The Ten Best Concerts in NYC This Week
Young Neil Young
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week.
Highline Ballroom. Mon., 8pm. $47.50-$125
From Stone Temple Pilots to Velvet Revolver, not to overlook a couple of solo records and (gasp!) a Christmas disc, oft-emaciated Scott Weiland has a lot of material to put food on his table. Tonight, he'll be performing what's promised as two decades of the post-grunge crooner's "greatest hits" in the intimate Highline Ballroom. Here's to hoping for an intimate version of Scott's Velvet Revolver single "Slither." -- By Kory Grow
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Madison Square Garden. Tue., 7:30pm. $63-$263.
A couple of weeks ago flannel-wearing, proto-grunge sensitivo Neil Young turned 67, but he still seems to have his eyes fixed on the future, having recently pulled out of reunion tour with his mid '60s group Buffalo Springfield. His latest album, Psychedelic Pill--and second this year to feature his old pals in his backing band Crazy Horse--is a mindfuck in the best way possible: On three 15-plus-minute dirtily produced jams and five shorter numbers, he manages to sound vital and inspired for close to 90 minutes, which would be no small feat for most artists half his age. -- By Kory Grow
Cameo Gallery. Tue., 8pm. $12-$15
Last year, the Brooklyn-based "performance art" garage-pop duo Japanther inspired quite a mini-riot at Lincoln Center's Rock and Roll Circus, when two fans whipped the audience into a crowd-surfing, elbow-throwing frenzy. They got through three songs. Japanther's music, by itself, though, is not the sort of thing that seems to lend itself to convulsive spasms. On the contrary, their most recent album, 2011's Beets, Limes, and Rice, is chock-full of catchy, lo-fi rawk nuggets that owe more of a debt to the counterculture music of the '60s than the hardcore calls to arms most often associated with moshing. So the magic ingredient must have something to do with vocalist-bassist Matt Reilly's untamed mane or the way his yelping meshes with drummer Ian Vanek's beat-crashing antics that just makes people lose control. With Ninjasonik and Slam Donahue. -- By Kory Grow
Ely Guerra + Eugenia León + Tania Libertad
Carnegie Hall. Tue., 8pm. $15-$75
It takes a trio of Mexican divas to salute larger-than-life Costa Rica-born singer Chavela Vargas, who died in August at age 93. Known as "the rough voice of tenderness," Vargas became the authoritative interpreter of many Mexican rancheras, boleros, and corridos. No slouches themselves, Guerra, Léon, and Libertad have reshaped Mexican music as performers comfortable in the country's rock, pop, folk, and nueva canción idioms. -- By Richard Gehr
Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch + Marissa Nadler
Le Poisson Rouge. Tue., 10pm. $12-$15
Myth has it that this pair met on the streets of New York, and it's no wonder they picked each other out: Their sophomore album, The Mystery of Heaven, sounds even more like a Jarmusch film than their debut, Concerning the Entrance into Eternity. It's hypnotic, with the hallmark dense atmospherics and style over substance Jarmusch is known for, a rare entry into the slim collection of contemporary lute music beyond Sting's brief foray. And Tilda Swinton has a vocal cameo. -- By Aidan Levy