The Eleven Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/23/15


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Monday, 2/23
Jack DeJohnette, Muhal Richard Abrams & Henry Threadgill
6:30 p.m., $12
In 1965, Muhal Richard Abrams founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Chicago-based arts collective that championed an avant-garde radicalism, explicitly tethering the unfettered improvisation of free jazz to the political rumblings of the zeitgeist. To mark the 50th anniversary of the AACM, drummer Jack DeJohnette, multireedists Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Larry Gray, and Abrams are releasing Made in Chicago, recorded live in 2013 at Chicago’s Millennium Park. In this conversation and listening session, DeJohnette, Threadgill, and Abrams make a rare appearance together to discuss their progressive history and offer insights into the making of the album. — Aidan Levy

Tuesday, 2/24
The Twilight Sad
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $15
Permanently downcast Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad‘s most recent release, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, was cloaked in an expansive, multilayered wall of sound and marked a return to the shoegazing guitars and epic soundscapes of their earlier records. Their booming live shows are notoriously ear-splitting. Port St. Willow, the solo project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, opens the show. — Karen Gardiner

Wednesday, 2/25
Brooklyn Bowl
6 p.m., $15
Escape the cold and enter the tropical world of Viceroy. The California-based DJ and producer is known for his island-vacation-worthy remixes of your favorite pop and r&b tracks as well as infectious originals. His motto, “summertime, all the time,” invites you to kick back at the famous Brooklyn Bowl to an electronic set that’s refreshingly free of your Typical Club Bangers. A leader in the trendy tropical house style, Viceroy’s collection of Jet Life hip-hop remixes and Vita mixtapes proves his body of work could last you long through the winter. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m., and the show is open to everyone 21 and older. — Lina Abascal

Florida Georgia Line
Madison Square Garden
7:30 p.m., $49–$89
A decade and a half into Nickelback’s reign as the most universally reviled band in modern rock, it’s surprising to find anyone trying to directly emulate them, but pickup trucks notwithstanding, that’s precisely the multiplatinum lineage of bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line. That same impossibly dense production aesthetic feels somewhat out of place in what are ostensibly country songs — even if it’s usually lightweight fare about partying, girls, and partying with girls — but it’s also always strangely fascinating to hear Southern twang first ironed out by Auto-Tune and then further flattened by seemingly endless overdubs. — Vijith Assar

Julia Holter
Merkin Concert Hall
7:30 p.m., $20–$25
In keeping with its vision to make unlikely bedfellows out of sonically disparate musicians, Ecstatic Music Festival pairs Julia Holter with Spektral Quartet to flesh out experimental Brooklyn composer Alex Temple’s newly expanded “Behind the Wallpaper.” Over several movements, the piece explores loneliness, a sense of displacement, and altered perception, much like Holter’s 2013 LP, Loud City Song. The show begins at 7:30 at Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street) and Holter will also be performing orchestral versions of her own material with the quartet, which promise to be nothing short of hypnotic. You can snag advance tickets to the show for $25, but for two or more Ecstatic shows the price drops to $20, with the additional option of a $150 Festival Pass. All ages are welcome to attend. — Lindsey Rhoades

Thursday, 2/26
Sweater Beats
11 p.m., $20
Sweater Beats categorizes his style as “baby maker” music. Having dropped his debut in 2012, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer now celebrates the release of his EP Sweater Weather by embarking on his first North American headlining tour (which will go by that same name). Joining him are friends Kastle and Vindata, part of a series of rotating openers and past collaborators. With a Diplo and Friends mix under his belt, Sweater Beats has caught the attention of blogs and fans worldwide with his futuristic sound. See why his music is the soundtrack to our dreams at Williamsburg dance club Verboten. — Lina Abascal

PC Worship
Shea Stadium BK
8 p.m., $8
PC Worship can come across as a Brooklyn-based answer to Baltimore’s late, lamented Teeth Mountain; the difference is that here rock ‘n’ roll is under deconstruction instead of avant-garde fare. Dipping into an album like Toxic Love is akin to winning a bid on a mystery storage container; anything could be lurking inside, from pop-folk to funk deep-fried beyond recognition to blown-out garage rock. You heard the genre tag here first, folks: “roulette rock.” Opening are Turn to Crime, Beech Creeps, and Happy You. This is an all-ages show. — Raymond Cummings

Terveet Kädet
The Acheron
8 p.m., $10
Finland’s longest-running and most prolific hardcore band (probably), Terveet Kädet return to America to play their style of ripping punk, which, thankfully, hasn’t changed much in the past 30 years. Their show at the Acheron in Brooklyn comes a few days before their release of Lapin Helvetti, their latest album, and also represents their first of three East Coast dates before they had west for eight more. Opening the show are D.C. hardcore crust-grinders Lotus Fucker, as well as Question, Ugly Parts, and Heathen. Doors are 8 p.m. and the show is open to everyone eighteen and older. Cover is $10. — Nick Lucchesi

Friday, 2/27
Dr. John
Town Hall
11 p.m., $50–$65
Dr. John had a lot to say (with a little help from the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach and the Whitefield Brothers’ Max Weissenfeldt) on 2012’s masterful Locked Down. This time around, though, he’s let a late great get a few more words in. With last year’s Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, the good Doctor and his co-producer/arranger/trombonist extraordinaire Sarah Morrow bring some life back into Louis Armstrong’s works and reinvent what it means to make a tribute album. And now, out of the studio and on the stage at Town Hall, five decades of Sasquatch’s work mixed with the characteristic boogie and funk of Dr. John guarantee the spirit lives on. Joining Dr. John is special guest Grammy Award–winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and the Town Hall box office. — Ashley Steves

Rough Trade NYC
9 p.m., $15
Scottish duo Honeyblood excel in weaving together lo-fi punk and melodic hooks that are laced with unabashedly acerbic lyrics: “I will hate you forever!” they tell the unfortunate subject of “Super Rat,” from last year’s debut self-titled album. “Scumbag sleaze! Slimeball grease! You really do disgust me!” For this show, they will be sharing the bill with the English sibling duo 2:54, who have drawn comparisons to Curve and recently released a second album of atmospheric and brooding rock carried along by waves of lush guitars. This show is open to everyone 21 and older. — Karen Gardiner

Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Doe, Life Size Maps, Left & Right and Warehouse
Shea Stadium BK
7:30 p.m., $8–$10
Brooklyn DIY rockers Radical Dads radiate such sugary-sweet, supersized hooks that your head will spin from the catchiness. On Universal Coolers, Rad Dads — singer-guitarist Lindsay Baker, guitarist Chris Diken, and drummer Robbie Guertin (ex–Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) — pile on from-the-basement pop goodness in all its Nineties alt-influenced glory, channeling the rage and melody of Dinosaur Jr, Liz Phair, and Buffalo Tom. Tonight, the Dads celebrate the release of Universal Coolers with harmoniously noisy companions Dead Stars, Doe, Life Size Maps, Left & Right, and Warehouse at Shea Stadium. — Brad Cohan

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