The Ten Best Concerts In New York This Week
These are the 10 best concerts in NYC this week.
Coldplay + Jay-Z
Mon., Dec. 31. 7pm. Barclays Center. $59.15-$495. (LOL)
When Coldplay released the piano ballad "The Scientist" as the second single from 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head, one could scarcely imagine a group less likely to become the center of a mainstream hip-hop rivalry. Nevertheless, half a decade later, their frontman Chris Martin was singing hooks for Jay-Z ("Beach Chair") and Jay-Z protégé Kanye West ("Homecoming"), who then called out his mentor with those immortal bars, "I told Jay I did a song with Coldplay/Next thing I know he got a song with Coldplay/Back of my mind I'm like, 'Damn, no way.'" With that beef long squashed, Coldplay rings in the New Year at Jay's new Brooklyn stadium, double-billed with Hov himself. No word on Kanye's plans. -- By Nick Murray
Mon., Dec. 31. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Metropolitan Room. Price: $45-$149.99
Tonight, this ever-talented octogenarian welcome 2013 with open arms and open voice. Those steel pipes have lost none of their luster since she began singing publicly over 70 years ago. Since she's soon to reprise "Marilyn By Request," it's possible she sings only new ones, so long as that's what the reservation call-ins dictate. For her, that won't be problem. -- By David Finkle
Blonde Redhead + Beach Fossils
Mon., Dec. 31. 8:00 p.m. Irving Plaza. $10.
If only the end of every year could sound as serene as one of Blonde Redhead's glacial, cinematic dream-pop symphonies, the world would be a lot... glassier. Tonight, Blonde Redhead aren't ringing in just another new year but their own 20th year. And, whether they're specifically celebrating that milestone or not tonight, they haven't released an album since 2010, so we should expect a career-spanning set of their most transcendent works. For more glassy-eyed transcendence, the VIP price includes a champagne toast. -- By Kory Grow
The Bad Plus
Mon., Dec. 31. 9:30 p.m. Village Vanguard. $150.
Jazz fans rarely think of the Bad Plus as traditionalists, but the most celebrated and scrutinized piano trio of the past decade certainly seems to be the go-to crew for ringing in the new year at the Village Vanguard. Revelers who want to kiss the old year goodbye with a dab of poignancy while splashing into the great unknown have found that a visit to the revered jazz cellar is a must when the band is holding forth. It remains remarkable that drummer Dave King, bassist Reid Anderson, and pianist Ethan Iverson can straddle that line of sensitivity and ferociousness, but "Pound for Pound," from this year's Made Possible is both steely and bittersweet. Their approach nudges everything towards the majestic, so expect even a momentary "Auld Lang Syne" to boast an epic vibe. And don't forget to go back and check 'em on a normal old Thursday night. -- By Jim Macnie
David Berkman Quartet
Wed. and Thurs., Jan 2 and 3. 9:30 p.m. Smalls Jazz Club. $15.
The pianist's Live At Smoke floated by during our recent Sandy flood, so I dried it off and spun it again: mainstream jazz with just enough twists and turns to let you know that Team Berkman is always sniffing out ways to give the familiar a sense of adventure. He's known for killer rhythm sections, and this foursome boasts one, but what you'll truly notice are the sage idiosyncrasies of the lines created by trumpeter Tom Harrell. -- By Jim Macnie