The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/23/13

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Lionel Richie will play his hits all night long at Barclays on Tuesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 9/23:

Dave Douglas Sextet
York Theatre at St. Peter's Church
7pm, $20
The Festival Of New Trumpet Music has been taking place this week, giving some shine to visionary veterans and rising talents alike. One of our most intrepid brass players, and the guy who gave the Fest its start, brings his latest group to the stage in a show that helps celebrate his 50th birthday. From Protestant hymns to churning freebop to a new commission entitled "Pathways" (inspired by in a Bach chorale) Douglas's ensemble is sure illustrate the breadth that has been central to the trumpeter-composer's work. -- By Jim Macnie

Tuesday, 9/24:

Lionel Richie
Barclays Center
8pm, $39.50-$149.50
Forever young, and redolent of a dreamy, low-risk idea of pop maturity, the decades between his prime stardom and the present have been kind to Lionel Richie: Like contemporaries Prince and Bruce Springsteen, the man has never quite been a punchline. And while it's true that the average stranger on the street is more likely to erupt with "Dancing On The Ceiling" or "All Night Long" than, say, "I'm In Love," Richie's voice still carries a distinctive warmth. Admit it: If a pal randomly gifted you with Lionel Richie tickets, you'd be all over it, even if you didn't brag about it on Twitter. -- By Raymond Cummings

Julia Holter + Nedelle Torrisi
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $16/$18
There's a moment on Julia Holter's latest LP where everything turns to jazz. Horns blurt inconsolably. Strings swirl. There's a slide whistle. That song, "Maxim's II," is the brassiest, most disconcerting part of the deceptively titled Loud City Song, and she follows it up with a gentle piano ballad. It's an unusual turn for the album, which mostly draws from the dynamic interplay between hushed new-wavey synthscapes and Holter's understated vocals. But that unpredictability is what separates the 28-year-old singer from the rest of the art-rock pack. While her previous album, 2012's Ekstasis, owes a debt to Kate Bush, Julee Cruise, and a fair chunk of the early '80s 4AD roster, Loud City Song contains all the mystery of those artists, but also Holter's own outbursts of inspiration. It's a curious turn that could make for a dramatic concert tonight. With Nedelle Torrisi. -- By Kory Grow

Local Natives + Wild Nothing
Terminal 5
8pm, $27.50/$30
Lulling and harmony-ridden, the Los Angeles-based Local Natives burst onto the indie folk scene with their debut, Gorilla Manor, in 2009, drawing comparisons to blog darlings Grizzly Bear. Nouveau folk luminaries who refract personal reflections through driving melodies and gossamer vocals, the group quickly signed to French Kiss and built a loyal fan base. Expect dream pop infused with folk elements and an overwhelming sense of acoustic spaciousness. -- By Caitlin White

Said the Whale
The Mercury Lounge
6:30pm, $10
For a Vancouver-based band, Said the Whale creates convincingly sunny West Coast indie rock. Formed in 2007 by songwriters Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft, the five-piece has built a repertoire of hooky riffs, breezy vocal harmonies, and choruses sung with the reckless rock 'n' roll abandon. Touring in support of their new purposefully misspelled album, hawaiii, expect repetitive yet somehow compelling refrains, solid guitar work, and catchy near-sea shanties. -- By Sarah Madges

Location Info


York Theatre at St. Peter's Church

619 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irish Arts Center

553 W. 51st St., New York, NY

Category: General

Radio City Music Hall

1260 Sixth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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