The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/21/13

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Fiona Apple will play anything she wants with Blake Mills this week at the Beacon
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 10/21:

Fiona Apple + Blake Mills
Beacon Theatre
Monday & Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., $39.50-$65
When singer-songwriters Fiona Apple 
and Blake Mills announced this tour, which they've dubbed Anything We Want, they said in a typically verbose missive (at least for Apple) that they had "26 percent of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you." Of course, the prospects are 
endless. The only trait they seem to share is understatement. On her most recent 
album, with the 23-word title The Idler Wheel. . . ., Apple erred toward moody, piano-based ruminations and quasi-psychedelic showstoppers, while Mills--who was Apple's guitarist on The Idler Wheel--tends to use restraint as his secret weapon, holding back in his folky solo recordings until he swells to a shout. The few Anything We Want shows they've played at press time have found them working through a mix of new songs, some Apple classics, a Conway Twitty cover, and a number that showcases Apple on the drums. But with the ever temperamental Apple, that "26 percent" can change on a whim. -- By Kory Grow

Tuesday, 10/22:

Chris Thile
Carnegie Hall
7:30 p.m.
Last year, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile won a MacArthur fellowship for his ongoing attempts to fuse bluegrass with classical music. If you aren't already familiar with those efforts, you should drop everything immediately and listen to "The Blind Leaving The Blind," the awe-inspiring four-movement suite he wrote for his band Punch Brothers as a way of coping with his 2003 divorce. The piece premiered at Carnegie Hall back in 2007, and now its author returns alone to focus on solo renditions of Bach violin concertos, which are perfectly suited in range and fingerings for adaptation to his relatively lowbrow version of the original intended instrument. -- By Vijith Assar

Boys Noize + Jimmy Edgar
10:00 p.m., $15/$30
Boys Noize is the performing name of German-born Alexander Ridha, a DJ and electronic music producer who also runs and curates the label Boysnoize Records. Blending everything from disco and hip-hop to French electro and house, Ridha has produced and remixed for artists like Snoop Dogg, the Scissor Sisters, and Spank Rock. Should you go, bring earplugs, as volume is what his 2012 record Out of the Black capitalizes on. -- By Caitlin White

Jane Monheit & Peter Eldridge
Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. daily, $35-$45
Here's an unusual case of Svengali and Trilby live in person: Monheit studied with Eldridge before launching her hotshot vocal career, and he's continued his work with New York Voices. He also writes songs, which makes it likely that in this reunion they'll do a ditty or two of his, along with whatever else they plan to grace with their irresistible stylings. It'll all sound like silk and satin magically materialized. -- By David Finkle

Wednesday, 10/23:

Robin Thicke
Hammerstein Ballroom
10:30pm, $100
Before playing Jackie to Timberlake's Marilyn--or Dante to Jon B's Virgil--and before being the grist to Miley's millstone, he was just Thicke, an ambitious song-peddler earnestly hawking Jamiroquai-esque long-haired, blue-eyed soul over Beethoven beats and doing gratuitous Sprite ads at Andre Harrell's behest. A decade later, Robin Thicke has mastered the art of making slick, sophisticated r&b pop more than anyone since Hall & Oates, freeing him from the promotional whims of label execs. He's his own man now, even though like most contemporary r&b artists, he's never really freed himself from the innovations of his musical inspirations. But that's no huge bother for us, because whether Marvin Gaye is rolling in his grave or dancing in it, songs like "Blurred Lines" keep our bodies moving during these turbulent times. -- By Winston Groman

Location Info


Carnegie Hall

W. 57th & Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


315 W. 44th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Hammerstein Ballroom

311 W. 34th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

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

Category: Music

Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium

61 W. 62nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Town Hall

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

Category: General

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