The Best NYC Shows This Week: Jennifer Lopez, Blue Hawaii, Kode9


With the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria still ailing Puerto Rico, several local venues have prepared excellent lineups for benefit shows that will raise funds for the island’s recovery efforts. Tidal’s massive gathering takes place at Barclays and includes the likes of Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez. If you’re looking for a more intimate, niche-oriented way to help the cause, check out a rave at an undisclosed location, featuring U.K. grime artist DJ Kode9 and NAAFI’s Debit.

Ministry, Death Grips
Brooklyn Steel
8 p.m., $40–$45

Ministry, the legends of industrial metal, will play Brooklyn Steel’s stage on a lineup no one could have predicted, but which actually makes more sense than it should. Though Ministry, who started their career in 1981 as a new wave group, said they would release their final original album in 2013, they’ve kept fans’ attention (and money) flowing with their many box sets, covers albums, and re-releases in the years since. Early next year, they will indeed release a new studio album, titled AmeriKKKant. Also on the bill: Death Grips, the rap-metal provocateurs who are famous for their refusal to adhere to music-industry standards, and who certainly share both Ministry’s intensity and desire to fuck shit up.

Tidal X Brooklyn
Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, A$AP FERG, Vic Mensa, Joey Bada$$, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Princess Nokia, Tee Grizzley, Rapsody, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Kaskade
Barclays Center
8 p.m., $56+

This star-studded show, hosted by the streaming service Tidal, will raise money to support hurricane-relief efforts in Puerto Rico. To that end, the night will feature a rare performance by Jennifer Lopez, in addition to hyped-up rising stars like the rappers Cardi B and Remy Ma, and the underground Bronx rapper Princess Nokia. This lineup represents a great cross-section of some of the most interesting rappers working today, and it’s all for a good cause.

Moving Sounds Festival
Josef Klammer, Paul
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
8 p.m., free with RSVP

The Austrian Cultural Forum has teamed up with the forward-thinking, digitally focused curators Eyebeam and the electronic music center Ars Electronica for several days of experimental art and music. This Tuesday show features Josef Klammer, an Austrian photographer and experimental drummer whose performances investigate percussion as a concept, playing with audience expectation and with what music and composition should be. He’s joined by Paul, the avant-garde saxophone project of Bushwick arts impresario Angelina Dreem.

Blue Hawaii, Olive T, the Duchess
Good Room
8 p.m., $13–$15

Blue Hawaii’s first release, 2010’s Blooming Summer, was wistful electronic pop that fit in well with the “blog house” bands that at that point were circulating through sites like Gorilla vs Bear. Over the last seven years, the duo of Raphaelle Standell and Alexander Kerby have evolved along with the times. Their new record, Tenderness, still boasts the evocative vocals that make Standell’s other band, Braids, so memorable, but Blue Hawaii’s new music is far more influenced by disco and house. These are songs you could play on the dance floor — as long as you’re ready to think a little while you party.

M. Lamar, Sam Mickens Sings Country, Amy Mills, Crucifix Trio
Vital Joint
8 p.m., $10

Vital Joint is an intimate Brooklyn space curated by the DIY theater company Title:Point. Though many of its events are theatrical, it also occasionally hosts concerts like this one. M. Lamar is an opera singer and performance artist whose work deals with the deep wounds of racism. Sam Mickens, who has played in groups including Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls, will sing country songs in his unforgettable vibrato. It should be a fascinating night of vastly different styles.

Nicolas Jaar, Eartheater
Brooklyn Steel
8 p.m., $35

The electronic composer Nicolas Jaar has only two albums out, but he’s generated an outsize presence on the scene — even enough to sell out three nights at Brooklyn Steel. (The addition of this show was due to popular demand.) On his most recent release, 2016’s Sirens, Jaar displays his full range, with songs that hum quietly, drift into delicate piano samples, and then abruptly burst into gospel choirs. It’s impressive work that will easily blossom in the venue’s cavernous space.

Quiet Time
Kode9, J. Albert, Debit, DJ Marty, DJ Money
10 p.m., $22

This party by promoters Quiet Time will gather some of electronic dance music’s most exploratory talents to raise money for Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, one of the island’s hurricane-relief ventures. Kode9, who DJs and produces music ranging from hip-hop to jungle, is an influential U.K. export. His label, Hyperdub, expertly curates artists who are pushing boundaries and creating new sounds, from Laurel Halo to Zomby. Debit, another fearless and pioneering DJ, who is part of Mexico City’s NAAFI collective, will play her abrasive, challenging sounds, while DJ J. Albert presents a live set of his contemplative breakbeats. The party takes place at an intimate secret spot with a custom sound system.

Ambient Church
Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Steve Hauschidlt, John Elliott, Melanie Velarde
Bushwick United Methodist Church
7 p.m, $25–$30

Krautrock legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius will headline this edition of the Ambient Church series in south Brooklyn. Roedelius founded the groups Cluster and Harmonia in the Seventies, before branching into new age and ambient in the Nineties. He’ll play together with Steve Hauschidlt and John Elliott, both of the group Emeralds, who play bubbling, arpeggiated drone.

Sheer Mag, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Haram
9 p.m., $15

L.A.’s Sheer Mag are one of the most badass bands currently on the indie rock circuit. Need to Feel Your Love, their debut album released this year, showed off their sick guitar riffs and lead singer Tina Halladay’s raspy, dominating voice. Their overwhelming stage presence and banging Seventies-esque, hard rock–inspired tunes are catnip for anyone who likes to drink cheap beer and fling their hair.

Psychedelic Furs, Bash and Pop
8 p.m., $35

The English rock band Psychedelic Furs, who started putting out music in the late Seventies and became iconic with the song “Pretty in Pink,” are both touring again and, according to band member Tim Butler, working on a new album. Their last full length was 1991’s World Outside, an expansive pop record that now feels incredibly Eighties. Now that these sounds are back in style, it’s not hard to imagine a new album from the band fitting in with the many young indie groups that emulate them.