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


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Monday, 11/10
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
8:00pm, $40.00-$45.00
Get between the ears of Daniel Lanois during Antithesis, a genre-eliding evening curated by the artist-producer. Consisting of four complete sets, Antithesis is reminiscent of rock impresario Bill Graham’s legendary and adventurous all-night Fillmore bills. Lanois will perform his new Flesh and Machine, a transposition of the recording studio to the stage involving hard and soft electronics accompanied sometimes by live drumming. The Antlers will represent Lanois’s mellow side with drifting, melancholic numbers from their recent Familiar. Wrapped in robes and headscarves, Tuareg tribesmen Tinariwen bring the bluesy nomadic sounds of their West African desert homeland. And Alabama artist Lonnie Holley has translated his practice of “improvisational creativity” from found plastic art to the audio realm on 2013’s Just Before Music, an album of droning metaphysical meditations. — By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 11/11
London Grammar
Terminal 5
8:00pm, $25.00-$30.00
London Grammar’s Hannah Reid got her big break stateside on Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind,” one of the most memorable tracks on an album credited for leading 2013’s UK garage revival (she also threw her mic into the “Wrecking Ball” ring with a cover of Miley’s chart-topper). In that context her achingly voluptuous croon recalls Jessie Ware, but she’s versatile, sounding more like Florence Welch or Zero 7’s Sophie Barker when backed by the minimal keyboards of her Mercury Prize-nominated main act. — By Harley

Joey Bada$$
Irving Plaza
7:00pm, $25.00
At just 19 years old, Joey Bada$$ is beginning to triumphantly make an impact on hip-hop, bringing his Pro Era mates along for the ride. Bada$$ is without question flourishing, separating himself from others with a refreshing voice that is entirely unpredictable. With Vince Staples + CJ Fly + Kirk Knight + Nyck Caution– By Romy Byrne

Wednesday, 11/12
Buddy Guy
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Wednesday & Thursday, 6:00pm, $67.00-$75.00
It’s impossible to talk about Buddy Guy without talking about influence. Picking up much of his own from the incomparable Muddy Waters and the wonder years of Maxwell Street, he’s returned the favor with Hendrix, Clapton, and Page. But it’s no good stopping there. While some fight to become or stay a classic, Buddy Guy makes it all sound new again. His improvisation is impulsive and unforgiving, built around the polar extremes and breaking boundaries with reckless abandon. And at 78, he hasn’t lost a beat, continuing to remind us all of the first time we met the blues. — By Ashley Steves

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00pm, $20.00
On 2011’s Hysterical, these Brooklyn indie-rockers added bright synths and rhythms fit for a Killers album to their typical mix of jangly guitar and Alec Ounsworth’s avian whine, reaching out to listeners beyond those Brooklyn indie-superfans who pine solely for plodding, experimental song constructions. — By Sarah Madges

Fitz & the Tantrums
Terminal 5
8:00pm, $35.00-$40.00
More Than Just a Dream, the sophomore effort and the follow-up to 2010’s Picking Up The Pieces barely resembles the swinging, sultry sounds of the Fitz and the Tantrums of yore. “Out of My League,” Dream‘s lead-off track and single, thrives on a bombastic, digital pulse tailor-made for tomorrow’s dance floor, where the vintage hooks and tarnished brass of Pieces‘ “Money Grabber”–the song that debatably launched their notoriety–banked on the best Motown revival associations the industry had to offer. Their laurels continue to rest on the vocal chemistry of Michael Fitz and Noelle Scaggs and a bass-ridden underbelly that sits right at home amidst the Spencer Davis Trios and Isley Brothers of jukeboxes past, but Dream on the whole delivers a new Fitz and the Tantrums by way of exceptional pop anthems (“Break the Walls,” “The Walker”) and brutally honest ballads (“Merry Go Round,” “6am”) fit for the modern love plights — By Hilary Hughes

Thursday, 11/13
Rubén Blades
Jazz at Lincoln Center
8:00pm, $55.00-$145.00
After releasing an album of smooth if unrevealing tango takes on his music earlier this year, the Panamanian salsa star joins Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for more syncopated look at his hits along with selections from ye olde “great American songbook.” Singer Eddie Rosado and percussionists Bobby Allende, Marc Quiñones, and Carlos Padron will also be on hand. — By Richard Gehr

Johnny Marr
Gramercy Theatre
8:00pm, $35.00
Johnny Marr is often referred to as a guitar god — and not without good reason. The English guitarist’s signature jangly axe stylings helped define seminal and, depending on who you ask, godlike ’80s band the Smiths. Though differences between Marr and frontman Morrissey led to the group’s demise in the latter part of the decade, he continued work on a number of projects including the The and Electronic, before later joining the likes of Modest Mouse and the Cribs. Marr went solo with The Messenger in 2013, followed shortly after by this year’s Playland. Smiths fans can expect to hear a classic song or two during Marr’s live sets, alongside solo standouts like the pop-leaning “Easy Money.” — By Jill Menze

Friday, 11/14
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
Cake Shop
8:00pm, $10.00
A former member of Ecstatic Sunshine and the late, lamented Ponytail, guitarist Dustin Wong now resides in Tokyo, where he grew up, and records with former shibuya-kei icon Minekawa. Last year’s _Toropical Circles_ and the couple’s new _Savage Imagination_ are bright, trippy, and subtly brutalist, combining Minekawa’s hippie surrealism with Wong’s looping cosmic fantasias. — By Richard Gehr

Lake Street Dive
Terminal 5
8:00pm, $25.00-$45.00
For a blast of retro soul, look no further than Lake Street Dive, the Boston-formed quartet of Rachael Price, Mike “McDuck” Olson, Bridget Kearney and Mike Calabrese. Among the group’s strengths are Price’s soulful, familiar vocals, which are punctuated by jazzy horn bursts on playful tunes like the Beatles-riffing “Hell? Goodbye?,” and songs such as “Bad Self Portraits” mock the selfie generation over a bed of piano thumps. Live, expect Lake Street Dive to toss in the occasional jazz-ified cover, like the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” — By Jill Menze

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