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


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Friday, 11/14
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 ax stylings helped define seminal and, depending on whom 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

Ani DiFranco+Jenny Scheinman
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00pm, $48.00
Both Northern California violinist Scheinman and Buffalo musician-entrepreneur DiFranco make folk music sound rather rad, and it’s great to hear them together on the latter’s new album. Recorded deep into DiFranco’s latest pregnancy, the very adult Dithering retains the New Orleans funk of her prior albums while digging deeper into the substrata of real-life relationships. — By Richard Gehr

Kaushiki Chakrabarty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7:00pm, $40.00
When I asked sitar scion Anoushka Shankar some months ago who I should be listening to, the first name out of her mouth was Kaushiki Chakrabarty. At 34, Chakrabarty is the preeminent Indian classical vocalist of her generation. Whether singing heavy ragas or lighter devotional thumris, she’s lyrical yet authoritative, a stunning improviser with amazing breath control. Unlike most of her peers, including Shankar, Chakrabarty sang only classical music until a few years ago, when she began appearing on Bollywood soundtracks and the country’s fascinating classical-pop crossover show, Coke Studio @ MTV. She also hosts her own weekly talk show. Shri Subhajyoti Guha (tabla) and Shri Kedar Naphade (harmonium) accompany her tonight, as she sings the rejoicing and romantic raga Bihag. — By Richard Gehr

Lake Street Dive
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 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 “Hello? Goodbye!” and songs such as “Bad Self Portraits,” which mocks 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

Saturday, 11/15
Damien Rice
Apollo Theater
8:00pm, $45.00-$55.00
The most anticipated release from an Irish act this year (hey, no one “anticipated” that U2 drop) comes courtesy of Damien Rice, the relatively reclusive singer-songwriter responsible for some of the most gorgeous and heartbreaking music over the past decade-plus. My Favourite Faded Fantasy, out November 10 in the U.S., is Rice’s first new music in eight years. The album, produced by Rice and Rick Rubin, follows the singer’s classic 2002 debut, O, and 2006’s 9. Like his past work, Faded Fantasy is confessional and beautiful — a real treat to catch live for Rice’s select tour dates. — By Jill Menze

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

Madison Square Garden
8:00pm, $10.00
The I Am Hardwell show is coming to Madison Square Garden this weekend, and it will not disappoint. At the ripe age of 26, Hardwell is currently the two-time DJ Mag No. 1 DJ winner and his electro/big-room sounds have been the anthems to basically every main stage since 2011 at EDM festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, and both TomorrowLand and TomorrowWorld. His first album is due in January 2015, and this show will not only be a sneak-peek at those unheard tracks, but also an exposition of the music that’s inspired him and has been put out on his very popular label, Revealed Recordings. — By Eleanor Lambert

Sunday, 11/16
Alt-J + Mikky Ekko
Beacon Theatre
8:00pm, $55.00-$505.00
Alt-J, or to refer to them by their symbolic proper name, ∆, are out of Leeds, England, but oh so subtly carving out a new home in your subconscious via the American television jackhammer. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard them on Weeds (“Fitzpleasure,” season 8) and Sons of Anarchy (“Tesselate,” season 6). If not, then surely “Buffalo” in Silver Linings Playbook, a song they produced specially for the David O. Russell film. Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Joe Newman make inventive but melodic indie pop kept accessible by their normcore appearance and refusal to be “ridiculous people” (even though they sample Miley Cyrus on their second album, This Is All Yours). But the refusal to act like clowns for publicity purposes is nonetheless refreshing, and their music is entertaining enough. — By Heather Baysa

Terminal 5
9:00pm, $30.00
Sunday night at Terminal 5 sees indie rap icons Atmosphere return to New York City for the first time since the release show for their new album, Southsiders, earlier this year. While recent years have seen the group, comprising MC Slug and DJ Ant, accompanied by live instrumentation, the duo have gone back to the one-MC, one-DJ format, which, as Slug tells us, has been an easy transition for the fans. “As far as the response from the crowd, it seems kind of like they didn’t notice we used to have a band. The people didn’t miss a beat. When I started touring with a band [in 2005], I got a lot of shit from people, but they got used to it. Then, when we went back, not a single person mentioned it.” — By Chaz Kangas

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch
Bemelmans Bar
Every Sunday, 9:00pm, $30.00
Two of the town’s most sophisticated goofballs sing, play, and generally throw a party not exactly like the one they toss at Birdland on Monday nights but just as much fun. They’ve got something of that old Bob Hope-Bing Crosby chemistry going for them, which ain’t bad. Since they pal around with everybody in the show biz, you never know who’s going to join them for a tune or two. Hey, Liza, is that you over there in the corner? Could be, because you see, folks, this is New York, New York. — By David Finkle