The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/30/13
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Lorde will hold court for two nights at Webster Hall this week
The Mercury Lounge
Fusing a half-lidded lyricism with the boundless energy of Manchester drug-popsters like the Happy Mondays, Jagwar Ma's ecstatic debut album, Howlin' is a criminally overlooked sunburst of guitar repetition and rhythmic joy, doused in rays of psychedelic sunshine without ever becoming cloying or making you wish the trip would come to end. The duo of Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma hit Mercury Lounge for an intimate sold-out show. -- By Aaron Gonsher
Monday & Tuesday, 8pm, $25
As her aptly titled single "Royals" topped the Alternative charts, the 16-year-old New Zealand native has become one of the most sonically shocking acts on the mainstream charts this year, complimenting her dry, straightforward lyrics with a similarly minimalist sound. Just days after the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Pure Heroine, Lorde will bring her songs to NYC. Catch this rising star now. -- By Brittany Spanos
Music Hall of Williamsburg
It has been two years since the L.A. indie-rock quartet Warpaint visited New York and three since they released their breakthrough LP, The Fool. That album played out like a fuzzy, familiar, occasionally avant-garde soundscape of melancholy moans, intricately textured rhythms, and all-around bittersweet melodies. When those elements worked together, it all added up to an enjoyably morose listening experience, one that seems to pour effortlessly from the group's vocalist-guitarist frontwomen Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman. But more impressive is the way they pull off that delicate balance in a live setting, and their ability to make their sad songs sound fun at the same time. Tonight, they'll likely play tracks from The Fool, but they've also promised to play some new numbers as well. It's about time.
8pm & 10pm, $10
The powerful and prolific multi-instrumentalist begins a week-long residency with a pair of shows highlighting his considerable composition and improvisation skills, respectively. At 8 p.m. the Sirius Quartet premieres Mare Undarum, one of the graphic scores Sharp has been concentrating on in recent years. At 10, he'll unleash the latest version of his Bootstrapper improvising unit, playing guitar, saxophone, and electronics with longtime cohorts Melvin Gibbs (bass) and Anton Fier (drums). -- By Richard Gehr
The Mercury Lounge
Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has been on the slow grind to success, previously releasing two albums under the moniker Rockettothesky before her two releases as Jenny Hval. The abrasive, gritty vocal style and explicit lyrics she embraces convey a powerfully feminine energy in the folk and experimental rock vein that leans toward avant garde. -- By Caitlin White