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

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The 1975 hit up Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night
Thursday, 10/10:

The 1975
Bowery Ballroom
Wednesday & Thursday, 9 p.m., $16/$18
Of course, the world will never have enough alt-rock groups eager to assume their own take on sex, drugs, rock and roll and the glory of youth. It's been a minute since pop-punk had these topics on lock, and indie rock seems to have rescinded a bit, so in steps UK-based group the 1975. Applying a coating of pop on U2 or Coldplay-tinged guitar intricacy, along with catchy male falsetto and easy lyrics, the 1975 even work in a little r&b. There's something here for everyone, except those who yearn for deeper meanings. Imagine the Killers, toothless and with more synthesizers. -- By Caitlin White

The Pocket Opera Players
Symphony Space
Thursday & Friday, 8 p.m., $30-$35
With the New York City Opera shuttered (see you later, David H. Koch Theater), there's no better time to explore New York City opera's small, independent, and intelligent alternatives. Comedy and tragedy share a promising bill in the Pocket Opera Players' world premieres of two one-act operas: POP founder (and MacArthur Fellow) John Eaton's farcical Re-Routed, based on Dostoevsky's "Bobok," and Michael Dellaira's The Death of Webern, which explores the (accidental?) shooting of Anton Webern by an American soldier in 1945. -- By Richard Gehr

Friday, 10/11:

Brandon Seabrook & Mary Halvorson
Roulette Brooklyn
8 p.m., $20
Gonna be a big one. Two of town's most inspired guitarists bring their leftie POVs to a room that breeds experimentation. Seabrook can be high-flying, with a fearless blitzkrieg approach. Halvorson is as sneaky as they come, twirling her lines in a way that lassos you before even realize she's got a rope in her hand. There's always a mix-and-match mentality to these kind of things, but I bet their hijinks find a lot of common ground. -- By Jim Macnie

Hanni El Khatib + Bass Drum of Death
Bowery Ballroom
9 p.m., $15
After spending a good amount of time as a creative director at the skateboarding/clothing company HUF, Hanni El Khatib decided to pursue music as a career instead of a hobby. Taking his expertise in the fields of marketing and design to the helm of a new label, Innovative Leisure, he helps promote other bands on the label while simultaneously putting out gritty, throwback rock that sounds black and blue instead of punk. His sophomore album Head in the Dirt presents a raucous, unapologetic ride through blues with revved guitars and walls of drums. -- By Caitlin White

Zevious + Sonar
8 p.m., $8
Brooklyn's Shapeshifter has already established itself as a haven for jazz-metal, but now NYC forward-thinkers Zevious enter into the fray: The trio's deconstruction of the Minutemen's jazz-damaged punk, Nels Cline avant-guitar godliness, and Behold The Arctopus-like tech-metal precision converge head on on Passing Through The Wall, the trio's just-dropped second record. Zevious's compositions are punk-jazz yet tight and complexities are abound with metallic underpinnings. Prepare to have your brain fried on sick riffage and drums assault. -- By Brad Cohan

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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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