The Nine Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/27/15


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Friday, 2/27
Terminal 5
8 p.m., $35–$40
Fierce Olympia, Washington, punk rock trio Sleater-Kinney left us all hanging when they went on indefinite hiatus in 2006. Their return to the scene late last year was delightfully understated: They slipped a new 7-inch single, dubbed Bury Our Friends and stamped with the release date for their new album, No Cities to Love, into a full-discography box set. The band have lost none of their ferocity in the intervening years, and you can expect a full-throated, thrilling show, which Minnesotan rapper Lizzo opens. It’s sold out, but you can always find tickets on the secondary market. — Karen Gardiner

Dr. John
Town Hall
8 p.m., $50–$65
Dr. John had a lot to say (with a little help from the Black Keys’ 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,” on 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 guitar. This show is open to everyone 21 and older. — Karen Gardiner

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Saturday, 2/28
Bowery Ballroom
9 p.m., $20–$25
Fans of “death” in band names, rejoice! Indiana alt-country roots pickers Murder by Death and Brooklyn’s Appalachian gospel preachers o’Death have naturally partnered to spread their death-folk message. For scruffy locals o’Death, these area shows represent a triumphant homecoming, of sorts: Late last year, just as new record Out of Hands We Go was dropped, they suffered a life-changing loss as their gear, personal belongings, and van were all stolen outside a venue in L.A. O’Death’s devoted fan base came to its rescue, donating more than $20,000 toward replacing the stolen equipment. In the face of adversity, o’Death have persevered. Like Bonnie “Prince” Billy, these Americana-based twang sculptors are nomadic folkers who’ve seemingly drifted into our parts from another time and place where traditional music is the soundtrack, bringing a sublime blend of crackling, heartbroken croak and a finger-picking sprawl of banjos, fiddles, and acoustic guitars. Pastoral waltzes and shuffles and rollicking, homegrown barnburners serve as the backdrop to lead singer/guitarist Greg Jamie’s pained and fragile voice, and the effect is a chilling one. O’Death are purveyors of Appalachian gospel, indeed. Murder by Death are also in celebration mode with the recent release of their seventh album, Big Dark Love. The show is sold out, but you can find tickets on the secondary market. — Brad Cohan

Hooka Hey
Rockwood Music Hall
11:59 p.m.
Sometimes, you can judge a band by its name — and song titles. The tunes “Nasty” and “Untamed” by Hooka Hey suggest down ‘n’ dirty, well, “untamed nastiness,” and that’s exactly what’s dished out. Bluesy, sweaty, energetic stomp-rock is purveyed by a Frenchman (via Austin, Texas) with the fantabulous nom du rock of Hugo de Saint Quentin. Digging deep with classic-sounding grooves redolent of Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, Hooka Hey could be the bastard son of Jack White and an Eighties Sunset Strip band: a great spirit of soul-blues meshed with a cranked-up sleazy sex ‘n’ booze vibe. Hooka Hey make music to drink whiskey by. The show is free and open to everyone 21 and older. At Rockwood Music Hall, the music begins at 3 p.m., but Hooka Hey goes on at midnight. — Katherine Turman

Wolf Alice
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
7 p.m., FREE
Sunflower Bean have created quite the buzz for themselves, recently releasing an EP while stranded in Paris and earning the distinction of having played more shows than any other band in Brooklyn. On Saturday, February 28, they’ll play host to North Londoners Wolf Alice for a free, all-ages show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg. Both, along with opening act Palehound, dabble in grungy Nineties dream-pop anthems, with lady vocalists who can turn sweet-voiced singsong to a snarky snarl on a dime. Doors open at 6 p.m. if you want to get a jump on perusing handmade craft goods, but if you’re going closer to show time we recommend that you RSVP in advance to skip the line. — Lindsey Rhoades

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Sunday, 3/1
Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $26.50
While early adopters predicted PARTYNEXTDOOR‘s rising popularity back in 2013, the rest of us are now stuck scalping $200 tickets to catch the r&b crooner. With a strong presence on the recent surprise Drake mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the fellow OVO signee is on his “PND LIVE” world tour, promoting his four-track EP PNDCOLOURS released last December. With brooding vocals loved by fans of the Weeknd and Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR is worthy of his SoundCloud snob hype. Catch him at what we can only assume is the last venue of this size he will ever play. The show is sold out, but you can find tickets on the secondary market. — Lina Abascal

The Sway Machinery
Baby’s All Right
6 p.m., $10
With the Sway Machinery, Balkan Beat Box guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood adapts the Jewish cantorial repertoire he grew up hearing his grandfather sing in this syncretically slamming super-combo featuring members of Barbez and Antibalas. Old worlds collide on the Machinery’s third and latest album, Purity and Danger. Declaring it his mission to “liberate the ghosts,” Lockwood delivers Ashkenazi melodies with almost operatic fervor over a horn-heavy blend of Afrobeat, Middle Eastern, and Orthodox influences. It’s open to everyone eighteen and older. — Richard Gehr

The Juliana Hatfield Three
Bowery Ballroom
6 p.m., $20–$25
For those who came of age in the early Nineties, indie-rock singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield occupies a special place in the heart. The 1993 album Become What You Are, recorded as The Juliana Hatfield Three, spawned the classic “My Sister,” an MTV mainstay of the time, and the gleeful “Spin the Bottle.” Today, the Juliana Hatfield Three are back with only their second album in more than 21 years (Whatever, My Love, released in February) and with a tour in which they will play Become What You Are in its entirety to wistful audiences. The Bowery Ballroom show is open to those eighteen and over, and doors open at 8 p.m. — Karen Gardiner

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