The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/31/14


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Friday, 10/31
Damned & TSOL
Irving Plaza
8:00pm, $47.00
Arguably the first punk band to release a single (mere months pre-Sex Pistols) in the Dark Ages of 1976, nearly 40 years hence finds the Damned still less chaotic, more melodic and gothy than many of their OG punk counterparts. With original lead vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible, sure-to-be-played songs like “New Rose,” “Neat Neat Neat,” and “Smash It Up” are worth the admission price. Openers TSOL, L.A.-area late-’70s punk stalwarts (despite a mid-career “rock” era with singer Joe Wood), have been back in fine form since 1999 with original members Jack Grisham, Ron Emory, and Mike Roche, still purveying urgent, memorable SoCal punk at its finest. — By Katherine Turman

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

BOO! 2014
Barclays Center
7:00pm, $39.50-$85.00
This is a show for all the bassheads, the dubsteppers, the headbangers, and the general ragers out there. Between the six performers — Knife Party, Tommy Trash, DJ Snake, Milo and Otis, Tchami, and Craze — the floor and all four walls will be vibrating well into the night, as some of the heaviest bass and trippiest drops engulf what is sure to be a very enthusiastic crowd. This is a Halloween show, so get ready to see some very sexy, crazy, downright loco costumes! — By Eleanor Lambert

Beacon Theatre
8:00pm, $39.00-$75.00
The psychedelic court jester of acid rock reunites with guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander for the first tour in years featuring Primus’s original members. With a new album rumored to be percolating on the road, the trio have hinted at heading into the studio to cover the Willy Wonka soundtrack, loosely billed as Primus and the Chocolate Factory. Who knows what that confection might be laced with, but if the comestible results of their New Year’s 2014 instrumental cover of “Pure Imagination” is any indication, it will represent a return to the thrash fondue that inspired “Sailing the Seas of Cheese.” — By Aidan Levy

Saturday, 11/01
Hot Since 82
7:00pm, $20.00-$30.00
Leeds-based DJ and house music producer Daley Padley, a/k/a Hot Since 82, has the potential to change the climate of EDM in a very dramatic way. This man is invested in his fans in a very inventive and organic way, and his music reflects the wants and needs of the EDM community at large. He’s turned out Ibiza parties with his iPhone on accident, and now, with a devoted fan base, his Halloween show is sure to be laid-back, genuine fun. — By Eleanor Lambert

The Glitch Mob
Hammerstein Ballroom
7:00pm, $35.00

Best Buy Theater
7:00pm, $35.00
Who doesn’t love Glenn Danzig, the buff but diminutive behemoth responsible for, in chronological order, the Misfits, Samhain, and, duh, Danzig. Not to mention some awesome cartoons of him and Henry Rollins. But we digress. It’s somehow been 30 years since Samhain’s first album, and the Jersey-bred lineup has reunited (not for the first time) for a short tour showcasing their spooky brand of Goth-punk-rock metal. It’s the perfect time for Samhain — just stay in your costume from the night before and growl along with such of-the-season ditties as “I Am Misery” and “All Murder All Guts All Fun.” — By Katherine Turman

Boyz II Men
Resorts World Casino
9:00pm, $58.00
Boyz II Men have sold 90 million albums. The only artists with similarly stratospheric sales — Elvis, Bob Marley, the Beatles — are icons, but the Boyz radiate pure banality. In their prime, the Philly quartet (now down to a trio) wore its inoffensiveness like a strapless sundress: Their zero-danger sweaters-and-spectacles image inevitably drove critics crazy, and it didn’t help that the classic groups they called to mind — the Temptations, in particular — oozed the emotional credibility they sorely lacked. But let us at least admit that the group’s early singles offer pure, enduring pleasure: The “plaintive, bluesy harmonies beneath Motown melodies” formula never failed them — except on the album tracks — and “Motownphilly” is as good a ’90s pop song as any not written by their pervert-genius antithesis, R. Kelly. (They wrote “I’ll Make Love to You,” he wrote “I’m Fucking You Tonight.”) — By Lex Benaim

Nicky Romero, Dirty South, John Dahlback, Arno Cost, and Don Diablo
Pier 94
9:00pm, $58.00
As we’re all very well aware, electronic dance music has hit the mainstream, and this Pier 94 show will be an exposition of some rather eclectic EDM DJs. Nicky Romero and Dirty South will bring some fan favorites, John Dahlback will feature the older, more fundamental roots of EDM, and Arno Cost and Don Diablo will spark the crowd with their upbeat and seriously groovy, dance-inducing beats. — By Eleanor Lambert

Sunday, 11/2
Todd Rundgren
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
8:00pm, $42.00-$75.00
Wizard, true star, shoulda-been teen idol, psychedelic prog-rocker, covers master, hits producer, blue-eyed soul man, analog guitar hero, online pioneer, and all-around Bearsville badass Todd Rundgren embraces hella multitudes…far more than your average rock legend. Expect him to show off whatever jazz chops he’s got when he joins Les Paul Trio guitarist Lou Pallo to unveil a new Gibson guitar and perhaps riff on some “standards” in addition to his own substantial body of work. — By Richard Gehr

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