A$AP Rocky Dominates the Best Concerts in NYC This Week


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He started from Harlem and now he’s here, there, and everywhere. A$AP Rocky returns to New York while soaring high after the release of his second album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, and will hit the Theater at Madison Square Garden alongside Tyler, the Creator, Danny Brown, and Vince Staples. Also in store for this week is a Stroke gone solo (Albert Hammond Jr.) and the first NYC show in 25 years from Aussie electronic pioneers Severed Heads.

Monday, 9/21
Albert Hammond Jr.
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $20
Seven years lay stacked between Albert Hammond Jr.’s new LP and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?, and during this time the slick guitarist reunited with his band — garage rock revivalists the Strokes — and recorded two albums with consistent world touring. Showing no signs of exhaustion from his day job, Hammond released his third solo effort, Momentary Masters, on July 31, and its ten tracks exhibit the ideas and techniques he brings to the Strokes. Crunchy guitar licks and a Caribbean-inspired groove decorate album highlight “Born Slippy” — no, not a cover of the Underworld’s electronic gem (though Hammond does squeeze in a revamping of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”). Ultimately, the album proves to be an impressive display of independence. This is the first of two Bowery Ballroom shows, with the second on Tuesday night. — Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 9/22
A$AP Rocky
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
8 p.m., $45–$75
Harlem’s hip-hop globetrotter A$AP Rocky returns home, with pals Tyler, the Creator, Danny Brown, and Vince Staples in tow for a showcase of some of modern rap’s biggest MCs. A$AP Rocky is fresh off the May 26 release of his acclaimed sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, which paid respects to A$AP Yams, who passed away earlier this year. His deep baritone vocal manipulations make occasional appearances, as does his syrup-smooth flow, but A$AP Rocky surprises with his neo-psychedelic left turns (such as the single “L$D“), proving that this byproduct of the golden age of New York hip-hop deserves all the cred it’s garnered thus far. — Silas Valentino

Air Waves
Baby’s All Right
9 p.m., $10
Brooklyn-based indie pop songstress Air Waves is back with her second album, Parting Glances, out September 18 on Western Vinyl, and the follow-up to 2010’s Dungeon Dots is replete with glittery guitar-led tunes that casually charm by the delicate rasp of Nicole Schneit’s voice. A West Nyack native who plucked her stage name from a Guided by Voices song, Schneit lands in Beach House territory on the Glances highlight “Fantasy,” with its dreamy chorus. This Baby’s gig is the release party for her new LP and should act as a pleasant return for one of Brooklyn’s more subtly enchanting songwriters. — Silas Valentino


Wednesday, 9/23
El Ten Eleven
Le Poisson Rouge
8:30 p.m., $16–$18
Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty’s ambient post-rock outfit, El Ten Eleven, hits New York for an evening celebrating synthesizer loops and instrumental reconfiguration. They sound like Daft Punk fronting Death From Above 1979, where punk rock demolition has been replaced with dance floor ambitions. Hot off the August 21 release of their excellent sixth album, Fast Forward, the L.A.-based duo have struck a creative stride with peculiar-sounding electronic pop, noticeably heard on the squeaky number “Battles Aves” and the melodic album opener “Point Breeze.” No lyrics accompany this music, but that’s far from problematic. The clean, poppy arrangements El Ten Eleven create require all the space they can snag to showcase their captivating experimentalism. — Silas Valentino

Of Monsters and Men
Beacon Theatre
8 p.m., $35–$45
Icelandic indie folksters Of Monsters and Men struck gold in 2011 with their inescapable single “Little Talks” and million-selling album My Head Is an Animal, which brought them to numerous festivals and onto many a late-night talk show. While they seem to have been awfully quiet of late, the five-piece have actually been working hard on their sophomore album, Beneath the Skin, released in June and preceded in March by the anthemic, stadium-friendly lead single “Crystals.” — Karen Gardiner

Acid Dad
Union Pool
8 p.m., $8
Tennessee transplants Acid Dad recently relocated to Brooklyn and have spent the past year popping up in venues around the borough, releasing tracks online, and refining their psych-punk spells. They have a knack for crafting a chaotic duality in their structure: Songs begin by creeping in with a downtempo drawl before detonating a fuzz-bomb of distortion — best heard in the gruesome number “Brain Body.” Acid Dad have frequent dates lined up until November (including two CMJ appearances), allowing for multiple chances to catch a local band sizzle as they grow. — Silas Valentino

Thursday, 9/24
Severed Heads
Rough Trade NYC
10 p.m., $25
The last time the industrial synth trio Severed Heads were in New York, the city was ravaged by crime and certain writers who are currently writing about them were two years away from being born. These Australian dance floor enthusiasts crafted cosmic electronica that could easily fit in to the soundtrack of any Eighties-defining film for its sleek minimalism and synth-heavy design. Richard Fielding, Andrew Wright, and Tom Ellard have called it quits before (as recently as 2013) but the demand from their worldwide fan base has been too strong to let them rest easily. It’s been a long 25 years, and New York is more than ready for a return from the Heads. — Silas Valentino

Anthony de Mare
6 p.m., $25
Looking for something just about completely different? Here it is. It’s not totally completely different, because it’s yet another set devoted to that old fave Stephen Sondheim. The completely different aspect is that for once it’s not the man’s lyrics getting the close scrutiny. It’s his melodies. Concert pianist Anthony de Mare asked a goodly number of contemporary composers to “re-imagine” a Sondheim tune. He’ll play the results submitted by Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Duncan Sheik, Nico Muhly, William Bolcom, and other considerable re-imaginers. — David Finkle

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Terminal 5
7 p.m., $40–$45
Listen to the band as they take on half the world: The Jesus and Mary Chain offer New York back-to-back Terminal 5 appearances that celebrate the 30th anniversary of their much-loved, often-imitated debut, Psychocandy. Frequently dressed in black (with gloomy, fuzzy tones to match), the Scottish noise-pop originators released six albums from 1985 to 1998, but it was their initial LP that secured a lasting legacy. Album opener “Just Like Honey” was infamously used at the end of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation, and fan favorite “Never Understand” threw surf rock into a blender of feedback noise deformity. The Jesus and Mary Chain would quickly abandon their iconic razor-sharp, distorted guitar sound for a more accessible appeal, but the ephemeral Psychocandy remains a document to be cherished. — Silas Valentino

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 21, 2015

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