The Ten Best Concerts In NYC This Week, 12/10
These are the 10 best concerts in NYC this week, in no particular order. GO!
Vomitor + Negative Plane
Public Assembly Mon., Dec. 10. 8pm. $13/$15.
Think if Brisbane, Australia's Vomitor as a sort of gateway drug to heavy-rock fandom. Worried that the tempos will be too sludgy, or the drumming too impossibly robotic, the riffage too mercurial, the vocal fury too turgid? Fear not, mortal: Vomitor is simply too fun, in a Romper Room-for-headbangers sort of way, to overwhelm or oppress even a newborn. The tempo, generally speaking, is breakneck, but it's cartoon breakneck that goes on too long, like a gang of sugared-up punk kids distending a 30-second hardcore blast to three or four minutes and finding melodic religion (if not chops) along the way. Recommended for kids of all ages. -- By Raymond Cummings
Riverside Church/The Interfaith Center. Mon. and Tues., Dec 10-11. $40.
In the alt-folk universe of Andrew Bird's Hands of Glory, his companion piece to Break It Yourself, Prohibition never ended, the "county remains dry," and the closest thing to a plasma screen is the Atlantic Ocean. In this old-timey dystopia, Bird holds court at Riverside Church, the premiere live music venue in the bible-toting metropolis after Hurricane Sandy permanently knocked out the grid. Winter concerts are lit by candlelight, summer shows crackle with the campfire -- and people just listen. -- By Aidan Levy
Of Montreal + Foxygen + French Horn Rebellion
Webster Hall, Tues., Dec 11. 7pm. $22/$25
Much like their album covers, indie rockers Of Montreal's concerts are Technicolor experiments in surrealism, where the band dramatize their songs with oversized props and extravagant costumes. Despite the bells and whistles, or maybe because of them, the band manages to bring its mixture of Berlin-era Bowie and, in the case of their 11th full-length, this year's Paralytic Stalks, what sounds like Nile Rodgers would make on acid. -- By Kory Grow
Bowery Ballroom, Tues., Dec. 11. 8pm. $22.
For years, it seemed like Solange Knowles was best known not for her music but for taking her superstar sister and brother- in-law to a show by Brooklyn indie dudes Grizzly Bear. But if she keeps releasing songs as great as "Losing You," a funky yet melancholic goodbye to a failing relationship, that should soon change. Last week's True EP should provide the foundation for tonight's Bowery Ballroom show, but expect the Carroll Gardens resident to draw from past efforts like SoL-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams or her much-blogged-about cover of Dirty Projectors' "Stillness Is the Move." -- By Nick Murray
Heathered Pearls + Benjamin Curtis
Glasslands Gallery, Tues., Dec. 11. 8:30pm. $10.
Working in A&R at Ghostly International, Jakub Alexander has signed artists varying from the slow disco of Mark E to the calm moodiness of Tycho. Under the name Heathered Pearls, Alexander's Loyal is getting a release on Ghostly, the project based on recreating soothing environments as a break from his own mental anxieties. This album release party includes support from Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells. -- By Aaron Gonsher