The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/27/14


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Monday, 10/27
Bowery Ballroom
8:00pm, $71.00
Is the “Blue Album” the best all time? Is that even a question anymore? Yeah, Pinkerton was under-appreciated and may have pegged emo a good seven years ahead of its weepy golden age. Yeah, Maladroit was a critical darling and half the internet will explain to you why. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But 1994’s Blue Album will always sound like high school, no matter when or where in America you went to it, and coming home for Thanksgiving every subsequent year after. Rivers Cuomo and the boys will probably never birth another record that’s as consistently cathartic through and through, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still game for whatever they’ve got on the horizon. Tonight Weezer return to promote Everything Will Be Alright in the End, their ninth album, which dropped earlier this month. The title’s promise is hefty, but when it’s made by a band that we have so many pleasantly nostalgic ties to, we’re inclined to believe it. — By Heather Baysa

Demi Lovato
Barclays Center
7:00pm, $25.00-$85.00
Unlike certain former Disney stars who now ride enormous hot dogs and run a trippy-as-f* Instagram (yes, we’re referring to Miley, if that couldn’t be more obvious), Demi Lovato has cultivated her own brand of post-Disney cool. The singer’s latest album, 2013’s Demi, is chock-full of synthpop goodness like “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights,” which live she pairs alongside less-exciting-but-still-damn-catchy songs like “Give Your Heart a Break.” While she may be on the tamer side, she’s no less a dynamic and polished live act. — By Jill Menze

Joyce Breach
Don’t Tell Mama
7:30pm, $20.00
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

The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
Monday & Tuesday, 8:00pm, $50.99-$200.99
There are only two more opportunities to hear the Allman Brothers Band live. Possibly ever. Over the past 45 years, since the ramblin’ men from Macon, Georgia, played their first show for $1 tickets in 1969, they’ve taken myriad midnight rides, but after more than 200 shows at the Beacon, Southern rock’s indefatigable progenitors have become more synonymous with the venue than even the Fillmore East. Through tragedy, personnel changes, and health scares, they’ve kept on hittin’ the note, but as they go into the mystic with their own solo projects, it looks like it might finally be the end of line. — By Aidan Levy

Tuesday, 10/28
Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper
Madison Square Garden
7:30pm, $50.00-$175.00
Going to see Alice Cooper in Atlantic City when you’re 10, we can attest, kind of messes up your idea of what a concert should be for the rest of your life. Basically anything that doesn’t involve wild stage theatrics, varied pyrotechnics, giant animatronic Frankensteins, live boa constrictors, and blood raining down over the first few rows seems downright dull. What we’re saying is, expect a show from “The Godfather of Shock Rock” (who claims to have gotten his wholesome-sounding name from a Ouija board) when he plays MSG tonight with Mötley Crüe, possibly the hairiest and most umlaut-happy of the hair-metal sect. See Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, and the original Crüe play their (alleged) last show in New York. If the Final Tour really is as final as it claims, this is sure to be one for the history books…or Necronomicon, same dif. — By Heather Baysa

Capitol Theatre
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:00pm, $66.00-$96.00
Wilco was born from the now-defunct Belleville, Illinois, band Uncle Tupelo, which broke up because of a disagreement between singers Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. While Farrar left, Tweedy stayed to re-establish the band as Wilco with the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo. Since the creation of Wilco in 1994, the band has recorded eight studio albums, which hover in and around the genres of alt-rock, alt-country, and indie rock. However, Wilco remains stylistically varied, its music encompassing rock, country, and pop aesthetics. — By Tara Mahadevan

Wednesday, 10/29

Mandingo Ambassadors
Every Wednesday, 10:00pm, $10.00
Guinean guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitar-centric 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

Thursday, 10/30
Cypress Hill+La Coka Nostra+Immortal Technique+Vinnie Paz
Best Buy Theater
8:00pm, $33.50-$40.00
Having broken into the industry with a bang in the early ’90s, West Coast stalwarts Cypress Hill are a pretty safe bet not to disappoint. Whether you can understand them or not, the group’s influence cannot be denied. They were one of the first groups to wear their love of weed with pride, and — like Geto Boys before them — were unafraid to ramp up the menace. To be both as terrifying and beloved as they are takes work and a bit of magic. — By Romy Byrne

Kenny G
Blue Note
Thursday & Friday, 8:00pm, $45.00-$75.00
Watch Kenny G Play Softly in Honor of Toilet Paper in Times Square

Friday, 10/31
Capital Cities
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00pm, $30.00
The trumpet of Capital Cities is powerful, hearty and impressive, and it has become an undeniable staple of the band’s sound, contributing to their somewhat jazz-influenced music. The indie-pop group have slowly but surely been rising to fame, their songs ripe with funky guitar riffs and a bold but not overpowering drum line. Oh! And be sure to keep your ears open for some great covers of some of our favorite songs — they tend to do that from time to time (and very well, too!) — By Eleanor Lambert

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