The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/13/14


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Monday, 10/13

JEFF The Brotherhood
Santos Party House
8pm, $15.
Behold Nashville’s local rock royalty in a true clash of the titans! JEFF the Brotherhood, arguably Music City’s most beloved brotherly grunge duo, and Diarrhea Planet, another local six-pack of guitar-wielding punks, have been playing together since Glenn Danzig’s house was the primo place for house shows, fueling one of the country’s most thrilling, restless rock scenes since way before Jack White even built his Third Man Records compound down the street. Besides releasing five original LPs via Infinity Cat Recordings (which they founded with their dad, songwriter Robert Orall in 2002) and putting out countless works by other artists (Be Your Own Pet, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, Heavy Cream, Ed Schraeder’s Music Beat) on the same label, JEFF just released their new EP Dig the Classics in September via Warner Brothers, which features covers of the Pixies, Beck, Colleen Green, My Bloody Valentine, The Wipers and Teenage Fanclub. In a shit-storm of flying beer cans, mystic shredding and long hair, their live show will be a chance for outsiders to crowd surf on a gnarly greenwave and catch a rare glimpse of some underground Nashville magic.– By Erin Manning

Milky Chance
Bowery Ballroom
8pm, $15.
Velvety-throated German vocalist Clemens Rehbein forms one half of Milky Chance, the mellow indie pop outfit that layers mellow and palatable melodies over the gently bopping beats of DJ Philipp Dausch. Though their sound has wide appeal, Milky Chance’s signature songs are surprisingly emotive, even forlorn. What their 2013 debut Sadnecessary lacks in variety it makes up for in catchiness and light, melancholic melodies.– By Carena Liptak

White Fence+King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Baby’s’ All Right
8:00pm, $10-$12.
Psych rockers with a wicked sense of humor, the King Gizzard septet are the reason to sacrifice your gray matter to this evening of demented retro-mutation. Suffice to say that when they sing “I’m in your mind fuzz,” they ain’t kidding. SoCal fellow traveler Tim Presley, like his occasional collaborator Ty Segall, has a taste for the lo-fi guitar hallucinations of yore. Also: Juan Wauters. — By Richard Gehr

Camila Meza
8pm & 10pm, $25.
Chilean jazz vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza began with Hendrix and Joni Mitchell but caught the jazz bug when she discovered Pat Metheny and never looked back. She came to voice from guitar, encouraged by the teacher who taught Claudia Acuna, and a vocal style crystallized around the sound of a hollow body. She has performed alongside luminaries Aaron Goldberg, Ryan Keberle, and pianist Fabian Almazan, who is part of her quartet. Meza deftly imbues arrangements of songs recorded by Al Jarreau, Victor Jara, and Billie Holiday with a folkloric pulse, sometimes in odd time signatures, at once rooted in tradition yet fiercely modern. — By Aidan Levy

Joyce Breach
Don’t Tell Mama
7:30pm, $20.
Who’s the best singer in Manhattan this very minute? Only a few are in contention, and this warbler is way up there. Her trick is that she employs no tricks. With a colorful shawl wrapped around her shoulders in a style Mable Mercer established, she straightforwardly sings the Great American Songbook standards to which she’s loyal, and that’s precisely the way you’re sure their makers would have wanted. Mike Renzi is at the piano, and he’s very close to the top of the best accompanist list. — By David Finkle

Chicha Libre
9:30pm, $10.
In addition to being a popular alcoholic beverage, “chicha” also signifies the psychedelic style of cumbia fermented in Peru’s Amazonian rainforests during the ’70s. This terrific Brooklyn combo features One Ring Zero accordion wizard Josh Camp and members of Las Rubias del Norte. They open a portal to Peru here nearly every Monday and have only gotten weirder and more wonderfully danceable over the years. — By Richard Gehr[

Tuesday, 10/14

Minnie Driver
Joe’s Pub
7:00pm, $25.
Minnie Driver’s music career has been forged from the best form of inconsistency: the one that comes as a cost of a multifaceted not-so nine-to-five. After catapulting herself into the public eye with a little film called Good Will Hunting, Driver’s dropped two albums amidst a slew of on-screen performances. And as her TV show About a Boy comes off hiatus, so does the music with Ask Me to Dance, an album of covers from Elliott Smith to Sinatra – and perhaps Driver’s most effective way of telling the world there’s no stopping any time soon. — By Ashley Steves

Emerson String Quartet+Yefim Bronfman
Carnegie Hall
8pm, $16-$104.
When he pounds the keys, Yefim Bronfman sweats, furrows his brow, and delivers blow after punishing blow. A pugilist in a tuxedo, he is the Klitschko of the piano, each movement a round in the ring; like a .44 Magnum, his Rachmaninoff-size fists are used to the forceful kickback. So when he ekes out Schumann’s funereal piano quintet with the Emerson String Quartet, named for the gentle pacifist philosopher, expect a stark contrast. Yet they are fairly matched. It’s as though when Schumann decided to orchestrate a lone pianist opposite four strings, practically unprecedented, he had a fighter in Bronfman’s weight class in mind. — By Aiden Levy

Matt Ulery
8pm, $12.
There’s an uncontainable quality to Chicago composer and bassist Matt Ulery’s lush, lyrical music: Both 2012’s By a Little Light and his powerful new In the Ivory overflowed onto two CDs without wearing out their welcome. On the latter, Ulery leads a core quartet that adds violinist Zack Brock to longtime trio mates Rob Clearfield (piano) and Jon Deitemyer (drums), the contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird adds texture and heft to Ulery’s smart minimalist moves, and Grazyna Auguscik sings Ulery’s poetic lines with cool grace. The title alludes to the prime improvisational real estate commandeered by Clearfield, whose dazzling solos serve as magical glue binding everything together. The entire cast will make its first New York appearance here, with Brock’s quartet opening. — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 10/15

Mandingo Ambassadors
10pm, $10.
Guinean guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this suave weekly dance party featuring some of the city’s sweeter rhythm masters. — By Richard Gehr

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