The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/18/2013

Categories: Weekend

Catch Father John Misty at Town Hall this Friday evening
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Friday, 10/18:

Father John Misty + Kate Berlant
Town Hall
8 p.m., $30/$35
Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tilllman has been touring the bejezus out of 2011's terrific Jonathan Wilson-produced Fear Fun. But there's new material on the way, and this is a solo version, so there will probably be even more amusing banter than usual in-between this ersatz guru-stripper's gimlet-eyed musical observations draped in vintage Laurel Canyon arrangements. -- By Richard Gehr

Eric Prydz
Hammerstein Ballroom
8 p.m., $20-$69
Eric Prydz? Nearly a decade ago, the Swedish DJ's chart-topping "Call on Me" just about invented EDM, but soaring tracks like "Allein" and his so-called "Private Remix" of M83's "Midnight City" keep him at the top of festival bills to this day. Tonight's Hammerstein gig marks the American debut of the show he debuted two years ago in London, supposedly the first dance event to incorporate 3-D holograms, which are said to work "in conjunction with enormous custom-built projection surfaces, rotational 3-D mapping, and laser displays." In the words of country star Brad Paisley--another guy who helps plan his arena lightshows--welcome to the future. -- By Nick Murray

The Dismemberment Plan
Terminal 5
8 p.m., $27.50/$33
The Dismemberment Plan were the standard bearers of indie rock during the period between the implosion of Pavement in 1999 and the emergence of the Strokes and the White Stripes in 2001. As rock seemed to be on its last legs, the D.C.-based band stumbled upon a sound that funneled their post-hardcore roots into a late-Pavement-like languor with chord progressions that sounded like Sting at his solo best. In other words, they made music ideal for Gen Xers making the bumpy transition from a restless youth to some sort of maturity, a common egoic crisis well represented in album titles like Emergency & I and Change. Having soundtracked this moment, the band dissolved, and its members got jobs, had kids, and learned to live normal lives. Thankfully, the impulse to create never fully fades, and after a few recent tours and performances, the band decided to go all-in, cooking up Uncanney Valley, which is in stores now. -- By Winston Groman

Fuck Buttons
Le Poisson Rouge
8 p.m., $28
The career of Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons has been an odd one. Out of the gate, they swung with a haphazard, noisy approach that was almost hardcore in nature, while on their next outing, they glommed fast to beats. By the 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies and Slow Focus, issued earlier this year, Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power had sorted out how to marry both approaches into a hybrid that's a cross between acid house and experimental mind-melt. Suddenly, they're capable of such drowny, crippling glory it's possible to forget how dumb their name still is. -- By Raymond Cummings

Aaron Parks
Jazz Gallery
9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $15
Fans of the pianist's vivid imagination have been waiting for his solo move, and the impressionistic vibe of the new Arborescence is a sizable payoff. In a recital that stresses a commitment to mood over a show of chops, each of the pieces in his suite-like program are brimming with a sense of place. Boasting a bit of drama, a folkish ambiance, and an provocative sort of reflection, it's just right for the seasonal change taking place outside. -- By Jim Macnie

Location Info



Hammerstein Ballroom

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

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Gallery

290 Hudson St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Silent Barn

603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Carnegie Hall

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

Category: General

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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