The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/24/14


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Monday, 11/24
Terminal 5
Monday, Tuesday + Wednesday, 8:00pm, $30.00-$35.00
After four years between releases, Interpol continue to satiate the appetites of fans with yet another full-length and a thankfully extensive tour. El Pintor, despite mixed reviews, is, for fans, a godsend. The percussive pulse of “My Desire” alongside Paul Banks’s swoon-worthy croon feels like a dramatized epilogue to earlier cuts like “Lights” and the yearning of Antics‘ “Slow Hands.” Banks and his bandmates continue to capture the attention (and affections) of their listeners. Three NYC tour dates scheduled back to back might suggest that Interpol have reached the coveted status of indie-rock gods. Hearing “Ancient Ways” or “Twice as Hard” live might suggest why. — By Dianca Potts

B.O.B. + Kevin Gates
Irving Plaza
7:00pm, $35.00

The Wytches
Mercury Lounge
6:30pm, $13.00-$15.00
The Wytches’ propensity for pairing melancholy riffs with equally gloomy lyricism makes Annabel Dream Reader, their U.K. chart-topping debut, the suitable soundtrack for listeners smitten with brooding soundscapes. Tracks like “Digsaw” and “Robe for Juda” seamlessly marry surf with dizzying psych infused with the swagger of garage rock. Annabel Dream Reader suitably pays homage to the dark romanticism of its namesake, an endlessly celebrated poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Whether attributed to the emotively visceral vocals of frontman Kristian Bell or to the aesthetic cohesion present between each song, the Wytches are more than haunting. They’re phantasmal. — By Dianca Potts

‘Mobile Mondays’ w/ Operator EMZ + Joey Carvello + Natasha Diggs + Just Blaze + Misbehaviour + $$$Mike
Bowery Electric
Every Monday, 10:00pm, FREE
Anyone can queue MP3s through Serato, some can play sets with their collection of 12-inches, but a DJ night with only 45s? Until a backward-looking Brooklyn dive attempts to throw a party where DJs have to stick to wax cylinders, no one is going to touch Bowery Electric’s Mobile Mondays, the weekly event where residents like Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs, and (when he’s not touring the world) Just Blaze, with guests like Biz Markie, Kenny Dope, DJ Scratch, and Spinderella, keep you moving without the help of any records above seven inches. Whether it’s your first time or 40th, tonight’s party is a must-attend, as the one and only Jellybean Benitez — resident at the Funhouse, producer for Madonna and Whitney, and solo artist behind 1984 freestyle classic “The Mexican” — makes his Mobile Mondays debut. — By Nick Murray[

Tuesday, 11/25
Julian Casablancas and the Voidz
Hammerstein Ballroom
8:00pm, $35.00-$40.00
As the lead singer of the Strokes, Julian Casablancas already fronted one of the best-known 2000s-era rock bands from New York City. But he didn’t stop there. Accumulating a ragtag group of friends from both the Big Apple and L.A., Casablancas is now leading a new punk-focused collective called Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, playing tonight. Given Julian’s track record as a careful curator and inventive musician, it’s no surprise that the Voidz somehow fuse punk, avant-garde experimentation with a groove-oriented pop backbone that makes the otherwise difficult songs accessible. Flecked with weird breakdowns and gritty funhouse solos, the music rocks back and forth between gleeful, funky synths and warped, intense rock. And for fans of the Strokes, Julian’s signature vocals are able to carry through all the various twists and turns. The group put out their debut album, Tyranny, in September through Casablancas’s own label, Cult Records. — By Caitlin White

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
8:00pm, $20.00-$25.00
Cline is the free-styling lead guitarist in paternal-pop combo Wilco. Lage is a former guitar prodigy with one foot in jazz and the other in newgrass. Their new album of duets, Room, is a wordlessly lucid cross-generational alternative to the Tweedys’ recent dad-rock debut. The duo orbit around one another like the gracefully twisting painted-metal objects of a Calder mobile. — By Richard Gehr

Blonde Redhead (w/ People Get Ready on 11/25 + VBA on 11/26)
The Bowery Ballroom
Tuesday + Wednesday, 8:00pm, $25.00-$30.00
Blonde Redhead just can’t help it. The ever-evolving New York trio, composed of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace, are undeterred by the idea of reinvention, often scrapping old styles for whatever the mixing stage inspires. Their new set at the Ballroom is bound to feature a bit of everything, from the distortion of the early days to the multi-layered 23 and, most recently, the distinct minimalism of their new Barragán. — By Ashley Steves

Chromeo (DJ set)
Webster Hall
8:00pm, $25.00-$30.00
Perhaps one of the grooviest live performers, electrofunk duo Chromeo are back in NYC. A harmony of syncopated, funky riffs and soothing and steady vocals, Chromeo’s songs evoke a genuine sense of delight. On an album, their songs are obviously fun, but when performing live, every song becomes its own personal party (especially during a DJ set!). The spirited nature of Chromeo’s sound is spunky yet soothing, vivacious yet tranquil, and makes for a truly fantastic show. Go jam out with your best friends, where you’ll all have huge smiles on your face throughout the entire performance. — By Eleanor Lambert

Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
8:00pm, $64.50-$124.50
Las Vegas was once the go-to spot for legendary musicians looking to settle down for a residency, but it looks like MSG and Billy Joel have found a way to take that concept home to New York. After playing a New Year’s Eve show at Barclays, the Bronx-born, Long Island-bred performer, who has provided the pop and rock canon with an endless list of iconic, timeless, and modern standards, is preparing a monthly residency at the Garden from now until we’re sick of him. Given the first seven sold-out shows, the end of this East Coast franchise isn’t going to arrive for some time — the Piano Man’s got us feeling all right. — By Brittany Spanos

Death From Above 1979
Terminal 5
8:00pm, $32.00-$38.00
The first whispers of Death From Above 1979 occurred late last century when Jesse F. Keeler was busy playing punk rock in Euro squats, while Sebastien Grainger took acid in Montreal then watched his friend Evan put on women’s clothing to the strains of Deep Purple in Rock and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Original Cast Recording. Following a brief obsession with the technological apocalypse known as Y2K, the Western world started asking interesting questions again, and these questions led to answers. These answers, in the Socratic style, were also questions: “Hey, What happened?” and “What is the internet, really?” These questions, in turn, were answered with yawns. — By Free Stuff