The 12 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/03/14


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Monday, 11/03
Freddie Gibbs
Rough Trade NYC
8pm, $20.
While his music and attitude may hold a grittier vibe than most, Freddie Gibbs has irrefutably found a place for himself within the hip-hop sphere. The Indiana native began recording in 2006, taking a few years to distribute mixtapes before a debut album release in 2009. After the delivery of his mixtape Baby Face Killa in 2012, he turned heads with his rugged and compelling sound. Gibbs has developed a sound unique to his captivating persona, and his lyrics paint a vivid picture of his formidable world. It’s no wonder his fans feel they know him so well. With Pell. — By Romy Byrne

Tuesday, 11/04
Baby’s All Right
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30pm, $18. (18+)
Pop-punk (pop in melody and Japanese-born Satomi Matsuzaki’s adorably accented speak-singing — and punk in experimental, delightful, noisy musicality), Deerhoof create music, says drummer Greg Saunier, “for thrill seekers.” Hailing from San Francisco, a city with a surfeit of whip-smart oddballs (the Residents, Primus), Deerhoof’s 12th album, La Isla Bonita, began when the eccentric band tried to write songs inspired by the Ramones’ “Pinhead.” On the first single, “Last Exit,” it shows — raucous and raw, it boasts a Pixies sensibility and lyrics including “too many choices to order breakfast/…thank you for coming, get out NOW.” These shows coincide with Isla Bonita‘s release, so expect buoyancy and quirkiness to spare. — By Katherine Turman

Nick Jonas
Gramercy Theatre, Nov. 4
7pm. $41.50.
Nick Jonas of the purity-ring-wearing Disney group Jonas Brothers is no more. After the New Jersey boy band of brothers called it quits last year, the new Nick Jonas is a fedora-wearing, often-shirtless r&b crooner. He’s more of a JT-light, if you will, on tour to promote his upcoming self-titled solo album, due November 11. Led by two new singles, “Jealous” and “Chains,” Jonas’s new music puts the teeny-bopper phase far behind him, opting instead for sultry grooves and sexified vocals. Live, he even covers fellow soul brother Sam Smith. Additional shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 and Rough Trade on November 6. — By Jill Menze

Hammerstein Ballroom
7pm, $62.70
You’ll want to flash the Taylor Swift “heart hands” symbol, text “OMG” to your frenemies and wear a Hello Kitty bow…all while headbanging to songs like “Doki Doki Morning” and “Gimme Chocolate!!” The polarizing put-together cutie-pies of “metal,” Babymetal are a teen Japanese metal vocal and dance spectacle, a la ‘N Sync, but musically akin to Ghost meets Metallica meets Pink Lady, with metal blast beats, crunchy riffs, and vocal Auto-Tune. The “metal-meets-Idol” creation is, in short, irritating or irresistible, depending on your point of view. Either way, it’s a phenom. — By Katherine Turman

Wednesday, 11/05
Angelique Kidjo
Carnegie Hall
8pm, $17.50-$80.
The Benin-raised alternative energy source solidifies her rep as Afropop’s preeminent international diva with a tribute to her late predecessor, South African singer Mariam Makeba, a/k/a Mama Africa. Kidjo’s celebrity guests include Whoopi Goldberg, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and South Africa folk fount Vusi Mahlasela. Kidjo, at the center of it all, will tap into her homeland’s rich percussion and vocal traditions. — By Richard Gehr

Thursday, 11/06
Oran Etkin’s Gathering Light
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
7:30 and 9:30pm, $30 General, $20 Student.
Capping off the Israeli Jazz Festival, multireedist Oran Etkin imports a multicultural array of influences gathered on tour in Indonesia, China, Japan, and his native Israel. His latest album, Gathering Light, took its title from the Jewish myth of the primordial light that scattered Babel-style at the beginning of time. Alongside guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Ben Allison, drummer Alvester Garnett, and Israeli cellist Yoed Nir, Etkin has the filaments to radiate some of that magical stuff. Most moving is “Shirim Ad Kan,” a prayer for peace by dovish Israeli poet Natan Yonatan, who lost a son in the Yom Kippur War. — By Aidan Levy

Alan Hampton Origami for the Fire Release
8pm, $12-$15.
When he’s not anchoring the bass alongside Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Glasper, or Herbie Hancock, Alan Hampton writes some serious folk songs. On his sophomore album, Origami for the Fire, Hampton enlists some of his frequent collaborators, including Bird and violinist Christina Courtin. Hampton has been an unlikely purveyor of pastoral Americana, having plied his trade with bass legends John Clayton and Charlie Haden, but even the late Haden bridged the canyon between folk and jazz. With diaphanous vocals in the Art Garfunkel countertenor range, Hampton still grounds his imagistic forays into jealous lovers and blowing leaves with traces of that r&b pulse. With Becca Stevens. . — By Aidan Levy

Stevie Wonder
Madison Square Garden
8pm. $60-$195.
Few artists are as legendary as the incomparable Stevie Wonder, and few albums are as classic as the singer’s Songs in the Key of Life. Now Wonder is bringing the album, first released as a double LP in 1976, out on the road for a few select dates. Hear him perform the album in full, including favorites like “Sir Duke” and “Isn’t She Lovely” and “I Wish,” though expect Wonder to update the song order. The kickoff Madison Square Garden show is sure to be as memorable as the music itself. — By Jill Menze

Steve Coleman
Jewish Museum
7:30pm, $18.
The MacArthur Fellowship-winning saxophonist-composer gives his drummer a night off for a show of improvised music inspired by abstract-expressionist paintings. Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and bassist Anthony Tidd will join him at this event inspired by the Jewish Museum’s current exhibition, “From the Margins: Lee Krassner / Norman Lewis, 1945-1952,” an era when both art and jazz were working respective escape acts. — By Richard Gehr

Bowery Ballroom
9pm. $20.
Though Kimbra’s greatest mainstream success was her collaboration with Gotye on the smash hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which won the New Zealand artist two Grammys, the singer-songwriter is nonetheless one of pop’s strongest forces as a solo artist. This year’s The Golden Echo, Kimbra’s second studio album, is a wildly ambitious collection of funk, r&b and slick synthpop that the artist created alongside the likes of producer Rich Costey (Muse, the Shins) as well as the Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez, Foster the People’s Mark Foster, and John Legend. Live, get ready to move to standout ” ’90s Music,” a buzzy, glitchy homage to the decade’s best groups. — By Jill Menze

The Lazarus Rose
Brooklyn Public Library
7:00pm, Free.
Led by Bulgarian-born singer Vlada Tomova and her indie-rocking partner Chris Rael (of Church of Betty fame), the Lazarus Rose overlays Rael’s Sephardic family roots with Indian sitar, Hindustani vocals, and Bulgarian harmonies. Portuguese guitar, Turkish saz, viola, bassoon, and all manner of international percussion add to a deep, rich transnational concoction they practically dare you to write off as mere “fusion.” — By Richard Gehr

Friday, 11/07

Saint Vitus
8pm, $15.00
Stoners rejoice: Weedeater return to Brooklyn for the second time in a little over a month. Those who missed them at September’s Uninvited Festival (read: most local metalheads, as there was an unofficial underground shunning of that poorly promoted event) in Gowanus can catch the North Carolinians this time at Saint Vitus. Like the band’s sound, the crowd is sure to be thick as a plume of dank-ass schwag — which is to say, crudely packed, a little grimy, but good enough for a buzz. Not to be missed are Lazer/Wulf, from Georgia, who are listed third on the bill of five bands. This instrumental prog-metal trio enjoys math-y tricks in song and album structures, but never at the expense of memorable grooves. Come for the brainiacs; stay for the crunkness. With Full of Hell, Lazer/Wulf, Family (Brooklyn), and Tiger Flowers — By Linda Leseman