The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/06/14


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Monday, 10/06
Limp Bizkit+Machine Gun Kelly
The Paramount
7:00pm, $34.50-$59.50
If you stopped to read this blurb on why you should attend a Limp Bizkit concert, that’s probably a sign that you should attend a Limp Bizkit concert. You were 16 once. You probably aren’t originally from New York, and when you hear the words “Fred Durst” you think about that backwards baseball cap and the goatee, and even though it’s the lamest thing in the world these days, you remember how fucking sweet that once seemed to you. But none of that matters. People who judge others for liking a certain type of music suck. Do yourself a favor and live the nostalgia. Keep rollin’. — By Eric Sundermann

Fleetwood Mac
Madison Square Garden
Monday & Tuesday, 8:00pm, $49.50-$199.50
Calling this tour “On With the Show” is significant for Fleetwood Mac in more ways than one. Following their 2013 tour, bassist and founding member John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. Within a few months, former keyboardist and singer Christine McVie announced her return to the Mac after spending years away due to a crippling fear of flying. Very little can keep this classic band down, and their trials are used as fuel for their material. Just look at Rumours, their legendary ’77 album all about the two nasty splits between the pair of romantic couples in the band. Even after so bitingly addressing their love issues and heartbreak on songs that they would make their exes play alongside them for decades to come, the members of the group’s original lineup always find a way back to one another. Guess you can’t go your own way for too long. — By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 10/07
Charli XCX
Webster Hall
7:00pm, $34.50-$59.50
Pop’s latest grunge-glam princess, Charli XCX is bringing her spunky sashay to Manhattan tonight. Topping a stacked bill that includes more girl power pop — Elliphant and Femme — Charli will take the stage and, hopefully, reveal some of what she’s been working on for her sophomore album, Sucker. The record was originally slated to come out in just a few weeks, on October 21, but she recently pushed the release to December 16 in order to fine-tune. Along with her solo work, Charli has been writing hit songs like Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and is featured on Iggy Azalea’s unstoppable “Fancy,” so no one is questioning her industry instincts. A veteran as both a performer and a writer, Charli continues to grow into her role as a pop star who isn’t afraid to color outside the lines and bring alternative sounds into her synthy, fierce music. Catch her now while you can still see her outside of arenas. — By Caitlin White

Perfume Genius
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00pm, $18-$20
As a sort of queer icon for the underground set (think the opposite of Lady Gaga), Perfume Genius, otherwise known as Seattle-based artist Mike Hadreas, has been turning heads with his excellent just-released album, Too Bright. The album builds upon Perfume Genius’ quiet genius of 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It with more complex sounds, noises and Hadreas’ lyrical wit. Hadreas historically confessional live shows are sure to reach new levels of engagement as he brings the sonic depths of Too Bright to life. — By Jill Menze

Wednesday, 10/08
Betty Who
Irving Plaza
7:00pm, $20
Who, exactly, is Betty Who? Jessica Anne Newham, better known as Betty Who, is the Aussie songstress behind “Somebody Loves You,” the utterly infections pop number that’s spread from viral videos to Who’s exhilarating live sets. Her debut LP, Take Me Where You Go, out October 7, includes Who’s hit song and plenty more dazzling ’80s-inspired pop. See what the buzz is about on one of her U.S. dates before she’s homeward-bound to open for Katy Perry next month. — By Jill Menze

Bowery Ballroom
8:00pm, $18-$20
Haiti-born, Toronto-bred Kaytranada is on fire right now. After launching his career under the guise of Kaytradamus, he shifted to the alias Kaytranada in 2012. As a producer and DJ who has been on the scene for a mere four years, Kaytranada’s catalog is already fairly prolific, with 13 projects and 16 remixes under his belt. Now, he’s started working with rap’s freshest emcees, including Mick Jenkins, GoldLink and Vic Mensa. His latest release “Rain,” starring Mick Jenkins, samples the Ann Peebles song, “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Kaytranada morphs the song to indeed make you feel like you’re standing in the middle of a serene downpour. — By Tara Mahadevan

Florida Georgia Line
Terminal 5
9:00pm, $35
Florida Georgia Line, the ultimate bros in bro-country, have earned their title for good reason: the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard’s hit “Cruise” is the best-selling country digital song of all time, and other FLG songs like “Get Your Shine On” and “Dirt” have proved their country staying power. While the group is hitting arenas on their current tour with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr, FLG is making a one-off stop at the comparatively “intimate” Terminal 5. Get your beer bottles ready. — By Jill Menze

Thursday, 10/09
Jessie J
The Gramercy Theatre
7:00pm, $30
British babe Jessie J is one of those artists who is easy to love. Jessie combines powerhouse vocals that could overpower the likes of Aguilera or her recent collaborator, Ariana Grande, with British cheekiness and style to create her own brand of pop. Loved in the UK, having even served as a judge on The Voice UK, she has also won over American crowds with hits like “Price Tag” and her recent VMA performance of “Bang Bang” with Grande and Nicki Minaj. Even if she’s not on your radar, those lucky enough to catch this sold out show will see why this singer was chosen to perform at the Olympics and was the first British singer to have six top 10 hits off one album. — By Lina Abascal

Judas Priest
Barclays Center
8:00pm, $47.50-$99
As iconic, leather-clad Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford accurately observes, “I dare say we were probably the first to start calling ourselves a heavy metal band. I think it’s fair to say it really started with Priest and Sabbath.” Forty-five years later, the archetypal Priest still spew arena-sized music, their unrelenting, soaring, larger-than-life metal inciting and exciting headbangers ranging in age from middle-schoolers to AARP citizens. You’ll get (to the delight of Beavis & Butt-head) “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” and with 17 albums’ worth of songs to choose from, nary a quiet moment is guaranteed. — By Katherine Turman

Radio City Music Hall
Thursday & Friday, 8:00pm, $35.00-$45
The rise of Bastille has been pretty swift. While most people will still mainly know them for their infamous hit “Pompeii”, the London-based band has brought with them a number of feel-good tunes that are decently emotional while still remaining energetic and carefree for the most part. Their sound remains within the indie rock/pop scene while exploring more tribal, tropical elements as well as some rather trippy, jivey backbeats, with a moody piano riff and emphatic drumline accompanying most of their catchy and easily identifiable tunes. — By Eleanor Lambert

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