The Nine Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/3/15


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Friday, 4/3
Billy Joel+Gavin DeGraw
Madison Square Garden
8 p.m., $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 2013 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 continuing his monthly residency at the Garden from now until we’re sick of him. Judging by the first year of 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. — Brittany Spanos

Chelsea Nights Concert Series
The Chelsea Market
7 p.m., FREE
Ever since it got cozy with the High Line in 2009, Chelsea Market has solidified its status as the classiest shopping mall that ever there was — where else can you pry into top-notch lobster while enjoying the sprawling vistas of an Anthropologie store? It also houses the Food Network studios, which would surely make it a foodie’s paradise if the shops peddling artisanal cheeses, crepes, wines, and other vaguely French-sounding stuff didn’t already. It’s a place you want to hang out long after you’re finished ingesting, and now you can. For Chelsea Nights: A Concert Series, Brooklyn’s Paper Garden Records presents its budding talent. Openers include Salt Cathedral, Little Strike, and Stranger Cat, who combine the earthy sounds of tambourine with out-of-this-world synth lines. — Heather Baysa

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
6 p.m., FREE
The Athens, Georgia, dance-rock outfit Reptar burst with whimsicality and white boy Afropop. Just take their 2012 track “Orifice Origami” as a prime example of their colorful jest. Touring behind their new record, Lurid Glow, which continues the band’s exploration into jagged dance-pop akin to tUnE-yArDs, Reptar know how to make a millennial beam with their where-is-that-from band name, as they’ve truly mastered the wooden xylophone. Joining them at the weekly all-ages Brooklyn Night Bazaar are Sun Club, Breathers, and Darren Keen, along with a variety of artistic vendors and food trucks. — Silas Valentino

Saturday, 4/4
Chet Faker+XXYYXX
Terminal 5
8:30 p.m., $25, SOLD OUT
The title for his first EP, Thinking in Textures, perfectly embodies the mood of Chet Faker‘s music: pensive, fundamentally challenging, and rife with electronic surges. Each of Faker’s songs cascade over deep, soulful backbeats. The Australian released his first studio album, Built on Glass, one year ago, and between these two albums, his voice remains soothing and inquisitive while the music itself has continued to develop instrumentally and texturally. Beyond his personal repertoire, Faker has collaborated with numerous artists, including producer Flume, with whom he’s released a number of songs. This Saturday’s show will feature opener XXYYXX with their trippy, primal, elementary beats, and the show is open to all ages. — Eleanor Lambert

Aly & Fila+Monoverse
Friday & Saturday, 10 p.m., SOLD OUT
Aly & Fila are trance originals. Their Egyptian roots have inspired their Future Sound of Egypt internet radio show, where trance-heavy synths and euphoric melodies are staples. Aly Amr Fathalah (Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila) have been friends since kindergarten, and began DJ’ing together in 1999. Clearly one of Armin van Buuren’s favorite groups, the duo is continuously featured on his A State of Trance radio show (the largest in the world after the BBC World Service) and many of their songs have received major airplay from other DJs like Tiësto and Paul van Dyk (the latter being one of their main inspirations). They will perform at Cielo on Friday and Saturday, and better to show up early to grab tickets — the presale sold out, but they’re releasing some at the door! 21+. — Eleanor Lambert

Damien Rice
Beacon Theatre
8 p.m., $45.00–$69.50
Remember that tender moment during the first season of Lost when good guy Hurley is enjoying Damien Rice as he contentedly looks upon his fellow castaways? The Irish singer-songwriter specializes in crafting calm, acoustic beauties ready to soundtrack the significant little moments. For his third album, last October’s My Favorite Faded Fantasy, he worked with Rick Rubin to vamp up the production and instrumentation for a meatier record. Few artists can make melancholy sound this appealing. Opening is the Icelandic/Swedish duo My Bubba, who yarn delightful café-ready folk. — Silas Valentino

Antonio Sanchez
New York Society of Ethical Culture
8 p.m., SOLD OUT
Experience this year’s Best Picture–winning Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in a display about as bold as a washed-up Eighties star attempting to reach redemption. Renowned drummer Antonio Sanchez will perform his gut-rumbling score in sync with a screening of Birdman in a one-of-a-kind performance. Born in Mexico City but transplanted to New York in 1999, Sanchez is a four-time Grammy Award winner whose upcoming album, The Meridian Suite, will be released this June. One of the many highlights in Birdman, Sanchez’s score was an instant classic that accelerated the film into cinematic prestige. Tickets are currently sold out, but test your luck on the secondary markets. — Silas Valentino

Diarrhea Planet
Bowery Ballroom (Saturday), Baby’s All Right (Sunday)
8 p.m., SOLD OUT
Don’t let the name fool you! This Nashville band isn’t nearly as vile as its moniker might suggest. Rather, Diarrhea Planet are a rowdy pack of six garage-rock dudes whose excellent 2013 LP, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, shreds as hard as it brims with memorable hooks. These are some of the bounciest four-guitar assaults you’ll likely ever hear. Really. While Diarrhea Planet’s Bowery Ballroom show is sold out, tickets are available on the secondary market; the band’s Easter Sunday show is still for sale. Left & Right and Slonk Donkerson open both shows. — Jill Menze

Sunday, 4/5
White Prism
The Ace Hotel
8 p.m., FREE
White Prism is like a trip through space and time. Her quirky, excited beats trill with a powerful, warping ability, and she is undeniably vintage in her overall sound and presentation. Like something out of a dream, singer Johanna Cranitch’s voice is a steady, swaying comfort that, against tantalizing, twirling melodies, creates a soothing and oscillating polyphony. This Sunday, White Prism will take over the Ace Hotel for one of the many nights that will make up her residency, continuing through April. — Eleanor Lambert