The 8 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/2/15


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Friday, 1/2
Barb Jungr
54 Below
Friday – Sunday, 7 p.m., $45
If you only want to see one cabaret show in this spanking-new year, make it this one. Barb Jungr, the Stockport, England–born (re)interpreter of Jacques Brel, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Presley, among others, calls this frame “Mad About the Boy and No Regrets.” So she’s adding Noël Coward, for one, to her repertoire, which she always introduces with smiling humor. Yes, she’s the quintessential intimate-room entertainer of our time, and don’t you forget it, or you’ll regret it. Doors are at 5:15 p.m. and the cover charge is between $35 and $45. Premiums are $70.

Star Slinger
Webster Hall
Friday, 10 p.m., $15
Dance music lovers’ favorite hip-hop beat-maker, U.K. DJ and producer Star Slinger is known for his collaborations with rappers from Lil B to Project Pat, working with producers Teki Latex of Paris’s Sound Pellegrino label and releasing on Skrillex’s vanity label, OWSLA. Phew! With all those collaborations under his belt, the Manchester-based Star Slinger is doing U.S. shows, with mysterious DJ and producer Trippy Turtle of the FoFoFadi crew in tow. The anonymous Jersey club–influenced producer is one of a few animal-named artists (along with Cashmere Cat) to win our hearts in 2014. Join the diverse duo at Webster Hall’s grand ballroom, as they add their touch to the long-running Friday club night Boys & Girls, which is open to everyone 19 and older. — By Lina Abascal

California X
Shea Stadium BK
8 p.m., $8
Anchored by the red-hot troika of Speedy Ortiz, Mean Creek, and Potty Mouth, Massachusetts’s bustling music scene has set the underground ablaze in capturing the glory days of Amerindie yore. Now California X are dipping the Mass-rawk in glorious goo, Dinosaur Jr–style. Hailing from the land of J Mascis (Amherst), the flannel-flyin’, scraggly-haired hooligans in Cali X channel the oozing muck and addictive melody of Dino’s ’88 touchstone Bug on their new garage-punk sprawl, Night in the Dark. Now raise those fists and mosh in Cali X’s sludge pit. Jesus Lizard–worshipping noise-punk locals Big Ups and sweet pedal-hopping indie rockers Ovlov and LVL UP complete this head-spinning bill. Doors are 8 p.m. and the cover is $8. — By Brad Cohan

Brooklyn Bowl
9 p.m., $15
Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket craft idiosyncratic indie pop worthy of the genre. The group, founded by Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver, a couple who met while studying music at the University of Vermont, incorporates a diverse range of sounds into its danceable tunes, from horn-highlighted numbers to the occasional dip into ska. (In a good way!) Rubblebucket’s most recent offering, 2014’s Survival Sounds, was its first for Communion Records, the label of Mumford and Sons member Ben Lovett. Rounding out the bill is fellow Brooklyn-based act French Horn Rebellion, the beat-heavy dance duo of brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari. — By Jill Menze

Saturday, 1/03
Gogol Bordello
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 10 p.m., $35 – $45
Arguably the most popular (and only?) gypsy punk band around, Gogol Bordello put on a live show unlike any other. Led by lead (shirtless) singer Eugene Hütz, the New York–based group has amassed quite a following thanks to its endless touring and notoriously raucous stage shows. Hütz’s Ukrainian heritage and worldly experiences largely influence the music, which is part punk, part folk, part rock, part reggae and everything in between. Since Gogol Bordello’s formation in 1999, the band has released six studio albums and has made a number of film appearances. Chilean artist Ana Tijoux and Philly’s Man Man round out these sure-to-be-electric Terminal 5 shows on both nights. Doors are at 8 p.m. both nights. — By Jill Menze

“We Are the Music Makers”
NYPL Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m., FREE
The Music Maker Relief Foundation, in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Americanfest NYC, presents a multimedia exhibition to educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. “We Are the Music Makers” features photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy, the organization’s founder, in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The multimedia materials will highlight questions of how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”

Sunday, 1/04
Julian Lynch
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., FREE
Ridgewood, New Jersey, native Julian Lynch got his start crafting lo-fi tunes with the likes of Real Estate and Ducktails before embarking on his own four-track quest while getting his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin. The result of his solo offerings is bedroom pop magic: His latest, and best, solo work is 2013’s Lines, an all-encompassing, dreamy haze of an album that showcases Lynch’s scholarly musical knowledge and knack for exploratory pop. Live, the music takes on an enveloping, transcendent power — expect to walk away in a lo-fi daze. Weyes Blood, Open Tower, Cassie Ramone, and Jacob Gorchov (DJ set) open the show, which is open to everyone 18 and older. — By Jill Menze

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch
Bemelmans Bar
9 p.m., $15 – $20
Two of the town’s most sophisticated goofballs sing, play, and generally throw a party not exactly like the one the pair of them 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