The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/27/13

Categories: Weekend

Catch Atoms for Peace at Barclays this Friday
Friday, 9/27:

Atoms for Peace
Barclays Center
8pm, $49.50-$69.50
It seems nobody else has the guts to say what we're all thinking, so here we go: Amok, the debut album by Thom Yorke's new supergroup side project, is substantially better than Radiohead's last release. Longtime producer Nigel Godrich is actually a formal band member this time around, exquisitely tweaking the same sorts of subtle fluttering digital hiccups that made Kid A so mind boggling at the turn of the century but felt trite on The Eraser five years later. This would be one for the ages if the longevity of the creative arts hadn't already completely collapsed in on itself by now. Hmm, maybe Thom should write a song about that? -- By Vijith Assar

Sidi Touré
Highline Ballroom
8pm, $12.50-$15
One of the Sahel's sharper singer-songwriters, Sidi Touré is touring as a representative of Gao, Mali, currently under control by Islamist militants. His new album, Alafia, was recorded in Bamako and Paris and flows effortlessly with Mali's blues-inflected guitars and supple polyrhythms. While he doesn't break any new ground, he offers a clear line into one of the world's great, and currently endangered, musical traditions. -- By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 9/28:


Trash Talk
285 Kent Ave
8pm, $12/$15
A hardcore group that might be best known for signing to mishmash hip-hop collective Odd Future's label in 2012, Trash Talk have been gaining critical recognition and even international success over the course of the past few years. Led by Lee Spielman, the group have worked with the likes of Steve Albini and Keith Morris (Off!/Black Flag) along with collaborations with OF's Tyler, the Creator. Expect thrashing, expletives, and raucous energy carried off well but without much polish. -- By Caitlin White

Sunday, 9/29:

John Zorn
Le Poisson Rouge
7:30pm, $30/$35
Downtown icon John Zorn's month-long 60th birthday celebration winds down at typical breakneck pace with a visceral double header featuring his extensive backlog. The Song Project puts lyrics to Zorn compositions from Masada, Dreamers, Naked City, and other groups, interpreted by Zorn's constellation of collaborators ranging from singer-songwriter Jesse Harris to iconoclastic guitarist Marc Ribot. Next, Zorn's group Moonchild convenes to perform compositions from Templars: In Sacred Blood, featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More singing Gregorian chants opposite John Medeski's haunting organ, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Joey Baron. Things will get weird, in a good way. -- By Aidan Levy

'Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis'
Town Hall
7:30pm, $50-$100
The Coen Brothers are banking on their forthcoming movie Inside Llewyn Davis reviving the Greenwich Village pre-folk scene the same way their movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? reinvigorated old-timey country music. They're so keen, in fact, that they're staging tonight's musical celebration pretty early (the movie, which received rave reviews at Cannes, comes out in December), maybe so they could accommodate all of the night's talent, which includes Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, the Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith, the movie's cast--including John Goodman, Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan--and more. -- By Kory Grow

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Location Info


Roseland Ballroom

239 W. 52nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Santos Party House

96 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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

Category: Music


85 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Music

Union Pool

484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

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