The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/16/13

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The Arctic Monkeys return to New York with a Webster Hall show this Monday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Monday, 9/16:

Arctic Monkeys
Webster Hall
8:30pm, $39.50
A four-piece rock band born out of a suburb of Sheffield, England in 2002, Arctic Monkeys enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in 2005, when the then-teens tossed out free EPs to draw a fan base. Although generally considered part post-punk revival, the band has tweaked their sound each album, beefing up with heavy-handed drumming and frantic riff-heavy songs, while maintaining the quick-quipped lyrics and chunky bass lines that made them famous. Their newest album, AM, contains strange citations of hip-hop, so expect some back vocal falsettos and Dr. Dre beats atop all the swaggering balladry and muscular guitar work. -- By Sarah Madges

Jeff Macaulay
Don't Tell Mama
7pm, $15
Is it possible to be sung and unsung at the same time? You bet. Take lyricist Norman Gimbal--even though his name is unfamiliar, the songs boasting his lyrics are anything but. Ever heard of "Bluesette," "The Girl From Panama," "Killing Me Softly With His Song," "I Got a Name"? Ever heard of "It Goes as It Goes," which won the 1979 Oscar? So thanks to this fan for seeing Gimbal gets sung for his accomplishments. Not only does he work through famous and not-so-famous Gimbal items (with Tex Arnold at the piano) but he also tells Gimbal's story with humor. -- By David Finkle

Tuesday, 9/17:

Philip Glass + Elliott Sharp + Liquid Blonde + Transgendered Jesus
Santos Party House
7pm, $35
America's most beloved minimalist composer will accompany the (silent) work of maverick filmmaker Harry Smith, and Elliott Sharp will create a live score for Paul Sharits's 1966 Ray Gun Virus on his eight-string guitarbass, during an evening benefiting the Film-Makers' Cooperative, the world's largest artist-run collection of avant-garde cinema. The real surprises, however, may only emerge during whatever the accurately named Transgendered Jesus and glammy punk rockers Liquid Blonde uncork. With Optipus & E.S.P. TV, Jaded Lover. -- By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 9/18:

Barbez
Le Poisson Rouge
7pm, $10/$12
This historically informed Brooklyn sextet recently released its fifth album, Bella Ciao, on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Guitarist-bandleader Dan Kaufman traveled to Italy to research the traditional music of the Roman Jews. He returned with Jewish music that was more than two thousand years old, which he blends with original tunes inspired by the Italian Resistance of World War II. The results are a haunting art-rock rooted in tragedy and defiance. With Yotam Haber. -- By Richard Gehr



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