The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/28/13

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Trinidad James + Vinny Chase + SNL & Danse
S.O.B.'s
Wednesday, 9pm, $12
Just as Ca$h Out's "Cashin' Out" was the breakout Atlanta rap single of the first half of 2012, Trinidad James's "All Gold Everything" ruled the year's B-side, making a catchphrase out of the line "Pop a molly, I'm sweatin'" while screwing the beat down to a Codeine-ready 50 bpm. Unlike Ca$h Out, James also released a tape full of hot beats and entertaining rhymes, most of them slant, unified by an original aesthetic equal parts 2 Chainz and Shock G. Tonight, he pops one more molly and heads to S.O.B.'s for a Hot 97 showcase. With Vinny Cha$e, Danse, and SNL. -- By Nick Murray

School of Seven Bells + Prince Rama + Weeknight
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thursday, 9pm, $15
Members of our fair city's shoegazing new-wave group the School of Seven Bells have cited Beyonce, Joni Mitchell, and New Order among their biggest influences, but only the last of those reflects how they sound: The fuzzy synths and catchy vocals are purely British, recalling the older band's Factory Records sound, as well as about every 4AD release before 1988, to the point that frontwoman Alejandra Deheza could do a mean impression of Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser if she'd simply stop singing real words. With Prince Rama and Weeknight. -- By Kory Grow

Gemini Club + HITS
The Mercury Lounge
Thursday, 9:30pm, $10/$12
The memory of reckless youth prevents me from reaching for Sparks when I'm at the bodega, even though it still has a sweet 6% alcohol content. The saccharine jolts collected in Gemini Club's "Here We Sit" EP give me pangs in the same places--especially single "By Surprise" which would have been a shoe-in for The O.C. Season 10. Yeah 'it tastes different', but the Chicagoans' summer-kissed indie-electronica makes for innocent party fuel. "Show My Hands" stands out. -- By Alexis Stephens

Freddie Gibbs
Santos' Party House
Wednesday, 7:30pm, $15
In what Times critic Jon Caramanica has tagged rap's "post-truth" era, Freddie Gibbs remains committed to the craftsmanship and "reality rap" ethos of early Rap-a-Lot greats like the Convicts and Royal Flush. No lie, I'm not well-positioned to say whether Gangsta Gibbs is this generation's real-est realist. But his appeal verily lies in his particular concern for verisimilitude, as evoked in hyper-competent, hard-boiled verses, delivered without any ad-lib references to what's sewn on the seat of his jeans (true!). -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Crocodiles
The Glasslands Gallery
Thursday, 8:30pm, $12
Born from an early incarnation of Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles retains the lo-fi but saccharine aesthetic of its noise pop beginnings, living by the motto "Nothing is that clean, so why should music be?" But unlike other two-piece noise rock groups like Japanther or Lightning Bolt, these San Diego-ers have a toned down approach that reads more like a fuzzier Beach Boys or a grittier New Order. With three full-length albums under their belt, the duo's sound has slowly evolved into self-assured, if scratchy, rock 'n' roll. -- By Sarah Madges

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