The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/7/14


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Friday, 11/07
Aaron Carter
The Gramercy Theatre
6:30pm, $20.00
Get ready for the ultimate tween throwback this Friday because your 14 year-old-fangirl fave, Aaron Carter, is back in NYC. His surprisingly successful and lasting career has taken him many places — he’s even starred in a Broadway play! Despite this reality, we will always remember him for his frosted tips and his unmatched BBall skillz, and we’ll all be singing along to whichever of his tracks are our own personal Aaron Anthem (you know you have one, too). — By Eleanor Lambert

6:30pm, $20.00
DJ/producer and BFF duo Tritonal will be gracing Lavo nightclub this Friday with their very specific electronic sound. Between their original mixes and their club edits, any live show of Tritonal’s is sure to feature the very emotional and uplifting simplicity of certain moments, and the heart-pounding, reverberating heaviness of their drops. They have been creating their own space in the dance music scene, having headlined some of the biggest festivals in the world, all while enchanting the nightclubs of cities on every continent. Tritonal are taking audiences on musical journeys that are very distinct and always include a full night of dancing. — By Eleanor Lambert

Saint Vitus
8:00pm, $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 braniacs; stay for the crunkness. With Full of Hell, Lazer/Wulf, Family, and Tiger Flowers. — By Linda Leseman

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
BAM Rose Cinemas
Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm, $25.00
In commemorating its 20th anniversary, the Andy Warhol Museum has conceived Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films, a work that combines live musical performance with new, digitally restored footage from 15 Warhol films yet to be shown publicly. Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) are the five artists playing alongside the 1960s-era films, which are screening as part of BAM’s 2014 Next Wave Festival. An online slideshow teasing the footage features many tantalizing images: the poet John Giorno washing dishes in the nude (1963’s Untitled [John Washing]), a color photo of two singers sharing a banana (1966’s Nico/Antoine), and portraits from a pair of Warhol’s famous Screen Tests (Donovan and Edie Sedgwick are the respective subjects). — By Danny King

Saturday, 11/08
FKA Twigs
Terminal 5
8:00pm, $25.00, SOLD OUT
One of the more ambitious — and hyped — debuts of the year comes courtesy of FKA Twigs, real name Tahliah Debrett Barnet, a London-based former dancer who stepped out with her full-length debut, LP1, in August. The effort is sensual, powerful, much like FKA Twigs’ live performances. To see her command the stage with songs like the sexy, Kate Bush-like “Two Weeks” is to watch her fully transform into a new kind of pop star. Catch FKA Twigs live now while you can for “I-saw-her-when” bragging rights. — By Jill Menze

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Originale”
The Kitchen
Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm, $15.00
Pioneer performance artist Allan Kaprow premiered the experimental German composer’s version of a Happening at Judson Church in 1964. Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson’s revival will attempt to recapture Stockhausen’s interactive freak-out intensity (you can hear echoes in the Beatles and Frank Zappa) with a new in-the-moment assemblage of poetry (Eileen Myles), action painting (Joan Jonas), modeling (Justin Vivian Bond), animal handling (Narcissister), sound projection, and miscellaneous performers. Can you pass the acid test? — By Richard Gehr

The Pretty Reckless
Best Buy Theater
8:30pm, $25.00-$30.00
Almost a century ago, the blues was being cast as the Devil’s music, and now the Pretty Reckless are trying to approximate that kind of hysteria with the bluesy hard rock of their 2013 LP, Going to Hell. To bolster that theory, frontwoman and provocateur Taylor Momsen (former child actress in The Grinch and Gossip Girl) has long had a penchant for wearing T-shirts sporting slogans like “I fuck for Satan,” and in an album teaser she even proclaims, “Don’t bless me father, for I have sinned.” It would all seem a bit corny if the songs weren’t actually good. — By Kory Grow

Rough Trade NYC
8:00pm, $12.00
The women of Alvvays are living the dream: forming a band with your childhood best friend. Frontwoman Molly Rankin and keyboardist Kerry MacLellan go way back; maybe that’s why all of the band’s videos look like they were filmed in Super 8, with that foggy-but-sunny air of good memories. Their nostalgic music justifies it. Like a slightly more upbeat Pains of Being Pure at Heart, these Canadian indie rockers don’t shy away from reverb or daintily glum subject matter (boyfriends who never want to get married, a culture that never wants to grow up). But Rankin’s voice shines through like a beacon, strong and resonant. Hear it tonight. — By Heather Baysa

Dismemberment Plan
The Bowery Ballroom
8:00pm, $20.00
They’re still around! — By DeAnn Prinz

Sunday, 11/09
Harlem Gospel Choir
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
1:30pm, $44.00-$47.00
Ah, finally. . . a “choir” that’s actually a choir and not just some hipster band name. For about 13 years now, this uptown institution has been entertaining here in Times Square, featuring seven singers backed by a keyboard trio. If you’re gonna party on the weekend, you might as well get some religion for yourself now and then, and this is one of the best ways. Plus, you get to stuff yourself silly at the soul-food buffet that’s included too. — By Jason Gross