The Best NYC Shows This Week: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Ought


Two exciting spaces open in Brooklyn this week. One of these new venues is actually an old one: Market Hotel, the former DIY space reopening for the second time after a run-in with the police earlier this year. The other, Elsewhere, is a massive project from the people behind the now-shuttered Williamsburg mainstay Glasslands. If all you’re thinking about is Halloween, don’t worry: Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train extravaganza at Knockdown Center should keep you satisfied.

Jessie Ware
le poisson rouge
9 p.m., $25

“Alone,” the standout track on the English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware’s recently released third album, Glasshouse, captures everything that’s great about the artist. Over-the-top emotion, soulful vocals, Eighties synths, and larger-than-life choruses are what have drawn people to her, and they’re all solidly in place here. Ware plays le poisson rouge in Manhattan Monday night for what should be an incredible chance to catch this stadium-level artist in a super-intimate spot.

Grand Opening Halloween Party
Battles, Cakes Da Killa, Combo Chimbita, Future Punx, the Wants, Alex Pasternak (DJ), Dap, Dadras
8 p.m., $30–$35

In the wake of mass shutdowns of north Brooklyn music venues over the last few years, a gap in the market remains open for whoever has the money and guts to grab it. We’re starting to see the results now, and Elsewhere, a new space in Bushwick, is one of the most ambitious of these projects. Created by alumni of the defunct Williamsburg venue Glasslands, Elsewhere raised $3 million to outfit a 24,000-square-foot space with two venues, a café and bar, art galleries, a rooftop, and more. Its opening Halloween night party will feature the math-rock prodigies Battles and the energetic queer rapper Cakes Da Killa. Head here to get a glimpse of the future of Brooklyn nightlife.

New York Night Train Haunted Hop
Shannon and the Clams, Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds, Escap-ism, the Nude Party, Jonathan Toubin, more
Knockdown Center
8 p.m., $15–$25

Jonathan Toubin and his New York Night Train crew are throwing a sprawling Halloween party at Knockdown Center, featuring many rooms of live music, DJs, film screenings, cover sets, and more. A $20 fee will be imposed on those who show up without a costume, so you can rest assured the crowd will be well-dressed. Highlights include the Oakland, California, girl group–inspired rockers Shannon and the Clams, whose aesthetic is straight out of a John Waters movie, and Escape-ism, the new solo post-punk project from the D.C. punk rocker Ian Svenonius.

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile
Beacon Theatre
8 p.m., $61+

Earlier this month, the witty Australian stoner-rocker Courtney Barnett and the country psych-rock performer Kurt Vile released a collaborative album that highlights some of the best aspects of each artist. Barnett’s cutting jokes and keen sense for observation run through her lyrics, while Vile’s drawling serenity levels out some of her neurosis. Their musical styles mesh well; together, they’re a little more twangy than most of Barnett’s repertoire, and a little more uptempo than most of Vile’s. Catch the duo this week uptown, at the Beacon Theatre.

Welcome Back Market Hotel
The So So Glos, LVL UP, gobbinjr, Samantha Urbani (DJ), DJ Carlitos (Beach Jam)
Market Hotel
9 p.m., $15

The second venue to open in Brooklyn this week is an old friend: Market Hotel, the Myrtle Avenue mainstay that closed in 2010 and then reopened last year — only to close again, after a police raid charged it with warehousing alcohol without a liquor license. Now Market is back, and more legal than ever (hopefully). The party to celebrate the return will feature local favorites and veterans of the space, like the punk group the So So Glos, who were Market’s original residents, and LVL UP, a DIY staple who model themselves after artists like Dinosaur Jr. and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Strange Ranger, Fits, Dig Nitty
8 p.m., $8–$10

Strange Ranger (formerly Sioux Falls) are an indie rock band in the tradition of fellow Northwest acts like Modest Mouse and Elliott Smith; they make music that ranges from quiet and personal to boisterous and aggressive, using a broad palette of sounds to enhance their down-tempo rock ’n’ roll beats. Their 2016 EP, Sunbeams Through Your Head, saw the band pared down to two members and drifting toward a more post-rock-y sound; the tracks felt looser and more ambient. They’ll play with locals Fits at Ridgewood’s Trans-Pecos.

Grizzly Bear, Serpentwithfeet
Brooklyn Steel
8:30 p.m., $41–$46

Grizzy Bear’s impressionistic pop made a huge impact on the indie scene during the last decade, their albums ultimately becoming staples of the genre. Their subdued, tasteful tunes force the listener to practice patience, and rarely deliver instant gratification. Instead, the band brilliantly creates a mood that pervades its releases, including its newest, this year’s Painted Ruins. The Beach Boy harmonies and electro-acoustic instrumentation that made them stand out are still going strong. They’ll play at Brooklyn Steel with Serpentwithfeet, an exceptional artist who warps r&b into something unsettling and mesmerizing. Also 11/3 and 11/4.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Maria Usbeck, Cool Maritime
Good Room
8 p.m., $15–$17

The Los Angeles–based producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s newest album, The Kid, stretches her capabilities by exploring more accessible territory than Smith has in the past. She uses a Buchla synthesizer to create rippling, effervescent electropop with layers of beguiling vocoded vocals strung over it. On The Kid, Smith follows one human life from birth to death. But if you don’t want to think about all that, you can just sit back and enjoy her fascinatingly delicious sounds.

Ought, Trace Mountains, Boys Online
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $15

The Montreal-based post-punkers Ought use their music to explore the sinister stuff that lurks under the surface of the mundane. On their 2015 album, Sun Coming Down, the seven-minute “Big Beautiful Sky” finds their wiry lead singer, Tim Darcy, repeating refrains like, “How’s the family?” “How’s your health been?” “Fancy seeing you here!,” as the band’s instrumentation builds toward a cacophony. Darcy’s performance is always gripping, as he contorts and flails with conviction. The band will play Silent Barn this week with the spaced-out, Nineties-inspired indie rock project Trace Mountains.

Hospital Productions 20 Years
Godflesh, Jesu, Nothing, Prurient, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Skin Crime, Orphx, Regis, Dedekind Cut, Clay Rendering, Dual Action, Dust Belt, Ames Sanglantes, Alberich, Lussuria, Geography of Hell, Becka Diamond, Nikki Sneakers
2 p.m., $45–$50

Hospital Productions is a record label founded by Dominick Fernow, who goes by the name Prurient when he plays music. Fernow was only sixteen when he started Hospital Productions; over nearly the last twenty years, the label has grown into a musical force to be reckoned with, a home to some of electronic’s and metal’s most unnerving and experimental acts. This all-day event will showcase some of Hospital Productions’ greatest acts, from the English industrial metal act Godflesh to the surprisingly gentle shoegazers Nothing. And, of course, Fernow himself will perform his searing power electronics.