addition to hip-hop is stirring the pot. — By Lina Abascal

Coheed & Cambria
Hammerstein Ballroom
8:00pm, $35.00-$100.00
To mark the October 21 re-release of Coheed and Cambria’s landmark 2003 album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, the prog-rockers are performing the full album out on tour. For long-time Coheed and Cambria fans, they can expect a night of thrashing nostalgia, reliving Silent Earth standouts like “Blood Red Summer,” “A Favor House Atlantic” and “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3.” Though the hardcore group has been churning out new, and exciting, music over the years, Silent Earth remains a true Coheed and Cambria classic. — By Jill Menze

Caetano Veloso
Howard Gilman Opera House
8:00pm, $30.00-$50.00
Brazil’s premiere trad-experimentalist is still rocking out at age 72. Released earlier this year, Abraçaço (Big Hug) is the final installment in a trilogy of albums the Tropicalia legend recorded with the young rock trio with whom he’ll perform. Veloso sings about sex, politics, and history in raw, stripped-down arrangements. But old-school Brazil still gets its due in songs like “A Bossa Nova é Foda,” i.e., “Bossa Nova is the shit.”

Saturday, 9/27
Eric Prydz (pictured above)
Madison Square Garden
8:00pm, $39.00-$125.00
The likes of Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren have previously played Madison Square Garden, infecting the traditionally rockist venue with their deafening electronic pop. Eric Prydz, the Swedish DJ whose “Call On Me” became a syrupy mid-00’s mainstay, will join that elite club when his EPIC 3.0 show takes over the hallowed venue on September 27th. Prydz, a progressive house veteran who failed to capitalize on the first wave of American ecstasy for international EDM due to a crippling fear of flying, is making up for lost time with EPIC 3.0. The show has been promoted by Prydz as a money-loser, with equipment onstage valued at north of six million dollars, including what the Wall Street Journal called the “world’s biggest hologram.” All-caps epic, indeed. — By Aaron Gonsher

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
Union Pool
9:00pm, $15.00
There are many sides to former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo: noise harrier Lee, alt-rock balladeer Lee, experimental sound-sculptor Lee, notepad-burnishing poet Lee. On his two recent LPs for Matador – the first solo, the second billed alongside backing band The Dust – we’ve borne witness to classic-rockin’ Lee, an untucked purveyor of casual axe wizardry who doesn’t shy away from sparkling feedback but isn’t necessarily interested in upending the rock’n’roll paradigm. Hardcore SY traditionalists have been vocal in their disappointment, but to these ears, the end of the Yooth find Ranaldo more intrinsically himself – in an unabashedly Grateful Dead sense – than he’s ever sounded. — By Raymond Cummings

‘Celebrating Adolph Green’
54 Below
7:00pm, $50.00-$85.00
Few songwriters are greeted as close friends as they walk the Manhattan streets. This lyricist was. Why wouldn’t he be? With Betty Comden, he put the words “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town” together and then went on to prove that for him it irrefutably was. Over three nights Klea Blackhurst will host singers like Karen Akers, Len Cariou, Robert Creighton, Carole J. Bufford, Lee Roy Reams, George Lee Andrews and KT Sullivan as they romp through the man’s crackerjack chapter in the Great American Songbook. — By David Finkle

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Howard Gilman Opera House
Saturday & Sunday, $35.00
Robert Plant’s post-Led Zeppelin career may be one of the most compelling musical afterlives. While his legendary band fused hard rock, blues, and folk with a variety of world-music influences as well as mythological tales (The Lord of the Rings being a huge source of inspiration for their lyrics), Plant has slowly ditched his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle over the years to focus solely on rootsy folk and blues. His most spectacular output was Raising Sand, a collaborative album with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss. Currently, this year’s worldly Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar is making a fantastic case for this being his strongest solo effort. After opening his tour at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre this week, Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters bring Brooklyn to otherworldly heights for two nights in a row. — By Brittany Spanos [

Sunday, 9/27
DJ Chuckie (pictured above)
Governors Island
4:00pm, $40.00-$100.00
The king of Dirty Dutch is bringing the Amsterdam-based, high pitched-house music to Governors Beach Club to close out the summer beachside concert series. Take advantage of the last days of summer by taking the ferry (which is included in ticket price) to join Chuckie and his labelmates for an afternoon beach party. Currently in the running for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs, Chuckie recently surprised his fans with a mixtape, Dirty Fvnck. After successful shows at Governors Island the last three years, he’s has made the unique venue a pitstop on his summer tours and gives fans an opportunity to see him outside of a traditional setting like a festival or club. — By Lina Abascal

Society Situation Band
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
7:00pm, $35.00-$60.00
From piano rags fractured by the reed ‘n’ rhythm trio Air to the swag-centric groove of the mammoth Society Situation Band, Henry Threadgill’s catholic interests have always led his ensembles to a spot where a mother lode was waiting to be mined. Now 70, the revered composer-bandleader has consistently recast his music during the last four decades, with each discrete outfit still forwarding that signature sound — let’s call it a mix of buoyant jubilation and eerie drama. Those who missed aggregates such as his seven-piece Sextett or the groups mentioned above can step into a time portal at the Harlem Stage’s Very Very Threadgill Festival, which finds its hero bringing each of them (and more) back to life for a weekend romp. To a one, they’ve helped define various epochs of New York jazz, especially the esteemed proto-orchestra that cut the 1993 masterpiece Too Much Sugar for a Dime. Gray-haired sentimentalists will freak to see these configurations again, and newbies will be in awe of the explosive variety one man’s mind can conjure. — By Jim Macnie

Imelda May
The Paramount
8:00pm, $20.00-$42.00
The rise of Imelda May has been a slow climb, but a steady one. The singer began to round the Dublin burlesque circuit at 16, and even then, her fundamental traits were in place: pop-noir glamour that takes the blues as its home base, and the kind of big, theatrical voice that you’d imagine spends its nights melting hardboiled hearts in the smoky back room of some velvet-decked joint somewhere in a seedy part of town. Though she’s on the front lines of the rockabilly revival, her songs range far and wide into soul, 60s pop, and even shades of goth. May layers bubblegum catchiness over a slightly evil — and addictive — underside. — By Carena Liptak

Steve Coleman & 5 Elements
The Stone
8:00pm, $10.00-$15.00
One of improvisation’s most dazzling minds, the saxophonist continues to till new soil with his latest album — the fetching interplay on Functional Arrythmias is inspired by the the sparks that fly through the human body’s circulatory, nervous, respiratory systems. The intuitive counterpoint, the sharp turns, and the deep trust of the group’s collabo vibe mark it as yet another unique turn in a fascinating career. The fact that he won recently won a MacArthur Fellowship (genius grant) makes perfect sense. — By Jim Macnie