The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/14/13

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Selena Gomez will make the stars dance at Barclays this Wednesday
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Monday, 10/14:

Nine Inch Nails + Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Barclays Center
8 p.m., $54-$99
Back in gear after a several year absence, the visceral nature of early Nine Inch Nails has given way to something more rewardingly cerebral. Reunion album Hesitation Marks plays like the sonic equivalent of a long, winding tour through fossilized wormwood. Life may not have frontman Trent Reznor as aggrieved as it once did, but his creative muse is restless, sending rivulets of synthesizer, guitar (some of it played by famous virtuosos), and percussion into ticklish electronic-pop tributaries and intersections. It's composition as chess and narcotic. -- By Raymond Cummings

Those Darlins
The Mercury Lounge
6:30 p.m., $12
Feminist rockabilly sounds like an oxymoron, but these darlins pull it off with a brash combination of sass, sex appeal, and the unvarnished truth of their experience. On Blur the Line, their self-consciously titled third studio album, they ironically ask whether the subaltern can truly speak, vacillating between telling it like it is on the wistful "Oh God" and having some tongue-in-cheek fun on girl power anthem "Optimist." The video for the latter apes "Blurred Lines," but as a feminist reclamation of Thicke's misogynistic tropes, depicting a series of dancing torsos, cropped at the head, in a satirical and effective attempt at reverse commodification. -- By Aidan Levy

Tuesday, 10/15:

Vanessa Carlton
Highline Ballroom
8 p.m., $35/$40
It's hard to believe that it's been 11 years since the release of Carlton's riveting debut, Be Not Nobody, a record that set the bar high for singer-songwriters in the new millennium. Since then, she's continued to float around pop music both as an artist herself and as an influence on the latest crop of female songwriters looking to craft earnest and catchy pop songs with a little extra meat on their bones. Though she hasn't put out a new album since 2011, Carlton is reportedly hard at work on her next endeavor. Until then, prepare yourself for a White Chicks-level sing-along to "A Thousand Miles." -- By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 10/16:

Selena Gomez + Emblem3 + Christina Grimmie
Barclays Center
7 p.m., $30.50-$70.50
Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, and named after "Dreaming of You" singer Selena, the Wizards of Waverly Place and Spring Breakers actress Selena Gomez has scored four top-10 LPs and gone four times platinum with "Love You Like a Love Song," all before turning 22. This year's "Come & Get It," the lead single from the chart-topping Stars Dance, meanwhile, has reached double platinum, its stomping dance beat and Bollywood sample representative of an album that includes a handful of possible club hits and a Buju Banton vocal interpolation somewhere in between. Last time Gomez headlined a show in these parts, she was relegated to the suburbs, playing the PNC Arts Center way out in Jersey. Tonight, she comes to the Barclays Center with X Factor boy band Emblem3--this generation's LFO. With Christina Grimmie. -- By Nick Murray

Terminal 5
7 p.m., $23/$25
Savages are an all-female English foursome who approach post-punk with a ferocious feminism that rivals the wildness of the riot grrrl movement. Fairly new on the scene, they only formed at the end of 2011 but have already won plenty of accolades from both fans and press. Expect ceaseless roiling guitar and scream-sung lyrics with deeply political and poetic intent. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

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

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Roseland Ballroom

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

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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