The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/3/12

Categories: Live


Neil Young And Crazy Horse + Patti Smith + Everest
Barclays Center
Monday, 7:30pm, $58-$258
"Here's how I got my mantra/Gave them 35 bucks now/Gave it to the Maharishi/It went to the organization," recalls Neil Young in "Driftin' Back," the nearly half-hour slab of vintage acid-rock thud-bliss that opens his sprawling Psychedelic Pill. It's Young's second album with Crazy Horse this year following Americana, an album of domestic traditionals that sound like something Charles Ives might have concocted if he'd plied electric guitar on the cosmic tundra. With 43 years of on-again, off-again collaboration under their collective belt, Young and Crazy Horse (Ralph Molina, drums; Billy Talbot, bass; and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, guitar) are one of hard rock's more enduring and seminal combos. If there's a valedictory quality to their latest releases--same chords, new songs, darker results--that's all the more reason to stick your finger into their electric socket while you can. With Patti Smith. -- By Richard Gehr

Black Moth Super Rainbow + Casket Girls + The Stargazer Lilies
Bowery Ballroom
Wednesday, 9pm, $15
Songwriter Tobacco and bandmates the Seven Field of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface, and Bullsmear are back with their Kickstarter-sparked Cobra Juicy, a greasy lysergic wallow in slightly-right-of-Animal-Collective face-melt. Vocoders and synths still burble above the forest on a breathy, beguiling, and sometimes rather sweet album that challenges listeners to locate corollaries to consensus pop reality. -- By Richard Gehr

Ben Rimalower
The Duplex
Thursday, 9:30pm, $15/$20
Oh, that Patti LuPone! She sure started something. Think of those "Evita" fans, or even tonight's star, the one who calls his show "Patti Issues" and talks about being so diva-gone that he eventually found a way to work with and for her. Here, expect the 36-year-old writer/director to blend his attachment into the story of a life with (and too often without) a gay father. A sui generis cabaret event, directed by Aaron Mark. -- By David Finkle

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Communist Daughter
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $20
Don't harsh the former Drive-By Trucker if the best thing on his gritty new live album with his tough trio is a surprisingly faithful cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane." All the other finely observed hard-times tracks on Live From Alabama sound nearly as urgent, especially the boozy "Cigarettes and Wine" and noble DBT standard "Danko/Manuel." - By Richard Gehr

Diamond Rings + Gold Fields
Bowery Ballroom
Tuesday, 9pm, $15
Whether John O'Regan's shamelessness is a cause for admiration or disgust depends on where the listener stands on irony-free modern synth-pop. As Diamond Rings, he reaches beyond camp and schtick towards a simplicity of intent that feels almost disingenuous, an aesthetic mash-up of Morrissey, Vanilla Ice, Andrew W.K., and Max Headroom. Free Dimensional is so bleeding-gums saccharine that debut Special Affections is Dylan-esque by comparison, but the embarrassment of YouTube videos where O'Regan dances onstage is tempered by the realization that somewhere, someone's life is maybe being saved by this. -- By Raymond Cummings

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