The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/29/13

Categories: Weekend

O Children: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds take over Beacon Theatre Friday and Saturday
Please get out and do something. Your roommates are worried about you.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds + Sharon Van Etten
Beacon Theatre
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $39.50-$69.50
Now that the maestro of the morose has survived what we assume was one hell of a midlife crisis--the only evidence being the scabrous, virile declarations on songs like "No Pussy Blues" that he released with his noise-rock band Grinderman--Nick Cave has returned to his main gig: conducting the symphony of sadness that is the Bad Seeds. On their latest, Push the Sky Away, he paints in darkly muted tints, singing with delicate melodies songs about the trivial trappings of modern life and, in true Cave fashion, love. -- By Kory Grow

Bush Tetras
Slipper Room
Friday, 7pm, $15
Some can say that Bush Tetras predicted the future. After debuting their first single "Too Many Creeps," the group's funk-infused take on post-punk and aggressively danceable beats made them underground successes during the '80s but the sound hit the mainstream in the early millennium with the success of bands like Bloc Party and LCD Soundsystem. After releasing their latest album, Happy, Bush Tetras has firmly solidified that they'll continuing being underground innovators every decade. -- By Brittany Spanos

Christian Scott
Ginny's Supper Club
Saturday, 10:30pm, $20
The New Orleans-born, fashion-forward trumpeter Christian Scott celebrates his 30th birthday with his trumpet Katrina, a custom-built instrument featuring a bell that pointed skyward in the style of Dizzy Gillespie's iconic horn. Beyond Dizzy, Scott jumps across a range of styles and sounds, channeling everything from hip-hop to On the Corner-style funk and African rhythms. His most recent album, Christian aTunde Adjuah, represents a step towards artistic self-creation that firmly establishes him as one of the new young lions of jazz. -- By Aidan Levy

Sean Moran's Small Elephant
Sunday, 7pm, $10
Even grumpy nylon-string skeptics will get off on the rhythmically challenging and harmonically colorful tines of Tusk, the (non-Fleetwood-Mac-inspired) solo debut by guitarist Sean Moran, an electric component of the Four Bags and Bassoon. With Michael McGinnis (clarinet), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Reuben Radding (bass), and Harris Eisenstadt (drums) aboard, Small Elephant skims the cream of the Brooklyn slipstream. -- By Richard Gehr

Red Baraat + Vandana Jain
Webster Hall
Friday, 6pm, $20
The thunderous local drums-and-brass ensemble presents its second annual Festival of Colors. Led by Sunny Jain, whose double-headed dhol drum serves as its heartbeat, Red Baraat expands India's wedding-band template into a more inclusively throbbing caterwaul evocative of joyous brass-band cultures from New Orleans to the Balkans but with a Bollywood bent. India-raised Vandana Jain plays experimental synth-pop, and the Parijat Desai Dance Company brings its blend of Indian classical and Western contemporary dance. -- By Richard Gehr

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