Patti Smith Rides Her ‘Horses’ Into this Week’s Best Concerts in NYC


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When it comes to legendary New York figureheads, Patti Smith is one of our most treasured, and she should be. An artist, poet, singer-songwriter, and activist, she embodies the multi-faceted Bohemian spirit of the Seventies downtown scene, while her work relishes in its timelessness. As her seminal rock ‘n’ roll debut record Horses turns 40, Smith, now 68, has also released a new memoir, M Train, the follow-up to National Book Award-winning Just Kids. With such a rich life so full of creative accomplishments, her current tour celebrating Horses‘ anniversary provides a poignant look back on the pièce de résistance that kickstarted her career. And without even trying, she paved the way for a bevy of strong women playing the city this weekend. Eleanor Friedberger, with her poetic, New York-inspired musings, gamine glamour, and throaty, spoken-word lyrical tendencies feels like a direct descendant. But even the off-kilter DIY pop of Ellie Goulding, Marina & the Diamonds, and Carly Rae Jepsen, or the truly left of center Swedish black metal-loving pipe organ prodigy Anna Von Hausswolff, owe her some debt of gratitude just for daring to exist and sing her own song, her own way.

Monday 11/9

Marina & The Diamonds

Terminal 5

8 p.m., $39.50-$45

t’s appropriate Marina and the Diamonds dubbed their current tour the Neon Nature Tour: The Welsh pop artist, born Marina Lambrini Diamandis, is well-known for her over-the-top live spectacle, complete with cartoonish costumes and more blinding neon than Katy Perry (for whom she has previously opened). The jaunt comes in support of Diamonds’ March-released Froot, her third full-length and most realized pop vision yet. Though Marina and the Diamonds’ two-night stint at Terminal 5 is sold out, tickets are available on the secondary market; Christine and the Queens open. – Jill Menze

Eleanor Friedberger


7 p.m., $12

In mid-January, former Fiery Furnace frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger will release New View, the follow-up to her critically-beloved sophomore LP Personal Record. It was recorded in a series of live takes with her longtime backing band. She’s played some of the newer songs at shows here and there, officially releasing the subtle, poetic “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” and the quirky, kinetic “False Alphabet City,” which is literally a love letter to New York featuring letters themselves as lyrics. With these, Friedberger continues her trend as a lover of language, a songwriter’s songwriter. On November 9, she’ll play a very intimate set at Pianos, with Katie Von Schleicher, who, much like Friedberger, has defected from her full-band project Wilder Maker in favor of exploring idiosyncratic solo work. – Lindsey Rhoades

Tuesday 11/10

Patti Smith

Beacon Theater

8 p.m., $49.50-$79.50

Arthur Rimbaud died 124 years ago on October 20. It’s also the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith‘s glorious punk-poetry debut, Horses (unlike its creator, however, some date the album’s official release a few weeks later), which the National Book Award-winner and her group will perform in its entirety for this New York date. (She already observed Rimbaud’s birthday with a stunning performance in Paris.) It’s a stunning match of writer and musicians, with guitarist Lenny Kaye the glue that holds everything together. Smith sounded like a young fireball trying to sound old back then, but time has transformed her material into something even deeper and richer than before. – Richard Gehr

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40

Town Hall

8 p.m., $55-$75

Pianist Chucho Valdés co-founded Irakere in Havana in 1973 as an experimental workshop for startling new hybrids fueled by traditional percussion. Their smoking new sound came to exemplify what we think of as Afro-Cuban jazz today. Four decades later, Valdés is reviving Irakere’s experimental spirit with a fiery young tentet that adds searing brass and wind modules to the equation along with tango, the blues, and much ensuing jazz tradition – con mucho clave, of course. – Richard Gehr

Acid Dad

Baby’s All Right

9 p.m., $8

The demeaning stigmas of a college rock band don’t lend themselves to Acid Dad, because this isn’t some shabby weekend project formed to score fans and free beer at NYU. They consider themselves a Brooklyn psych-punk act, and, more specifically, an East Williamsburg psych-punk band. Pounding single “Grim” confirms their psych-rock aspirations, as the opening note reverberates between your ears well into the track. They’re fully committed and have spent the past year actively writing, performing, and recording all on their own. (Still, that doesn’t mean they’re not enjoying the beer.) They play Baby’s on Tuesday just before headliners the Britanys, with Tall Juan and Triathalon scheduled to open. – Silas Valentino

Wednesday 11/11

Ellie Goulding

Hammerstein Ballroom

8 p.m., $35

With the release of her third studio album Delirium, Ellie Goulding is poised to become a pop superstar in the US. Her rarefied, bewitching, and wholly unique vocals, plus her indefatigable stage presence, have already made the Londoner a luminary in her native Britain, especially thanks to her breakout debut Lights. But stateside, high-profile collaborations have overshadowed her prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. While tracks like the Max Martin-produced, reggae-inflected “On My Mind” eschew her previous EDM leanings in favor of smash-hit sing-alongs, there’s no shortage of energy pulsing through Delirium – these unabashedly joyful love songs might finally get American audiences fully on board. – Lindsey Rhoades

Carly Rae Jepsen

Irving Plaza

7 p.m., $25

Despite the outpouring of critical accolades for Carly Rae Jepsen’s third LP Emotion, the singer still struggles to separate herself from 2012’s most inescapable earworm. The “Call Me Maybe” chanteuse pulled out every stop for her latest record, favoring indie producers like Sia and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij while still deploying some of pop music’s most successful songwriters. From a swath of hundreds of songs, Jepsen picked twelve, including singles “Run Away With Me” and “I Really Like You,” most of the batch flush with blushing nods to sunny Eighties pop and updated new wave. Closer to Robyn’s brand of crushed-out anthems than, say, Katy Perry’s, it’s clear that Jepsen has serious chops, but lucky for New Yorkers, she’s still playing modest-sized venues like Irving Plaza, where she’ll appear with K. Flay. The show is sold out, perhaps suggesting that the tides are finally turning in her favor; check secondary markets to score tickets before she schedules a full-on arena tour. – Lindsey Rhoades


Le Poisson Rouge

8 p.m., $15-$18

Before he goes into the studio to write and record his third album for DFA (sixth overall counting the LPs he self-produced prior to signing with the legendary Brooklyn label), tirelessly touring multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab, a.k.a. Sinkane, is out on one last go-round across the US, Europe, & Canada in support of 2013’s Mean Love. Managing to blend psych, shoegaze, krautrock, jazz, r&b and the east African rhythms of his Sudanese heritage, Gallab arrives at Le Poisson Rouge for a homecoming show on November 11. Along for the ride is Miami-based Steven A. Clark, who recently released his sparkling synth-pop debut The Lonely Roller via Secretly Canadian. Clark’s ultra-catchy “Can’t Have” should sit nicely beside the feel-good funk of Sinkane’s “How We Be;” dancing shoes are a requirement for both. – Lindsey Rhoades

Thursday 11/12

The Lone Bellow

Webster Hall

8:00 p.m., $27.50

For three lifelong friends from Georgia, a move to Brooklyn has certainly paid off. In four short years, folk-rock trio The Lone Bellow — comprised of Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist — have released two critically acclaimed albums: a self-titled debut in 2013 and this year’s eloquent Then Came The Morning (produced by another beloved Brooklyn transplant, Aaron Dessner from the National). Their energetic live shows and heart-stopping harmonies have garnered so much buzz that Friday’s show at Webster Hall is already sold out, but luckily a second one was added for November 12. Anderson East and Hugh Masterson open both nights. – Lindsey Rhoades

Anna Von Hausswolff

Saint Vitus

8 p.m., $15

On paper, it might seem as though a Swedish singer-songwriter and pianist is a strange fit for Greenpoint metal bar Saint Vitus, but upon hearing the towering tunes of Anna Von Hausswolff, the venue makes perfect sense for her return to NYC. Her moody compositions and drone solos make “Come Wander With Me/Deliverance” a dark delight. Developed during live jam sessions and recorded on one of Scandanavia’s largest pipe organs, it’s the lead single from her upcoming third album The Miraculous, which fittingly drops on Friday the 13th via Other Music. Von Hausswolff’s striking, otherworldly vocals fall somewhere between Kate Bush howls and PJ Harvey moans – a formidable canon that she more than lives up to – but her influences are even darker; she created a stir in 2013 by wearing a t-shirt repping Burzum, the pioneering black metal project of infamous Norwegian murderer and church-burner Varg Vikernes. – Lindsey Rhoades

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Knitting Factory

9 p.m., $15-$17

The on-again-off-again musical partnership of Mark “BBQ” Sultan and Arish Ahmad “King” Khan thrives once again, and they’re back on tour in support of Bad News Boys, the first King Khan & BBQ Show LP as a duo since 2009’s Invisible Girl. King Khan’s performances with the Shrines have only grown more flamboyant in the time spent away from his best friend (and worst foe) BBQ, and when these two fall in line sparks are known to fly. Like the punk rock and doo-wop they so wantonly mix, King Khan and BBQ probably shouldn’t go together but it feels so good when they do. They’re playing two dates in Brooklyn, both at the Knitting Factory. The first is on November 12, and they return on the following Saturday, which also happens to be BBQ’s 42nd birthday, so there’s no telling what heights the debauchery may reach. In The Red Records labelmates Milk Lines open up with alt-country laced psych pop; their debut LP Ceramic came out in September. – Lindsey Rhoades