The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/7/2013

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Sara Bareilles still won't write you a love song at her show at Radio City this Wednesday
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Monday, 10/7:

Earl Sweatshirt + Domo Genesis + Vince Staples
Bowery Ballroom
9 p.m., $20/$25
When we first met Earl Sweatshirt, he was but a 16-year-old kid, sitting in a hair salon, blending and drinking the foulest-looking beverage imaginable and rapping impossibly dense bars. Three years later, the kid still might not be grown, but he remains wise beyond his years, spending the time in between at Samoan boarding school but returning stronger than ever, confident and self-aware both in life (a recent New York Times Magazine interview was one of the publication's best in recent memory) and on the mic, dropping tiered metaphors like the one about how his interwoven verses are "36 fish netted like the hook was inefficient." With Vince Staples. -- By Nick Murray

Julieta Venegas
Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $39.50
If you take 2003's, 2006's Limón y Sal, and 2010's Otra Cosa out of view, one gets a very different impression of Julieta Venegas. Gone, for the most part, would be the pop chanteuse of that trilogy of albums, whose effervescent tunes catapulted her into the upper echelons of Latin-Pop stardom, and instead, one would find an artist more interested in texture and rhythm than pop hooks. This is the Julieta Venegas of her first two albums, Aquí and Bueninvento, a singer-songwriter whose contribution to the Amores Perros soundtrack was a tour de force of cerebral atmospherics--a song about as far from the fizziness of "Andar Conmigo" or "Eres Para Mí" as is possible. Now, with 2013's Los Momentos, Venegas has reconciled these two stages of her career with a sort of moody synth-pop that weds the sonic experimentation of her early days to the accessible charm of her 2000s-era trilogy of albums. -- By Winston Groman

Tuesday, 10/8:

Panic! At the Disco
McKittrick Hotel
7 p.m., $30-$105
With the exclamation point safely placed back in their name, Panic! At the Disco have returned to their noir-esque, weird selves as they prepare to release their latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, also complete with an exclamation point. The title, a reference to Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas keeps up with the band's attraction to literary themes (see also: the numerous Chuck Palahniuk-inspired lyrics in their debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out), and in honor of the album's release, the band will take their lit love to the extreme by participating in the interactive Macbeth play Sleep No More and giving a concert at the formerly abandoned McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea. -- By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 10/9:

Sara Bareilles
Radio City Music Hall
8 p.m., $35-$75
Yeah, you might still play kickball, collect comic books (sorry, "graphic novels"), and walk around Billyburg wearing a T-shirt repping your favorite band from high school, but deep down, you are an adult. So don't sleep on Sara Bareilles just because her music is labeled "adult contemporary." "Love Song" (as in "I'm not gonna write you one/'Cause you asked for it") is still her biggest hit, but the inspirational "Brave" is all over the radio, and I see her anti-mansplaining anthem "King of Anything" appearing in your Spotify activity far more than you'd like to admit. Tonight, she headlines the very adult Radio City Music Hall. See you there. -- By Nick Murray

Watain + In Solitude + Tribulation
Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $25
For all the hoo-ha about how scary and threatening Scandinavian black metal is, few bands actually cover themselves in animal blood and worship Satan, and even fewer make it to the States to tour. One of the lucky ones--if you want to call them that--is Watain, a Swedish group who have boasted about making audiences vomit from the smell of their own putrid, blood-soaked clothes. So tonight will be a sort of litmus test for just how much Irving Plaza can take, when the band stops through to promote their latest album, The Wild Hunt. With In Solitude and Tribulation. -- By Kory Grow

Location Info


Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

McKittrick Hotel

530 W. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Radio City Music Hall

1260 Sixth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Roulette Brooklyn

509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

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