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

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Kendrick Lamar takes the stage at Williamsburg Park early Tuesday evening
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Tuesday, 9/10:

Kendrick Lamar
Williamsburg Park
5:30pm, $35
With Jay Z sacrificing his hyphen to the artistic world and Yeezy pursuing the train of his muse's dark dress, it's clear--only two years after "Ni**as in Paris"--that the Throne has been abdicated. After the unmitigated success of his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, a fusion of Outkast skill, Devin the Dude vibe, Wu cinematics, and West Coast geography, it shouldn't be a shock that Kendrick Lamar was the first to go for it. What is a shock is that he'd announce his claim on a Big Sean remix, and maybe this is why his "Control" verse doesn't quite reach the bar that it aims to set. Regardless, all rappers have been warned that the true quest for the Hip-Hop Holy Grail is on, and if NYC is Hip-Hop's Camelot, Kendrick is looking like the best bet to pull the (liquid?) sword from the stone. -- By Winston Groman

Beacon Theatre
8pm, $55-$85
"Drew," the single from Goldfrapp's upcoming album Tales of Us, is a mellow whirlpool of Alison Goldfrapp's whispered vocals and Will Gregory's plucked guitar with a hint of spaghetti western foreboding. It's far removed from the treacly synth-pop of Goldfrapp's previous Head On, and a promising foundation for what will be Goldfrapp's only U.S. performance this year (with Wordless Music Orchestra, who are sure to fill arrangements around Goldfrapps' singular ethereality with lush orchestral accents). -- By Aaron Gonsher

Wednesday, 9/11:

Blink-182 + New Beat Fund + Diiv
Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
8pm, $35
For about six years beginning in the late '90s, Blink-182 were the snottiest, most puerile trio to emerge from the wake of Nirvana's and, by proxy, Green Day's punk kerplunk, whining about "All the Small Things" and asking "What's My Age Again?" on MTV. They seemed unstoppable--at least until Good Charlotte came along and ruined everything for everyone. They've since broken up and reunited, and tonight, they're giving back, playing a 9/11 charity show. I guess this is growing up. -- By Kory Grow

Kate Boy + ASTR
The Mercury Lounge
6:30pm, $12
New to electro-pop, Kate Boy hasn't let inexperience stop them from taking the indie-sphere by force. Swedish pop is having a moment right now and lead singer Kate Akhurst's swelling, magnetic vocals, here accompanied by sizzling synths and endless percussion, make this Stockholm four piece an enticing addition to the current scene. -- By Caitlin White

Miguelo Valdés
Jazz Standard
7:30pm & 9:30pm, $20
The Standard's Cuban drum series continues with a Mexico-based master conguero whose credentials include stints with Celia Cruz, Israel López, and the Buena Vista Social Club. The congo lays down, embellishes, and then fractures the rhythmic consensus, so expect fireworks galore when Valdés leads a percussion-heavy band with Enrique Fernandez (flute, alto sax), Edgar Pantoja (piano), Mario Rodriguez (bass), and Marvin Diz (timbales). -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info


Williamsburg Park

Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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